Listened to any good audio books?
Taken any good walks?
Watched the evening sky after a thunderstorm?
The above list may sound like conversation starters between friends. And, that’s just what they are–but maybe a bit differently than you think. These are all ideas people list as ways they spend time with God.
In another blog post, we listed ways to write out our praises and prayers to God. This approach usually involves the more traditional ways to enjoy our Savior–Bible open, pen and paper in hand. Maybe a cup of coffee?
But, there are all sorts of ways to enjoy being in the presence of God!
Maybe your morning routine is filled with getting kids out the door and dropping them off at school. Even in this hustle and bustle, some praise music can be playing; and, I know more than a few parents who pray for their kids on the way to school. What a great way to get the kids–and you–started.
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:14
Other believers are not dropping off or managing kids, but may have a bit of a commute–what a great time to listen to the Bible or worship music or enjoy a great Christian audio book. Recently I picked up You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity by Francis & Lisa Chan. What a joy to turn the drudgery of running errands into a time to go deeper into Christ and improve my marriage! (As an added bonus, this audio book is on sale for $5 at LifeWay right now.)
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:2
Other folks turn off the iPod, satellite radio, news, or whatever else and simply enjoy the silence and solitude. They meditate on Scripture, pray, ask God to simply allow them to enjoy his presence, ask for correction, instruction and wisdom.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. Psalm 131:2
Sometimes Lee Ann and I take a walk and pray for each other and for our children. It gets us outside, exercising, and engaging in prayer together.
Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Psalm 150:1
How’s the weather? As believers, we can even allow the weather to lead us in worship. Ever thanked the Lord for a good breeze on one of these humid afternoons? Or, seen the evening sky after a thunderstorm?
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. Romans 1:19
What else? Surely there are hundreds of other creative ways to spend time with the Lord. What are some of your favorites? We’d love to hear from you–feel free to comment on our Facebook page, or in the comments section below.
Daryl Pepper, Associate Pastor