How do we find time to be with Jesus in the midst of all that a mum has to do? We have this preconceived idea that we should be spending 30 minutes, early in the morning, in Bible reading, journaling and prayer – and yet sometimes that just doesn’t happen!
The important thing isn’t to tick off any such activity from our to-do list – the idea is that each day we set aside some time and connect with Jesus – that we find time in our day for our spirit to be quiet and listen to the voice of our heavenly Father.
When I had little kids I found that if I thought about solutions to a tricky situation at a time when I wasn’t in that tricky situation I was better prepared to deal with it when I was in the midst of it. Finding time to connect with Jesus on those crazy, busy days is one such mum-problem that benefits from us thinking about it previously. Do you have a list of ways that you can connect with Jesus, that you can worship, that you can listen?
Here are ten ways that a busy mum can use her time to connect with Jesus and be refreshed – even in the midst of it:
1–Bathroom breaks – One day I realised that the reason my kids followed me to the bathroom was that I answered them! So I started to say, “you’ll have to wait” – it was a training process but they learnt to wait.
2–Listen to Music: Fill your house with music that helps you focus on who God is and what he has done.
3–Include your Kids: Have your kids sit quietly with you with their own Bibles (or storybook Bibles)
4–Keep your Bible open: When you walk by you can have a quick read – this is like having Bible verses in strategic places
5–Subscribe to email devotions: When you go through your emails, take a moment to read your devotional – it’s like ‘an email’ from Jesus!
6–Listen while Driving: Use the time in your car – listen to Bible on CD, download a sermon or podcast, listen to worshipful music
7–Arrow prayers: Jesus is with us in whatever we do so we can talk to him while we do everyday activities – while you walk from one room to the next, while you drive the car, wait at an intersection, wait in line
8–Use the times when your kids are busy or occupied – Rest times, nap times, outside play time, DVD time, Screen time are all good times when you can focus on Jesus – if we make it a priority.
9–Take turns with your spouse – Arrange a way with your spouse where you can give him some time and he can give you some uninterrupted time.
10–Make a coffee date with Jesus: Just you, the Bible and some time. (We make time for our friends – we need to make time for Jesus)
Even when you are busy there are ways you can pull aside and connect with Jesus.
When Jesus was here on earth he would often slip away – slip away from the people around him, from the constant needs pressing in on him – in order to spend time listening to his Father’s voice. We need to do the same.
My challenge to you this week is – be aware of the times in your day when you can refresh your spirit, when you can listen to the Father’s voice. You may not be able to have 30 minutes Quiet Time by yourself – but that doesn’t mean you can’t connect with Jesus.
How do you find time to connect with Jesus, even in the midst of a busy day? Please share your stories in the comments.
Do you feel guilty when you don’t have your quiet time every day? You need to know that your daily time with Jesus can look different every day, and can change over the seasons of life. AND THATS OKAY! Yes, we learn about God by reading His Word – our faith grows and is strengthened. But Jesus also sent the Holy Spirit to remind us of all that Jesus taught.
Jesus also set us free from doing all the things so we could connect with God. He gave us direct access to the throne room and promised to be with us always.
Yes, reading the Bible is good and important – but connecting with Jesus is better.
10 Ways to Glorify God Daily, as a Mum: To glorify God is to acknowledge who he is, and give him honour. I want to live my daily life as a woman giving honour to my God.
10 Ways to Make Scripture a Part of Everyday: Our children need to see that God and Scripture is a normal part of every day so that it becomes real to them.
It’s Important to be Responsible for your Own Walk with Jesus: You will not grow if you simply depend on others for your spiritual food. We need to dig our own wells; be responsible for our own relationship with Jesus. This applies to us Mums as well as our kids.
Seeing God Every Day and Sharing it with our Kids: Every day is full of opportunity to introduce our children to God and his truth. The things we see and do can be object lessons to teach our kids’ heart.
Thanks for the encouragement that it all counts!!
Love all this advice, and the emphasis on slipping away like Jesus did.
A coffee date with Jesus sounds just perfect!
Great ideas, thanks Belinda. Focussing on a few verses of Scripture & memorizing them really helps me.
Sounds like prayer on the run 😉 which is indeed still my state in life. As I wash up, when I hang the washing, in the shower, they’re my prayer time with Jesus.
Thats it! Lots of prayers on the run! And reflections while we work! I read a book when I was a teenager – Practicing the Presence of God – can’t remember who by now but he was a monk, and was given peeling potatoes as he task – he decided to worship as he peeled – it was one of those significant books I read as a teenager.
It is by Brother Lawrence 🙂 Love, love, love that book! Language and style is a bit strange but so worth the read.
PS. Thank you for all your posts and email newsletters. They have given me much encouragement over the years.
Thats the one Rosie – thanks for filling in the details. Its been a long time since I’ve read it – always intended to give it to my kids though I’m not sure I got there!! Thanks for your kind words – it is always neat to hear from people who have been here for a while!