Tuesday, May 28, 2019

A Busy Mom's Guide to Find Time for Daily Devotions

How we spend our days,
 is how we spend our lives.
 ~Annie Dillard

We all have the same amount of hours in our days. We all have demands of families and homes. Some of us are a stay at home mom, others are a work at home mom, or some moms work outside of the home.

Although a lot of our busy mom lives are similar, our days all look different. Our demands are different, our need for rest is different, and our energy levels are different.

Usually when the phrase daily devotions is mentioned it's associated with waking at some ridiculously early time. I'm here to reassure you that early morning is not the only time that God is listening nor is it the only time that you can hear from God.

Some moms can get up early and have daily devotions. This quiet time is actually how they function throughout the rest of the day. However, some moms need the extra sleep to function the rest of the day. There are also moms that are just not morning people. 

Depending on what type of devotions you are reading most of them have a scripture and a short inspirational story that will encourage you in your walk of faith. So it truly isn't that hard to do it on a daily basis. The trick is to figure out what time of day works best for you.

Devotions in the Early Morning
This is the most common time that is mentioned for daily devotions. It's a time before the sun is up and the house is completely quiet. For me personally, this is my favorite time of the day, but there is no judgement. 

Devotions During Meals
Depending on your morning routine you can read your devotions with your children at breakfast and make it a family devotion time. This is a very good time to share your faith with your children. If you don't feel confident in your ability to do this, use a children's devotional book and it will make it very simple to explain. Also it's ok to say that you're not sure. Transparency will always get you further with children. I have honestly had the biggest ah-ha moments reading my daughter's children's Bible.

Devotions in the Bathroom
This one may seem a little strange but seriously once the kids are awake when will you get another chance to sit and read. I'm sure if your kids are like mine they really don't leave you alone even in the bathroom but maybe you can set a timer and ask them not to come and find you until the timer goes off. A perpetual devotion book for moms would be a great book to leave in the bathroom to read daily. It's usually one page and just enough to encourage you.

Devotions at Naptime
If you are lucky enough to have little ones that still nap, this is a perfect time to pour a cup of coffee and sit for a few minutes to regroup and have a quiet devotion time. The best part is that since most kids sleep for a couple of hours, you can still have time to watch a favorite TV show or take a nap yourself.

Devotions in the Car
If you have a long commute or even a short one, you can listen to the audio version of a devotional or you can listen to the Bible on audio. There are downloadable versions through the library as well as through Amazon.

Devotions While Cleaning
Along the same vein as listening while you drive, you can listen while you clean. If you have a pair of earbuds you can pop them in and easily listen to an audio Bible or an audio version of a devotional.

Devotions at Bedtime
Often times night owls like to read something to help them relax. What better to read than a devotional that will draw you closer to God. You'll sleep peacefully as you meditate on the word of God.

There isn't a right or wrong answer to when to have daily devotions. The point is to spend time with God to build your relationship with him. 

It doesn't need to be complicated or lengthy. The Bible says to pray without ceasing. Prayer is how we communicate with God. We can pray at any time of the day and spend time with God at any time of the day.

If you're at a lost for what to do during your daily devotions, check out my post Ideas for Daily Devotions.

I'm praying for you!

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