Living in the season of littles is hard. It can be difficult to get the time to do things that we NEED to do, let alone the things that we want to. While time with Jesus is something that we NEED as mommas, I would like to challenge your thinking today, lets change how we think about having time with Jesus.
Our society has placed a great burden on Christian mothers. For stay at home mothers we are expected to have the house clean, the children clean and polite, homeschooling, making nutritious meals, the things done, and to have time with Jesus; for those who work outside the home the expectations seem to be to go to work and then come home and do those same things, yes, your family might help with the chores, but there are still things that they don’t do that you have to, AND have time with Jesus.
In Dear Mama Who Wants to be Mary, we talked about accepting our Martha Season. There is nothing wrong with being busy and being a Martha, rather the problem is our attitude.
Here is some encouragement for you, the spiritually hungry momma, who is struggling with getting everything that NEEDS to be done, done. This is from mommas who have been in your shoes, mommas who are in your shoes- this season of babies, toddlers, exhaustion, cleaning, doing so much we feel like we don’t even have the time to sit for a few minutes by ourselves let alone get what our soul desperately craves.
Read it, take it to heart, share it with other mommas who need it. Be encouraged, dear momma, and take in these small moments where your soul can be satisfied with Jesus.
Encouragement for the Spiritually Hungry Mom From Mommas Who Have Been There
“It doesn’t matter when it happens. You can have quiet time with Jesus in the midst of screaming children. He’s there. Play praise music, read a Bible story to the little ones, read them what you’re reading yourself, they’re never too young for scripture. And don’t get down on yourself if, at the end of the day, it seems you had no time at all. It’s just a season, Jesus sees your heart and knows your efforts. ❤ also, children will benefit seeing mom dutifully sit down and spend quiet time if you can find a time for it.” Kayla N. ~The Accidental Nomad Life
“We would play worship music in the home throughout the day.
I worked to have a nap time that was synced between the kids. And once they out grow a nap I plan to have a “resting” time where they play quietly in their room so I can have alone time.
I also did a lot of reading while the kids played by me. I would just bring my coffee and Bible to the living room, and would read while they had free play. This season definitely requires creativity and grace grace grace. ❤” Amaris B. ~Crumbs and Glamour
“To pray for the child I’m nursing about his future. And to pray for the child I was tucking in. God gave me songs at night too, when I had to be up with my babies. Another thing that helped was to have my Bible, journal, and pen in the same basket as the wet wipes and pampers. Also to have more than one changing basket/place with reading in each.
We also quoted familiar verses with the little ones at bedtime sometimes … Their first memory work” Arla G.
“Some things that have helped me: To just for sure read my daily verse on my Bible app, and write a verse on my chalkboard door, or post a verse somewhere about the house to ponder on. Also, when my husband is dedicated to praying for me, it makes all the difference in my day. Those have been my coping methods during baby stage. Also, sometimes I do a Bible search on a subject at the computer because when I’m reading and drinking coffee on the chair I usually get bounced or sat on! 😊 Oh and during the darkest of my postpartum nights up with baby, God gave me words from old hymns. I don’t know why I knew the words then because I don’t think I know them now but I prayed and sung those in my head a lot that one winter. The verse, the Lord gently leads those that are with young, is true!” Amy B.
“I would pray for her. Also, asking her husband for time to head to church (even if a service isn’t on) to light a candle and have some time alone with God is another suggestion. Even finding an empty room at a gym can create the quiet needed to feel connected. To be honest, I pray as I go to sleep, in the car, at yoga, in the shower. Whenever I find I can think linearly.” Alana R. ~Parenting from the Heart
“I would say that having time with Jesus doesn’t have to be solitary and quiet. It can be with the little ones gathered around her ( and this could be a wonderful example for those watching little ones! ). It can be during little snippets all throughout the day. It can be as she listens to an audio version of the Bible as she cooks or does laundry or showers. There are so many ways to get God’s word into our hearts and lives without it having to be quiet and first thing in the morning by ourselves.” Rebekah H. ~Hargraves Home and Hearth
Spiritually hungry momma, take this advice from these mommas who have been in your shoes- Simplify your spiritual life, and teach your children what it means to have a daily personal relationship with Jesus Christ, rather than just having a chore to check off the list. Be encouraged momma, you are not alone!
If you know a momma who is in the season of littles, share this with her. Encourage her. Pray for her. Give her some coffee and watch her littles so she can take a break. Send her this post. Pour out the love of Christ on her.
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