Last Updated on March 20, 2018

Want to hear mine?

I am so tired as a mom of little kids that, truth be told, when it comes to my quiet time, I find myself having to summon the emotional and mental energy it takes to interact with the Word.

And at times, I fail.

Sometimes, in my understanding, that’s not okay. Sometimes, it is.

Other than Jesus’ times of solitude, we don’t find a lot of examples of a quiet time in the Bible. But there are tons of examples of wholeheartedly searching out God and His Word, and certainly abiding in the Vine that is Jesus.

And I don’t think that quiet time should look a lot different from the rest of my day, ideally. It’s cool if you can be praying continually, meditating on God’s Word, and walking with Him through the dirty diapers, the arguments, the stories, the funny things kids say. Sometimes I get through days like that and feel like I’ve been having devotions all day—and it’s not lost on me that those are often the hard days, the days I’ve needed Him the most throughout the day.

Sometimes it’s been such a hard day that the most quiet time I can summon up is to be held, in a spiritual sort of way—to feel that God is okay that I just rest with Him. God associates Himself with rest throughout Scripture (don’t you love that as a mom?!) and says, in another passage that I love, that as our Shepherd, He “gently leads those that have young.”

And sometimes I’m lazy.

But lately, He’s convicted me of two things:

1. When I do get into the Word, it is rewarding. Sometimes it’s helped me to do things in that time that I associate with reward, too: make myself a cappuccino, or listen to or play worship music.

2. The question isn’t always “Should I?” Sometimes I’m convicted that my laziness or lack of motivation stems from my self-sufficiency. I don’t see how much I need Him. I also don’t take the time to offer Him the “first fruits” of my time, like He asks me to do with my money. (Tracey had a good post on this!)

So I guess I’m still figuring this out. Not really my most noble post, but hey … you know by now that I’m on a journey.

Hope you’re deeply filled in your walk with Him today.

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  1. Wow, how did you read my mind? 🙂 Thanks again for a great post and great reminders how, as a tired mom, I can rest in Him.

  2. I'm not a mom yet, but I am a tired wife… I get so wrapped up in my day to day stuff that I forget that God is right there with me, listening and waiting on me to strike up a chat… I know I need to get in the word more than I do, but I can also spend more time just "being" in God's presence and knowing he is with me. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Kristen S says:

    This post really struck a cord with me (a tired mom of 2 little girls) because I've been struggling lately with keeping my quiet time with the Lord quiet. For some reason fights, tears, injuries, yelling and anything else noisy seems to escalate either when I'm on the phone or reading the Bible. How do they always "know"??? I read a verse today that convicted me to try harded to find quiet time to read so I can grow as a Christian. "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby." 1Peter 2:2 That's a commandmant!