As a mom, quiet time is golden. It gives us an opportunity to unwind and just be still. It is also an important moment of the day to connect with God.
Mother Teresa said, “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence…We need silence to be able to touch souls.” We need quiet time! Jesus gave us a perfect example of spending time with God. Here are a few tips on getting your quiet time each day based on Jesus’ example:
1. Determine the best time of the day
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” Mark 1:35
For some people, early morning before everyone is awake is their best chance at having quiet time. Other may want to consider your lunch break or while the baby is sleeping or at night after the kids have fallen asleep.
2. Pick a place
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed Luke 5:16
You don’t have to go build a prayer room. You might just clear out a corner space in your home or go in the closet or sit outside on your patio. Where ever you decide, be sure that it is away from all distractions (kids, electronic devices, laundry, beeps and noises).
3. Tell your kids
Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray” Matthew 26:36
If your kids are older, you may need to let them know about the time your need and the place you have chosen. Their cooperation will make a huge difference for you.
Make it a priority to have quiet time alone with God – praying, meditating, reading His Word and listening for His voice. Whether you do it in the morning or night, in a prayer room or bathroom, God will honor the time you spend becoming intimately aware of Him. You will begin to see that every area of your life including parenting becomes more manageable. As you take time to “re-fuel”, your peace and joy will overflow.
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