PRACTICAL WAYS TO KEEP YOU CONNECTED TO GOD: HERE'S WHAT I DO
I've said it before that in order to enjoy a fulfilling relationship with God, I have to stay connected to Him much like I would with any other earthly relationship. Spending time in His presence, worshipping Him with my songs, my attention and my obedience are ways I stay connected to His grace and love.
I know that life gets incredibly busy being husbands, wives, parents, employers or employees, being caretakers, bill payers and everything in between and so it can be difficult to create time to spend with God. We get up in the morning and its almost a default act to reach for our phones or rush to get the day started without remembering to commit the day to Him. If we remember at all to do it, it usually is a rushed 30 second prayer we muddle through under our breath. While getting on with our day is important, time with God should not be sacrificed. The phrase in the song that goes "we bring a sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord" resonates because many times, our commitment to spend time with God requires the sacrifice of our time; be it the extra hour of sleep we give up or the 45 minute break we get at work to honor Him.
Incase you are finding it difficult, there are practical ways to keep you connected to God everyday. There are things you can do to create time for Him and I would like to share some of what I do in the hopes that you can create a routine for yourself and lifestyle. Typically, I have 3 separate times in my day that I set aside to stay connected to God; in the morning, in the evening and at bed time.
My weekdays start between 8.00 and 8.30am and before I get out of bed, I listen to the prayer of the day on my Pray App then go straight into tackling my chores. At about 9am, I get into bible study and journaling and as I do this, I have a playlist of some of my favorite worship songs playing in the background to get my spirit going. I set aside 1-2 hours at the most for this quiet time with God because this is when I have the house to myself and can really focus on just worshipping Him.
Every evening between the hours of 7 and 8pm, I dedicate time to do one thing that keeps me connected and this could be reading a chapter in a book, watching a YouTube teaching or even studying notes from previous sermons I watched online. Some ministers I watch on YouTube and recommend are Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church and Bishop T.D Jakes of The Potter's House.
At bedtime, I get back on my Pray App and listen to podcasts or do some meditative prayers that almost always help me fall asleep. I really believe that falling asleep to God's word sets the tone for how the rest of my night and even my morning the next day goes. It also opens up my Spirit to stay connected to Him in how He communicates with me and I recommend doing this as a practical way to stay connected to God in your own life.
I also wanted to share a little bit of my Gospel playlist to help just incase you have a super busy lifestyle but still want to honor God with your time and attention and may not know what songs to listen to. The goal however should always be to create uninterrupted time with God and if that means night time when you have no distractions, then use that time to stay plugged in.