Time in God's Word
I hate to admit it, but for some time I neglected to have a quiet time of reading God's Word and prayer. I had read in a book for wives that basically, a wife doesn't need to spend time in God's Word--she should just devote all her time to serving her family and children. Sadly, I kind of let this go to my heart and heeded this advice and didn't make it a priority for awhile to spend time with the Lord, reading His Words to me. While I agree we can't shut ourselves up in a little hole and neglect to take care of our children and husband, I think it is a sad, sad statement to make that this is not an important part of a Christian woman's life. After all, if we don't read God's Word regularly, how can we know what He wants us to do? How can we teach His Word to our children and know how to guide them through life?
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Now, my problem when I came back out of this false way of thinking, was finding the time to devote to reading and prayer. With 6 children 8 and under, and a baby that takes up four hours of my day with just nursing alone, I had to schedule this in. I don't know if you have what I call a "quiet time" with the Lord right now, a time just to yourself reading His Word, and praying as well, but if you don't, I strongly encourage you to make a time for one in your day. If you think you don't have time, and you really want to spend an hour (or more) in the Word, I would suggest you find just a time of 30 minutes you can set apart for this time. Then you can further divide it up from there.
Now, when I say "reading God's Word", I really mean reading God's Word, not something with Scripture in it. I say this to you, because I have done it myself! "Oh, well, this blog is nice, and she talks about God, and uses Scriptures." or "Oh, this book is about God and has Scriptures in it." No, no. We need to be in God's Word, reading it for ourselves, hearing HIS voice, and not someone else's interpretation of it. Be quiet before the Lord in His Word. Now there are times to read nice, uplifting blogs and godly books of course. I will get to that in a minute. If you are doing the 30 minute time block, I suggest you use 10 minutes of it to read Scripture.
For another 10 minutes, pray. Don't forget to express thankfulness to God for all He has done and is doing for you. Don't just give Him a list of your wants and needs, but praise Him. You might also want to keep a prayer journal. You know all those prayer requests you hear about during the day, and you say you will pray for somebody? Do you really take time to get before the Lord on their behalf? Or do you just offer a quick, flitty prayer when you hear about a need and then never remember again? Well, you can use your prayer journal to write those needs down and then pray over them. And then when a prayer gets answered, you can write that down too. It is always nice to go back and remember how the Lord has answered our prayers.
For the last 10 minutes, I have some suggestions. I change around what I do during this time. You can use this time for Scripture memorization. Or, if you have no other time during the day, you could use this time to read one of those devotional books you're wanting to read, or another book that helps you become a better wife or mother or homemaker. This is what I am currently doing during the last 10 minutes because I have no other time for it during the day. This is not a time I use for fiction reading, for that doesn't serve my family but myself.
You may want to set a timer so you don't lose track of time (I would sit for hours reading if I didn't do this, until the kids came to the door, wondering when they were ever going to eat again.) This may seem harsh to "time" your time with the Lord, but it is certainly better than not having time with the Lord. And if you have more than 30 minutes, great! But for me, this is what I have to do right now, and that is better than nothing.
I hope this helps some of you who are wondering how you can fit it all in during the day. Let us always put God first.