So I had this brilliant idea.
I was so desperate to spend some alone time with God that I actually set my alarm for o-dark-thirty (I told you I was desperate).
Even though I’m not particularly known for being a “morning person”, I was willing to go to any lengths to have a few special minutes.
So I tiptoed over to the couch and picked up my Bible and turned on one little light (only a tiny one, mind you!).
Can you tell me just how it is that a child can hear the “click” of a light switch?
Because I wasn’t alone any longer.
We were snuggling and it was sweet.
But I didn’t necessarily set my alarm for the early morning hours so that I could get some extra snuggling in, if you know what I mean?
Rats! Foiled again.
You see, my challenge is that I happen to be a very busy lady. I’ve got tons of stuff going on and people – especially my young people – seem to keep demanding my attention. Taking up my time. Filling up my day.
Really, you too?
Well, since it seems I’m not the only one, I’ve compiled 4 creative ways that busy moms – people like you and me – can do to help us spend that much-needed, wonderful, renewing time in the Word of God.
4 Creative Ways for Busy Moms to Get Into The Word
1) Kitchen Sink Study: If you find yourself spending a fair amount of time in the kitchen? You can tack up Bible verses on the window sill, or at a similar convenient location. Meditate on them. Memorize them. Drink it in. Ask God to speak to you while you’re prepping, cooking, or cleaning.
2) Blanket Bible Study: When my children were younger, after lunchtime I lay out a blanket for each and had them play quietly while I read to myself from a nearby chair. The “older” ones (ages 6 and 8) got to have children’s Bibles of their own, while the younger ones (ages 3 and 5) had small toys to play with. The baby napped (hopefully!). It took a little training, but this became a truly delightful time for us all.
3) Rise-N-Shine Study: This is probably my most painful one. Since I’m really NOT a morning person, it requires a huge amount of effort for me to get up while it’s still dark outside. But what a great way to start the day – even if I do find myself with unexpected “company” sometimes. Precious Words read in those early morning hours.
4) After-Lights-Out Study: This one is for the opposite end of the day. Once I got my nursing infant down for the evening, I tucked myself in with my Bible. Either my husband took the other children, or we put them down at a fairly decent hour. Even though I was tired, that time in the Word often gave me a “second wind” and a renewed perspective.
Over the years, I’ve tried one or more of these and I’ve always been so very glad that I made the effort.
The busier I am? The more stressed I am? The more tired I am? The more I need the Word of God to sustain me.
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Ps. 119:105)
So dear busy mom, if you’re struggling to find the time to read your Bible and to talk quietly with the Savior? Then I hope this encourages you.
While finding this “kind of time” is one of our biggest challenges, it’s more than worth the effort – don’t you think?
Do you have any other “creative ways” to suggest? I hope you’ll share them with us!
Lisa is the happily-ever-after wife of Matt Jacobson and together they enjoy raising and home-educating their 8 children in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She encourages women to embrace the rich life of loving relationships and the high calling of being a wife and mother. Lisa is the author of 100 Ways to Love Your Husband and her husband is the author of 100 Ways to Love Your Wife. Matt and Lisa are also the co-hosts of the FAITHFUL LIFE podcast where they talk about what it means to be a biblical Christian in marriage, parenting, church, and culture.