One Month and Twenty-Seven Days. . . 8 weeks. . . 57 days
Only 57 days until City Project.
These next two months are going to be filled to the brim with prayer and individual studies of scripture. With my fourth semester of college coming to close, I could easily become distracted by school work, exams, juries (a final exam for music majors), or even trying to hang out with my friends before we part ways for summer break. Even when your schedule is crammed full and your to-do list never seems to get completely checked off, that you set aside time with God to pray and to study His word. So when you lead a busy life, how can you keep your life focused on Christ?
1. Wake Up Earlier –
This is something new I have been trying, and it works! I am not typically a morning person. In high school my mom would equate my morning demeanor to that of a grizzly bear, but I have found when I wake up early to spend that time with God in prayer, my grouchiness is replaced with a liveliness that I could not attain on my own. Waking up an hour earlier not only gives me time to be with God, but when I start my day with God, I feel His presence giving me strength to get through the day. It also encourages me to go to bed earlier, so I get enough sleep.
2. Start a Prayer Wall –
I started keeping track scripture God reveals to me in my studies, and notes reminding me of what to pray for on the wall next to my bed. It is a constant reminder to pray when I am in my room, and it helps me remember what I need to pray for.
3. Keep a Journal –
When I was in middle school I was always trying to start a journal, but I could never stick with it. My sister has been keeping a prayer journal, and she got me one for Christmas. While I may not write in it every day, it is a good reminder to sit down and focus on my prayer. It is also a great way to keep track of what God is doing in my life, so I can look back and see what prayers He has answered. I keep track of sermon notes, scribble song lyrics, summarize my Bible studies, and pour my heart out in prayers on the pages of this journal. I already can flip through the pages and see how much God has been doing in my life in the last few months. In two years, ten years, maybe even thirty years, I can look back at this journal and see how God worked in my life while I was in college
As a music major in my second year of college, I know how quickly life can become busy. Most days I have to write an hour by hour schedule of my daily plan so I can fit in my to-do list, which includes things such as classes, eating meals, homework, practice, exercise . . . etc, and sometimes it seems like I don’t have time to sit down to pray or delve into the Word of God. I feel like if I take time away from my endless to-do list I won’t finish it, but I have found when I sacrifice some of this precious time to pray and learn about Him, I finish all that is on my list (and sometimes more).
I encourage you to take time everyday to spend with God. We should use the time He gives us to praise Him and come to Him with all our needs.