Hey y’all. Hope life is settling a little with the “first week” of school behind you. In our home only 1 out of 4 has officially started school. Next week we kick it into high gear as I will be packing 4 lunches for Tuesday. Say what? Yes ‘m. Just me & myself for 5 hours. The goal is productivity. So if you see me on Twitter, FB or Instagram between 9 & 2 on Tues or Thurs please remind me to “get back to work!” (use of a harsh tone will be left up to you).
Although I will get a little break from mothering, life will be full. I’m sure your schedule is packed for the fall. Because doesn’t the year really begin after Labor Day? Not January 1st. Kinda silly we make New Year’s Resolutions in January when so many new programs and sports and Bible Studies start in the fall. Don’t you think?
Thinking about the busyness reminded me of this email that came through a month or so ago. With the author’s permission, I thought of sharing it with y’all who may have a similar question:
I just don’t know how to get my groove back in spending time alone with God reading the bible and praying and listening. It’s been a huge task since I had my first child. The second is 3months old and I’m back to work and it just looks like the only time i get to do some worship while I’m driving?? Any tips?
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Praying while you are driving is a great idea (anyone else seem to spend a lot of time in the car during the school year?). You can also pray while you cook dinner or wash dishes or move clothes from the washer to dryer.
We’ve all heard “pray without ceasing” which can seem a bit overwhelming. Think more of it as a continual conversation with God. You come to Him in the midst of life. Don’t think of a dividing line between sacred & secular. All of life is sacred. God is just as present at your kitchen sink as the church pew. Seek Him & He will be found.
Soak in worship
Listen to His Word
Call out His name & your need
Write down gifts
Lastly, you could keep a notebook in the kitchen (One Thousand Gifts style…) while you are fixing meals, or by your bed before you go to sleep or even write notes in your phone…list off your gifts of gratitude. (“Thank you Lord for…cold Diet Dr. Pepper” “Thank you for tiny feet in footed pajamas”).
Repeat His promises
If you’ve been in the church any length of time you have probably been guilted into memorizing Scripture. Perhaps you have a negative attitude towards the whole concept. But let’s approach the topic another way.
What if your son or daughter said something super sweet…like super-duper-uper sweet…wouldn’t you just love to repeat what they said. Maybe you would write them down so you won’t forget or email them to your husband or share them with their grandparents.
What if we view God’s words to us similarly? Thinking about His promise not to harm us, His unconditional love for us, His compassion never failing. Wouldn’t those be worth writing down some where, repeating in your mind, and sharing with others? If you need help finding promises, I found this site with 365 (click here)
Heather, thanks so much for your encouraging words and reminding us that God is at the kitchen sink too. I love that! You put words together so well and you make me laugh. Thank you for doing God’s work. Keep it up!
thanks for the encouragement friend! Thankful for you. And isn’t laughing so great?
Heather, thanks for this wonderful post.. I am going to soak in your ideas, really needed to hear them. I start the day talking to my heavenly father as I try to tear open my eyes. Also when I am really upset about something or someone I talk the situation with him, and ask him to show me his way.
Those are great ideas, Ann. Thanks for sharing! Asking Him to show me His way…yes!!
love all these ideas,gal.
i also think about the app you told me about the bible memory app- love using that to talk to me and help me with my memory work. love the printable, too. I want to learn how to do that, please.
thanks chica! Oh yes, the bible memory app. Such a good idea…forgot about that one. Need to use that more myself. And maybe during blogging gal night I can teach ya about the printable (just learned myself!).