Inside: 20 Ordinary Ways on How to Worship God
Never-ending laundry, dirty sink, dirty faces, homework battles….
This is my life, everyday.
The mundane tasks of life never seem to end.
But yet we are called to worship God all day.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 (ESV)
But what does that look like in 21st century world of COVID, social media overwhelm, and chauffeuring kids all day?
Is it really practical? Is this truth still applicable today?
I’m not calling for perfection.
Many days I’m still distracted and feel like a failure:
- I yelled at my kids yet again,
- Said unkind things to my husband,
- Or left a need for someone else to do.
Nor am I saying you need to stop every five minutes to pray.
There are many different ways to worship God.We were meant for so much more. We were meant to jump and praise and sing praises to our God all day long. Click To Tweet
We were meant for so much more. We were meant to jump and praise and sing praises to our God all day long. As the popular song by Mercy Me states,
So being a pragmatic Martha,
I brainstormed a list of different ways we can worship God throughout our ordinary days. I don’t want to just talk the talk, but I want to live out God’s truth and draw nearer to Him. Worship is so much more than sitting stagnant in a church pew.I don't want to just talk the talk, but I want to live out God's truth and draw nearer to Him. Worship is so much more than sitting stagnant in a church pew. Click To Tweet
So here it is, 20 ways to worship God in our daily lives:
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1. Wake up and say Good morning or Thank You (Idea originally inspired by Rebecca Hastings)
2. Pray before eating:
Seems obvious, right? but many times we forget about the simplest options. My motto is to start with the most obvious.
3. Prayer time/prayer cards/prayer app
I use the PrayerMate App to help me remember and to keep track of prayer requests.
4. Read a Psalm or memorize a scripture verse
You can use an app, write on a whiteboard, or even a scratch piece of paper. The main idea of course is to keep it visible.
5. Subscribe to a blog or Christian website
A few of my personal favorites:
6. Read the Bible
Even if you only read for five minutes, that’s five more minutes of time with God. I’ve even heard of some people having a Bible in their bathrooms. (Not my preferred method, but hey, whatever works for ya!)
7. Serve someone
Even serving your own family counts, because as all parents know, some days you are overwhelmed by jelly, Legos, and missing socks.
8. Sing Songs or listen to worship music
- While doing laundry,
- In the car,
- Or while cooking
- And more
9. Listen to a podcast on kindness or Christianity
My favorite times to listen to podcasts include my car, on a walk, or while eating my lunch
10. Fast a meal or snack and use the time to pray or meditate on God’s word
11. Reach out to a friend.
Often when a friend pops into your head, God may be prompting you to reach out to them. (Send an encouraging text message, a card, or even an old-fashioned phone call.)
12. Play a game
Bible Trivial Pursuit (with family or virtual) or Would You Rather?, with a spiritual twist (Would you rather sing Bible songs on the couch or on the deck ,etc…)
13. Write messages of love on your driveway
14. Make a card
Making this one a family affair could be a great way to include your kids as well. You could send some to nursing homes, friends, even grandparents. This summer my church set up a great project for the kids to send out cards to members of our congregation who were unable to leave their homes.
15. Read a book or article that encourages you
I’m an avid reader, so I attempt to have at least one spiritual book in my reading rotation. While books can’t replace God’s Word (The ultimate book), they do offer fresh and challenging perspectives.
16. Write down what your are grateful for each day.
This is probably one of my favorite things to do and something I’ve been doing for several years now. I can really tell a difference in my general outlook and joy when I forget to write down my thankful items.
17. Go for a walk
Either by yourself and use the time to meditate or pray or with your family and when you spot the things you are grateful for, speak them out loud. (This could be made into a fun game as well!)
18. Speak love and God into your family.
My favorite way to do this is by telling my kids I have a secret and whispering I love you, God loves you, or I think you’re amazing, etc…
Speaking specific examples of how you saw God in them when you catch them doing something kind is another great way to shower God’s love into your family.
19. Take turns making each other laugh
You may be asking how this honors God? But I believe that part of honoring God is enjoying the life He has gifted us to live and there is no better way than laughter. Do you remember the last time you laughed so hard you peed a little, or even snorted?
Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.James 1:17 (NLT)
20. Make something beautiful for others to enjoy,
Last year during the start of the pandemic, my daughter’s art teacher sent out projects for them to do at home. One of those was making land art. My kids loved it so much that they still talk about it a year later every time we walk in our neighborhood past that rock.
Well, there you have it, an exhaustive list of different ways to worship God. I hope you find it helps you in your daily life. And this is part 1 of a 2 part series, so be sure to check back soon for 20 more ideas!
**I plan on incorporating an intentional detailed plan on exactly how I honored and worshipped God using the above ideas so you can see how it may look in real life.
My plan may or may not work. but if not, I will just keep trying and maybe it will help you draw closer to God as well.
Do you have ideas to add to my list? Share in the comments below