When life comes crashing down on us it can be all consuming. I remember how hard it was just trying to make it through each day with a newborn and a toddler while adjusting to life as a single mom. Spiritual growth was one of the first things I let go of. I mean I barely had time to shower every other day so there was no way I had time for Bible study.
I was wrong!
Over the years I have learned that the #1 thing we must not neglect at any time in our lives (especially when we are going through a trial) is our spiritual growth. That is the time to dig in even more, pray harder than you’ve ever prayed before, and grow closer to God than you ever thought possible.
4 Disciplines of Spiritual Growth for Busy Moms
I had very little training in the area of spiritual growth growing up. I’ve spent a lot of time in recent years playing catch-up, so to speak. Last year I really started studying about the different spiritual discplines for Christian life. There are many different things that God calls us to in our walk with Him.
It can be overwhelming to think of all the things that we fail to do each day. Don’t fall into that trap! When you start focusing on all the things you should be doing, you forget to actually get up and do something.
If you have struggled with spiritual growth, can I encourage you to just pick one or two discplines/practices to get started with? Once you have mastered those things, add on another. Keep moving forward into a deeper relatioship with God.
Here are a few that I’m starting with this year:
- Prayer: My prayer life tends to be non-existent. But this year I am determined to spend consistent and intentional time in conversation with God.
- Scripture: I love to learn and last year I decided to channel that love into a passion for Bible study. I’m still working with my favorite Bible study tools and I’m learning so much about God, myself, and his plans for me.
- Fellowship: We started attending a new church toward the end of last year. It’s important for me that we are plugged into a Bible-teaching church so we can all grow in the Lord. I do know that it can be hard to attend church when you are going through a difficult time. I actually left the church I was attending when my marriage fell apart. Find somewhere to be with like-minded people; it’s important!
- Worship: I’m not talking about the worship service at church. True worship is a lifestyle, not an entry on the church program. I’m still learning how to walk this out in everyday life. I worship in the car, in the shower, while I’m cooking dinner, and even when I’m walking around outside.
What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to spiritual growth?