Spending time with God is important, no matter your phase of life. However, this is mom blog, so let’s focus on the importance of time with God while in the throws of motherhood. I think we can all agree that motherhood is one of the most rewarding things in this life, but it is also one of the most difficult trials we can experience. When we make time with God a priority, other things will fall into place, including our parenting. This doesn’t mean that it will easy, but it will be easier. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Spending time with God will put you in the right frame of mind to parent
Like I’ve mentioned, parenting can be hard and frustrating and bring out the worst in us. Sad, but true. When we are praying and studying God’s word, our minds enter an eternal perspective. We are better able to remember the big picture we are working for rather than in-the-moment worries.
Have you ever felt so emotionally spent and exhausted that you just don’t know how to go on? Me too, mama. You know what got me back on track? Turning to the Lord. Our spirits need and crave spiritual nourishment. It is 100% necessary. We are so much happier and peaceful and fulfilled when we are spiritually nourished. Remember two things…
First, taking care of yourself is part of taking care of your kids. Second, time spent with God is never wasted. I am giving you permission to spend the time to be with God so that you can be spiritually nourished. This is crucial to mothering.
Our faithfulness in spending time with god will also fill our home with The Spirit. That spirit can be felt by all family members and will encourage more peaceful interactions and living. Will life suddenly become perfect? No, but it will be better.
I know I need to spend time with God, but I don’t know where to start
Guess what? It’s actually really easy. Here are three tips to get you started!
First, get on your knees and pray. Pray whatever you are feeling. Give thanks for blessings that God has given you. Ask for the things you need. Ask for opportunities of growth. Speak your mind and share your life with God. Sit quietly and feel His presence and answers to your prayers.
Second, Grab your scriptures and start reading. There are so many different ways to read and study your scriptures. Currently, I am using the topical guide of the bible and reading every scripture under “Jesus Christ” sometimes I do several references and other times I only have time for one reference. Either way, I feel I’ve accomplished something. I also like to use the book Mothering with Spiritual Power as a guide book. Each chapter has a scripture reference and her thoughts on it. Usually I am able to gleam a new thought or inspiration from that. I cannot recommend this book enough.
Third, keep a journal. This is something I’ve struggled with but recently have been doing. And it is making such an impact for me. I am finding that as I journal, I am better able to see God’s hand in my daily life. I see how prayers are being answered and blessings are being given. It is also a huge stress reliever. I’m able to write out my (sometimes incoherent) thoughts and process whatever stress is going on. I’ve always heard and supported the notion that buying a cute journal and some fun pens will help you be motivated to journal. It’s taken several years, but I’ve finally realized that a legal pad and basic ballpoint pen work great for me. Oh, and post-it notes, I love me some post-its!
I’m so busy, how do I physically make the time for God??
This is a hard one, it will vary so much from person to person. I used to be in the early morning club. Meaning get up before your kids so that you can have some personal time. Lately, that hasn’t worked for me because I’m already getting up with kids by 6am and trying to get breakfast and lunches made. It’s just too stressful to do in the mornings. If you have napping kids, you could do it during nap time or lunch (if you’re working). The other option is in the evening. This used to be too hard because I was tired and just wanted to sleep, but is now I’m current method. Rather than waiting until bedtime, I’ve been spending time with God after the kids go to bed, but before I’m tired. Usually right around 7:00 in the evening. That still leaves me with time to spend with Jimmy and go to bed at a reasonable hour.
So, mamas, make the time today to spend with God. Make out a plan, share it with someone that can hold you accountable.
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Until next time,