Asheritah is a Romanian writer, speaker, and blogger who helps overwhelmed women find joy in Jesus. She writes at OneThingAlone.com, sharing devotionals, videos, and Scripture art as well as practical solutions to overcome struggles in our faith walk. She’d love for you to join her on her blog to share a streusel blueberry muffin and hear your story of faith.
Before my feet even touch the floor, the battle’s waging in my mind.
Should I get up or sleep in a few more minutes? What am I going to wear today? Oh, nothing fits me! I’ve gained so much weight. Why can’t I just be eat less and exercise more? And Suzy is going to be at the get-together tonight. She always looks so put-together. I bet she never…
The ongoing dialog, informed by the media’s half-truths about what we need to do to be pretty and successful can leave us exhausted and defeated before we’ve even started our day.
Which is why we need the Word of Truth to guide us through this minefield of lies into green pastures.
So how can time with God become something we really look forward to, like a Starbucks break on a long day of errands?
Here are a few ways that can help us cherish these sacred starts to our day:
1. Stop comparing yourself to others
There is no right or wrong way to spend time with Jesus, as long as you seek Him with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13). Before you even get started, it’s vitally important to understand that your time with God will look different from your mom’s or your sister’s or your best friend’s. And that’s ok.
2. Connect with God as He created YOU to
Ask yourself: How do I best listen to what God is saying and respond back? Use the Bible, of course, but don’t limit yourself to reading a Bible story and checking “devotions” off your list. You’re engaging with the God of the universe here, not doing homework. Be creative and partner with the Spirit as you explore new ways to read the Bible, pray, worship, and fellowship with the Spirit that make sense for your personality and season in life. For a list of helpful ideas, check out The Ultimate List of Creative Ways to Connect with God.
3. Get group accountability
This was a game-changer for me. For years I struggled to have a consistent time of Bible study and prayer; I’d do well for a few days or weeks and then skip one day, which led to another, and on, and on…. But three years ago I joined an online Bible study group and, my life has literally changed. I’m so much more consistent because I know those dear ladies are cheering me on. If you’re not involved in an accountability group, you can find several here.
I used to overcomplicate this process and make it into a rigid ritual; I had to focus really hard to “get in the zone” with Jesus. And that resulted in boring devotions that didn’t do much to connect me with Jesus; they simply piled on the guilt and feelings of failure. (For a sneak peek at how my “daily devotions” used to go and a resource to help you abide in Christ when reading the Bible isn’t an option, check out this humorous video.)
But there is hope: God promises that He will draw near to those who draw near to Him (James 4:8). So today, if you only do one thing, do this: make a move toward God.
Now it’s your turn: What helps you to connect with God?