So you’re a working mom with a little one, struggling to balance housework, cooking dinner, your workload, taking care of your little, and spending quality time with your husband, all while trying to spend some time with God. The thing is, when do you even find time with Him when you have such a busy schedule? And how do you spend time with God? What does that even look like?
Here are some simple, practical ways that you can spend time with God as a working mom.
Different Seasons Require Different Ways to Spend Time with God
Spending time with God looks quite different from the way you used to be able to spend time with God. No longer do you have time to immerse yourself in a deep Bible study, or have endless quiet time (or even just 5 minutes) to kneel before God and pray. And that’s totally okay!
God sees you in this season that you are in, and He has so much love and grace for you while you are in this precious time of child raising and caring for your home. In fact, this is what He has called you to do.
As working moms, we have to understand that our time with God is vital. It’s our life spring that provides us daily water and bread. But we must also understand that every season requires us to worship God in a different way. This season, lovely, is busy and tiresome. It won’t always be like this, but every season comes with its own challenges. Enjoy this season with your little one, and be okay with spending time with God in a different way.
Here are six ways that you can spend time with God in this busy season.
6 Ways to Spend Time with God as a Working Mom
1.Get up early to read a short devotional or study
Find something that you can easily read in bed, before anyone else wakes up. Being a working mom requires us to rethink how we study the Bible. The length of the study or devotion doesn’t determine how much you love the Lord. Buy a book with short devotions, go through these studies that are mindful of the small amount of time that working moms have, or use the First 5 App. Set the book or your phone on your nightstand next to your water and grab it and read before you even get out of bed. This can help you to start your day feeling refreshed and focused on the Word.
2. Pray in the shower
Shower time may be the only time you have alone as a working mom (ask me how I know). Take advantage of that precious time and speak to God about what’s in your heart. Ask him for His strength, wisdom, and guidance for the day (or next day if you’re like me and shower at night), and to show you how you can better reflect Christ in your life. Use this time to pray for your husband, children, family, friends, co-workers, and your church leaders as well.
3. Play praise and worship music while getting ready
This is one of my favorite ways to spend time with God. I pull up Pandora on my phone and play praise and worship music while I get dressed, brush my hair and teeth, and put makeup on. Sometimes I’ll also get my son involved by playing praise and worship music while I get him ready. We’ll get into it and dance around. I like to make it fun. And sometimes, music is just what we need to speak to us and invite God into our heart.
4. Listen to the Bible while commuting
A great way to spend time in the Bible when you’re a working mom is by not necessarily reading it, but listening to it. Pull up the Bible app and listen to a chapter or two (or a few) while driving. You’re not able to do much while driving anyway. Not to mention, listening to the Bible is a great way to reset your mind and put you in the right mood, even when someone cuts you off.
5. Have family Bible time
Don’t complicate things or make it a long affair. Sit down with your kid(s) and husband and read a chapter from the Bible together. If you have a young infant like I do, maybe while you’re introducing table foods, you and your husband can read (or listen) to a chapter of the Bible while you eat together as a family. Then talk about what you learned about God through what you read and how you can apply it to everyday life.
6. Fill your home with scripture
Write scriptures on post-it notes or find pretty notecards or artwork with Bible verses that you can strategically place around your home. Anytime you get a snack from the fridge, brush your teeth, or sit on the living room couch, you will be reminded of God’s love and wisdom, and you can reflect on how you can live out God’s presence.
Give yourself some grace
Keep looking for ways to grow in faithfulness and renew your mind in God’s Word. It may not be in the ideal way, but give yourself grace and understand that God is more than willing to meet you where you are. He is so happy to be able to spend this time with you and that you are willing to spend this time with Him.