Let me know if this sounds familiar?
You want to read your Bible but your to-do list is a mile long.
You sit down to pray but then you suddenly remember all the dishes and laundry that you forgot to do.
You made a plan to work on your Bible study when the kids went to bed but by the end of the day you just couldn’ keep your eyes open.
Finding time for prayer and Bible study is a common struggle for all of us. I hear it all the time from moms and women just like you and me.
The key to being close to God during everyday life and struggles is being consistent in Bible study and prayer.
I get emailed on a daily basis from ladies who say, “I want to be consistent with my quiet times. I want to pray. I want to dig deeper into the Word, but I just don’t have the time.”
When Good Intentions Aren’t Enough
We are all very busy these days with kids and family and work and all of those commitments that pull our time. Those things are important, but sometimes there’s so much going on that we just don’t have time to pick up our Bible or time to pray.
I am so guilty of this. I always say, “As soon as I get the boys to bed and have a moment of peace and quiet, I’m going to sit down and pray. I’m going to open my Bible and I’m going to work on my Bible study, or I’m going to work on my Bible reading plan.”
And then I fall asleep.
For me, waiting until the end of the day when everything is done and all the kids are asleep, I’m so exhausted from the day that I fall asleep. I just can’t keep my eyes open anymore and I know that there’s so many of you that can relate to that because I hear from you all the time.
So let’s talk about how, in the midst of all our busyness, in the midst of all the chaos and things going on, you and I can find the time for Bible study and prayer so that we can get closer to God.
I want to begin by just throwing this question out there to you…
What is your biggest struggle right now?
And it can be anything. It can be a financial struggle. Maybe you are just exhausted because you’ve got a lot of little ones that you’re caring for. Maybe you’re in crisis. Whatever it is, get that in your head. And then I want you to think about this one question-
If I came to you and said, “Hey, I know you’re going through a hard time right now but you know what? I can tell you one thing that will completely solve whatever your problem is.”
I’ll bet that if you’re anything like me, you would want to know what that one thing that is. If this one thing could make anything that you’re going through easier, you would want to know about it.
And that’s what I’m telling you today. No matter what you’re going through, no matter what you’re dealing with, there is one thing that you can do today that will make it easier, that will solve all of your problems. Something that will help take the stress away and help you find peace and joy and strength.
How to Solve All of Your Problems
That one thing is quiet time with God.
Being in the Word and praying consistently is the key to whatever you are facing in your life today, big or small. It doesn’t matter if you are just trying to figure out how to get through the day today, taking care of your babies without completely losing your mind; a quiet time is going to help you with that.
If you are having financial hardships and you just don’t know what to do, spending time in the Word and time with God is going to show you what to do. It’s going to solve whatever your problem is. That is the answer.
Now that I’ve told that there is one thing you can do that will make your life easier and help you solve your problems and work out whatever you are going through, I have another question for you.
Are You Too Busy for God?
Are you really too busy? Are you really too busy to do the thing that’s going to make your life easier, that’s going to give you peace and sanity and rest and offer all the things that you need? Are you really that busy?
I’ll bet that the answer to that is probably no. If I could do one thing that’s going to make everything bearable, that’s going to help me get through, that’s going to help me find peace…no, I’m not too busy.
So if we’re not too busy to do something that’s going to ease our load and bring us peace, then what’s the problem?
The Problem of Misplaced Priorities
Often, the problem is that we struggle with our priorities or we struggle with time management. We’ve got all of these important things that we want to do or that we are doing. But we forget what is the most important. And what is the most important thing?
Clubs, movies, play time…all of those things are important. They are all part of being a whole and healthy person, but they aren’t the most important thing. Your laundry will still be there when you finish praying. Your laundry will still be there when you’re done studying your Bible.
You can clean your house 5 minutes from now if you only have 5 extra minutes. You can get to that. Your kids will still be there in 5 minutes. It’s okay if they play on their own for a little while. It’s okay if you need to pop them in front of the tv for 10 minutes to get some time to be with God.
Seeking Him First
The most important thing is God. God first, and everything else falls into place. He says that. He says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and then all these things will be added unto you.” What are all these things?
They are everything that He talks about before that verse. All the things that are important to you, the desires of your heart. If we seek God first, if we put Him in the proper place in our lives and in our schedules, everything else becomes easier.
People ask me all the time, “How do you manage to homeschool and to work from home and you’re a single mom, etc?”
It’s because I’ve learned to put God first. When I do not make time to be in prayer and to read my Bible and to just really spend time with God before I jump into the day, the day is a lot harder. I struggle with my attitude, with my patience, with everything.
Just that one thing first thing in the morning really makes all the difference. Now, having said all of that, I want to share another secret with you.
It doesn’t have to take a lot of time.
Making Time for God
You don’t need hours and hours in order to be efficient with your quiet time or to really get to know God. You don’t need it. If all you have is one minute, then give God that one minute. It’s possible to grow closer to God and to grow spiritually in just a few minutes a day.
