Making Changes, Making Time
It seems like life is always crazy these days.
Always having something to do, it is rare to have a moment when you can sit on the couch, breathe, and think, "What am I going to do tonight?" Most of the time, the things keeping me running around like a chicken with its head cut off are things I want to do.
For example, for any one of us, it could be routine gym sessions, weekly dinners with a family member or friend, a monthly book club, watching a child's soccer practice or game. The list goes on. But with everything I make time to do, where is the time to talk to the Lord? Where is the time to read the scripture or sing hymns of praise?
I have been thinking about this a lot lately. Sure, I'm busy, but I should still be close to God — that is the most important thing. I came up with a list of things that I can do differently to ensure that. Here it is:
Every morning, after the alarm goes off — and I've hit snooze at least once — I scroll through my phone, checking email and Facebook to wake myself up. Instead, I've decided to start opening the Bible & Book of Mormon app to read at least a verse of scripture to help wake me up.
I listen to books on CD while driving, so I can change it up and listen to scripture or CDs of hymns or Christian music on the radio.
When I have a few minutes free, I can spend it quietly talking to the Lord instead of letting my mind wander.
I can pray in my heart anywhere.
I've been writing down a list of brothers, sisters, and friends when they come to my mind, and I have been trying to make an attempt to reach out to them through various means and/or praying for them.
What are some things that you do or that you think you can do to be closer to God?
Editor's Note: Answer Sister Stefanie's question in a comment below, and hopefully we'll generate a helpful list of suggestions. Strengthening each other is what the family of God is all about!
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