3 Tips for Spending Time With God When You Have Kids

I’ve written about this topic before, but I thought it might be time for an update. With each child that I’ve had, my routine in spending time with the Lord was different.
In my previous post, I talked about spending time in the word after the first feeding. That worked when I had one child, but did not when I had two. Chasing a one year old around all day and then staying up all night with a newborn presented a whole new set of challenges and if I didn’t grab sleep whenever I could, I got physically sick from exhaustion.

So I had to get creative and find a new rhythm. It’s been the same with my third child and I’ve tweaked what has and hasn’t worked for me, and I thought I’d share and maybe give you mommas of multiple children out there some new ideas to try.

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1. Write the Word journal.

I know I’ve talked about this before on my Snapchat and Instagram, but I cannot express how much I love this journal by Lara Casey. My older sister bought this for me for my birthday and it has been huge in helping me spend time in the word.

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What I love is that the scripture is already picked out for you and I can make the most of the 15 undistracted minutes I have to get into God’s word. I also don’t feel overwhelmed by it because it doesn’t take too much time and I don’t feel guilty for not completing it all (because I usually DO get to finish it), like I feel when I am trying to do a more in depth study.

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2. Listen to Scripture or Scripture Rich Music.

Even though my days are noisy and chaotic, just having scripture or some uplifting music playing in the background helps my soul remember the bigger picture.

I use the Bible app on my phone and it’s free and has every book on audio. Since my husband is a techie geek (sorry babe), I use our Bose speaker and then God’s word is playing throughout our house. Loooooove.

Also, if you’re looking for some great scripture based music, check out As Isaac. We absolutely love them. It’s great to sing along to, or have playing in the background during dinner. Cannot recommend them enough.

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3. Keep a devotional on your kitchen counter.

Now this means my counter has to be clean enough for me to find the devotional, which can be a problem (#reallife), but I love something quick that I can read while working in the kitchen that reminds me of the Lord and refreshes my soul.

I’ve been loving this devotional called Voices of the Faithful. Each day it has a scripture and a story from a missionary serving somewhere in the world. It’s very convicting and encouraging to think about the sacrifices of my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and helps put my day in perspective.

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So I hope these three tips helped give you some new methods to try. Find what works for you, and don’t feel guilty if these don’t.

In this season of little ones, my time with God no longer looks like one long chunk of time in the Word. And I’m learning that that is okay. I may only get little “snacks” of His Word, but it is still filling to my soul. And I am so thankful for that. He meets us right where we are, and He loves that we desire to be with Him, even if it doesn’t look like it used to. Don’t be disheartened. Keep fighting, Momma! It’s so hard right now, but our faithfulness in seeking the Lord will pay off. We will be a better picture of Christ to our children and we will find the Strength we need to keep going when we spend time with our Father.

3 Tips for Spending Time with God When You Have Kids
3 Tips for Spending Time with God When You Have Kids

How To Make Time for God as a New Mom

How To Make Time For God as a New Mom

I remember when Rhett was born I felt this surge of emotions that cannot be replicated. I was beyond happy. I was ecstatic. I was a mom to the most precious baby I had ever laid my eyes on and I GOT TO KEEP HIM.

As we placed him in his car seat and tucked an afghan around his tiny body, I just smiled and couldn’t believe we were heading home with our baby. What joy!

Well just a few short hours later, he was waking every 45 minutes to nurse and I was crying and rocking him and wondering what had happened to my life. Would there ever be a time ┬áin my time here on earth where this child wouldn’t be attached to me? When did I turn into a milk cow?!

The next month was a fog. When you get so little sleep it’s hard to keep your days straight and you feel like you are just barely hanging on. Sometimes that 45 minute nap is a LIFE SAVER. Literally.

Your whole life has changed and there is no “normal” anymore. That precious baby has turned life upside down. And not all in bad ways, just new ways.

As you’re grasping to find something familiar, you remember those days where you would pull out your Bible and notebook and spend hours with the Lord. Ahh what fellowship you had with Him!

You cry and wonder if you will ever get to read your Bible again…you barely have 10 minutes to scarf down some food, much less spend time studying the Word.

But now is the time you need Him more than ever.

Well, I’ve learned through trial and error some ways that have helped me find a little consistency among the chaos.

1. Pray while nursing.

This was huge for me. When you spend that much time nursing, it can help it not only fly by, but also bring you an amazing amount of encouragement. Keep a list of people or things you want to pray for on the side table by your rocking chair or where ever it is you nurse to help remind you who/what needs prayer.

Prayer helped lift my spirits so much in a time where I couldn’t spend a huge amount of time in the Word. I talked to my precious Savior for hours at night and it really was a precious time!

2. Read your Bible after the first night feeding.

This one is more for when your baby is a little past a month old or waking only 2-3 times a night. I keep my Bible and notebook on my nightstand and whenever Rhett wakes up the first time at night, after I lay him back down I have 30 quiet minutes to spend with the Lord. It feels AMAZING.

The hardest part of this is convincing myself not to fall back into my comfy bed and go straight to sleep. It takes some discipline, but I never regret that time spent with the Lord vs. sleeping.

I can definitely tell a difference in myself on the days I sleep instead of spend time in the Word. I become much more discouraged, and taking care of Rhett can become such a chore and life holds no joy (ha). I. Need. Jesus. Which means I have got to spend time with Him!

3. Go to Church.

We might be crazy, but we went back to church before Rhett was a week old. We missed it! And even though I struggled at times to stay awake, my soul was encouraged just by being surrounded by my brothers and sisters in Christ.

Now this may look different for you. The last thing I want is to make you feel guilty if you aren’t back at church the very next Sunday, but don’t let your tiredness or fear of taking the little one out keep you from the body of Christ. Your soul will thank you!

Also, if your church has a “nursing mothers & new mommy” room, you can meet a lot of sweet ladies in there who are in the same boat as you! One Sunday I came out of there chatting with a lady and Chris was waiting in the hallway for me and he commented “You just have your own little community in there don’t you?” I laughed, but thought it was a good point!

I hope these were helpful to ya’ll. Hang in there. It’s going to get easier and easier! I promise.