Three Tips to Ensure Quality Time with God in School/College

I know I’m not the only one who tends to get “busy” with small yet tedious tasks that my alone time with God begins to decrease little by little.

In my previous post, I briefly mentioned the direction that God was taking me in terms of my education and because of that my brain just like super-focused on things like sending this email, attending this meeting, submitting this assignment, etc…

Small right? Yet, those things were taking up a lot of my time. How? The time that I had was being filled up with those tasks and before I knew it, my day was pretty much gone and it was on to the next day. This is what I like to call, Auto-pilot mode.

Instead of planning and taking control of my time, my time was pretty much controlling me. I was going with the flow and not really being purposeful about where my time was going. As a result, my quality time with God decreased and my fire and hunger for Him wasn’t growing.  This is why I want to briefly talk about a few things that are essential to make sure you are spending necessary time with God. 

  1. “Fail to Plan and you Plan to Fail”

In order to have a desire to spend time with God in the first place, He needs to give it to you. God needs to place inside of you a hunger and a desire for Him and He does so through:

  • Prayer
  • Fasting
  • Worship
  • Studying the Scripture

In order to do these things, you need time. In order to make the most out of your time, you need to plan. I personally use the calendar in my phone and plug in things through there. My work schedule is consistent so I plug in that and I also plug in my class times along with things like meeting with someone and other responsibilities that I have for the day. I also have a dry-erase calendar on my wall that I try to use.  However, I noticed that it wasn’t enough. Doing that worked but what’s missing? I never planned the time that I would spend with God and in turn, I never did.

Set aside time for you to spend with Jesus. If that means getting up earlier or going to bed later, do what it takes (speaking to myself too). God helps us keep the big picture in mind. This motivates us throughout our day to use our time even more wisely because we have this big picture and we’re gonna focus on the things that gets us there. God is also able to give you direction about your day and it’s essential to invite His presence in order to walk in the fullness of it.

2. Prioritize

We need to prioritize God. I can take one look at your calendar and see what’s important to you. There’s a plethora of things that will try to take up our time and it takes prioritizing and discipline to make sure that nothing is getting in the way of our devotional time. Scripture tells us to “Seek first the Kingdom of God, and all these things will be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). It gives me peace knowing that God already knows what I need and he’s already made plans to take care of those needs so I should seek him FIRST. Notice that it says to seek Him FIRST. So as we make plans to reflect on our priorities, God should be number one.

3. Community

Ouuu this is a big one people. Show me your friends and I’ll show you who you are. Your community will either propel you in your relationship with God or prevent you from moving forward in God. Since my freshman year, I made it my priority to find a Biblical church. It was shaky at first, but now I’m established and I owe a great percentage of my growth in God to the community I found. I’m also actively serving in a campus ministry that plays a role in my hunger for Jesus.

The Bible echoes the need for Godly community. Don’t believe the lie that you can do God all by yourself. ISSA LIE! Search the Scriptures for yourself and allow God to reveal the benefits from Godly community and expose the root of why you don’t want to go to church or hang out with other Christians.

I want believers in school to be so on fire for God that it affects how they serve their campuses and communities. What kind of person do you think of when you think of someone who is on fire for God? I want you to imagine yourself. I want you to imagine someone who wakes up every day intentionally devoting themselves to Jesus and using their time to advance the mission of Christ for their lives.

Allow the Spirit of God to burn inside of you for Him and for people. It’s life changing for you as the wick and His flame inside of you changes the lives of other people.

God’s love is so reckless for you,

Gabriella

 

 

 

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