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As busy moms we wear so many hats throughout the day, Right? We are moms, doctors, referees, chauffeurs, chief, teachers, motivational speakers, and the list goes on. We are CONSTANTLY needed and being pulled in many different directions because of all the responsibilities we have.
Our family, home and everything else that is on our plate now need our attention. (sigh) There are just things that can’t be neglected. Do you agree? But guess what? There is one relationship that shouldn’t be neglected but often times is. It gets put on the back burner and forgotten many times. Our intention is not to do that, but it happens.
That relationship so often neglected is our personal relationship with Christ. I am guilty of doing that! I get so busy in what I feel I need to do that I forget to meet with the one that can guide me throughout the day an direct me in what truly needs my attention. The one that will provide for my every need if I would just come to him and surrender the day to him.
Let’s be honest here busy moms…
I know that I am not the only one that struggles with wanting to be more consistent and intentional in my quiet time with the Lord. It is hard no matter what season of motherhood you find yourself in. To be able to find uninterrupted time with the Lord for even 10 minutes can be difficult for many of us. I know this to be true in my life.
Last year I hadn’t been consistent in spending time in God’s Word like I had desired to. Yes, I have been prayerful throughout the day and would read a scripture when I found the time. But I didn’t dig deep into the word to study God’s word.
As busy moms, we all know that challenges will arise.
Life is always going to be full of challenges and unexpected changes. I have dealt with a lot of different things this past year like when my grandmother’s health was deteriorating while being at the hospital, having to change how I homeschool my boys, and taking care of myself during my pregnancy just to name a few.
In going through so many changes I realized that it’s important for me to be rooted in God’s word and be in fellowship with Him in order to accomplish my everyday tasks that He puts before me and the challenges that come my way.
So, I made the decision that I will not make any more excuses. Even though I am in the season where I have little ones and a teen that constantly demand my time, I was going to make the time. You see, we make the time for the things that we want to do in our lives. So if we know we want and need to spend time with our Lord then we need to make the time to spend it with him.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105
Here are some intentional ways for busy moms to get into the word.
Accept and embrace the season that you find yourself in- If you have little ones do your devotion with them. Find activities that can keep them occupied while you read them the word. If you have elementary age children that can read on their own, designate a time during the day when it is quiet time, one where everyone spends time with the Lord either together as a family or as individuals.
Remember quiet time can happen any time of the day- This may look different in different seasons of your life and that’s ok. You may be able to meet with the Lord early in the morning rather than later in the day. Or maybe meet when you have some free time especially when you have a baby in the mix. So just find a time that will work for you even if it means that every day may be different. What matters is that you meet with him daily.
Make an appointment to meet with the Lord- Just like we write down our appointments either on our calendar or planner so we won’t forget, we can set up appointments to meet with the Lord. You can also set your alarm on your phone daily to remind you to spend time with God.
Bible Journaling as a Family Activities: Turn Bible Study into a creative family affair. Gather your kids and set aside a time for Bible journaling together. Provide them with coloring materials, journals, notebooks, or sketchbooks, and encourage them to illustrate their favorite Bible stories or verses and/or write them down. This not only allows you to bond as a family but also helps your children engage with God’s Word in a fun way.
Don’t forget to pray busy moms…
Before you pick which verses, Bible book, study or devotion you are going to read and study….PRAY! Ask the Lord to guide you in choosing the right study for you. He knows you intimately and he knows your weaknesses and strengths. Let him choose for you. I know by experience that you will not be disappointed in what He leads you to study.
Just had to share that with you! Let’s continue….
Write down Bible verses- Write down Bible verses and place them throughout the house so you can read God’s word daily. You can pick verses on a topic you are interested or struggling in (anger, patience, parenting). Or you can pick verses based on a theme (joy, love, peace). You can even pick verses that you want to memorize. The sky is the limit here busy moms!
Use a Bible app- If you don’t find the time to read the word then listen to the word using a Bible app. There are many great Bible apps out there that are free to download like YouVersion. I love this Bible app because it provides daily devotions and you can either read or listen to the word. It is especially wonderful for those days that you have a lot going on or are on the go.
Weekly Family Worship Night: Designate one day each week as “Family Worship Night.” Gather your family for a time of worship, prayer, and Bible reading. You can take turns selecting a passage to read and discuss, sing worship songs together, and pray as a family. This creates a special time for spiritual bonding within your household.
There are so many ways that we can be intentional in trying to read God’s word.
Sometimes we need to think outside the box. Every family is different and what works for one family might not work for yours and that is okay. We sometimes have to try things out and see if it is a good fit for us. I hope that what I have shared with you has been helpful. That at least it got you thinking of ways that you can be intentional in getting into God’s word.
How have you been intentional in getting into God’s word?
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Jessica is a follower of Christ, wife, and mother of three energetic boys. She writes about homeschooling, frugal living, motherhood, intentional living and everything in between. Her heart is to inspire and encourage others to live an intentional life.