Realize devotional objectives despite obstacles.
Planned meetings are a piece of love. They are called “dates.” We should date God; set up times and places to be with Him. This is part of a devotional habit, a devoted love. We should make time for both personal and family devotions. Devotions are a spiritual discipline which we should take great effort in planning for. Three quick tips for planning devotional time:
- Expect exceptions, however, do not let exceptions become the rule.You do not suck for missing a devotional time in the morning. Experiencing a break in devotional worship does not mean you’re a terrible person. Sometimes things happen… Oversleep. Fall Asleep (During Devotions). Crying Baby.But if your normal routine is empty of devotional times, and your meetings with God are the exception to the rule, you do suck (Ha NO … Kidding). However, you will need to practice keeping a date and time with the Lord.
- Allow enough time margins to be able to cope with unusual events, such as a business trip, preparation time, etc. Things can get crazy in life. Husband and wife must be willing to help one another in completing individual tasks in order to keep devotional time a priority. If there is a temporary overload of demand on one person, the other spouse can help relieve the stress by taking other household duties for a small period of time.If you’re single you may not have this extra help to take over tasks when things get “too busy.” It is even more important for you to pray this prayer: “Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should” (Psalm 90:12 TLB).
We must recognize that as individuals we have a limited amount of time. We must prioritize, make room for certain activities and slice others out of our schedules. “Everything has its own time, and there is a specific time for every activity under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
- Communicate times of spiritual discipline, such as special prayer, study, fasting, or special bible reading. Whether married of single, communication with a person is important. Singles can share their thoughts and purposes with a mentor, or a close friend. Spouses should share purpose and trade encouragement, even if only one spouse engages in the event.This practice will help keep you accountable and motivated. Also, this practice will help you reinforce what you have learned or gathered from God. Last of all, we grow best living as a community of people. We grow when we share, examine, and challenge our ideas with those we are close with. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens the wits of another” (Proverbs 27:17).