Do you struggle with finding time to get into God’s Word? Are there days when you are discouraged as your head hits the pillow that you were unable find the time to sit down with your Bible? How can a busy mom like you possibly fit this in?
Whether you are up all night with your little one, working from home, or homeschooling one or many, you are a busy mom! Between dishes, cooking, cleaning, chauffeuring, and more, you may wonder how on earth you are supposed to have time to study God’s Word and invest in your relationship with Him.
I want to encourage you mama, that even if you are busy, even if you don’t have time for one more thing, you can and should spend time in God’s Word daily. You need to. You need to hear from the Lord when you are weighed down with the burden of the day. You need to hear His voice when the work of motherhood has worn you down. You need His refreshment when you are correcting that child for the tenth time today, pulling your toddler out of the garbage can, or dealing with that angry, out of control child.
But does spending time in God’s Word have to look like getting up at 5:00 am and spending an hour alone in a peaceful corner with your Bible and God alone? Nope. Here are a few options that may work for busy moms who just can’t seem to figure out how to add even more to their already busy days:
Work it in whenever and wherever you can
You don’t need to have an hour of uninterrupted quiet to spend time in God’s Word. If you have 5 minutes, start there.
Study the Bible with your kids
You don’t need to be doing it alone for it to count. Read and discuss scripture with your children; trust me, they won’t be the only ones getting something out of it.
Study the bible in front of your kids
This one has dual benefits, and has been working really well around here lately. For the last several months, my kids and I “read” our Bibles at the breakfast table. I’ve got my Bible & notebook, My oldest has hers, along with her devotional and notebook, and my youngest two flip through their Jesus Storybook Bibles. I get my time in The Word, and my children, seeing me do this get both time in their Bibles and the example it sets seeing mama do it too.
Get up and study before your kids wake
Ever since becoming a mama, this one has had me rolling my eyes. You might not want to do this if you are still getting up with a little one during the night, or you have kids (like mine!) that seem to know the instant you get out of bed in the morning. Other mama’s find this plan ideal, so try it out if you think it might work for you.
Make it a part of YOUR bedtime routine
Although it may not make sense to put it off all day, if you plan it this way, ending your day with the Lord can be a great idea. The key is making it a regular part of you routine, so you aren’t inclined to skip it. And don’t fall asleep!
Have Bibles accessible in various locations (kitchen, bedroom, living room, car)
If you have a Bible sitting on the kitchen counter, you can read a few verses while you are waiting for water to boil. If you have one tucked in your purse, you will have it when you are waiting in the car. They key here is that if it is accessible, you will be able to read it at points throughout the day even without planning to do so.
Finding time to study the Bible is important, mama! Don’t give up! And remember that what works today might not work tomorrow, so don’t be afraid to switch things up and find what works for you.
May you find peace & refreshment in His Word as you raise your children for Him!