Inside, you are a frazzled mess. Adulting, being a mom, wife, and the many other hats you wear can wear you out. You say to yourself you will have a daily quiet time with God or read the Bible daily. But it seems to be the last thing on the list. When you think you will crack open the book, you lay your head down instead.
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No time to read the Bible
Most days, you are so exhausted. Most days, you are just ok. Some days you feel completely alone. It’s these days that are the hardest to smile.
You give everything to your family. You give every last bit to your child(ren) because a mother’s love is like no other.
But no one cares for the caretaker. Some nights you cry yourself to sleep.
Some days you run on coffee and auto-mode. You lie awake at night, sometimes unable to shut down from the unfinished work you have to do.
It is all too often that we as mothers forget to take care of ourselves.
We give until we almost run on empty. You sometimes begin to lose hope or question things.
I feel ya mama cause this is me too!
But it’s in that very moment that you MUST turn it over to the one who can carry your burden.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”Matthew 11:28-30 New International Version (NIV)
Let me ask you, mom, when things in your life become unhinged, how well do you do with keeping your faith and trusting the Lord?
Quiet times with god
One of the most important things you can do is to plan your time with God. This means it must be a part of your daily routine.
Just like anything, your faith is a practice and takes dedication.
Here are some quiet times during the day you might find that work for you
- Getting up early before the kids/family wakes
- During nap time
- During quiet reading time for the kids or independent reading time
- Before bed (for you), not the kids
- During tablet time for the kids
- During movie time for the kids
Sometimes I have found it helpful to read during meal times. My kids are old enough to eat by themselves. So once I serve, for example, breakfast or lunch, I can sneak in a few mins to read. For example, while I am drinking coffee.
A routine of personal quiet time with God
When it comes to holding to your practice or promise to spend time in the world, routines are a sure way to success.
One Bible routine I have had is before bed.
30 mins before my intended bedtime. I go up to my room and do my bedtime routine.
This includes taking a bath and doing all the necessary things. Getting ready for bed moisturizer, brushing my hair and teeth.
Then I crawl into bed with my Bible and tools.
The Beautiful Word Bible has a gorgeous cloth cover. Inside it has pretty pictures of scripture—some written to look like calligraphy.
It’s a creative/artistic Bible, how I like it! Writing in the Bible with fun colors is soothing and less intimidating. And did I mention I love my pens!
I get to write in fun colors all over my Bible. I find it helpful to keep a journal with a record of scripture I enjoy, a record of God’s responses to my prayers, and lastly, prayers that I want to focus on.
Check out my printable journal for moms
Trusting & asking God
I have had many nights where I laid in my bed with thousands of things on my mind.
Trying to figure out the next day’s problems, the current problems, and all too often worried about future problems. I again felt and thought I had to do it all alone.
If this is you, I am here to remind you that YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
The time is now! Get serious, specific, and strategic in your discipline of prayer. Turn challenges and discouragement into opportunities for prayer.
See, God wants you to depend on him. He may not give you anything you can’t handle, but he may also give you too much to depend on him.
How to start a daily prayer & intentional devotion journal
Prayer Releases All Your External Resources
Praying can do wonders. But maybe you were like me, distant from God. You didn’t grow up going to Bible study. You maybe have a personal relationship with God in your occasional prayers but don’t regularly attend church.
That was me.
But that’s ok. You see, even if it’s been a while or it’s been a never, you can start today. God doesn’t keep track of your imperfect record. He is a forgiving God, all-seeing and knowing God.
With multiple kids, she knows a thing or two. She is real in what she speaks because she knows motherhood can be messy.
Motherhood comes in seasons. And with each season comes new battles, but nothing lasts forever. Your children grow, and your life will change with each new stepping stone.
Your personal quiet time with God Plan
You see, there is no right or wrong way to talk to God or pray to him. Your relationship with God is unique to you.
So here are a couple of things you can do:
- Download the Bible App
- Read the Fervent Prayerbook
- Spend 5 mins of quiet time reading the bible before bed each night or before your day begins
- Listen to inspirational speakers on youtube or while driving
- Listen to music and worship in dance
- Create a war room/prayer room in your closet
The importance of quiet time with god
When you reconnect with him, things will begin to change. It may get harder, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t there. Stay faithful!!!
You have to turn off the noise and pick up the Bible first. Pray about everything! What frustrates you, the worries you have, what defeats you, exhausts you, anger’s you/taunt’s you, burdens you, make’s you cry, deflate you, and most importantly, the impossible demands that are upon you.
Think about it this way your prayers are creating hooks to hang your faith on. Each problem you have, hang it on a hook and let God. You can pick up the battle the next day, but this time you will have the strength of a warrior and God on your side.
Hold on, dear Mom, cause you are not alone!
Lisa from your mom’s village, taking care of the caretaker.