Before I worked mornings on the radio, I had a good system set up with God.
I woke at 6 am, poured myself a hot cup of coffee and hunkered down with my Bible and journal. It was a solid habit some 15 years in the making. And it worked.
That is until I was on the morning show – and found myself rushing out the door by 6:30 am. The morning felt all together different to me. I was up by 5 am to try and get it all done … but I felt such a sense of hurry and exhaustion. Slowly, my 15 year habit was fragmented – and I was left floundering.
I missed God. And I missed the old routine. And I needed to find a way to reconnect.
So here’s a short list of things that got me through. That keep me afloat spiritually while adjusting to my schedule.
- Listen to bible teachers online. While making breakfast or putting on makeup, I’d just click through and catch my favorite preacher’s latest teaching.
- Revisit old conversations. There were many mornings I’d peruse my old journals and read through those valuable conversations with God. Reading that – and remembering – was a balm to my hurried soul.
- Find a verse and make it stick. Sure, not everybody has time to sit and read chapter upon chapter in the bible – but everybody can find time for one verse. When you’re busy, find a verse and make it stick. Write it on a post-it and put it where you’ll see it often. On a mirror, in your car, on your calendar, on your computer.
- Commit to weekend church services. When life gets crazy fast, that’s the perfect time to make sure your weekend priority includes church.
- Read a book. There were many mornings that CS Lewis and Oswald Chambers helped me connect with God.
- Finally, remember that God is speaking continually. Open your ears and listen. He might say something in a song or through a friend. Just never doubt that he’s waiting to talk to you.