For many of us, for many different reasons, it is a struggle just to crawl out of bed each morning and face another day. So how are we supposed to find time to get to know Jesus? Here are five steps I’m using to find it. Each step is represented below by one word and if you take the first letter of each word it creates an acronym that might make the steps easier to remember:
R-Ship – Resolve, Start, Habit, Importance, Plan
This is simple (uncomplicated), although it may not be easy. Resolving to do something means making a personal choice. Our first step to finding time is to choose with resolve (firm determination) to make it a priority in our lives.
I suggest we start simple and keep it short! Allowing 10-15 minutes is a good start, so you’ll probably want to choose short passages, not whole chapters to study. Our goal is to make this enjoyable, not a chore! So, the second step to finding time is to just start doing it!
Speaking of starting, if you haven’t yet started a relationship with Jesus and want to know how I urge you to take just a few minutes right now to visit https://peacewithgod.net/. I’ll wait right here!
So now, if you’ve just begun your new life in Jesus Christ, I would like to know about it and praise God with you! Please leave a comment on this page (all your new sisters in Christ would be thrilled if you shared the news with them) or you can send me a personal email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Habits are really easy to do regularly, so why not make sitting at Jesus’ feet a habit? I would first suggest creating a cozy place so this becomes a habit you look forward to developing. Select a comfy chair, pick out your favorite coffee mug, and maybe a soft cuddly blanket. Have fun with this! Wherever your selected place is, you’ll want to keep some supplies within reach (a Bible, maybe a book of devotions, pen, and paper). Make it a warm, inviting place. A place you want to spend time. This step is about encouraging ourselves to intentionally create a new habit.
Isn’t it easier to make something a priority when you know the importance of it? Jesus said this about Mary:
“But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42, NASB)
Mary chose the important thing, the “good part.” We know spending time learning about God’s word is important because Jesus said so! Also, our hearts have a desire for – and need – intimacy with God. Sitting at His feet is important because we are enjoying that needed intimate fellowship.
Focusing on the importance of this new habit we’re forming is another step in finding the time.
For me, it is critical that I plan ahead if I want to be successful at accomplishing something early in the day. So, I put planning ahead as the next step in finding the time to sit at Jesus’ feet. We need to actually schedule the time into our daily routine. I read recently that when we get control over our mornings, we tend to have more productive days. I like that idea! You too? If first thing in the morning is not possible for you, experiment! Try out different times of day to find the time that helps you feel most connected with God. Here are some other times of day that might work better for you: after breakfast, at lunchtime, during kids’ nap time, after kids’ bedtime, right before your bedtime.
Together let’s resolve to start creating a new habit, knowing the importance of it, and plan to sit at Jesus’ feet daily! I know you might be thinking, “But I still really don’t know if I have time for this.”
Okay, I get that. So let me now confess that I have never been good about consistently giving God the first few minutes of each day (I’ve just not been a morning person most of my life), but I’ve recently felt a strong tug on my heart to seek Him first every day. So this is what I have been doing for the past several days. First, I prayed and asked God to help me to want to wake up to spend time with Him (so I don’t hit snooze and roll over and go back to sleep). Then I added two additional alarms to my morning routine: one to start waking up, the second one to get out of bed for my time with Jesus. Once my usual alarm goes off, I know it’s time to wrap up my study time and get ready for the rest of my day. That’s what’s been working for me and God has truly blessed me! I’ve actually been waking up more easily and have been much better about spending time with Him daily for a couple of weeks now. If I can do this with God’s help, I believe you can too!
If you are not already spending time with Jesus regularly, I urge you to set your alarm for just 15 minutes earlier along with me. Let’s get up, splash our faces, grab a cup of coffee or tea and get into God’s Word. If you’ve chosen a different time of day, that’s great, too! Let’s resolve to talk to Jesus daily in prayer, ask Him to speak to us through His Word, and finally, read for a few quiet minutes.
It’s been said that if you repeat something for at least 21 days in a row it can become a habit. Please join me as we make this a habit together! If you’re already doing this, I would highly value your prayers for all of us trying to get more consistent and those just starting out, and please leave us an encouraging comment or suggestion!
Next time you stop by we’ll talk about what we can do during our time at Jesus’ feet.
In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you’re doing and if you’ve found R-Ship (Resolve, Start, Habit, Importance, Plan) to be helpful to you. I thought up R-Ship with the help of the Holy Spirit and my hope is that God gets the glory for it. Is there one thing you can do today to move toward finding the time to get to know Jesus better?
~ Keep shining, Cindyeliora
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” (Eph. 1:18-19, NASB)