June 15, 2015

Finding Time with God Through Motherhood

One of the challenges of transition for me has been figuring out my quiet time routine. Throw in sharing a hotel room with two other people 24 hours a day and it’s multiplied. Thankfully, I’ve been able to stay somewhat afloat by utilizing the She Reads Truth app and Baby G’s bedtime as prayer time.

Today, Lydia from The Few, The Proud, and This Marine Wife shares with us her tips regarding personal spiritual time as a Mom of soon-to-be-4. I found it very encouraging and think you will, too!

You’re lying in bed and streams of sunlight seep through the blinds and stroke your face. You smile and stretch. Looking at the clock, you are happy to see that you have an abundance of time to spend in God’s Word. You reach over and grab your Bible and journal from the nightstand . . .

Oh! Not how your morning goes? I imagine you’re sitting there thinking, “WHO is she talking about?!”

Let’s try this again . . .

You’re lying in bed and the sound of little, scurrying feet jolts you awake. “Please, Lord, please let it be at least 7 a.m.,” you moan. You peek out from under the covers to discover the clock glaring 6:45 back at you. You groan and yank the blankets up over your head. When your little nugget comes into your room, you try to coax him to go back to bed for another fifteen minutes. He doesn’t comply. Exhausted and in desperate need of caffeine, you drag yourself out of bed and scuffle to the kitchen, while your wide-awake wonder follows closely behind, chatting away. You do all you can to not get upset as you try to clear the cobwebs out of your head and start mindfully going through your to-do list for the day. Wait, what day is it?

Does that sound a little bit more like your day? I don’t know about you, but I find that being a mom can make it very difficult to find that special time with God each day. As a mom of three active boys and pregnant again, the busy-ness of life seems to swallow up every ounce of time possible. My days are filled with dishes, laundry, poopy diapers, dinner preparations, muddy feet bodies, and more.

It’s a season of life that stretches you beyond what you ever thought possible. It’s a season that makes you realize how much you desperately need God. But, where’s the time? Where do you find time amongst the exhausting, sticky finger-filled days? Though it seems daunting, it really is possible and it’s wonderful to know that God doesn’t expect one huge chunk of time from us. He wants fellowship with us. He wants to walk with us through the entire day. He cares about the snippets just as much as the chunks.

SEEK HIM FIRST

With so many things grabbing our attention right from the moment that sun cracks through the window, it’s difficult to find focus. But, before even getting out of bed, just talk with Him. Thank God for another day of breath here on this earth. Thank Him for His sovereignty. Ask Him for help with your attitude, the children, ___________ (you fill in the blank). It doesn’t have to be a long prayer. Just talk to your Friend. He loves you. He wants to hear from you. In addition to this, talk to Him throughout the day. Is your child screaming? Quickly pray before handling the situation. Making dinner? Pray as you prepare the meal. There are so many opportunities when you can have snap chats with your Father.

Because time is so limited before my children come scurrying into my room, another thing I like to do is take a peek at the verse of the day on the Bible app on my phone. (I personally love the YouVersion app!) I oftentimes find that the verse of the day ends up being just what I needed to read that day.

UTILIZE YOUR SHOWER TIME

Whether your shower is thirty minutes or ends up being a measly ten minutes, it is still a snippet of time where you can have quality moments with the Lord. Play some uplifting Christian music and sing along, or spend that time in prayer. My favorite thing to do is either listen to the Bible through my Bible app or listen to a part of a sermon or Christian talk radio session (both of which are apps on my phone, as well).

If you don’t have a smart phone, you can find audio versions of the Bible that you can either download to your computer or buy on cd. Not knowing what to listen to can be a struggle sometimes, but I usually just pick a book of the Bible and start there. It’s amazing how many chapters of the Bible you’re able to listen to during that short shower time!

UTILIZE BATHROOM TIME

I know, I know, my suggestions keep revolving around the bathroom. But, think about it, how often do you find that simply going to the bathroom can be a moment of solace? I know it is for me (minus the times I’m interrupted, of course)! So, on a little stand next to our toilet, I will usually keep some sort of devotional book or Christian-based book that I can read a bit of and still feel encouraged.

USE NOTE CARDS AND DRY-ERASE MARKERS

Write verses on note cards and put them all over your house: on the fridge, attached to the microwave, sitting on the counter, etc. You can even write verses on your mirrors. I can’t tell you how many times just simply having those verses sitting in front of me nearly all day has encouraged me!

FIND A BUDDY

Find a friend that you can share daily spiritual encouragement with, whether it’s texting a Bible verse to each other or praying together over the phone. Be creative! The awesome thing about this is that you have accountability and someone to talk to!

Being a mommy is hard work and God wants to be with you every step of the way. He understands the season you’re in. He’s the one who blessed you with that season, and He wants to hear from you, even if it’s in little chunks.

Do you have any other ideas for finding time with God in the busy-ness of motherhood?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

*I just want to say a huge thank you to JG for allowing me this privilege to be a guest on her blog! She is an amazing woman and incredible fellow military wife. I am thankful for her friendship!*

Hi there! My name is Lydia, and I am the voice behind "The Few, The Proud, and This Marine Wife." I am married to a super handsome Marine and am mommy to three crazy little boys and a girl on the way! I am a child of God and do my best to make Him the center of my life and family. I fail God many times, but He continues to bestow grace on me every day. I wish I could be half as merciful as He is. I write about a variety of things, including DIY projects, my yummy recipes, faith, motherhood, military life, and more. I might not stick to one particular niche, but I'm a firm believer in being yourself. I like being honest and sharing my raw feelings. I guess that might make me vulnerable, but if anything I share can be a help to someone, then I feel like God has been able to use me for His good. I hope you will drop by to say "Hi!"

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