We’re hearing messages to draw close to the Lord during this time of isolation at home, but what does that look like practically, and how can you maintain it during this time? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Set aside a special place to spend with God at a specific time of day: This may motivate you further and get you more excited about having quiet time with God. In the morning after I eat breakfast, I make tea, light a candle, and then sit at my desk as I start my day with God.
- Journal: There are so many ways to utilize a journal as you spend time with God. You could use it to write your thoughts and prayers to God and record what He says to you. You can use it with a Bible study or to take notes on a sermon you are listening to you – that will help you stay focused more.
- Worship: God once told me during a difficult time in my life to “praise or plummet.” I think a key way to keep our eyes on God during this time and to stay encouraged is to praise Him. Use CDs or streaming services like YouTube or Spotify. Standing up, dancing, or pacing may help you stay more engaged.
- Soaking prayer: YouTube “soaking prayer” and you will find many artists who have created music in this manner. Julie True is one of my favorites. This prayer is a form of resting in God in quiet place and simply listening to and receiving from Him. This place is one where you may hear God’s voice more clearly and find peace from the stresses of life. You can sit in a comfortable chair or even lie down. Expect to feel His peace and perhaps for Him to show you something!
- Prayer walk around your neighborhood: Get outside to get some fresh air and pray for your local community for protection, healing, and to encounter God in a fresh way. There are many that don’t yet know God, and you can be an instrument of drawing them closer.
- Listen to sermons or podcasts while exercising, cleaning, or doing another activity: Go on a run or do a workout in the house while listening to podcasts or sermons. Or perhaps, listen to them while you are doing the dishes or folding the laundry.
- Do art while listening to soft worship music: This is a creative way to connect with God. You could also pray and listen for His voice as you do these things.
- If you’re having a hard time connecting with God: Talk to Him about it; ask Him to speak to you. Do your part through prayer, worship, and reading the Word, and trust that He hears you even if you don’t sense His presence. Sometimes, it’s as simple as letting those things go and simply sitting still to meditate on Him.
Happy connecting with God, and remember He is WITH you through this time!
Copyright 2020 Marie Lorah