On plenty of days I find myself saying if there were just one more day in a week or a few more hours in the day, I would be able to do all that I need to do. As a single mother working full-time, my schedule on most days is jam packed from sun up to sun down with things to do. My boys are involved in various sports and activities, and then of course there are my ladies’ nights, Bible Study, going to the gym and when I am lucky the occasional time to just do nothing.
Recently, I have recognized that it is the quality, not the quantity of time that I am spending doing things that matters most. For example, I can spend two hours at the gym, but if I am simply walking at a slow pace on the treadmill the entire time it isn’t going to do much good for my weight loss efforts, or increase my endurance. The same can be said about the time that we spend with God. I try to start each morning in prayer and devotion, and I have to be honest there are plenty of mornings when I have fallen asleep praying, because I was too lazy to get out of the bed and get on my knees. There are also mornings when I reach for my phone to play random games, see what I may have missed on Facebook the night before, or check emails and text messages before I thank God for waking me up to see another day. There are also times when I am at Bible Study watching the clock because I have a meeting with the ladies immediately after dismissal. This means that I am not as focused on the lesson as I could be. If the quality of my blessings were based on the quality of the time I spend with God, I can’t imagine what my life would be like! If any of these are familiar to you, you can intentionally increase the quality of the time that you spend with God with these few things:
Disconnect – Disconnect from the television, computer, Kindle, cell phone, Ipod, Ipad and any other person, place or thing that distracts you or is taking your focus away from God during the time that is designated to be spent with Him. “ Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” (1 John 2:15-16 NIV)
Check your schedule – There are some things that we are putting our time, energy, money and faith into that are nothing but self-fulfilling, trendy, wasteful activities! We are focused so much on our own ideas, thoughts and to-do lists that our time with and for God is limited, and His work is not being done. We have to give up those things that consume too much of our time. There is nothing wrong with declining an invitation, or not participating in everything that comes your way. “Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it…Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the LORD. “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the LORD Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.” (Haggai 1:5-9 NIV)
Redefine your time – There is nothing better than to have prayer, worship or Bible study with the ones you love, and you never know how your prayer may touch someone else, or how their’s might touch you! “I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. (Romans 1:11-12 NIV) You can invite others to share in your quality time with the Lord. Start a prayer call once a week, put together a Bible study with the ladies, or a monthly potluck to come together as prayer warriors for a cause. God is more than pleased when we come together to honor and glorify Him! “For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them.” (Matthew 18:20 NIV)
Just as with any other relationship, time is of the essence when it comes to strengthening our bond with our Heavenly Father. While we often assume the bare minimum is enough, we must begin to reevaluate how and with whom we spend our time, and give Him the time that He is so worthy of. Our time is the one thing that once spent, we can never get back!
Thank You for being so patient with me as I struggle to remove those things that are keeping me from being in Your presence more often. Lord, I pray for an increased spirit of discernment that I might recognize when I am filling my time with people and activities that are not of You. I ask that You will continue to increase our time together each and every day, and that when You see fit You will add friends and family to enjoy our time together as well. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to be loosed from anything that is interfering with your quality time with God! I EMPOWER you to disconnect, check your schedules and redefine your time so that He is your first priority from the beginning of the day through the end.
Read a related Empowermoment: Consider Your Ways
Is God pleased with your relationship? How do you think He would rate your quality time? Share with us in the comment section below.
Ms. Tiffany Huff is the devoted mother of two boys, a blogger, lover of food and travel, and aspiring entrepreneur with a passion for helping others live out their purposes. She is looking forward to growing in her walk and honoring God through sharing her EmpowerMoments. One of her meditation scriptures is Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”