You may have been there. Moments where you've wanted to simply escape from the busyness of your day to simply draw away with the Lord. The only thing stopping you from doing that is your toddler who is climbing out of their high chair, your baby who woke up early from their nap, and the long to-do list that you have to complete before the end of your day!
We've all been there and may have even cried over the fact of not being able to have a consistent devotional life while taking care of kids and maintaining our households. As wives and mothers, it's so important that we have time to refuel and recharge. If we're low on our spiritual tank, we won't be able to fully give ourselves to our families! Being able to prioritize devotional time is pivotal for crushing it as a Mom!
So how do you do it? How exactly do you continue to make your devotional life a priority and maintain your home? The answer is actually easier than what you may think. The answer is abiding.
Learning to Abide
The reason I wanted to highlight on the term abiding is because this is the anchor of your devotional life. Out of the place of abiding is where your devotional life truly begins to thrive.
"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me." John 15:4
When you move from the place of "devotional is an event in my day" to a place of "devotional is a lifestyle" you have entered into the revelation of abiding. Abiding looks like no matter where I am or what I'm doing, I'm consistently in communication with the Father. I am worshiping in everything that I do and His eyes are always on me. Once you receive this revelation, you realize that you can be giving and receiving from the Lord at any time.
Forms of Devotion
Devotional time, in reality looks like you having consistent communion with the Lord throughout your day. Did you know that even the way you take care of your children and family is devotion unto the Lord? I used to feel so condemned at times because I didn't have the time that I wanted with the Lord on a particular day. However, God being the awesome Father that He is showed me that even in serving my family I am doing it unto Him and it's a form of devotion! I'm devoting my hands and gifts to my family because I love the Lord!
"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ." Colossians 3:23-24
As you're sweeping your floors, changing those diapers and preparing meals you can whisper little prayers to God, you can turn on worship music and just pour your love out! Don't put God in a box. He has given us freedom to worship Him in many ways!
I hope that as you're reading this, your mind is beginning to shift in the way you think about what true devotion looks like. Here are 3 practical things that have also helped me to develop and maintain a consistent devotional life.
- Wake up early! Wake up before your family does to start their day. This will give you the time you need to recharge and have quiet time before everything starts in your home. I recommend waking up 2 hours before everyone else does in your home.
- Have a set time once your kids are asleep at night to seek God. For me, I like to settle things down an hour before I go to bed. This allows me time to clear my mind, meditate, pray, etc.
- Invite your children to join you! Even if you have time in the middle of your day, turn on some worship music and have a full blown dance party in your living room! Invite your children to join you in worship. They'll love singing along and even praying with you!
Prioritizing devotional time as a Mom does not have to be complicated and it doesn't have to be religious. Out of the place of abiding you'll begin to truly thrive in your devotional time. Devotion won't just look like uninterrupted time, but it'll look like you worshiping God in everything that you do and maintaining constant communication throughout your day.
Leave a comment below and let me know if you've tried any of these tips and how it has impacted your life and family!