I had done it again. Sleepy eyes stared wearily into the darkness as the familiar sensations of regret and guilt flooded my heart.
I had pulled my Bible out with the intention of doing a hearty devotional. I got myself comfortable on my bed, ready to dive into the Word and then… nothing.
What had happened?
Distractions had stolen my attention once again.
It was that quick email here, a squirrel moment there, and oh yeah… that “short” article on weight loss over there.
If you are like me, you know this feeling well. You have been there, done that. This is a major struggle in my life, and it is one I am still working on conquering.
Throughout the struggle though, I have found some helpful tips and tricks to keep me more focused and consistent in my devotional life.
These tips will not work if they are not established with the right mindset. First of all, you need to realize that your devotional time is not just another good Christian habit that you get to check off your ‘to-do list.’
Your devotional time is a sacred time that you set aside each day to devote yourself to God in prayer and through studying His word.
With that in mind, I would like to share my top three favorite tips!
#1. Ask for accountability.
Ask a close friend, parent, or guardian to hold you accountable on a weekly basis for your devotional schedule. Ask that person to email, call, or text you once or twice a week to see how you are doing.
God encourages us to hold each other accountable. Hebrews 10:24 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”
Having someone hold you accountable is a great way to stay on track and to help you consistently seek time with God.
#2. Get rid of distractions.
I did my devotions online for awhile, but soon found that the lures of the internet kept me from really focusing in on God and what I was reading. So, if you find yourself constantly running down rabbit trails during your quiet time, then I would suggest getting something on your computer or device like StayFocusd.
StayFocusd is a free extension for Chrome that allows you to specify which websites you can visit and which ones are off limits.
If you want to keep up your devotional site, but don’t want to be distracted by Facebook or Instagram, Stayfocusd allows you to block those sites. It is customizable, allowing you to set certain times of day that you are blocked from your most visited sites.
Another idea is to just switch to an actual devotional book and take your computer, phone, iPad, or Kindle into another room. That way you are not distracted by hearing the chime of a new text message or Facebook alert.
“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.
#3. Get into a habit.
In life we do certain things at certain times during the day like breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So instead of just hoping that you’ll find time to spend with God, set a specific time of day aside for you to do your devotionals.
For some people it might be first thing in the morning (recommended) or it might be before you go to bed at night.
Personally, I have set a no Bible no bed rule, meaning I can’t go to bed without doing my devotions first. Perhaps for you it might be no Bible no breakfast rule.
Whatever it is, be intentional, be consistent, and stick to it.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
I hope you enjoyed this post and and I would love to hear from you in the comments!
- What are some things that you struggle with the most in your devotional life?
- What are some ways that you like to use to stay focused?