Time with God
Spending time with God is not about checking something off on your to-do list. Rather, it's about cultivating a friendship with a living God. Regularly spending time one-on-one talking with God (prayer), reading His Word (the Bible), and listening to Him (the Holy Spirit) will help you understand who God is and who we are in Him. God wants to spend time with you because you are His masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10) and His greatest desire (Song of Solomon 7:10). He loves you (John 3:16). He wants to hear from you, bless you, and be a part of your life in every season (James 4:8, Psalm 145:18; John 14:26, Matthew 6:6).
Weekly Family Time
What do you center your household activities and conversations on? Are they centered around TV or social media? What about school, sports, hobbies or anything other than Jesus? The patterns we walk in as parents will determine the direction our entire household goes in.
Again, spending time with God as a family (with your spouse and/or children) is not so much about adding on another household chore. Rather, it's an opportunity to dig out what is not from God and to set Jesus as the solid foundation (Matthew 7:24-27), to instruct our children in God’s Word (Deuteronomy 11:18-21, Proverbs 22:6), and to agree and believe for His promises over our family (Matthew 18:19-20).
We were created to love God with all that we are. To love someone is to pay attention, remember, and care about what he/she has spoken. Bible memorization has the effect of making our gaze on Jesus steadier and clearer. It helps us triumph over sin (Psalm 119:9) and temptation (Matthew 4:1–11), it is useful to comfort and counsel people we love (Proverbs 25:11), and it helps us communicate the good news of Jesus to others (1 Peter 3:15). In summary, storing God’s word in our hearts and minds helps us recall and meditate on who He is and what He says in times of need. Start memorizing verses and be ready in season and out of season!