Jodi of Granola mom has asked for us to share our quiet times with God. I felt compelled to write even though my quiet times with God have been mostly happening as I fall asleep, praying over my children and husband, asking for forgiveness for all my failures throughout the day. Or sometimes on my potty breaks, I will carry my Bible with me and stay on the toilet a few extra minutes, reading a Proverbs or Psalm. My husband thinks that reading on the toilet is weird, but it’s truly the only time I have some days.
True, there are many days though that I have time – time to blog, time to watch movies with my husband – completely mismanaged time.
I’ve tried getting up early, which is my favorite time to do my quiet time. But every time I hit the bottom steps to our living room, I immediately hear my almost two year old climbing down from our bed to search for me. There is no sneaking out of that bed!
Before kids, I would wake early – 4:45 to be exact, make a tea and read My Utmost for the Highest (Oswald Chambers) online. I would copy the text and paste it into a word document and then journal underneath it as the devotion spoke to me that day. I would pray for each and everyone of my students (I was a 3rd grade teacher at the time) and then I would go workout, shower and then go teach! I can’t even fathom that kind of energy these days!
Quiet times with God are something I am striving to do again. Even before Jodi’s post I had started leaving my Bible at our couch, where I do devotions and Bible reading with the kids, and trying to read right before going to bed. I bought The Power of a Praying Parent to help me get a focus for prayer for my children. I try to read a prayer from that book every day. I really need to write my prayers down; it’s what makes me feel I really prayed (even though it isn’t true), but I don’t always have time to do so. I guess writing is what keeps me from being distracted. My mind wanders if I just pray silently. If I can’t journal, the next best thing for me is to read prayers that have already been written, that say what I want to say.
It’s important to know though, that as important as quiet time with God is, it can be achieved anytime, anywhere. A quick prayer while in line at the supermarket. Another one while washing dishes or folding laundry. Listening to some worship CDs in the car. What I’ve had to adjust the most as a mom are my expectations of what quiet time with God should look like. Don’t compare your quiet time with someone else’s quiet time because God just meets you where ever you are.