I’m anxious, really anxious about returning back to a more structured regimented schedule, those were the words I shared with my friend a few days ago. Those anxious feelings became more real when I had to return back to work for a week so our students could return their equipment, clothing, and any other items.
For the first time in months I had to set my alarm clock and with that came the realization that my mornings of quiet time lasting an hour or two would become shorter. I could feel the pace quicken as soon as I reached over to turn my alarm off. Instead of easing into my morning with an indefinite time table, I was faced with a shorter window of time coupled with a specified destination and time.
My quiet times have been such a blessing during this quarantine. I felt my spiritual roots have run deeper and I have experienced a closeness with God and a clarity I have not experienced in a long time. As I started my day, I had this feeling that things were about to change; a change I was not ready for. This feeling left me with tremendous guilt because I knew during this week long period; I would not be spending as much time with God in the morning as I have been.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT).”
God reminds us in Philippians that even when we return to our busy lives filled with work, kids, and extra-curricular activities to not be anxious; that He honors our time. While our morning routine may not be as lengthy, there are ways we can show our love to him throughout our day. Here are a few ways I maintain that closeness even in the midst of a busy day.
- Thank You: The first thing I do before my feet hit the floor is say, ‘Lord, I thank you.’ Thank you for the breath in my body, eyes where I can see and ears where I can hear.
- Music: Even while I am moving around the house getting ready, I have praise and worship music playing on my phone and on my Alexa; that way as I move from room to room I hear worship music. There are days where I feel something more soft and I go to Lauren Daigle or Tamela Mann and then there are days where I want something more upbeat and I choose Lecrae-Christian Rap
- Sermons/Podcasts: I am fortunate to have access to the weight room and track during my lunch breaks and I use them frequently. I learned early in my spiritual journey that God speaks to me clearly during work outs; so I have come to look forward to those times. While I am walking, running, or lifting weights I oftentimes put on a sermon (I like T.D. Jakes) or a podcast that inspires and encourages me.
- Devotional/Writing: Oftentimes it is during the late evening after I put my son to bed where I have uninterrupted time. This is when I dive into my devotional and do most of my writing. For years, I tried to force myself to do morning devotionals during my ‘busy’ seasons but I find myself feeling rushed and guilt-riden; so night time worship best serves me.
I pray that you give yourself some grace as you slowly prepare to return back to your busy season. God honors the time you spend with him whether it is a lengthy one hour devotional or little spurts throughout the day. Instead of being anxious about the return of our busy season, I pray that we give thanks for the season of TIME that we have been allowed during this quarantine and embrace what is to come.
REBORN. RENEWED. RECOLORED.