Have you ever felt guilty for not spending enough time with God? Has your week been so crazy that your normal prayer or journal time hasn’t lasted as long as you would’ve liked?
Our faith does not depend on the amount of time we spend in God’s presence. Faith is not measured by the hours we spend reading the Word or in prayer; it’s measured by how we live our lives and obey God’s Word! We don’t have to read an entire book in the Bible or pray for hours to be spiritual or feel close to God. Don’t get me wrong, those are all great things to do, but when we’re running around the whole day, it’s not always feasible to do it daily.
Making a habit of spending time with God is awesome, but remember that your version of quality time might not be somebody else’s. Don’t let others shame you or tell you that you need to get up earlier because we shouldn’t have to force time with God. There are days where I can’t find the words to pray, and I’m learning that that’s okay. Being in a relationship with God is about more than reading or praying; it’s about expressing His truth to others and being open to hearing where He wants us to go.
I want to encourage you not to beat yourself up if you can’t take more than a couple of minutes to sit alone with God today because He is always with you and remains in you no matter where you go. Use each day to produce good fruit and follow where the Spirit leads. Remain in Him, and He will remain in you!
(My thoughts after reading John 15)