By Rae Lynn DeAngelis

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).

My smart phone doesn’t have a lot of internal storage, so I often have to delete or upload files to my computer so that I can free up space for other things.

Before our trip to Florida, I realized I wouldn’t have computer access while we were on vacation, so I decided the best thing for me to do was to temporarily delete a few of my apps. In doing so, I could free up space to take pictures and videos while we were gone.

Normally, I listen to all kinds of uplifting and encouraging messages through my Podcast app, but it was one that needed to go. (It was taking up way too much space on my phone.)

At first I was hesitant to delete it, but then I reasoned that I could easily upload it again when I got back from vacation. As the saying goes… out of sight, out of mind.

A few weeks after we had returned home, it felt like I was “coasting” spiritually. Even though I was reading my Bible and praying each morning, there was still something missing. I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was until my friend sent me an inspiring sermon message by Holly Furtick of Elevation Church that was called “I’m Just a Girl.”  It was so uplifting!

All at once it hit me as to why I was feeling so depleted. My Podcast app was still missing from my phone, and as a result, I hadn’t been filling up with the great teachings like I usually do.

Recognizing the problem, I immediately uploaded the app and began listening to all my favorite teachers again: Mark Batterson, Andy Stanley, Steven Furtick, and Greg Boyd, to name a few.

Whether I’m heading to a meeting, or out running errands, listening to Christian podcasts in the car is one of my favorite ways to be encouraged in my journey with God. And it makes my drive time feel much more productive.

Friends, we live in unprecedented times with more opportunities to grow spiritually than ever before!

No more coasting as Christians, and no more excuses. Take advantage of this technological age and carve out some much needed time and space for God (even if it means taking up valuable real estate on your phone).

“Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name” (Psalm 86:11).