I’m typing this on my phone, in the dark, lying in bed with a dozing toddler on my chest. Why am I telling you this? So you know that I get it- that this post is coming from a mom who has full hands and full days and ends up feeling empty by the time night falls.
Mommyhood is tough. The days are long, and the nights are often longer. There’s a lot draining you, and it can be hard to find the time (and energy) to get filled back up again. I don’t know about you, but I look at these people who have these long times of prayer and devotion at sunrise and who sit down and do this elaborate Bible journaling, and I feel like a failure! If I’m up to see the sunrise, it’s because a little person needs me. They need me early in the morning, they need me later in the morning, they need me in the afternoon, and they need me in the dark… There is very little alone time. And I don’t mind that- but it makes “quiet time” with God a bit more challenging. So how do moms find time for the Word? Here are some ideas that have worked in different seasons in our house:
1. Put Scripture everywhere. We have wall art Bible verses. I have verses on notecards taped on the bathroom mirrors and inside my kitchen cabinets. They’re pinned on the message board and stuck on the fridge. There are even verses hidden in my closet. I’m in my house all the time, so I need constant reminders that He is there with me.
2. Leave your Bible open on the counter or table… Somewhere that you pass by frequently through the day. Just seeing God’s word there brings me encouragement in the midst of chaos, and it makes it easy to read a few verses as I’m passing through or grab to use for instruction and discipline with my kiddos during the day.
3. Keep a Bible or devotion book in your car. Easy access if you’re waiting for an appointment or stuck in traffic or if the baby falls asleep and you don’t want to risk opening the car door and waking her up!
4. Get a good Bible app on your phone. Most of us are quick to grab our phones during the day and night… It’s just too convenient. So grab it and look at the Word before you skim social media.
5. Speaking of social media… There’s a lot of junk out there. But there’s also a lot of good stuff! Fill your feeds with positive- follow Christian authors, bloggers, musicians. Join Bible study groups or make a pact with friends to post Scripture and words of encouragement on a regular basis. It’s awesome to log on and see a page full of Godly words!
6. Sign up for email devotions- again, an easy way to use technology for good. We all check our email throughout the day, so get some emails delivered that will bring your focus back to God.
7. Audio Bibles or devotions or podcasts or worship songs … Listen while you’re cooking or doing laundry or running errands or rocking the baby. I’ve spent many a night praising Jesus through song in my rocking chair!
8. Include the kids! If you’re trying to sit down and read your Bible and journal, encourage your kids to do the same. They learn by watching you… So give them a notebook and a Bible and let them be a part. If they aren’t old enough to read yet, read it to them! Our children love to be with us, so what better way to spend time with them than being in the Word together?
9. Family worship… Make a point of sitting down together as a family for a time of worship and Bible study and prayer. Show your children that it’s a priority. Again, they learn by watching us and thrive on time spent together.
10. Don’t give up. It’s so easy to beat ourselves up over all the missed opportunities or lack of opportunities. No one has this all figured out. Don’t get caught up in the comparison game. You have to do what works for your family in your season of life- it looks different for everyone! Some days are messier than others- but He’s still there with you in those messy days.
What are some ways you find time for the Word? I’m always looking for new ideas!
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. -Joshua 1:8
With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. -Psalm 119:10-11
My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. -Proverbs 4:20-22