If you have littles at home, you probably get a “Mommy! Mommy!” before you even get out of bed, let alone get into God’s Word. The realities of parenting small children can not only sap you of your time, but leave you exhausted, with little energy to do much of anything outside of finding dropped pacifiers and putting Peppa Pig on repeat. And let’s keep it real, even if a 10-minute window does open-up, remembering to spend that precious time in prayer isn’t likely.
But here’s the good news: “By His divine power, God has given [you] everything [you] need for living a godly life” (2 Peter 1:3 NLT). What comfort this brings, to know that by God’s strength you already have what’s needed to live for Him—in your current season. You don’t need to always be alone by yourself, always be bright-eyed-and-bushy-tailed, and always be perfectly-prepped in order to enjoy His presence.
So before you consider the following tips on making Quiet Time doable, accept the fact it won’t look the same as when you had no kids—or ten years from now—and relax in His all-sufficiency.
Have Quiet Time WITH Your Littles. Even if they’re not listening, daily sit on the floor as they play, and read the Bible out loud. You could even open your Planner or Quiet Time Journal and write-out a prayer while speaking it over your children. Sure, having your Bible and journal at ground level might lend to a few scribbles or torn pages. But trust me, years from now your kid-worn Bible will sweetly remind you of how precious they were (when they weren’t teenagers).
Listen to Audio Versions of the Bible. Whether you’re cooking dinner, pushing a stroller, sitting in carpool, or changing a diaper, God’s Word can still speak powerfully into your life. Simply place your device nearby, or wear smartphone-friendly clothes with pockets, and let Scripture sink-in as you go.
Place Bible-Verse Sticky Notes Around the House. Jesus said, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63 NKJV). Even if they’re written in crayon, place Scripture around your home—up high, of course—and pause throughout the day to meditate over each one.
Say, “Alexa, Play Worship Music.” Don’t have a techy personal assistant? Fill the playlist on your phone or computer with worship music. The music and lyrics will prompt you to stand still and worship God throughout the day, while making your home cozy and peaceful.
God just wants to spend time with you. Period. It’s always doable and never has to look the same. And the season you are in is oh so temporary (take it from me...my daughter just started driver’s ed training this past weekend!)! I promise you that one day you will be slowly swinging in the hammock in your backyard, reading your Bible, wondering why it’s so dang quiet in your house. Enjoy the season you are in and make time everyday to praise Jesus in it!
DRAW NEAR TO GOD AND HE WILL DRAW NEAR TO YOU. JAMES 4:8 ESV