What is the first thing you reach for when you have some free time?

You just finished your homework, your afternoon class is canceled, it’s finally Friday, or even better it’s summer break (anyone else counting down the days?). You have free range to do whatever you want! What activity do you find yourself choosing when you finally have some time for yourself? Maybe you find yourself reaching for your laptop to continue watching Netflix, maybe it's your comforter to take a little nap that turns into a two hour long nap, or maybe it’s your phone to see what everyone else is up to on social media. Sure these activities pass the time but they are not very life giving.

What if we gave some of that free time to Jesus? In the busiest of days, and the days full of leisure time, Jesus desires intimacy with us. What would happen if we skipped the nap, saved the netflix for later, and actually spent our free time intimately with Jesus? When we spend our free time meditating on his word, delighting in Him, and participating in life giving activities we are taking steps that will leave us feeling closer to the Lord.


3 Life Giving Activities to Fill Up Your Free Time:

1. Journal

Put away your computer and grab your favorite journal, some tea, and get ready to reflect. Journaling has been one of my favorite ways to really communicate with the Lord, and I am often left feeling revived and at peace. Whether you are reflecting on a tough season, writing down some goals, or writing down prayers, dedicate this time to Jesus and see how he uses this time to strengthen your relationship. It's amazing how fast you can fill up the pages with things Jesus has placed on your heart. I have found myself looking forward to journaling in my free time and reflecting on the ways God has continued to bless me as I read over past entries.

2. Meditate on His Word

The Lord wants us to spend time meditating on His word so we can grow closer to him and transform our hearts. We are never going to reach a point where we have experienced all of the Lord's riches. We are always going to be learning more about God’s infinite love for us, forever! Instead of spending an hour on your phone, pull out your bible and a journal and meditate on God’s word. The meditating doesn’t stop when you put your bible and journal away. He wants us to reflect on his word throughout our days and nights. Meditate on the verses while waiting in line at Starbucks, meditate on his word when you are driving, or walking around campus, meditate with worship music while getting ready in the morning. Jesus says that whoever drinks His water will never thirst, and as we fill our hearts with Jesus’s truth we will be satisfied. The Lord gives us peace that the world can’t give. 

“But whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither- whatever they do prospers.” // Psalm 1:2-3

Your soul will crave God’s truth, dedicate time to exploring God’s love and word.

3. Look for Him in Nature

It’s a beautiful day and you have some free time to spare! Why not spend some time going on a walk or hike with a group of friends experiencing God’s creation! Try not to worry about taking the perfect Instagram picture, or capturing the entire day on Snapchat. Take the time to reflect on what Jesus is doing in your life while surrounding yourself in his overwhelming creation. The birds chirping, the sun shining, the wind rustling through the trees, an overwhelming view that is able to evoke a feeling of insignificance, thank Jesus! Free yourself of all distractions and seek Him.

“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” // Isaiah 55:12

Whether you have a plethora of free time, or an overwhelming schedule, continue to dedicate time to Jesus. In all things see how he reveals himself and continue shining his light onto others!

“But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deed.” // Psalm 73:28

Maddie // @maddieowens23

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