One Thing You Can Always Do When You Have No Time

If you’re anything like me, something always tries to take the place of the most important things in my day.

My workout routine includes a half hour walk/jog five mornings a week. Four out of those five days my to-do list tries to convince me I don’t have time for exercising. Instead I need to finish that, make those phone calls, edit this manuscript.

A similar thing happens with my scheduled in-the-Word/quiet time. An “urgent” task threatens to claim this sacred time. A flashing light or blaring siren calls me to notice it and take action on it … now!

It’s easy to get into the mindset that we have no time to do those most-important things. Less-important ones scream for our attention. So we tackle them first … often to simply get them off our mind.

no time, but always time

The Lie

Here’s the thing: The enemy likes nothing more than to keep us thinking we’re too busy for the really important things of life, like time with God or taking care of our body.

Satan wants to keep us overwhelmed and undernourished in a real spiritual and physical sense. Then we’re far more likely to get sick and weak in those areas, creating a perfect environment for more of his sneaky little lies to take root.

Satan wants to keep us overwhelmed and undernourished in a spiritual and physical sense. Answer w/ #EverydayPraise Click To Tweet

So let’s not even go there. Don’t do it!

Believe me, I’ve used every excuse out there. And none of them can hold water. Let’s fight back! 

Now, there may be a day here or there when you or I don’t have the time to sit at Jesus’ feet for an half-hour or hour. But there is rarely (if ever) a time when we are too busy to spend a few minutes with God, reading a Bible verse or two and listening for His whisper to our hearts.

Moreover there is one practice we can always fit in. This rings true, no matter what looms in our day.

The One Thing To Do When You Have No Time

We always and forever have time for proclaiming our Lord’s praises. We can sing His praises in the shower, while doing dishes, chauffeuring our children to their next activity, or sitting in the hospital waiting room with a sick child.

We're all busy, but we always and forever have time for proclaiming our Lord's praises. #EverydayPraise Click To Tweet

Even when up to my eyeballs in editing, I can pause for a moment to acknowledge God’s presence. Even when deep in conversation, I can whisper a thank you for the relationship.

Everyday-praise time can happen all day. It seldom needs to cease. And why would we want it to?

When we glorify God, we’re resting under His wings, we’re drawing near to His very presence. What a glorious place to camp!

Glorifying God brings us to rest under His wings, which is a glorious place to camp. Click To Tweet

Praise time is time the devil can never steal from us. It’s a practice that strengthens and nourishes like none other.

Praising God is the way to experience peace in the midst of the fiercest storm. It reminds us that although we may come out of a battle battered and bruised, with God leading the way through, we’ll never be defeated.

Praising God reminds us that though we may come out of a battle battered and bruised, we'll never be defeated w/ Him. Click To Tweet

I don’t know about you, but I can use this reminder often!

“May the Lord be praised! Day after day He bears our burdens; God is our salvation. Selah” Psalm 68:19

Reflections: Do you let the enemy convince you there’s no time for God? Squelch that lie with a little praise sprinkled throughout your busy day; you’ll be amazed at the difference in your attitude and emotions. 

If you haven’t yet, you may want to check out my new devotional that released as an eBook a couple weeks ago on the blessings of praising God! Praise: it’s just what each of us needs to discover the beauty in the broken. Soon Everyday Praise will be released as a paperback! Sign up to receive word when that happens and to get the FREE 5-devotion preview here: Everyday Praise Devotional

It’s been more than 5 years of counting and I’ve well passed 5,000 gifts in Ann Voskamp’s Joy Dare! What a blessing! Here are numbers #5367–5387. Read my entire list by clicking here.

  • *A sweet lady willing to help me out with my book; *Visiting with a dear friend on the phone; *Watching Joey and his teammates play a great game of football
  • *Witnessing how Rachel’s excessive friendliness positively affected people at the dental office; *Watching a yellow warbler flitting around our bushes; *Finally a night free to read
  • Sighting an otter by the lakeshore this morning; Visiting with our excellent staff members at parent-teacher conferences; Receiving word that our petition for guardianship of Rachel is finally approved!
  • Long overdue paperwork sent in; Rescuing a butterfly; Cuddling with my girl for bedtime reading of 2 very different books
  • Scaring up a variety of critters on my a.m. walk/jog; Great day at school for Rach; Joey being able to come home right after school today
  • Fellowship with my #LWML sisters at our fall rally; Catching Joey’s second marching band contest of the day; Spending a few hours with hubby’s TX cousin
  • Hubby and I enjoying lunch with church friends at a beautiful chalet; A bench swing to enjoy on my deck on a beautiful afternoon (even if it is old and beat up); Silliness with my girl

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Yours in grace ≈


I am a blessed wife, mother of four, and follower of Jesus Christ, celebrating each messy day through His grace. I write, edit, and speak as God leads.

Posted in Christian walk, Daily Living, Everyday Praise, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Praise
  • Cecelia Lester (Quiet Spirit)

    Julie: You make a marvelous point. We can praise God while we do the tasks we consider trivial.

  • Kristine Brown MTY

    So true! The enemy will definitely try to distract us, but we always have time for praise!

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Hello, I'm Julie, an imperfect wife and mother of four. Life in this broken world is not always easy. Yet, joy can be found in each day through the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I find it's easy for our day's BLESSINGS to get lost in its HAPPENINGS. But God's "mercies never end" (Lamentations 3:22) and His "grace is sufficient" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

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