I’ve just come back from a wonderful week with my son, DIL, and fabulous granddaughter. She’s 16 months old and a delight. She kept us busy from early morning until her bedtime – at which time we were all pretty tuckered out.
There was a lot I didn’t get done during that week, but the thing I missed the most was my quiet time. I had forgotten how hard it is to get in a little Bible and prayer time with a toddler underfoot. Her mom is pregnant, so often naps while Abby is napping. The rest of the day is consumed with chasing, reading, feeding, and playing. Wonderful, but tiring.
So how can a young mom or a caregiver get some time with God?
- When I’m traveling and have less time for Bible study and prayer, my go-to remedy is the Daily Audio Bible app, available for every platform. Host Brian Hardin reads through the Bible in a year with daily selections from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. The reading plus a short devotional last about 20 minutes and can be paused and restarted as needed. I listen while grooming in the morning and was often able to get through most of the broadcast before I was beautiful. This is a perfect app for young moms. Play it during breakfast.
- Worship music can set a peaceful atmosphere in the home and give mom a way to keep her spirit focused on the Lord, even while caring for children. I keep my iPhone in my pocket with music playing while doing routine tasks. The little ones will also benefit from the atmosphere the worship music creates.
- When my son was little, I loved my women’s Bible studies. With the cost of babysitters these days, it’s hard for mom and dad to get away for a co-ed small group. But that’s no reason to miss out. Mom and dad can trade times away for separate women’s and men’s studies.
- And Grandma, honor your young daughters or DIL’s. Do what you can to provide babysitting, time away, and encouragement. Especially encourage them to give priority to time with the Lord.
It’s easy for a young mom to get on the treadmill and not even realize how long it’s been since she’s had time with God. Let’s do what we can to help them.