Finding time with God is a daily struggle. Because I know that this is probably a struggle for you too, I want to share with you 7 easy things you can do to enjoy time with God.
As all moms do, I fulfil many roles. But I am determined to not let my busy life cause me to neglect my most important one, which is “child of God.”
I am a busy mom of three. My kids are 6, 5, and almost 2. The eldest is 6-year-old and in kindergarten. She is also a girl scout and wrestler. My 5-year-old is a preschooler and a ballerina. Then, I have an almost 2-year-old, well, she’s a toddler. Enough said. In addition to my three little girls, I have a house to maintain, a part-time job, and a full-time blog. Oh yeah, we have two dogs too.
In the chaos of life, I have sometimes let my relationship with God become an afterthought. But about 2 years ago, I decided to carve some daily time with the Lord into my schedule.
I have no doubt that if I can do make this part of my routine, so can you. Let me share with you how even busy moms can enjoy a daily quiet time with God.
7 Easy things a mom can do to enjoy time For God
1. Wake up 30 minutes earlier.
I can almost feel the moms roll their eyes at this suggestion.
Many of us are sleep-deprived as it is.
It’s true that we need an adequate amount of sleep because it’s crucial to our health and well-being.
But most of us could spare 30 minutes— especially when it means the opportunity to spend time with our Creator. When you can, get to bed earlier.
Tips for Waking Up Earlier
- Go to bed 30 min earlier
- Set your alarm across the room so that you need to get out of bed to turn it off
- Have everything you need ready to go
- Prepare lunches/clothes and so on the night before
- Put your phone down
- Don’t drink coffee before bed
2. Be flexible.
For one reason or another, waking up earlier might not work for you. That is ok. The perfect time for you might not be the morning.
If that’s the case, don’t give up.
Change the time of day that you do your reading, not your commitment.
Other times that might work for you
- If your kid’s nap, take some of that precious time to spend with the Lord.
- Maybe you can ask your husband to give you 20 minutes of alone time in the evening. If he’s a believer, share with him why this is important to you.
- You can also take your quiet time with God after you put the kids to sleep.
If these times don’t work for you, please don’t worry. I promise, there is time, you just need to find it and then make the most of it.
Have some basic tools ready
I go into my quiet time prepared with some basic items.
I use a prayer journal because I love writing out my prayers. It keeps me focused and it’s amazing to look back and see how God has responded.
Of course, I keep my Bible nearby. I am currently digging deep into my Bible, which involves lots of annotating, so I also print out double-spaced pages that have plenty of space for writing. I keep them in a three-ring binder, along with a fun pen that has different colour settings.
You could use highlighters or coloured pencils if you prefer. I also like to keep my phone nearby in case I want to turn on a worship song.
The tools you use are up to you, but you should have them ready before your quiet time begins.
4. Don’t stress about perfection.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could start out every day with some praise and worship, then uninterrupted silence for prayer and in-depth Bible study?
That’s what my ideal morning with the Lord looks like, but it doesn’t happen often.
You may not get the same amount of time every day.
Some days you may get 30 minutes, others you may barely get five.
But remind yourself that five minutes with the Lord is better than zero, and then try to make some more time the next day.
Some days you may read the Bible and other days you may only have time for a short prayer.
Do your best, and don’t stress about perfection. After all, perfection isn’t for achievable for us, and that’s why we need Him.
5. Set up some accountability.
Accountability is a useful tool for reaching any goal, including spiritual ones.
Ask your husband or a friend to check up on you.
A weekly text from a close friend that asks, “How was your time with God this week?” may be just what you need to stay on track.
Determine what accountability will look like. How often will you check in? Will the check-in be a phone call or text?
Try to find someone who has a similar goal and then you can hold them accountable as well.
If you need some accountability, please join my Facebook page. There, I post regular encouragements and bible verses. I would love to be able to help you with having a closer relationship with God.
6. Keep going
When you start a new routine, you’ll need discipline. But if you can be consistent until you create a habit, you’ll see your new routine get much easier.
Soon, you’ll be enjoying your quiet time with God without needing to think about it!
There’s a lot of disagreement between experts about how much time it takes to form a habit, but the answer is probably somewhere between 21 and 66 days.
So, when you’re just starting out, don’t be discouraged if it seems hard to make the time each day. Soon it’ll be much easier and be a regular part of your day.
7. Ask God to help.
As with anything in our lives, we should be depending on Him. We need His help and it’s OK to ask for it.
Ask Him to help you stay on track with your goal of meeting Him daily.
Ask for reminders on the days that you’re sidetracked.
And ask Him to help you stay focused during your time together.
Recently, I started to feel like I asked for too much help from the Lord. That same day, I felt a gentle inkling that told me not to feel guilty about depending on Him, because it’s what I’m created to do. Thank you, Lord! So, I urge you, don’t feel guilty for asking God for help in this area or in any other.
Remember: His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
I hope this was helpful to you and that you take the time to commune with God daily.
The time you spend with Him will deepen your faith and your relationship with Him.
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Thank you to my guest writer who knows how busy life can be. Mandy Youtz is a mother of 3 and a certified life coach. You can find her on her blog, Pinterest and Instagram. The learn more about her, check her bio below.