Time for God

Taking time for God can be so uplifting, refreshing and strengthening.

But sometimes it can be hard making time for God.
Sometimes we make it harder for ourselves by following patterns of prayer and quiet times that just cannot fit in with our current lifestyles, even though once they would have.

Sometimes it's just good to try something different.

So here are a selection of methods to spend time with God which may be new to you.  They are divided (very roughly) into several sections with quite a lot of overlaps between them:

At Home

Out and About

Special Times

Time to Pray

Bible Study and Teaching

Worship

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At Home

Take a moment.....

Listen to sermon tapes.  You can be ironing, cleaning, cooking, colouring with children or anything really!

Say "Hello God" for a couple of minutes whenever you sit down with a hot drink.

Keep a Bible or devotional notes in the bathroom!

Make a special place

Make a corner in the house your special place where you can draw nearer to God.  You can create corner for quiet pray and arrange pictures, symbols, a prayer and go to that place as "your" prayer corner.  Or you could take the more mundane place, such as the fridge door - and use its notes and stickies to inspire you to pray and remember God promises each time you pass by.

Keep a prayer journal.  Write down in a book your prayers and when I have seen God at work in my life.  Looking back on His blessings is a real encouragement.

Fill a photograph frame with snaps of the special people you want to regularly pray for and put it in a place you pass by regularly.  It acts as both a reminder and a focus when you pray.

Use the Web!

Join an online home group!

Find a website that does a daily bible study or thought for the day that suits you, and make the page your home page, ie. the one that comes up first whenever you open your browser and connect to the internet.

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Out and About

Walking      

Praying at the playground, if your children are of an age when you can just watch them play.

Take a reminder

In the car

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Special Times

Find a local place you can go to for a short break when things get too much - for instance take a walk around the nearby park or lake.  Take the time to focus on God and talk to Him.  You will soon associate that place with being assured of God's presence.

Take a bigger block of time, maybe a half or full day, at intervals throughout the year.  Going to the same place each time means that as arrive you already getting into a "talking to God" mood, and you remember all that you've talked about before.  When daily or weekly meetings with God are difficult, having regular times can really help. 

If you enjoy being creative, set aside some time as a special project.  Take a prayer, person or Bible passage and use it as an inspiration to paint a picture, make a collage, or even form a model from anything you find around.  The simplest things can become beautiful and when you look at it in the future, you will see the different aspect and meanings that you were inspired by.  

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Time to Pray

Grab the moment - don't feel you have to commit to a big time of pray, just pray throughout the day in short spurts.

New ways to pray

Write down your prayers AND answers to prayers.  You can see how an problem has been resolved, how God has worked and it can be a real encouragement. (The Prayer Thread and Answers to Prayer on this site is testimony to this).

Pray a blessing with Christian friends whenever you meet.

If you take some time of quiet to pray, use a candle to focus as you pray.  As you light it ask God to open your heart to hear His will.  As you pray, know your prayers are taken straight up to God in heaven. At the end, blow out the candle, passing over the burdens of your heart to Him.

Wherever you regularly pray, put a bowl of water and a handful of clean pebbles.  For each prayer, hold the stone in your hand, and as you give the prayer to God, drop it into the bowl.  It is out of your hands. 

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Bible Study and Teaching

Take a moment....

Regular Study

With the children

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Worship

Listening to a worship tape instead of the childrens tapes in the car.

Sing worship songs in the car!

As you journey to school with the children, talk about creation, and the things of God.

Don't sit in silence as you surf the Internet - put a Worship CD in your CD drive!