I’m a ritual loving girl. I love getting up in the morning, exercising, eating my breakfast (steel cut oatmeal with fruit along with a cup of coffee).
When I can, I love taking another coffee break in the afternoon, while I chill with Dr. Phil or with a good book or some fun blog surfing.
I love going to my small group Bible study at Borders every Thursday morning and getting my raspberry latte, fat-free, extra hot from my favorite barista, Angela.
I love having a cup of tea or hot cider in the evening with my hubby while we talk or watch a favorite tv show together.
But most importantly, I love making time each day to meet with God through my Bible reading and prayer.
When I don’t get to do one of my “rituals,” I feel deprived and out-of-whack. And when I don’t get to spend time with God daily, I find that I also experience so much more stress, conflict and discontentment than I do on the days when my ritual has been kept.
I have made a habit or ritual of meeting with God since I was a teen, so it’s deeply embedded in my daily routine. But for many, this practice is hard to develop. So I wanted to suggest that perhaps you need to make your daily time with God a “ritual.”
And the way that you make it a ritual is by…
- Keeping it at or near the same time each day
- Building it around other pleasurable rituals
For me, I have my morning cup of coffee during my time with God. That gives me an “I-can’t-wait-to get-to-it” feeling, thereby associating and reinforcing a positive experience with my time with God.
- Setting the mood
I love to plug in my iPod and listen to soothing music while I read and pray. The point is to block out distractions and give yourself a private space to meet with God. Now, if you have young children, you might not be able to “block out any distraction” completely, so be sure to choose a time when they are either napping or being watched by your hubby.
If these suggestions don’t help, then you might want to also…
- Seek out accountability
Find a friend who will ask you on a regular basis about what you’ve read this past week or how your time with God is going.
- Keep a checklist
If you have a checklist, you’re much more apt to stick with the commitment you are making. It’s simply a way to be accountable to yourself.
- Join a Bible study group
This is helpful even if you’re already making time for God daily, but especially if you just need to learn how to study your Bible and want the support of friends to help you form the
So, tell me what keeps you on track with your time with God?