Having quiet time as a mom will help you thrive. However, there is the reality of quiet time as a mom that we must take into consideration.
Quiet time as a mom is nothing like I envisioned it. I always pictured it like a beautiful story. I would be sitting drink my coffee, curled up in my favorite chair, eagerly underlining the last passage I read. My kids would either be asleep or playing quietly. It is quite the lovely picture.
However, then there is reality. I am usually reading the Bible in between shouting off reminders or wondering which child is going to wake first. It is messy and chaotic and it is good.
Yes, I said it is messy and chaotic and it is good. Friend, this is the truth because there is beauty in the mess. I wanted to share about this today because I believe it is vital to thriving as a mom. If we are not putting our relationship with God first, we will not truly thrive.
It is time that we, as moms, spend time with God. It is time that we let go of the lies that surround what we envision quiet time to be and embrace the reality.
Today, I wanted to share 6 truths about quiet time as a mom.
Quiet time does not have to be quiet.
My kids are really early risers. I think part of it is living in a small house. We have one hallways so as soon as someone is up, it is likely that everyone will be up. I have tried to wake before my kids to have the illusive perfect quiet time, only to end up frustrated when one pokes their head around the corner.
Clearly, I do not want to be greeting my kids with frustration in the morning, so I knew I had to change my thinking about quiet time. Quiet time as a mom is going to be nosy and messy. I believe that once we let go of our perfect expectations of what quiet time looks like, we are able to embrace the reality of it.
Quiet time looks different to every mom.
Each of us are going to have different methods, routines, and things that work. Some of us may love digging into a Beth Moore study while another mom is going to love a devotional app on her phone. There is no right way to study God’s Word.
I love sharing ideas and hearing how other moms find time with God because I believe we are able to encourage each other with this. However, it is never my place to judge how a mom spends her time with God.
Quiet time does not have to be at one specific time of the day.
This one is a tough one to swallow for my rule loving self, but there is freedom in realizing it. While I love having my quiet time in the morning, I know this is not everyone’s favorite time of the day. You have to figure out what time of day works for you and then stick to it. It helps to have some sense of rhythm as it helps you regularly get into your Bible.
Quiet time will look different in different seasons of motherhood.
In the newborn season of motherhood, you are tired and quiet time looks a lot like calling out prayers for strength. In this season, I found my devotional apps on my phone helpful. I believe it is good to realize that some seasons are going to be harder and quiet time will be less structured than other seasons.
Quiet time takes intentional steps.
I am great at making plans. In fact, I love to come up with beautiful organized systems. I will spend loads of time figuring out the best methods and systems but then never implement them into my life. If we want to have regular quiet time, we have to start taking intentional steps forward.
The point is not to have a perfect quiet time with God. The point is to have a relationship with God. It is going to look different, it is going to ebb and flow with the different seasons and that is okay. We are not seeking perfection here friends, we are seeking a growing and living relationship.
Tomorrow I will share favorite Bible study tools!