Not So Quiet Times
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" —Psalm 46:10 ESV
Has the idea of a personal “quiet time” made you feel guilty during these mommy years? Cramming time for prayer and Bible study into the nooks and crannies of mothering means: a) hiring a babysitter; b) locking the door and shouting something like, “LEAVE MOMMY ALONE. I AM TALKING TO JESUS!”; or c) waking up so early that you can only sit and stare at your Bible through tired and bleary eyes.
But the Bible doesn’t say to be quiet. It says to be still.
Quietness means pulling the brakes on your life with your children. Stillness means taking some time to stop and acknowledge your need for God amidst the chaos. It doesn’t have to be quiet at all. In fact, adding more of God through prayer and Bible study is something you can do with your kids.
Action Step: Make it a game.
Gather your flock together and practice being still. First, wiggle, jump, and dance. When you say “Still!” have everyone freeze. Then after a few seconds of stillness, offer a quick prayer that God would change your heart and your family through this challenge. Repeat. After another segment of stillness, read aloud the Proverb that corresponds to the current day of the month. Have one more round of movement followed by one more “freeze.” This time take turns offering a word of praise to God.
There! You’ve just had time with God that included prayer, praise, and Bible study. It may not include being quiet at all, but you did take the time to still your hearts before God. That’s all it takes for Him to begin to change you.
A Mom’s Prayer: God, please give me more moments to spend time with You. Use this challenge to teach me Your vision for motherhood.
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