When I first got the nudge to dive deeper in my faith, it was overwhelming. I didn’t know where to start. I would go to Church on Sunday, live a busy life during the week, and then returned to Church the following Sunday.
I wasn’t spending time with God outside of Sunday. I wasn’t praying or reading the Bible. I was running life’s rat race of working, eating, sleeping and doing it all over again. I was the one day a week type of Christian.
I felt the divine presence of God sitting in the pews at Church but didn’t feel God in any other areas of my life. Not until I made God a priority in my life.
Here was the routine I implemented at the beginning of my faith journey:
6:00 am – Wake up and Get Coffee
In the beginning, this early wake up was annoying. The only thing that was getting me out of bed was the fact I could enjoy a nice warm cup of coffee. Eventually, I bounced out of bed excited about my meeting with God.
6:10 am – Conversation with God
With coffee in hand, I made my way to the couch. Wrapping myself in a blanket, this is where I would speak to God. It was weird at first speaking out loud with no one actually there, but I did it anyway. I addressed God and shared my hopes, dreams, worries, and prayers for others. In the beginning, this part of my routine took only a few minutes. Soon, once I got familiar with the routine and speaking with God, the dedicated time here lengthened.
6:20 am – Read One Verse in the Bible
The Bible App called YouVersion is a free app in the App Store for iOS and Android. I downloaded the App and every morning I would read the “Verse of the Day”. I’d read it a few times and meditate on it. Try and figure out what the verse could be saying about God in my life. Sometimes I’d relate to the verse, other times it meant nothing, but I continued to do this daily.
6:30 am – Get ready for work.
When I started this routine, I’d see 6:30, and immediately pack up and get ready. As weeks went by, I found myself not wanting to end my meeting with God. I still had so much more to say, so much more to explore with God. Soon, I realizing how much I valued this morning routine. It became and still is a sacred time for me.
I followed this 30-minute routine 7 days a week. It didn’t take long to see changes in my life. Eventually, I started to wake up earlier just to have more time with God. (I now wake up at 5:00 am – but I have also added more to my routine!)
Once I made it a priority to connect with God daily – that’s when I started to feel God’s presence – everywhere. God would show up in the mornings during coffee, in the car during my commute, and during the day at work. It became so surreal that I actually started to make a note when God appeared in my life.
It was like some spiritual force was trying to communicate with me, and I was learning to communicate back. Sometimes all I could do is laugh out loud in awe.
I know you’re likely reading this and thinking, this is crazy. But don’t knock it until you try it.
Make it a priority. Willowcreek.org calls it “15 minutes of Chair Time with God”. I am 100% in agreement with this idea. Set up a meeting in your calendar – a meeting you cannot cancel – and show up and speak to God.
I challenge you to create the space needed to connect with the Divine.
Be open, watch and listen.