Back then, I had to change my mind about "time with God"... to begin thinking of Him as a Person, and not as a Task. The truth is that He is with me throughout the day, whether I'm aware of Him or not. So I began trying to just remember His presence. When frazzled, that remembering came out simply as a whisper, "I know you're here, God." At other times, I could say something more meaningful to him about my circumstance, such as, "Thank you for that beautiful moment!" or "Please help me know what to do about this." His Spirit's voice in my mind seemed easier to hear, as well.
Mere fleeting thoughts to and about God are not fully satisfying or sufficient, over time. Times specifically set apart to pray and listen to Him and read the Bible are so vital. So, what are some ways we can make it happen, moms? Please share your ideas and encouragement for each other (and me!) in the comments section. Here are some things I've tried:
- Don't get discouraged by a 'DAILY' obligation. Start with one or two day a week: wake up earlier, or stay up later, to find an uninterrupted 1/2 hour while the house sleeps.
- Set aside your shower/bath to pray and listen to the Lord. This will give you at least a few times a week. I sometimes sing praises in there- my family must chuckle...
- What prayers do you already pray with your family? Meal-times or bedtimes? Take a moment longer and say just a little more to the Lord, with your kids.
- Make arrangements with your husband: 'babysit' the kids for each other, while the other has quiet time. Pray together before bed or in the morning, or read the Bible together. Or both.
- When you're folding laundry, pray for the people who wear those tiny socks or shirts.
- If you exercise regularly, invite the Lord to jog/bike/pilates with you. Pray breathlessly!
- Leave your Bible open on your desk, dining room table or kitchen counter (somewhere central), and glance at a verse or two when a moment comes.
I once heard a mother say she thought God didn't expect young moms to spend any specific time with Him- that He 'understood' the difficult years those were and would 'meet her on the other side.' While I agree that God is so gracious concerning difficult seasons of our lives, and that he doesn't have a minimum quota of minutes we must log with Him per day, I would argue that even the busiest of mothers can find some time for spending with God. We'd never by okay with forgoing all lengthy conversations and 'dates' with our husbands for a few years, just because our kids make our life hectic.
We might have to get really creative, and be really deliberate, but we will make time for those things that are most important to us. If I'm honest, it's only excuses that keep me from meeting with the Lord.
What are your suggestions, you wise ladies?