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"There are few things more powerful than
the prayers of a righteous mother."
~Boyd K. Packer
As Christian mothers, we know the importance of consistently praying and reading God's word. It is the single most important thing we can do as we seek to accomplish this monumental task of raising children who know and love God.
Without a daily filling of grace, our own vessel begins to run dry and then we have nothing left to pour out to others. As a little sign in my grandma's house once read: "Seven days without prayer makes one weak."
And we don't want to be weak and puny, do we mamas? We want to be roaring lions guarding the gates of our home!
But how do busy moms carve out that oh-so-important time with God between laundry and meals, doctor appointments and nursing babies pressing in on all sides? I read an article recently entitled, When Mothers Pray. The author begins:
"Pray without ceasing,” Paul says? Had he ever talked to a mother with young children? Certainly he never spent a day with my kids when they were small. Would you like to show Paul your schedule and ask him exactly where he’d slot in this “pray without ceasing” activity?
We mothers probably identify more readily with Wendy who has four active children, including twin kindergartners. “I have so little time when I can stop, be alone, and think, let alone pray!” she laments.
There are many different seasons to motherhood and every motherhood experience can be very different for every woman. But I am here today to offer you hope and encouragement that no matter what season or circumstance you find yourself, it is possible to maintain a daily habit of reading God's word and praying. Here are my 6 favorite ways to find time for devotions and prayer for the busy mother.
Also, don't forget to scroll to the end of this article to receive your free ebook: The Quiet Time Journal for Busy Moms.
1. Start the discipline of praying during certain daily tasks, such as folding laundry, washing dishes or exercising.
One example of this would be to make a habit of praying over each child as you wash or fold his or her laundry. Or begin a habit of thanking God for all your blessings while washing dishes. Our minds can become so "full" of our daily tasks, that we forget to pray. Setting aside the task of laundry or dishes as prayer time is just another way to bring it to mind.
When I pray all throughout the day like this, even in short little bursts, it certainly feels like I am praying without ceasing.
2. Take advantage of all the time you spend in your car running errands by taping verses on your dashboard to meditate on and pray through.
Just be sure not to close your eyes while praying and driving! lol
3. Set a kitchen timer to remind yourself to stop and pray at various times throughout the day.
I received this idea from an older christian woman years ago. I have not used this particular idea for prayer, but I have used a similar method for creating "hard stops" throughout the day to recite scripture I was trying to memorize.
4. Start a "quiet time" basket for your little ones.
Fill a basket with some quiet play activities that your child(ren) can do alone. Only bring it out during your Bible reading and prayer time and teach your children to play quietly with the things in the basket so that Mommy can read her Bible and talk to Jesus. This might take a little training and you might have to separate the children so they play more quietly, but don't worry. I have another article on this topic coming soon!
5. Type up and laminate verse cards to place around your kitchen.
This is an idea I have used many times over the years. Let's face it ladies: we spend a lot of time in our kitchens. What better area of our home to saturate in God's word than the kitchen? Tape the verses to your fridge, stove, cabinets......any thing that you frequently look at and use on a daily basis. My personal favorite place has always been the window above my kitchen sink.
6. Purchase an audio version of the Bible to listen to while in the car or doing other daily tasks.
Actually, you probably don't have to purchase an audio. I'm sure there are free bible apps that you could download straight to a smartphone or tablet.
A big advantage to this idea is that your kiddos are also getting to hear God's word. Speaking of your kiddos, don't forget about scripture songs such as Steve Green's Hide Em in Your Heart series. They're not just for kids!
To further encourage you in consistent devotions, we have created The Quiet Time Journal for Busy Moms.
The journal is based off of my own personal devotion format I have developed over the years. For example, something I have found helpful is to have a place I can record long-term prayer needs so I don't have to keep writing them down or transferring them from page to page. We also have included a page for recording answered prayers through out the year.
Our Quiet Time Journal for Busy Moms is a two-page spread, with room for prayer and scripture journaling.
And because I'm something of quote junkie, we've also created pages where you can record inspirational quotes like this favorite one from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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