Today I’m (finally) sharing part two of Rebekah’s guest post. She shared in March about how we can feel weak in our marriages and mothering when we’re not strong in God’s Word. I know I can feel such a drain when I’m not consistently getting encouragement from God and his Word.
Because I’ll tell ya: fulfillment does not come from bingewatching the latest TV show. It doesn’t come from the stuff I bought on sale last week online. Nor does it come from coffee (much as I try). It doesn’t even come from my family, even though they make my heart feel whole in so many ways. Part of our hard-wiring is to want to know and connect with our Creator, who lovingly sets out a plan for our lives. When I fill that gap, everything else falls into place as it should.
Anyway, before I steal her thunder too much, Rebekah is back and sharing practicals today on actually making this happen. Because we all know motherhood does not lead to a lot of peaceful time to focus on self. (And check out her blog for more insight from Rebekah! Thanks for the guest post!)
A few months back, I wrote to you on the importance of wives and mamas making it a daily habit to be in communion with God through His Word and prayer. Far from being just a nice idea I want to point you towards, I find that, instead, this practice of a daily “quiet time” is positively crucial to the entire rest of my day and how it goes. When I start out my day with the Lord, I tend to be far happier, more patient with my children, less stressed when things get busy, and more in the present moment. I am better at discerning between proper priorities for my day and less-important pursuits. The story is far different, however, when I miss my time with the Lord! My guess is, the same would hold true for you, as well.
So by means of offering you some encouragement as to the very real possibilities you have to make daily time with the Lord a reality right away, even in the midst of your busy life, I want to share with you some practical ideas you can begin to implement today to add these spiritual disciplines to your daily walk. It really isn’t as hopeless a concept as you might think! Not all of these ideas will work well with your particular season of life right now, but I imagine you’ll find something that will.
- Get up a little earlier than your kiddos in order to spend time with the Lord. For me, having that time first thing in the morning makes a big difference for the rest of my day.
- Are you a nursing mama? Having to sit down and nurse is the perfect pause button in your day for you to get in some Bible or prayer time!
- Are you frequently up in the middle of the night with your child? Use this time to commune with the Father.
- Download a Bible app onto your phone! This way, you will literally be taking God’s Word with you wherever you go! Read it while in a waiting room, turn on the audio option and be read to while you are driving or even when you are taking a shower or cooking dinner or folding laundry. The possibilities here are endless! The YouVersion app is perfect for this.
- Have your quiet time while your little ones are napping.
- Keep your Bible in the bathroom! I know it sounds crazy, but if you intentionally add a little reading into every opportunity you get, you’ll get a lot more reading in than you think! For example, read while brushing your teeth! I do this all the time.
- Do you have time to be on social media? Then you have ample time to read the Word or be in prayer. You just have to want time with the Father more than you want time on social media (pray about that. He will work in your heart to cause you to want to know and seek Him more).
- Keep your Bible open on your kitchen counter so you can read quick verses here and there as you go throughout your day.
- Post verses in your car and throughout your home – on a little decorative chalk board in the living room, on an index card on your bathroom mirror, etc.
- Read the Bible out loud to your children and discuss it. Lead them in prayer time every day.
- Have Bible-based worship music playing in your home and car.
You see, we busy wives and mamas truly do have ample opportunity to meet with our Father and receive the wisdom, strength, and encouragement we need to live our lives well. We just have to be intentional in the way in which we use those opportunities.
Which of these options are you going to begin incorporating into your daily life? I would love to hear about it!