Friend. Let me tell you about who I used to be, and how marriage, motherhood, and ministry has changed me when it comes to my “quiet time.”
I remember a special time in college when I would get up an hour earlier than I needed so I could spend an hour in God’s Word. An hour. It seems almost impossible now, as a mother of five with writing, church responsibilities, and homeschooling. Laughable almost to think….but it was my life when I was in college. I felt alone a lot, but God met me there in those moments. My quiet time was not a checklist item. I craved time in His word and spent a long time reading and writing Scripture.
Suddenly, I find myself in the mundane and messiness of motherhood. I looked up one day to see my poor little heart was overwhelmed with children, a husband, and even more loneliness. God met me again in those early days as a mother. He met me when I was awake with a crying child. He watched over me as I struggled to find rhythm every two years as I had babies, adopted.
Now we settle down again this fall.
I’m a mom of five. I feel like we have a good routine – my blog and writing seems to finally have a balanced place in my life….but a few months ago I realized I would write this in my planner for the day “Devotions” – – Like I had to make sure to write it down….or I would forget. I had to make sure to write it down….so I could check it off…
SIDE NOTE: Don’t tell me I’m the only one who writes things on your to-do list just so you can check them off….
Either way, devotions had suddenly become something I had to do, instead of something I wanted to do, or was privileged to do.
I took a step back. I prayed and sought reasons for my apathy. And I realized I had lost sight of WHY I read God’s Word. So I made a list….and found Four Reasons to Read Your Bible. I’d love to share them with you…..