How to find time for God in the midst of Advent chaos?

Are you feeling it yet? The rat-race turmoil, leaning towards a muddled mess?

“A dance of light rays

It must be Advent. (Or it could be in the midst of chaos of any season.)

How can we find time for peace?
How can we find time for God?

Pastor Nancy Lynn at FUMC in Ann Arbor, MI had some ideas in her sermon last week. (The transcript and podcast are not up yet, but will be soon I’m sure.)

Let’s review Nancy’s ideas. (And is it okay if I build on them?)Split rocks in the woods

  • Go out and notice something in nature. (Even if it’s just a bunch of rocks.) Set a recurring timer (to go off when it will be okay to be interrupted). When it rings, go for a daily walk. Find a truly beautiful article. Allow yourself to fill with awe. Yes! God made this!
  • Take time for prayer. (Be like Jesus?) How about a different way of praying? Breath prayer: This sort of prayer brings yourself to quiet rest. Start by relaxing (do your best!). Focus on your breath. Silently recite a word (or words) over and over. Try the Aramaic word that means “Come Lord” – Maranatha. Break it into four syllables:
    Breath In: Ma
    Breath Out: Ra
    Breath In: Na
    Breath Out: Tha

    When your mind drifts, bring yourself gently back.

  • Practice grace and forgiveness… towards yourself! Rather than piling up accusations against yourself (I should have… I am such an idiot… Why didn’t I… ) Try loading your brain with positive, helpful thoughts. Phrases like:

    • Sometimes I make mistakes. I can learn from them.
    • Most decisions in life involve tradeoffs.
    • I chose not to buy the most expensive gift.

    Want to change your prevailing viewpoint? Give yourself compassion and change your self-talk!

  • “Rack - Random Acts of Christmas KindnessMake a point to be spontaneously kind. Print a calendar page for December. (Click on the underlined words to go and get one to print.) Each day write something you’ve done to be helpful.

    Want a different idea to promote a randomly caring attitude? Try “RACK” (Random Acts of Christmas Kindness).

May one of these activities help you to find peace (and God with you) in this busy season!

Photo credits:
Chaos by kevin dooley, who licensed this photo on Flickr (via photopin) under a Creative Commons License. Rest of photos from my archives. (I made the RACK’ed figure.)

Are you seeing ads? They are not from me! They are placed by WordPress, who otherwise offers a free platform from which to share lots of good-ness. If you see an inappropriate ad, please report it to Include the URL, the date/time the ad appeared, and a screenshot of the ad.