by Ted Lowe

When it comes to spending time with God in the morning, I do it. Not so much because I’’m so disciplined. I do it because I have to. If I don’’t spend time with God for a few days, I quickly become a mess. I get overwhelmed easily.
I say things I regret.
I let small things turn into big things.
I’’m not the husband and dad I want to be.

But recently, I realized that I had been treating God like a workout. Why do I work out? Because it starts the day off right. I don’’t think about it much the rest of the day; I just enjoy its rewards. You may be thinking, “What’’s wrong with that?” Isn’’t that what time with God is all about? Yes, and no.

Yes, it’’s a great way to start your day. But it’’s not okay to not think about Him much. Or, at least it feels the oppposite to what He wants for my relationship with Him.

For the last few months, during my time with God, I have felt His call to hang out with Him all day long.

Isaiah 41:13 says: “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you” (NIV).

So I try to remember that He has me by the hand, comforting me, protecting me from myself; not unlike how I hold my daughter’’s hand.

Even in the midst of some of the craziest, busiest seasons (like now), I have sensed His presence during the day; I sense His peace and strength.

While this may sound like Christianity 101, and maybe it is, I have certainly enjoyed hanging out more with God. It not only makes me better at my job, but better at home.

The Creator of the Universe wants to hold my hand, why wouldn’’t I let Him?

How do you experience God in the middle of your busy days?

Ted Lowe is a speaker and the director of MarriedPeople, the marriage division at Orange. Ted is the author of two books—one for marriage ministry leaders (Married People: How Your Church Can Build Marriages That Last) and one for married couples (Your Best US: Marriage Is Easier Than You Think). He served for almost 10 years as the director of MarriedLife at North Point Community Church. He lives near Atlanta, Georgia, with his four favorite people: his wife, Nancie, and their three children.

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