When I first got the nudge to dive deeper in my faith, it was overwhelming. I didn’t know where to start – but I knew I needed to learn more about God’s will for my life.
I was your typical one day a week, Christian. I wasn’t spending any time with God outside of Sunday. My world was about running the race of life – working, eating, sleeping and doing it all over again. It seemed I didn’t have enough time during the day to read the bible, pray or meditate. At least, it didn’t seem like I did.
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.
It took me a while to understand what it meant to have a personal relationship with God. That it didn’t mean just going to Church on Sunday.
God wanted me to share my thoughts, hopes, and worries and I’d push God down on the priority list. I wonder how my husband, family or friends would feel if I did that to them.
All relationships need work – and my relationship with God was no different.
This is the simple morning routine I implemented to make room for God:
- I set aside a time on my calendar for this meeting with God and the only time that worked was 6 am. Truth be told, in the beginning, the only thing that was getting me out of bed in the morning was the smell of coffee.
- I made my way to the couch with my coffee in hand. Wrapping myself in a blanket, this is where I would speak to God. It was weird at first speaking out loud with no one there, but I did it anyway. I spoke to God and shared whatever was on my mind. God learned about all my hopes, dreams, worries, and prayers for others.
- I wanted to make sure I was getting bible reading done during this dedicated God time, so I committed to reading and meditating on one verse a day. I’d get a verse of the day from one of my bible apps and I’d try to figure out what the verse could say about God in my life. I’d use the internet to cross-reference the verse and look up words in the dictionary. At some point, I’d get a message about how to apply it in my life.
When I started this routine, it only took me 30 minutes. As weeks went by, I bounced out of bed in the mornings even earlier than 6 am to meet God on the couch so we could have more time talking. I valued and appreciated our time together.
Once I made it a priority to connect with God daily, that’s when I felt God’s presence everywhere.
God shows up in the mornings during coffee, in the car during my commute, and during the day at work. It’s almost like a spiritual force is trying to communicate with me, and I’m learning to communicate back. It’s so surreal, I now make a note when God appears in my life. Sometimes all I can do is laugh out loud in awe.
I continue to meet God daily and my morning ritual has become a very sacred time. A sacred time I now protect from other distractions.
If you haven’t set aside your God-time yet, I challenge you to create the space needed to connect with the Divine. Set up a meeting in your calendar, a meeting you cannot cancel and show up and speak to God.
Be open, listen and watch!