Moms are so busy! Get the kids up and dressed, feed them breakfast, complete the homeschool work for the day, plan and cook dinner, clean the house, do laundry, run kids to soccer practice and doctor appointments . . . The daily duties are seemingly endless!
Somewhere in our day we have to find time to care for ourselves – get a shower, take the time to dress in something more than pj’s or yoga pants, drink a cup of tea, eat that breakfast we made and forgot about. We’ve heard the reminders over and over again that we need to make caring for ourselves a priority or we won’t have anything left to give to our family.
An often overlooked aspect of this is our spiritual care. It is vital as believers that we are spending time in the Word each and every day. We need that quiet time with the Lord to replenish our spirit and draw us closer to the Lord.
If you’re like me, you really want to spend time doing morning devotions, but you simply struggle to fit everything in. Before you know it, one thing has led to another and your entire day has gone by and you still haven’t had the chance to open your Bible. Here are a few tips that I find helpful to make time with the Lord a priority:
Get up before the kids. I am much more successful in doing my devotions if I am awake and fit it in before the kids are awake. This may mean getting up 15 minutes earlier, but the day goes so much better when I do!
Be Flexible! If you can’t do your devotional first thing in the morning, maybe you can do it while waiting to pick a child up from soccer practice, or while sitting in the doctor’s office waiting room. If your kids nap, take a few minutes during that time to spend with the Lord. During the school day work a mandatory 15 minute reading time into the schedule so while the kids are quietly reading, you can spend time in the Word.
Use an app. We live in a world of technology. Everything is at our fingertips, and that includes an online Bible and devotional plans. You can have reminders set in your phone to alert you that it is time for your devotional. You can do your devotionals on the go! These are two of my favorite apps to use:
First 5. Developed by Proverbs 31 ministries, the goal is to get you to spend the first 5 minutes of your day with a scripture and devotion reading each day. There are short teachings that have a deep impact.
YouVersion. This app puts the entire Bible at your fingertips – which is helpful to find a verse quickly by searching the voice, keyword or topic. It also has daily reading plans to help you achieve your reading goals. Want to read the Bible in a year? They have a plan for that! Want to do a study on the Ten Commandments, or the Sermon on the Mount? They have a plan! There are so many things to choose from, and it is laid out in an easy to follow format.
The bottom line is, we have to make it a priority each and every day. So many things are shouting for your attention. Don’t allow that to be an excuse to push time with the Lord aside. Not only will you be better for it, but you will be setting a great example for your kids that will hopefully turn into a life-long habit.
I would love to hear from you! What are some of your favorite tips for daily devotions?