You may not carry your devotions in a diaper bag, but you may find it hard to fit in time with the Lord between things like conference calls, errands, and appointments. Simple principles help us make time with the Lord part of our daily walk, no matter what our life’s season. The season of young children, however, seems to have unique obstacles, so we’re going to give some extra attention to those challenges today & tomorrow. Everything seems to be against us when we’re thirsting for time alone with the Lord or feeding from His Word, but have a hungry baby, a teething toddler, and young minds eager for activity and attention. What’s a mom to do when she can’t get to the pure milk of the Word, but finds herself accessorized in sour milk? This season of life calls for a modified approach to getting in the Word and with the Lord, just like it calls for unique approach to just about everything else in life. If a woman will modify her access to the Lord, the amount she tackles, and the accountability in her life, she will enjoy time with the Lord and in His Word as only a young mom can.
Stephanie helped us to address the question of “How much time is enough” that often prompts guilt, and Kathy gave tips for how to make memorization part of everyday life. But your window of opportunity to tackle this question may be passing, so let’s look at the value of Easy Access for Part 1 of the answer to “How do I fit it in?” and tomorrow we’ll look at two more keys to fitting it in.
Easy Access ~
Moms know that to leave without a well equipped diaper bag is a set up for trouble. Easy access to essentials is not negotiable; it’s the same with easy access to tools for her heart. There may be a season when a basket of study supplies may be tucked with a journal and commentary beside a favorite chair in a quiet alcove, but the years of young children will probably not be that season. Instead, it’s best not to be overcome by the demands, but adapt! Increase the potential for satisfying spiritual thirst by making tools easily available.
- Keep materials like a journal, Bible, verse cards, or notebook in a wider variety of places such as: car, diaper bag, stroller, bathroom, rocking chair. And if this isn’t your season of life, apply this to your briefcase, desk, or computer bag.
- Be flexible with formats of truth: internet, ipod, “flash cards,” CDs, small books, smaller notebooks, music, reading aloud, memorizing with children, to name a few.
- Make materials mobile. Don’t be discouraged by interruptions. Pick up the Word and take it with you. Instead of a heavy study Bible suited for your desk or later time of life, use a smaller purse size that goes anywhere.
- Pray as you walk and as you drive and as you nurse and as you fold laundry and as you fall asleep. There will be days to spend uninterrupted time in prayer, but during the sometimes crazy days of young motherhood, give yourself freedom to enjoy doing your day with your Heavenly Father who understands “children” can be demanding. :)
Well your sweet moment of time may be slipping away, and you may be hearing the call of your phone, your dryer buzzer, your voice mail, or your 3 year old …. the list could go on, couldn’t it? My kids are waiting for me, too :) so let’s come back tomorrow to talk about more real ways to fit in time with the Lord. He’s waiting, too.