2 - Giving Jesus the place he deserves in our lives
This is a real and frequent struggle.
I have periods when I start my day in prayer and bible reading and dedicate my day to God and then something will happen to take over that particular time and I struggle to restart it for quite some time.
Children, work, family, relationships get in the way but ultimately it's me that let's them.
During the times when you are able to commit each day to God have you found any particular techniques / approaches that help you do that?
Anyone else any suggestions / things they have found useful?
For me - one of the helpful things is setting up schedule-driven reading plans (a number of Bible chapters each day, for example). It serves as a helpful reminder - and I don't like it when the application shows I am behind!
When I worked nights I had a routine Monday to Friday to have coffee with God. Whether I had worked or not I always had to get kids ready and get them to school, once back home I would tidy up while the kettle was boiling then make a coffee light a candle (the purpose of the candle was partly to force me to stay and not get distracted as for safety reasons I could not leave the lighted candle, so the end of coffee with God was always a choice and never being distracted as I had to blow out the candle)
I then prayed using a 'thanks for, sorry for, help me' structure. I wrote down things I prayed for. Prayed for God to use bible readings and commentaries to help me grow closer and understand more. Then used 2 devotional emails I get to read bible verse and commentary and write down what came to mind. I also spent time looking back at previous prayers as sometimes prayers get answered and we don't even realise or give God thanks for those answered prayers.
When I went onto days I struggled and still do to get a routine as sometimes I work from 7.30am and some times I work till 11pm and sometimes I do both of those on the same day.
I am in the process of trying to identify some sort of routine.
I liked starting my day in that prayer time and I have tried to continue it but when I don't get in from work till 11.15pm and then have to up with holly at 6am the thought of getting up at 5am to have coffee with God is appealing until 5am comes and then it's not very appealing so it doesn't happen.
Any tips welcome (especially if they don't involve getting up at 5am!!)
This is something Ialso struggle with and have found mor difficult now I work full time and have Joseph. For me it's about optimising any alone time I do have. And I know this isn't perfect but it works for me. So on my drive to and from work I spend time talking to God or listening to Christian music. I try to make sure whenever possible that I go up to bed earlier than I need to and spend that time reading my bible as there's no way I could get up any earlier than I already do in the morning and still function!