How I Fit in Quiet Time as a Busy Mom-4 Strategies to Ensure You Do Too

New born baby with big pink headband.

I used to have my morning devotional routine down pact. And if for some reason it didn't happen in the morning I could just do it when I got off of work.

That was bk (before kids). A time of my life I now barely recall.

I remember thinking I didn't have time back then.....looking back I had all the time in the world.

Those were the days.

Ensure you have a quiet time, even as a busy mom.

 As soon as the first baby came my devotional time got all out of whack.   The sleepless nights, recovering from a c-section, breastfeeding, pumping, cloth diapers.....there was always so much to do.

When I started back to work it got even worse and my personal time with the Lord was what suffered the most. I still prayed and read my Bible but very absentmindedly.

You know what I'm talking about.

You do it quickly but you aren't really connected and your thinking about a million other things. So little by little my time with God started to take a back seat to everything else going on.

Time went by and I never got a routine down and then lo and behold baby number 2 was on the way.
Things got even worse.
If I thought I didn't have time before...I had all the time in the world compared to life with two children under the age of two.

I finally got to a point that I was not feeling satisfied with my devotional time (although I had not completely abandoned it by any means) but I knew that I needed more.

If you are a full time working mom like me there are two things you have to do to succeed: be determined and wake up before the kids.

There is no other way around it.  I tried to saythat I'd do it during nap time, or at night when they went to asleep.But, there was always a million things to do or I was just too exhausted and fell asleep myself.

So for me, the only option was to wake up before they do.

Those of you who are breastfeeding moms, like I was, can take advantage of that early morning feed before work.

 At each and every sunrise you will hear my voice
as I prepare my sacrifice of prayer to you.
Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on the altar
and wait for your fire to fall upon my heart.       Psalm 5:3-5 TPT
I'm not saying what I did will work for you.  If you can have your quiet time with the Lord during nap time or at night; do it. Whenever you can get that, much needed, connection time with God in, you just do it.

I know God is merciful to moms with young children. He is our creator and He knows how physically and mentally drained we are. The very last thing He wants us to feel is guilty.

 But Lord, your nurturing love is tender and gentle.
You are slow to get angry yet so swift to show your faithful love.
You are full of abounding grace and truth.    Psalm 86:16

Guitly of parenting wrong.

Guilty for being a working mom.

Guilty for not dedicating time to God like before.

Related postHow to Overcome Mom Guilt 

So how did I do it?

The secret to having a quiet time as a mom is finding what works for you.

Forget about having your hour-long devotional time like before unless you are willing to wake up at 4:00 am.  I just couldn't do it.  I am an ESL teacher and I couldn't make myself get up earlier than I already was.

Find one thing that works for you and stick with it.

1. Scripture Memorization
Choose a scripture a week and save it in your phone. Write it down on post its and hang them on your bathroom mirror and refrigerator.  Think about what the scripture means, apply it to your life. Meditate on it and pray it throughout your day.

2. Scripture Writing
This is one of my favorites.  Check out my post: Why it is Beneficial to Write the Word of God 

3. Bible App Devotions
I love devotional books but they just weren't practical for me while breastfeeding.  With the Bible app, I could continue with my devotional time while breastfeeding.  There are so many great plans so I highly recommend it.

4. Worship Music
I would choose one or two worship songs and listen to them while breastfeeding and take that time to pray.  10 minutes or less but I could connect with God.  I know I refer to breastfeeding a lot but it was the only time that I was sitting down and had time to connect with God.  Even if you aren't breastfeeding take advantage of those feeding times to connect with the Lord.

Everything changed when my children weaned from breastfeeding and the bottle. My children only used the bottle while I was at work. Read here to find out How to Bottle Wean in one Week

I continued to wake up early because that is what works for me. My children are now 4 and 2 1/2.  The only time I have where I can really delve into my devotional time is before they wake up. I wake up at 5:15 every day.  So I have a good 45 minutes to read, write, pray, and worship before I have to get ready for work.

Even though I am waking up early...

  • I don't feel as overwhelmed and stressed.
  • I feel connected to God and not as distant.

Mom-ing is hard. It has its ups and downs.  We all make mistakes.  However, the mom who seeks the Lord has His grace and guidance to be the wife and mother you have been called to be.

If you have felt overwhelmed, if you have mom guilt, if you are frazzled and exhausted make your devotional time priority and you will see changes in your life.

He has promised us rest.  Let's tap into that goodness.

Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me.[a] I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis.       Mathew 11:28

Do you have any tips or suggestions that have worked for you as a busy mom? Please comment below because I'd love to hear them.

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