Do you have a desire in your heart to spend time with the Lord, but just have no idea how to? Do you hear people say that they “hear” Him, but don’t really understand how that happens? Do you want to know what it looks like to spend time Jesus?
I put together a list of ways that I personally spend time with God. I hope you find it helpful and can implement some of them into your own relationship with Christ.
1. Bible- I think we all know that being a Christian means reading the Bible, right? But how? This is still something I’m figuring out, but after I’m done reading my kid’s Bible that I have absolutely loved and am close to finishing, I plan to dive deep into my real Bible (This is the Bible I have and you can also find some super cute ones on this site in the “bibles” tab if on the hunt for one). I found a “read the Bible in one year” guide that I’m planning to work at (and I can’t remember where I found it), but here are some on pinterest that I found too. I was doing some searching and my goal is to look at the assigned passages and then 1. read it one time through. So, just a general brief read to understand what’s going on. Then 2. read it a second time. This time I’ll pay more attention to detail and analyzing it a little more. Then 3. What is the passage saying? I’ll write down what I think the passage is saying and what Jesus is saying through His words. And last but not least, 4. What is Jesus saying to me through this? This is the most important part. How is it applicable? How does this relate to my life and what is God trying to tell me through this passage? I’m going to write it down and that will give me something to focus on throughout the day. I also might write one verse down that stuck out the most to me and try to “memorize” it in a sense and meditate on it throughout the day. Again, I haven’t started this process yet, but it’s something I plan to do once I am done with my other readings. You might find this helpful if you have no idea where to start with reading the Bible.
2. Christian Music- Life happens. We get busy and sometimes, not purposefully, spending time in the Word can get put on the back burner. One thing I do fairly consistently to spend time with Jesus is play Christian music on my down time. When I’m in the car or in the gym I find stations or the radio to listen to to keep my mind in the right place.
Matthew 6:33 But first, seek the kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
3. Podcasts- I recently have become kind of obsessed with podcasts. I never used to listen to them, but I’ve had a huge spike in interest for personal development and growing my faith. My all time favorite is Living on the Edge with Chip Ingram. He doesn’t sugarcoat things, but also has this beautiful gentle way of presenting God’s word and I absolutely love it. I walk into my day extremely uplifted when listening to him. So, that is my top recommendation. I also listen to Whoa That’s Good Podcast by Sadie Robertson, mostly because she is my total inspiration. I have a couple of others saved in my phone, but haven’t listened to them personally so I won’t recommend them yet! I listen to one pretty much every time I’m in the car, so that’s a great way to hear some Jesus throughout your day too.
4. Talking/Praying- I talk to God, a lot. I pray, but I also just have conversations with Him. And it’s the most comforting thing in the world when you can feel Him listening. Spending time in prayer is so important to express our praises and desires before Him. He already knows what we need, but He wants us to humbly bow down before Him and ask in prayer. And talk to Him. Sometimes, I think of Him like my best friend who I just want to talk to about life with. It’s my way of feeling the most connected.
5. Find Him- Find Him in your day. See the sunshine and know that God created that comforting warmth. Look at the snow and find the pure beauty in it. Hear the birds and know that He put them here for a purpose, like He did with you and with me. Find reasons to thank Him. Don’t always seek Him for your problems or requests (although He likes those too), but remember to be thankful for all that He’s given you too. This helps me connect to Him on days where I don’t feel like He’s there.
Psalm 107:1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.
6. Devotions- These are a great way to get a little bit of Jesus power into your day. I love my Jesus Calling devotions because it literally feels like He is actually talking to you. It’s a great way to get a message that makes sense that gives you something to focus on.
I hope you found these useful and they will kickstart you in a direction to spend more time with the Lord.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share these ways that I personally connect with you. I pray that readers will click with one method and hang onto it tight to seek You. Thank you for being such a good Father, always. Amen.