How do we, as busy moms, connect with the Lord? How do we nurture our walk with God in the midst of such activity?
When Jesus needed to connect with God, he escaped to a lonely place. This is hard to do unless we are willing to awaken an hour or more before our family does. I'm not going to pretend this is an easy thing. It's not. But it is so rewarding. If you, however, can't get up before your family - you aren't a morning person - don't beat yourself up. There are other ways and times throughout the day to enter into the presence of the Lord. I've discovered that I can experience a wonderful renewal and time with God during the day, when the entire family is awake and active.
First, I need to have a quiet place that I can go. My back patio is just such a place for me. It used to be my bedroom; but now that the weather is so wonderful, outdoors is my new prayer closet.
Second, the children need to understand the importance of what I'm doing. They need to know I'm spending time with the Lord and no interruptions are allowed, unless there is blood or fire, or a head injury. Third, I give the children a list of things they must do during this time. Usually, they must read several chapters in a book and sort the clothes. Sorting the clothes can sometimes result in head injuries; so use discernment here.
With these things in place - a quiet place and quiet, busy children - I can enter into that special time with the Lord that my soul craves.
In my next post, I will explain how I still my anxious heart, my worries, my busy mind and my endless mental list of things to do so that I can genuinely pray and listen to the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit.