Cleaning up the bookmarked pages on our computer, I came across a beautiful post that I've referenced here before: Being His Before Being Theirs.
And I just have to suggest it here again because this is something I feel so passionately about - even in the busyness of motherhood, how important to make seeking Christ a priority. We are His daughters first, and cultivating our walk with Him will probably be the best thing we can do for our children anyway. So please read the above post if you are in need of some encouragement in this area!
I often would think to myself - I'll never get the opportunity to spend such focused time learning and with the Lord again - so I made the most of it. I still look back on it as a precious time of growth that the Lord gave me.
It is different now. But I am learning what it means to seek the Lord faithfully in this season, knowing that each is different and there will be change again, but today is what I am given.
|Cousin Aaliyah (her chicks) and Joshua.|
We may not get long uninterrupted stretches to spend in in-depth study, but what about jotting down verses to memorize on index cards above your kitchen sink? Or listening to audio Bible or messages while you clean house or sit on the floor playing with baby? Or stepping outside for just a few minutes to really pour out your heart to God?
I'm realizing that it takes creativity and flexibility, but if I look for opportunities for spiritual growth and fellowship with the Lord, they are there.
If you are struggling in this area, I encourage you most of all to pray. Don't linger in guilt over lazyness or wasted time and opportunity (as I have at times) - if you are a Christian than God will forgive and cleanse you and your record before Him is now perfect faithfulness.
Go to Him not out of obligation but because He is your loving, welcoming Father who has prepared untold riches for you in His Word and in fellowship with His Son! If your heart is sluggish then pray for desire, for a hunger to know God and know His Word. Pray for a renewed love. You can know that He will answer these prayers that are in accordance with His will.
And if the progress seems slow at times, be encouraged:
"Do not think you are getting no good from the Bible, merely because you do not see that good day by day. The greatest effects are by no means those which make the most noise, and are most easily observed. The greatest effects are often silent, quiet, and hard to detect at the time they are being produced.
Think of the influence of the moon upon the earth, and of the air upon the human lungs. Remember how silently the dew falls, and how imperceptibly the grass grows. There may be far more doing than you think in your soul by your Bible-reading." - J.C. Ryle