Saturday, May 9, 2015

When Can I Find Time for God with My Schedule?

What would our world be like without the nurturing of moms?  I know mine made a huge impact on me.  I made a decision early in life I wanted to be just like her.  She made me feel loved and modeled how to walk with God every day.

I had the following question asked of me, and thought in honor of Mother's Day I would answer it:

As a mom, how do you find "quiet time" to spend in God's Word when the kids are up at 5:30 am, nonstop until 9 pm and then you're so exhausted you can hardly keep your eyes open?

When my children were small, my desire was to spend time in the presence of God alone in the morning so I could set the tone for the day.  However, the earlier I got up, the earlier they woke up.  As frustrating as that was, I came to realize my kids benefited from watching me seek Him.

Kids can be taught to have their own quiet time at an early age too.  Our family learned when we spent time in God's presence it made a huge difference in our mood.  

I'll never forget the time I was grumpy and my young son asked me if I had done my "Prime Time" (what we call our time with the Lord).  He told me I needed to go spend time with God.  He was right.

Having three boys, I had to learn to be flexible.  My desire and passion was to know God so I had to press in any time I could.  I learned to journal with a toddler holding onto my knees.  I prayed in the car after dropping the older boys off at school -- and out loud -- while my toddler listened.  Nap times were often used to grab a few minutes of reading the Word.  Worship music helped me stay focused on the right things.

God's desire is to have all of your life--not just the time you can sit down.  We can commune with him no matter what we are doing.  I find every day He is teaching me little lessons.  When I pull weeds, the Lord reminds me of removing things from my life that should not be growing there.  Today as I opened the blinds, I was reminded of how we must open up to let the "Son" into every room of our hearts.  

According to Luke 18:17, we must receive the kingdom of God like a little child, and I'm sure He can use your kids to teach you His truths in your everyday life.  Just ask.