As a busy mom, you might struggle to figure out how to set aside time to invest in your faith. Here are 7 ways to keep you encouraged and growing as a Christian.
By Kristen Smith, Contributing Writer
Though my Christian faith is extremely important to me as a mom, I struggle often to figure out how to set aside substantial time to invest in it. In fact, I kind of chuckle inside when I hear the phrase quiet time.
Quiet? With five children ages ten and under in my house? Quiet rarely happens here, except late at night.
But no matter how busy I am trying to balance all of my responsibilities at home, I still can’t neglect my spiritual health. Instead, I have to get creative in how I connect with the Lord and grow as a Christian.
I’ve found these seven ways keep me encouraged and growing as a Christian, even when motherhood keeps me busy.
1. Audio Bibles
I rarely have an uninterrupted slot of time to read the Bible at length. Instead, I’ve downloaded some apps on my phone that allow me to listen to the Bible while I’m caring for my family.
Typically I miss sections from whatever chapter I want to listen to, so sometimes I will play the chapter repeatedly while making breakfast in the morning. That way, I am less likely to come away from listening with no remembrance of what I heard.
2. Look for Unique Prayer Opportunities
We don’t own a dishwasher, so I spend a considerable amount of time hand washing our many dishes. When discussing the woes of so many hours spent at the kitchen sink, someone mentioned to me that she uses that time to pray.
I realized that many mundane tasks offer opportunities to pray. Folding laundry, ironing, weeding a garden, and yes, washing dishes are all times to lift our hearts to heaven!
3. Focus in on Family Devotions
Every morning and evening, our family has what we call Bible Time. It’s our family devotions time, and we mostly gear it towards teaching our children.
Rather than thinking of it just for the kids, though, our family devotions can be an important time for me to recharge my spirit! Even if I can grab on to just one Bible verse and say one sincere prayer in my heart, I can walk away more encouraged.
4. Listen to Sermons & Praise
It’s pretty rare that I can listen to an uninterrupted sermon at church. Actually, I take that back. It never happens.
That’s why I like to play a sermon or two through the week. I typically listen while working in the kitchen either making our dinner or washing dishes.
(There are those dishes again. Maybe I don’t have a dishwasher for a higher reason. I still want one.)
Uplifting Christian music can also really help me keep my heart centered on Christ. We all have our preferences concerning style, and depending on my mood, I might play something really upbeat or quite mild and calm. I love that when I play music, my children get to enjoy it and be involved, too!
5. Invest in Christian Friendships
Friendships with sincere Christian women are an incredible way to grow in faith! We were made for community. By sharing prayer requests, struggles, testimonies, and life in general, my heart often has been challenged towards a deeper faith.
That also means that I make myself vulnerable to sharing my genuine weaknesses and failures with them. It’s so therapeutic to open up with a faithful Christian sister, though, knowing that she offers grace, and not judgement.
6. Memorize Scripture
Have you heard the verse about hiding God’s word in your heart? That can be so crucial as a busy mom! Though I may struggle to find quiet time to read the Bible, nothing can stop me from rehearsing verses that I have memorized.
I have some favorite encouraging verses that I turn to when my momma heart is weary, but I also love to use memorized Scriptures when instructing my children.
Memorizing scripture is also a great way to use time that might otherwise be occupied by flipping through our smartphones, like when nursing a baby.
7. Display Challenging or Encouraging Verses
Lots of homemakers put handy reference charts or frequented recipes inside their kitchen cupboards for convenience. That’s also a great place to tuck challenging or encouraging Bible verses!
Another great idea is to display verses, decoratively written or printed, inside picture frames through your home. When you see them, you can read them, meditate on them, and even work on memorizing them.
To help encourage the hearts of Christian homemakers, I wrote an ebook called Strengthening the Heart of a Homemaker. It’s filled with 52 printable Scripture cards, journal pages, and devotional guides for 13 areas of homemaking. It’s a great tool to use whether you want to memorize Scripture, display it in your home, or use it to grow in a certain area of homemaking.