Quiet Times for Moms

I don’t know about you, but setting aside regular time for Bible study and prayer has always been a struggle for me. While I have many ways that I can excuse my lack of faithfulness and commitment, the fact remains that I simply don’t prioritize it. There are always lots of reasons to not get up in the morning before the kids, and many reasons why I’m too tired at night to study God’s Word and pray. I have tried different strategies, like having a family time of Scripture and prayer in the morning, where I study in my room and the kids study in theirs, but none of these solutions has ever been permanent.

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In breaking any bad habit, a change of routine is always helpful. Right now, I’m starting a new season of motherhood, and that’s always a good time to try to get back on track. My little guy is now sleeping dependably through the night, so I’m hoping to use this summer season to set new habits for study of God’s word and real prayer.

Here’s my plan: keep it simple. I love studying Scripture slowly, trying to really settle it into my brain. While memorizing is an excellent way to do this, just reading through a section again and again is also a good strategy. So this summer, I’m going to start small: I’ll work my way straight through one of the Epistles, picking a small paragraph, or maybe even just a verse, and read it in the morning. I’m going to try to leave my Bible open on the nightstand so that I can glance at the passage again while going in and out of my room, nursing the baby, folding laundry, etc. When the baby gets up in the morning and needs some snuggle time in my bed, I’m going to try to use that time to pray. I’ll have to keep it short. Having a long list of people to pray for every day has always meant that I will not pray. It’s too intimidating. But having one or two people every day is an amount I can manage. And hopefully, through practice, that number will grow.

Are you off track with regularly reading God’s Word? Will you join me in starting fresh this summer?

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4 Responses to Quiet Times for Moms

  1. Elsa says:

    Have you read the book “Together: Growing Appetites for God”? It was a big encouragement to me right after A was born. The author (who, like you and me, struggled with daily devotions) decided to read through the Bible out loud with her kids. It reminded me that it’s okay if a whole-Bible-in-one-year plan isn’t for me right now. And that the best way to teach my kids to get in a good habit is to do it myself.

  2. Heather VT says:

    This has been an ongoing struggle for me, too. Since both my kids can read now, I’ve started a 15-minute “everybody read your Bible time” in the mornings. It’s helpful for me because they keep me accountable (Liam likes routines, I’m discovering) and I’m more motivated because it’s more than just for my benefit. We’re still only at about an 80% weekday success rate, but that’s a vast improvement. I know this wouldn’t work so well with younger kids, but it might be something to look forward to someday!

  3. Kirsten D. says:

    This was an encouragement to me – partly to be reminded this is a common struggle and to be reminded that just doing what works and making it a priority in this season, even when routines change every other month, is important.

    Thought I’d share a link, too – since I keep coming back to both your post and this other one to be reminded over and over!
    http://www.feminagirls.com/2014/04/15/busy-bible-reading/

  4. Anna says:

    Kristen, thank you for the link to the femina post–I had not seen it, and it was very helpful. Thank you for your kind comments, too.

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