That’s what Women Finding God is about. It’s about finding God in the pockets of time that we have. So yes. One minute, five minutes, ten minutes, fifteen minutes. That is going to make a difference as long as your heart is in the right place and you are consistent. That time will make a difference and it does matter. It is important and it will get you to where you want to be.
The Bible says, “But God rewards those who diligently seek Him.” If you are diligently seeking God with that one minute that you have in the morning before all chaos ensues, He is going to reward you for that one minute. And then you’ll grow from one minute to five minutes, and from five minutes to ten minutes. And then maybe one day you will have an hour that you can spend.
I encourage my coaching clients and my readers to find fifteen minutes that they can spend with God every day. And it doesn’t have to be fifteen minutes in a row.
A Day Spent with God
If you have five minutes in the morning where you can just pray over your day and read one verse, fantastic. If you have another five minutes in the afternoon where you go back and read more in a passage that you’ve been working on for a month, fantastic! And then another five minutes while you’re cooking dinner where you can just thank God for all He’s brought you through that day, share a need with Him, and maybe read that verse one more time to get you through the rest of the day. That is fantastic.
That is exactly what finding God in the small pockets of your time means. Often I am able to pray the most while I am doing something else. When I’m folding laundry, I pray. I pray over each person as I fold their clothes for specific needs in their life. So if I’m folding my son’s shirt and I know he’s struggling with his temper, I will pray for that as I fold. For my almost 2 year old, I pray for him to learn to be obedient and to be kind to his brothers as I fold his little socks.
As I’m cooking dinner, I thank God for providing the means for us to have healthy food and for God to continue to bless us financially. I pray for Him to teach me to be a good steward of the money He has provided for us.
Bringing God’s Word into Focus
Many times, I only have one verse for several days that I am thinking about. I spent all of last week focused on just two verses. They come from Proverbs 3:5 -6. I read them every day. I prayed through them every day. I thought about them every day. I took some time and looked up a word or two.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (NLT)
“What does it really mean to seek? What does it really mean to do this?”
One verse (well, two actually), carried me through an entire week because that’s all that I could manage. So in my little pockets of time, I was asking God to keep showing me more about what was in the verse, more about how it applied to my situation, more about what He wanted me to learn.
We Need Time with God in Order to Survive
And that is how we, as busy moms, find time for Bible study and prayer. You have to realize that it is the most important thing that you can do. And then you have to put it in its proper place in your priorities. Its’ got to be the most important thing.
Because when it’s suddenly the thing that’s going to get you through, you will find the time for it, right? We don’t have to think about breathing or eating. We just do that because we need it to survive. That is what our relationship with God is as well.
We have to do it. It is not optional. We need it to survive. If we don’t have God in our lives, we are going to crack up and lose our minds, We won’t be joyful, we won’t enjoy our work, we won’t enjoy those beautiful kids He gave us, and we’re not going to be able to serve our families the way we want to.
He is the key. God is the most important thing.
How to Reset Your Day if You Forget Time with God
When we realize that and put it in the proper place, then it becomes easy. I feel so off when I get so busy that I forget to have my time with God. I miss it! I feel like something is out of step, like wait…something is wrong here!
If I didn’t read my Bible, I notice it. I can feel it because I have gotten to the point in my relationship with God that it’s essential. I have to do it. I have literally stopped school in the middle of a lesson and said to my boys, “Mommy forgot to take time to pray.” So they get a five minutes break to have a snack or whatever, and I get in the Word.
And I can tell you, one verse…if one verse is all you can get, you can find so much in just one verse. The Bible is so full of encouragement.
If my boys fuss over me taking that time, I tell them that they want Mommy to take that time. I can be a much better mom when I take the time to read my Bible and pray. Not to mention the example I am setting for them. When they see me reading my Bible, it teaches them to do the same thing.
It Is the Most Important Thing
As we wrap this up, let me say it one more time.
Spending time with God is the most important thing. You’ve got to get it done.
No matter what you’re facing, no matter what you’re going through…if you want to get through it with victory and peace and joy, you’ve got to spend time with God. It’s not optional, so stop thinking of it as optional.
Once you realize that it’s the most important thing, then you also realize that you are not too busy for it. You find the time. Five minutes here and five minutes there. If you don’t believe me, look in the Bible. There are so many times in the Bible where men and women didn’t have hours to go before God.
When Nehemiah went before the king to to get permission to go back to Jerusalem to build the walls, he didn’t have time to pray for three days and fast and call everybody. No, he had a minute. It was, “Help me, Lord” and that was it. And that’s okay if that’s the season of life that you’re in.
More Quiet Time Resources:
If you find yourself in a busy season and you only have fifteen minutes to study your Bible, I highly recommend you go to the Doorposts blog and look at the free bible studies that Pam Forster offers there. They will get you digging deep through clear and easy steps. She offers print versions of the studies as well if funds allow you to purchase.