Making Changes, Making Time

Written by Sister Stefanie Callens on Thursday, December 03, 2015. Posted in Devotional

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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Comments (9)

  • Sharon Sloan

    Sharon Sloan

    03 December 2015 at 03:53 |
    Pray more. Study the word of God more. Visit the sick and widows more.

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  • Duane Werley

    Duane Werley

    03 December 2015 at 05:52 |
    I check my E-mail several times throughout the day and when A prayer request comes in I stop what i'm doing and go immediately into prayer for that person after which I save the email in a prayer request folder at the end of the year I go through them and am blessed to see many of the prayers being answered .

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  • Diana Houlihan

    Diana Houlihan

    03 December 2015 at 07:36 |
    Is it possible to send you a private note with a few suggestions?

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    • Sister Michelle Watson

      Sister Michelle Watson

      03 December 2015 at 11:34 |
      Definitely! Email TCOJCblog@gmail.com, and I'll forward this email to Sister Stefanie.

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  • Cindy Henderson

    Cindy Henderson

    03 December 2015 at 09:58 |
    Here are a few things I do when I'm away from home: Before eating lunch at work, I try leaving the school and going for a short walk where I can talk with God.
    When I am waiting at appointments, I read the latest Gospel News, Gospel Blog, church emails, etc. to draw closer to Him. As I drive, I often keep the radio off and ask God to bring people to my mind to remember for the day.

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  • Sister Michelle Watson

    Sister Michelle Watson

    03 December 2015 at 11:38 |
    Since it's Christmastime, I put up a couple of decorative scriptures (Micah 5:5 and Isaiah 9:2) on display, and it's so nice seeing them as I'm going about my day. I need to put up more scripture artwork around the house all year round.

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  • Sister Natalie Shawver

    Sister Natalie Shawver

    03 December 2015 at 11:44 |
    My mom taught me to leave the radio off on the drive to work some days and spend that time praying and talking with the Lord. I sometimes feel I am my most honest and vulnerable with Him in my Toyota Corolla!

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  • Sister Ruth Hill

    Sister Ruth Hill

    03 December 2015 at 18:41 |
    Get closer to God and family by reading His word. Two years ago we read through the bible in a year with a book that separated Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. My husband and I switched up the daily readings of those while our grandson read the daily psalms and proverbs. Last January we started reading through The Book of Mormon together. We are nearly done. If we missed a day, we always caught up. Everything was turned off and put on hold so we could read together.

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  • Teri-Lyn Tunno

    Teri-Lyn Tunno

    04 December 2015 at 00:19 |
    Thank you for this blog!! Sometimes I feel that I am the only one feeling this way. Being single, I feel like I am failing because I should have more time than those with families. I love all the suggestions!!! I do have God and me time on the way to work. I agree that in that drive in my car, I am more honest when I have my talk with the Lord. I also try to read the blog everyday. Another Sister had made the suggestion in another blog about changing your password to a verse in scripture. Since everyone month, I am required to change my password, I have used the name and location of a scripture that has touched me. Everytime I have to enter that password, which is several times throughout the day, I think of that scripture. Great blog!!!

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