5 Ways to Remember God in Your Busy Life

Set up some triggers to jump-start your heart.

Not long ago, I forgot the birthday of a good friend. After I looked back at my calendar, I saw the problem. I neglected to set up a reminder for the important day. We overlook significant things in our lives often because of our busyness—not because of our apathy. It’s no different in our relationship with God.

5 Ways to Remember God in Your Busy Life

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Whether we use string on a finger, a Post-it Note on the mirror, or an auto-reminder on our smartphones, we all need prompts for what we’d otherwise forget.

Unaware as it happens, we can allow our busy lives to crowd out our devotion to God. We enjoy our families, our homes, our food, our salvation—all of God’s blessings to us. But before we know it, we replace a devotion to the Lord with a devotion to His blessings. And in a sad, twisted irony, those blessings become our focus instead of the God who gave them.

You’re going to stay busy. I get it.

In this post, I’ll give you 5 ways you can remember God in your busy life.

Remembering Not to Forget God

Ironically, we tend to overlook God’s gracious blessings because we stay so busy enjoying them. God told the young generation of Israel:

When the Lord your God brings you into . . . great and splendid cities which you did not build, and houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and hewn cisterns which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and you shall eat and be satisfied. —Deuteronomy 6:10-11

Notice God’s emphasis through the repeated phrase: “which you did not.” The blessings His people would receive would come from God’s hand—not from themselves.

When we think about it, it’s the same with us. We have:

  • “great and splendid cities” (insert your city here)
  • “houses full of all good things” (just look around your home)
  • “hewn cisterns” (your clean drinking water)
  • “vineyards and olive trees” (your grocery store)

None of these things we obtained alone; they are God’s gifts and blessings. But we forget that. So did the Hebrews.

So Moses warned his nation of prosperity’s greatest temptation:

Then watch yourself, lest you forget the Lord who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. —Deuteronomy 6:12

Scripture on the dash.

(Photo: My daughter’s dash)

Why We Forget God

God’s Word clearly reminds us that our tendency to forget God increases as we prosper. Both of Israel’s most glorious kings—David and Solomon—committed their greatest acts of unfaithfulness at the height of their prosperity.

The warning remains a fitting reminder to us whose garbage disposals eat better than 30 percent of the world’s population.

Watch yourself, lest you forget the Lord. —Deuteronomy 6:12

Our busy and blessed lives are not the only reasons we fail to remember God. Moses told God’s people that the culture around them also served as a serious distraction from their devotion (Deuteronomy 6:13-14). Is it any different for us today?

5 Ways to Remember God in Your Busy Life

We need to do whatever it takes to remember God. Here are 5 ideas:

  1. Set a recurring calendar notification on your smartphone to remind you of a verse (like Deut. 6:12). Or you can ask yourself questions throughout the day, like: “Remember God today?”
  2. Use your wristwatch’s hourly beep as a prompt to give God thanks for your blessings.
  3. Got a wall plaque with your favorite verse? Hang it upside-down for a week as a visual reminder.
  4. Use your smartphone’s home screen for Scripture instead of what you’re using now. Here are some clever examples you can download for free.
  5. Put a 3×5 card in your car and read the reminder at stoplights. (My daughter does this. See her picture above.)

There’s no reason in our busy lives we can’t remember God.

Let’s watch ourselves.

Question: What do you do to remember God in your busy life? To leave a comment, just click here.

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  • Lenir Sommerville

    Some of my passwords are specific references to scriptural passages that I would like to remember at all times. In opening my accounts, I pause to recite the passage from memory and praise/thank God for His promises.

    • Super ideas, Lenir. Thanks for sharing. That’s a great way to remember verses.

    • I love this idea! I’m going to have to try that!

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  • Gen

    When the situation comes in my life I remember God but I know that it’s not good enough if you remembering Him when you only feel that your going down. They said to me that you don’t have to remember God if you only at that situation, but remembering God everyday of your life.. 🙂

    • It’s easy to forget the Lord when we get so busy, isn’t it, Gen? Simple things like I mentioned in this post can keep us focused when otherwise we would stay distracted. Thanks.

  • benpre

    Point 4 sends you to a link that doesn’t work.

    • Thanks for letting me know, but that’s strange. I’m able to open the link in Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. Sorry about that.

    • Link is working for me. Maybe it was just a temporary glitch? I’m using Chrome.

      • Great to hear from you, Laura. You’ve been on my mind lately—and I’ve been praying for you. Just this morning, in fact! God bless.

        • Thank you! You and your wife are also frequently in my prayers. Hope all is going well with you and your family and your ministry!

      • benpre

        Yes it’s working for me now thanks

  • Great post, Wayne! I just wrote about what happened with me because I wasn’t sticking close with God and staying focused on his Word. (It wasn’t pretty, but thankfully, God’s grace calls us to repentance and we can turn around and do better). It is amazing how faithful God is to forgive us and help us get back on track! Love your ideas for preventing getting into that situation in the first place!


    Those are a good ideas ,i don’t remember when i forgot about Jesus and His love for me,maybe He had been trying to teach me something that i perceived as a cruel and careless God,but finally i realize that He actually loves me and that’s why i went through so many problems only to expose myself and my sin and at the same time He will draw me closer to Him,so yes this is a good idea to have a reminder for me because sometimes i don’t realize that i have forgotten Him,but at present time i always remember Him because i’m still having a problem.

    • I’m glad to hear that you are continuing to reach out to God, wanting to keep Him in your thoughts throughout the day. In spite of the fact that we tend to forget Him, never give up seeking Him. A humble and contrite heart He will never despise (Psalm 51). God bless.

  • Clare Larmour

    I absolutely love this! I have recently came back to God after backsliding for alot of years and I am struggling to find that awesome relationship I had with him (because I seem to forget he’s always here). Thank you for this! 😀🕆⚌❤

    • You’re welcome, Clare–and I’m thrilled the Lord has drawn you back after those years away. Isn’t He good? Someone once told me that it’s unrealistic to expect we can fill a whole in day that took us years to dig. Just be patient with yourself; if you are seeking the Lord, He will grow you as quickly as He chooses. In the mean time, remember that He sees you as righteous as His Son, in whom you have believed. God bless you as you continue to seek Him, Clare.

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  • Mercy

    A constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit will make us remember God always.

    • That’s a simple truth– and yet profound. A tough assignment to keep in constant fellowship with the Spirit. What helps you do that?