I can’t think of a time in my life where I so deeply felt my need for the Lord than when I became a mother. There is nothing that points out your inadequacies so glaringly as when you try to raise your little ones to love and serve the Lord for themselves. This drives us as mothers to God’s Word for that wisdom we so desperately need!
But there’s one problem–now we have kids. And quiet time is at a premium. Even the simple task of sleeping is no longer a quiet time!
I have a two-year-old and a three-year-old. They are truly well-behaved, but my Quiet Time is often interrupted by my two little blessings for one reason or another. How does the Lord expect me as mother to respond to those instances of interruption?
WE CAN RESPOND AS OUR LORD DID
In Matthew 14, our Lord withdraws Himself to go into a mountain to pray. Often His custom was to continue all night in prayer. His disciples were on the sea in a boat when a terrible storm came. What did our Lord do? Without grumbling about how His disciples always get into trouble when He tried to pray, He goes to them and calms the storm.
Isn’t that so convicting as a mother? Look again in Mark 1 where the Lord rises a great while before it is day to spend some time in prayer. Simon follows the Lord until he finds Him and says, “All men seek for thee.”
Instead of explaining to Simon He is going to spend some time with His Father, or even reprimanding Simon, He says, “Let us go into the next town.”
Our Lord understood He only had this brief time to be physically with His children–three years, in fact. Doesn’t that sound like the three brief years we have with our babies?
When our children need us, we can tend to their needs with cheerful hearts even if it interrupts our sacred Quiet Time.
WE CAN UNDERSTAND OUR BIBLE READING SCHEDULES ARE TOOLS, NOT COMMANDS
We will not need to bring our Bible-reading schedules to the Judgment Seat of Christ. Interestingly enough, did you realize the Bible never actually commands you to read the Bible every day? Isaiah 34:16 is the closest I can find to an actual command to read the Bible. It does command you to know it, search it, and meditate on it. This helps us understand that our Devotion Time goes past checking a box off a Bible-reading schedule. Those are simply very helpful tools in systematically studying God’s Word. But if you did not get a full three chapters in today, thank God for Quiet Time you did have with Him! Meditate all day long on what you did read.
WE CAN SEIZE THE SPECIAL MOMENTS WE HAVE TO MEDITATE
Motherhood is also wonderful about slowing us down. It is our pleasure to sit and feed our babies or hold them while they nap. Take advantage of those special still moments. Let me share some of my very favorite meditation exercises:
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
This is an adaption of a meditation exercise I learned from my Pastor, Clarence Sexton. Take a book of the Bible and think: What do I know is true in Genesis? What do I know is lovely? What is pure? Go through each book of the Bible thoughtfully and meditatively.
Why I Love the Lord
A good friend in Bible college shared this one with me. As you read the Bible, pick one reason from your reading that day that you just really love the Lord. It helps you delight to think about the Lord all day long as you meditate on that one reason all through the day.
Examine Your Own Children
As you hold your babies, meditate on the wonder that the Creator of the Universe came as a baby not unlike the one you hold in your arms. It blesses you to think of all our God did to purchase our redemption.
There is no greater honor than this brief time you have to raise your babies for the Lord. Your Quiet Time will return to its quiet status once again before too long. When our children interrupt our Devotion Time, we can cheerfully tend to them knowing God Himself gave us this great responsibility of caring for our sweet babies.8