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Balancing Faith and Busy Schedules: 4 Practical Tips for Devotion

Do you struggle to find time for God in your hectic schedule? Do you feel guilty for not spending enough time in prayer and Bible study? If so, you’re not alone. Many believers face the same challenge of balancing their spiritual life with their worldly responsibilities. But there is a way to stay devoted to God even when you’re busy. In this blog post, I’ll share with you four practical tips that have helped me and many others to keep our devotion alive and vibrant.

Tip #1: Don’t wait till you can block out 1 hour at a stretch for your devotion.

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One of the biggest mistakes we make is thinking that we need a long and uninterrupted time for our devotion. This can lead to procrastination, frustration, and inconsistency. Instead of waiting for the perfect time, try to squeeze in some quality time with God throughout your day. Here’s how:

  • Get 5/10 minutes 4 times in your day (every day). You can do this in the morning, afternoon, evening, and night. Or you can choose any time that works for you.
  • Set alarms to remind you. Use your phone, your watch, or your calendar to set reminders for your devotion time. This will help you to stay on track and avoid distractions.
  • Make every second of the 5/10 minutes count. Focus, don’t multitask. When you’re in your devotion time, give God your full attention. Don’t check your email, your social media, or your messages. Don’t think about your to-do list, your problems, or your plans. Just be present with God and listen to what He has to say to you.

Tip #2: Maximize your commute time, meal time, toilet time, workout time well.

Another way to stay devoted to God in a busy world is to use your spare time wisely. You can use the time you spend on commuting, eating, going to the bathroom, or working out to connect with God. Here’s how:

  • Listen to messages. You can download or stream sermons, podcasts, or audiobooks that teach you more about God and His word. You can listen to them while you’re driving, walking, biking, or taking public transportation. You can also listen to them while you’re cooking, cleaning, or doing other chores.
  • Pray under your breath. You can talk to God anytime, anywhere, and about anything. You can pray under your breath while you’re eating, drinking, or using the bathroom. You can also pray while you’re working, studying, or shopping. You can thank God for His blessings, ask Him for His help, confess your sins, or intercede for others.
  • Read a book or faith-based articles. You can also read books or articles that inspire you, challenge you, or inform you about God and His ways. You can read them on your phone, your tablet, or your laptop. You can read them while you’re waiting in line, sitting in a meeting, or taking a break.
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Tip #3: Get/join a community of believers with an active devotional life.

You don’t have to do your devotion alone. You can also join or create a community of believers who share your passion for God and His word. This will help you to stay accountable, motivated, and encouraged. Here’s how:

  • Join a praying church. Find a church that values prayer and teaches the word of God faithfully. Attend the services, join a small group, and participate in the activities. You can also volunteer your time, talents, and resources to serve the church and the community.
  • Join a devotional platform. Many online platforms offer daily devotions, Bible reading plans, prayer requests, and other resources. You can join one that suits your needs and preferences. You can also interact with other users, share your insights, and ask for feedback. Some examples of devotional platforms are [YouVersion], [Our Daily Bread], and [T30 Devotion].
  • Get some of your friends. You can also invite some of your friends to join you in your devotion. You can form a group chat, a video call, or a meeting where you can share your thoughts, questions, and experiences. You can also pray for each other, support each other, and challenge each other.

Tip #4: Prioritize & love your devotion.

Don’t see your devotion as a burden, a duty, or a chore. See it as a privilege, a joy, and a delight. Share on X

The last and most important tip is to prioritize and love your devotion. Don’t see it as a burden, a duty, or a chore. See it as a privilege, a joy, and a delight. Here’s how:

  • Remember the benefits. Your devotion is not a waste of time. It’s an investment in your relationship with God and your growth as a Christian. Your devotion can help you to know God better, love Him more, and serve Him better. Your devotion can also help you to find peace, joy, and strength in your daily life.
  • Remember the cost. Your devotion is not cheap. It’s priceless. It cost God His only Son to make it possible for you to have a personal and intimate relationship with Him. Jesus died on the cross for your sins so that you can be forgiven, accepted, and adopted by God. Don’t take this for granted. Don’t neglect this gift. Don’t let anything or anyone come between you and God.
  • Remember the reward. Your devotion is not in vain. It’s eternal. God promises to reward those who seek Him diligently and faithfully. He promises to bless you in this life and in the life to come. He promises to give you a crown of life, a crown of glory, and a crown of righteousness. He promises to welcome you into His presence and say to you, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Your devotion is not a waste of time. It’s an investment in your relationship with God and your growth as a Christian. Share on X

Conclusion

These are the four practical tips that have helped me and many others to stay devoted to God in a busy world. I hope they will help you too. Remember, your devotion is not a burden, a duty, or a chore. It’s a privilege, a joy, and a delight. It’s the best way to grow closer to God and enjoy His presence in your life. So don’t let your busyness stop you from spending time with God. Make it a priority and a habit. And watch how God will transform your life and bless you beyond measure.

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What do you think of these tips? Do you have any other tips to share? Let me know in the comments below.

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Tolulope Oludapo is a young Christian who lends his voice through the media by sharing practical wisdom for everyday living in the most experiential and simplified fashion. This has fetched him the direct followership of over 30,000 users on his blog, lifegiva.com. A blog he founded. He loves to write on varying subjects that affect life, faith, relationship...everyday living.
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