Mamas, it’s hard find time to savor connecting with Jesus and seeking spiritual growth in these years of morning school rush and a baby hanging on your hip. I get it. I no longer use an alarm because someone is always up before the sun—and I pop out of bed like a military recruit running to formation.
But I missed Jesus. I mean, His Spirit lives in me and He is always with me, but I missed those early morning times I used to have with a warm cup of coffee and silence—oh silence—to pray to the Father, journal and dig deep pondering the verbs and conjunctions in a passage of Scripture.
Okay, I know—I’m a spiritual dork. I just use to have so much more time to sip and taste Scripture—and hear the Lord through His Word and our praying, journaling conversations.
But mamas, we need the richness of the Trinity these years even more, don’t we? We want spiritual growth while our kids are growing, right?
But how? How can we savor and refresh when we are running full speed just to keep up?
I have an idea!
Don’t Get Out of Bed.
You read that right.
Don’t Get Out Of Bed.
I recently placed my journal and my Bible next to the bed—and my charging cell phone in another room (so social media is out of reach). And the first thing I do in the morning even before my kids know my lids are open—I open the Word.
I started reading a book of the Bible that I felt particularly drawn to and I just pick up where I left off from the last morning. Some days I read a lot. Some days just a few verses, but then all day I have His Word to ponder and meditate on.
And I’m noticing a change in me. I feel the spiritual growth.
The Bible Gifts Spiritual Growth
I feel closer to the Lord.
- The Spirit is giving me truth to renew my mind,
- Wisdom to guide my steps, and
- Understanding to parent my children.
Sanctify them by Your truth. Your Word is truth. John 17:17
The Bible Equips Us For Every Good Work Of Motherhood
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
So, before you grab for the phone, check the weather, or tally through your mental checklist, pick up the Word and then take a moment (or two if you can) and pray about what You read and for the day. Your spirit thirsts for growth.
Here Is A Simple Suggestion:
- Pick up a Bible and start reading a book in the Bible.
- Read lots or little, depending on your time.
- Ask yourself: What does this passage say? Observe the words.
- Ask yourself: What does this passage look like in my life? Is there something I need to confess? Change? Do?
- Write down a thought or prayer in your journal from your time reading.
Adjust This To Your Life
- If you only have a minute, at least read. You can pray and reflect as you go about your day.
- If you can’t do it first thing, do it the first moment you can.
- If you don’t do it one day, start where you left off the next.
Mommy Guilt Not Allowed
There is no Bible reading police out to fine you. This is for you to feel refreshed and to connect with the lover of your soul. God loves you the same—whether you read or don’t.
This just might be the year you feel closer to Jesus than ever before.
I know I already do.
Father, I want to know You, live for You, and for my children to know You. Please help me see how I can spend more time with You in the Bible, prayer, and reflection. Even if it is just for a few moments. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.
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