Being a mom of little kids can be exhausting physically – and spiritually. So many times I come to the end of my day or my week, and to my shame I realize how little time I have spent in prayer or in reading the Word of God. And the time that I have spent in those activities has been in five minutes here or a whispered quick prayer there. Rarely is it a large chunk of time that I get to indulge in my devotional time.
But when I am running on empty and feeling dry, that is when I really need to pour the Scriptures into my life and speak the truth to my heart. If I don’t I will trip and fall into that trap of the enemy – again. I will make a mess of relationships and situations – again. I will rely on myself – again. This is so dangerous because Romans 7:18 says “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing…”
And yet sometimes it is just impossible to carve out that chunk of time. Many times I can do it if I choose to – if I check Facebook less often, or shorten my nap, or leave the dishes in the sink. But there are times when I just can’t get up earlier because I’ve been up all night with the baby. Or I can’t find quiet time because the kids are acting out today.
The Lord has shown me some creative ways that I can still pour the Scriptures into my heart, and meditate on the truth of God.
- “Decorate” my house with the Word of God. When a verse or passage really speaks to my heart or to the situation I am facing, I print it out and hang it in a visible place in my home. I have a cluster of verses on the wall where I will see them first thing in the morning. All of my kitchen cabinets are covered in verses. This helps me to see God’s Word many times through the day and be reminded to meditate on it or pray it for my family and friends.
- Listen to sermons. We don’t have a washing machine, so someone has to spend a couple of hours at the laundry mat each week. I load up my iPhone with podcasts (Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss) and sermons (Ambassador Baptist College Chapel) and I listen as I work. I play them while I’m in the shower and the kids are busy elsewhere. I play them in the car when we’re driving. God always uses the sermon/podcast next in my list to be just what I need at that moment. This has been so helpful also since I often don’t get to sit through a whole church service without leaving to feed the babies.
- Play Christian music in the home. Sometimes it is just too much noise, but I try to have background music on as much as possible. Even just a phrase that I catch as I pass through the room will stick in my head throughout the day and encourage or challenge me.
- Teach my children. God is using parenting my littles to really refine several areas in my own life. And so often the song I choose to teach them, or the Bible story we read has one application to them, and a different facet of an application to my own life and situation. He challenges me, encourages me, and convicts me as I teach my children. Even just the simple prayers that they offer to God are a challenge to me. They are so faithful to remember certain people, never forgetting to mention them in prayer. And often I wish I was that dedicated to prayer for others.
How about you? How do you keep the Scriptures a priority when time seems short or your season of life is so overwhelming?