Ezra’s been clinging to me a little more tightly these past weeks. This surprised me since we spend every hour with each other. I stay at home with him during the day, so he pretty much sees me more than anyone else.
This doesn’t change the fact that he wants me to lay with him until he falls asleep. Even if he has his “Blah-Blah” and his bottle, he still just wants me. So I just stay. And I wait until he falls asleep, knowing one day far too soon he won’t ask this of me anymore.
My understanding of time has been significantly altered. When I once had hours to myself throughout the day, my son now is my day. I know it’s only a season. This time of life where I’m constantly needed won’t last forever. It’s a season with snuggles and giggles, teaching, diapers and discipline. For me, it’s also been a season of different expectations. Hoping to accomplish a few things here and there only to find myself knee-deep in messes, tantrums, dance parties, and story-telling all day can sometimes be discouraging.
I’ve lately learned to embrace this season and cushion it with grace. I desparately need time with God to do that. When I am in communion with God, I’m better able to navigate it all in love. My rights are laid aside more easily and I am more empowered with a long term vision of investing in my child. My time with God doesn’t look like it used to prior to having a baby. I don’t have hours to sit and connect, but I’ve learned to embrace that as well. Here are a few ways I’ve found to connect with God in the midst of motherhood.
10 Ways to Connect with God as a Busy Mom
1. Give thanks. 1000 Gifts by Anne Voskamp changed my life. Giving thanks is now something I regularly practice. By giving thanks to God throughout the day for whatever comes your way helps to slow day and savor the good stuff. It’s helped me remember God, the giver of all good gifts. Here are some free tools to help you get started with giving thanks.
2. Remember Him. Have you ever played a game of minutes? I can’t remember who suggested this, but the idea is simple. Pick a time frame like every 60 minutes. Set your phone or egg timer and every 60 minutes when the timer goes off turn to the Lord. Simply remember Him. Thank Him for being with you. Tell him that you love Him and are listening. This has been really great for me. I can get so wrapped up in what I’m doing that it helps to have set times to turn to Him. It often helps me to “seek first HIS kingdom”.
3. Podcast sermons. Listening to sermons from your church’s podcast is a great way to learn something and connect with God. While you are doing the dishes or folding laundry, try turning on a sermon.
4. Keep an open Bible. With such a busy day, sometimes I like to steal a few minutes of scripture here and there. Keep an open Bible on your desk or coffee table, turned to the place you are reading. That way if you have a minute or two you can soak up a little bit of God’s word.
5. Worship music. Spotify or Pandora have a great selection of music including worship music. I’ve been really enjoying Bethel these days and it’s helped focus my attention on God. Love it.
6. Solitude. I’m not very good at this one, but I always crave it! If I get up in time, John takes Ezra before he goes to work so I can spend time in solitude with God. I usually like to pray and journal during that time (if I can stay awake!). Seriously, being a mom makes me super sleepy :).
7. Family scripture reading. At breakfast or dinner, we sometimes read Scripture as a family. It might be one verse, it might be more. It’s so nice to spend time as a family reading the Bible together and talking about what we learn.
8. Praise God with Kids! Whether it’s reading books or coloring, find ways to praise God with your children. Read a book about animals and praise God for His creation. Color a pretty picture and praise God for his beauty. Dance and clap your hands and be silly. Sing praises to God.
9. Nature Walks. Go outside. Let your kids guide your walk. Pick up leaves, sticks, interesting rocks and poky pinecones. Talk about your finds and share how God created it all. Reflect on how God created the stars, birds and lilies in the field and yet knows every hair on your head.
10. Playtime with encouraging friends. Spend time with other mamas who are passionate about spending time with God. Talk about your journeys together and encourage one another while your kids play with each other.
Well, I hope that helps! It’s taken me a while to adjust to life as a new mom–even in my time spent with God. Being a mama is a sacred gift. Sculpting souls is a priviledge into which God invites us. What a joy it is He also provides the encouragement and strength to do it!
How do you connect with God these days?