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March 17, 2015

Making Time for God's Word (When You're a Mom)

As a mom, it can be difficult to carve out time to spend meditating on God's word, but if you are like me, you have learned how very crucial it is to being able to serve your family the way God intended. 

Time for God

Over the past few years, I have tried to be intentional about finding ways to naturally build this in to our family's routine.

Here are a few ideas that have worked well for me and maybe you'll find a tip that will encourage you in your faith walk! 

1. "Jesus Calling": Yes, I love Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling" book, but this "Jesus Calling" daily flip calendar (that sits right next to my bathroom sink) is perfect for me! As I'm brushing my teeth...or drying my hair...or moisturizing my face (a habit I should have started earlier in life), I am able to read the devotional and Scripture for each day! If you are familiar with this devotional, you may agree that on most days, the words from "Jesus Calling" seem to pinpoint an exact area where you need to be challenged or encouraged! I would highly recommend Sarah Young's materials! Her resources for kids are equally wonderful! She has a Kid's Devotional but also a Bible Storybook~

2. Participate in local Bible studies! This has provided excellent accountability for me when it comes to remaining in God's word on a regular basis. Depending on your schedule, this can be somewhat difficult, but hopefully you have a few options in your area. Does your church offer anything like this? In the mornings? In the evenings? Is there a local chapter of Community Bible Study or Bible Study Fellowship near you? In adding these types of things to our weekly routine, I have tried to be very strategic in choosing programs that offer faith-centered classes - and not just babysitting - for my little ones. 

3. Gather to grow together as a family! When our oldest was teeny tiny, we got in the habit of doing this, and I am so glad that we did! If this is an area where your family has struggled (as we all know how crazy life can be - especially with little ones!), it is never too late to start! Here are a few ideas that have worked for us: 

Breakfast & The Bible 
In our kitchen, we have a basket of Bibles for little ones. During breakfast, I will read a story from one of these - This usually kicks off the start of our homeschool preschool activities for the day.

Prayer before Meals 
At our house, mealtime is sacred...for many reasons, and in those times together [and beyond] we try to encourage real, authentic prayer and not simply memorized recitations.

Scripture Music 
While there are so many incredible resources out there, my absolute favorite is Steve Green's Hide 'em In Your Heart Collection. We play this music in the our children's rooms as they are falling asleep...streaming over the television while our kids are playing in the family room...and it is amazing how much Scripture our little ones have memorized without even realizing it! 

Bedtime Bible Reading 
What started as an advent activity, reading through the Jesus Storybook Bible has now become a regular bedtime practice. As a family, we gather together before bed and read from this Bible or Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling Bible Storybook". It is probably one of my favorite times in our day.

We pray that these simple routines will impact the hearts of our children forever! We are passionate about immersing them in truth, but it has been incredible to see God work in our hearts as well. As we are guiding our little ones in learning how to meditate on God's Word, we are being renewed as well. The Word of God is powerful - It can penetrate the heart of a three-year old all while also impacting the hearts of us as parents.

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