As Christian mother’s we know we need to read our Bible and pray. But we are busy and tired, before we know it the day has gotten away from us and we haven’t opened our Bible yet! How do we make the time to have quiet time with God daily with all our responsibilities and interuptions. I have several tips to make it easier but before we dive into the how to I want to spend a little bit of time looking at the why.
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Why Prioritize quiet time with God?
I came up with few reasons quiet time with God is important to me.
- He is Worthy
- He is Good
- To Increase My Knowledge of Him
- Strength for the Day Ahead
Let’s look at each of these.
He is Worthy
We know that God is worthy of all our praise and reverence. He is the creator of the universe and the lover of my soul.
Psalm 113:3 says “From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.”
And Psalm 92:1 says “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High”
He Is Good
God loves us and is so good to us. Why would I not want to spend time in HIs presence. The more time I spend in HIs word the deeper my understanding of His goodness.
One of my favorite verses is Psalm 34: 8 which says “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”
To Increase Knowledge of God
The more time I spend with God; reading His word and in prayer the more I will know Him. And the more I will know and be a ble to do His will.
Collosians 1:9-11 says “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God”
Strength for the Day Ahead
We never know what a day will bring. It might be filled with trials, or the work will make us weary. Perhaps the children will try every ounce of patience. But I have found that when I have taken the time to be in God’s word I have greater strength to face whatever comes.
Continuing on from the verse above Colossians 1:11 states “Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness”
How to Spend Quiet Time with God as a Busy Mom
Now I have a few ideas I have implemented over the years to help make sure my quiet time happens consistently.
Get Up Earlier
I know this can be hard especially if you have babies or little ones that still wake in the nught. There have been seasons of my life where this didn’t happen, but when I can gat up earlier it makes a huge difference. It doesn’t even need to be anything drastic. Don’t start by waking up an hour earlier, tri 15 minutes.
Do Your Quiet Time First
I have found that if I don’t sit down and open my Bible right away that I am easily distracted. If I go into the kitchen even to make myself a cup of tea next thing I will be putting away dishes or starting breakfast. So normally I do my quiet time very first thing.
Keep Distractions to a Minimum
This goes along with my last point, but the main distraction I am thinking of is my phone. Our phones are designed to distract and occupy us. In order to be sure I am not distracted by my phone I put it on airplane mode before I go to bed and I do not turn it back on until after my devotions.
Use a Physical Bible
This also goes along with the last point. My phone is off in the morning to reduce distraction so I don’t read a Bible on it. I also prefer not to use a kindle or other device. I have found that for myself holding a physical Bible in my hand is more focused and real.
Don’t Let Perfection Stop You
It can be easy to get caught up in making our quiet time perfect, especially if you spend any time on social media. We want the perfect candlelight, the perfect cup of tea, a perfectly quiet house. This is not reality for most of us. And it is not even important. the important thing is to meet with God.
It Doesn’t Have to Be Quiet
If you are a mom then quiet time will often Not be quiet. I used to let thid bother me and even allowed resentment to grow. No matter how early I woke up a little one would come out and want to cuddle or chatter. When I changed my perspective and began to see this as an opportunity instead of a hindrance my attitude changed.
It is a chance for my children to see me prioritizing God’s word, a chance to include, and a chance to gently teach them to be quiet and respectfull. I now keep a few children’s story Bibles nearby for them to look at or me read to them when they join me.
Keep It Simple
Don’t overcomplicate things. There are many nice additions to quiet time. Devotionals, commentaries, journals, fancy pens. These are good things, and there will be some days you use them. Some days you may have time for deep study and other days may be a short Scripture passage. If you are struggling to fit it in keep it simple.
Don’t Give Up Just Start Again
Often if we miss a day or a week we are tempted to give up and we feel like a failure. But it is better to pick it back up and start again. Over and over again.
So Pick Up Your Bible
So pick up your Bible and read it. Rejoice in thr Lord, grow in you faith, and find strength to face your day!
Other Ways to Have God’s Word Throughout the Day
- memorize passages of Scripture
- write Scriptures around the house
- learn and sing hymns
- have cheap “go anywhere” Bible
Go Anywhere Bible: