I know that was a lot of possibilities to process! My hope is that you’ll take this list home and think about what works for your personality type and your household schedule. Try something new, do something different, see how it works. View your quiet time with God as an experiment. It doesn’t have to look the same every day or in every season. Find what works in your daily life and build momentum. Don’t be afraid to start small!
Life is full of seasons. Raising kids takes energy and focus. It can be easy to put our souls on the backburner as we take care of everyone else. But for the sake of your family, please prioritize your faith, because your soul matters! Often as moms we can set the tone of the home. Your whole family will benefit from you spending time with Jesus. Building your own faith helps you create a legacy of faith in your family. So do it for you, but do it for your kids, do it for your spouse, or friends, or community. A more Jesus-centered you is better for everyone! BUT… don’t turn that into guilt. Let that be your inspiration. Time for yourself and time with Jesus really is for the good of all!
Thoughts to Ponder:
How do I connect best to God?
Do you feel His presence most out in nature, while reading, while writing, while verbally processing, through creative expression like art or music? Does your quiet time need to be super quiet or would you benefit from audio or even visual materials?
When would my ideal quiet time be?
Are you a morning person or a night owl? Is there is a time in your kids’ schedule that naturally gives you a break (like nap time or quiet time)? Is there any alone time in your day that you haven’t utilized for time with God (like drive time or when you’re getting ready)? If you’re too tired at the end of the day, at what point does your energy level in the day change? Try to find a time before that shift in energy occurs.
What obstacles are keeping me from spending time with God?
Think through distractions or things that have been given too high a priority in your life. Too many commitments? Not enough margins in your day? Waiting for the “perfect” moment that never appears? Netflix? Phone scrolling? What time could you repurpose for quiet time?
Who can support me?
Whether you need accountability or someone to actually hang out with your kids so you can get alone, who can you bring alongside you to encourage you and support you?
Who could you talk with about what’s worked for them and maybe get resource recommendations? Do you have mentors or a community of friends?
What resources could I look into it?
Bible reading apps, reminders and timers on your phone, visual reminders around the house, books, devotionals, Bible studies, podcasts, journaling. There are so many great resources out there!
Thanks for hanging in there through four posts!