Easy Ways to Stay Intentional with God

Posted on April 16, 2019 by Justin Serrano

For those of you who don’t know, this is the time of year college students are living on coffee and scrambling for due dates. The end of the semester is easily the most stressful time of a college student’s year. And maybe I’m only speaking for myself, but I feel as if the spring semester is a million times harder than the fall semester.

During this season of finals, it is so easy for us to get overwhelmed with school and work that we treat spending time with God as an option rather than a priority. I’ve been there and still might get to this point from time to time. We aren’t perfect. But we do need to recognize that no matter how busy our day may be, we actually have more time than we think.

Sometimes we get caught up in the logistics of it all, but it doesn’t matter if you’re listening to your Bible or reading it at 5 a.m. or 11 p.m. It is all about being intentional and getting into God’s Word. So, if you cannot seem to “find the time” to be with God, here are some easy ways you can be intentional about your time with God. And although these tips are for everyone, this is dedicated to all of my fellow college students out there.


1. Set a specific time.

If you are a morning person, you are blessed! I would encourage you to get up earlier than usual and begin your morning in the Word. I’m just going to be honest, I am not a morning person. I cannot get my brain to function, let alone read anything, before my coffee.

So, I devoted my 30-minute time slot of getting ready to a wonderful Bible plan. I discovered a new (and may I add, so helpful) YouVersion Bible app feature that came out not too long ago—audio recordings. Now, I can listen to my Bible in a One Year audio devotional while getting ready. It helps me start my day with God’s Word in a way that works for me in the early morning.

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2. Utilize your commute.

Another great way to spend time with God is during your commute!

I drive to and from the University of New Mexico just about every day, therefore, I’m in my car for at least an hour each day. You can utilize this time as you wish, but I personally choose to listen to worship music or a podcast during my drive. Some of my personal favorites include K-LOVE, Family Life Radio, Steven Furtick and, of course, our very own Pastor Jason Dickenson. And as a side note, you wouldn’t believe how much this helps you keep your cool when someone cuts you off in traffic.


3. Use a Bible app on your spare time.

If you’re anything like me, you pick up your phone when you’re just trying to kill time, whether waiting for class to start, an appointment, or eating breakfast. Instead of opening Facebook or Instagram, however, I encourage you to open your Bible app. Reading an encouraging blog or devotional does not take much time, and you never know what God will speak into you at that moment. Some of my personal favorite Bible apps include: the YouVersion Bible app, the First5 app, and the Love God Greatly app.
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4. Listen to worship throughout your day.

One of my most favorite things in the world is worship. It is so powerful. You have no idea how worship can change your day, and you can practically be plugged in anywhere you go. I love listening to worship while I’m walking to class, because it gives me a good five to 15 uninterrupted minutes to just admire God’s work. I definitely believe that listening to worship like this brings light not only to my day, but also to my surroundings.

With that, I invite you to listen to worship every chance you get, whether on Spotify, Apple Music, or your favorite streaming app. I have found that my work gets done so much smoother if I am listening to worship in the background. Creating that atmosphere in your workplace, home, or study space, changes everything. It is a simple way to make your day better in ways you didn’t know it could.


I hope these tips are useful to you and help change the atmosphere of your entire day. I pray this encourages you to notice where you can improve on spending time with God throughout your day. Oh, and if you’re reading this and you are not a college student, hug one. They probably need it!


Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. —Psalm 119:105



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