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Faith,  General

How do I find time for my spiritual wellbeing? 

It’s time to put my hand up and confess: I struggle miserably to look after my spiritual soul. Most days, God-thoughts fleet across my mind, but are filed under the “I’ll focus on you later” section. Before you know it, I’ve slumped into bed, spent too long on social media and I’m struggling to keep my eyes open let alone engage in a fulfilling time of devotion. 

I’m either too busy to take time out or, if I’m having a breather, I’m too tired to switch off, clear my mind and focus on something so precious. These are just some of my excuses. I long for change but I’ve been down the ‘change’ road so many times before. I implement all my grand ideas at once then they quickly flop because I’ve overstretched myself and I’ve relied on my own strength.  So this time, I’m going to try a new approach.

What does this entail? Well, I often find myself multi-tasking throughout the day, like packing lunch whilst eating breakfast or listening to music while at work.  So why not say a little prayer while doing the washing up? Instead of having Radio 1 in the background, I could get my cleaning boogie on to awesome uplifting gospel music. Essentially, as I can’t find 10 minutes or so to have some quiet time then I’m bringing the quiet time to my busyness.

What about when looking after the kids? Perhaps read the Bible out loud. I’m always trying to surreptitiously use my phone and give them my undivided attention (not successfully). This way, I can use my phone for something edifying if I don’t have the paper version to hand. Even Children’s Bible/Bible stories can be meditates on. You just have to:

Now that the strategy’s decided, how will it look like in my day-to-day schedule?

Typical Weekday

  • Woken up by son, wash and dressed both of us
    Not sure I can fit anything in here as he’s full of beans and demands interaction 
  • Breakfast and lunch packing
    I usually have the radio on so swap pop chart for gospel bangers
  • Rush out the house and journey to work
    I usually get a lift so there’s last minute bag sorting,  hair taming & generally trying to look slightly respectable –  may not have time here
  • Nursery drop off, walk to work
    I could pray as I walk to work or listen to some Praise & Worship
  • Working hours with lunch brea
    Read a verse during lunch
  • Nursery pick up, walk to The Growing Dad for lift home
    Unlikely to get a chance here
  • Journey home
    Catch up with hubby and Baby E so unlikely here too
  • Get dinner ready, eat, prep for the next day, washing up
    Christian music in the background. Talk about my verse with Hubby
  • Bedtime routine for little one
    Involves reading a Bible story – try to not  just go through the motions when reading
  • Downtime before bedtime for big ones
    See if I can incorporate listening to a sermon on podcast with whatever I’m doing
  • Awake in the early, unholy hours
    Read a verse or a chapter

There are a myriad of changes I could introduce, like, picking up my Bible at before bedtime instead of my phone first but baby steps for now.

Do you also struggle to find restful moments during the day? How do you make time for meditation?

21 Comments

  • Jono

    Spirtual or otherwise everyone needs to make sure they look after their own wellbeing. The stresses of daily life often mean we forget about our mental health, forget to relax and forget about whats truly important to us or indeed to those around us

  • nightwisprav3n

    We moms have a bad habit of forgetting about our own well being and it adds extra stress to our day that we don’t need. We all deserve to take some time outs throughout our day to look out for our own well being.

  • Sophia

    I think finding time for ourselves is something we all need to do more. Whether it’s for the reasons you want to prioritise, or just finding a bit more time each day to put ourselves first.xo

  • falcondalelife

    I can never find worship music I like. A friend from church lent me a pile of CDs and I didn’t like a single one! Perhaps you could blog some recommendations? As for finding time, I have liked using an app called Pray as you Go. It’s a bit twee but it’s a good 11 minute daily study and reflection.

  • Michele Morin

    Just by asking the question, you’re off to a good start, I think. Making room for God in our lives is a matter of following through on our good intentions — even in those moments when we don’t “feel spiritual.” God shows up whether we do or not!

  • Barbie

    It’s so hard to take care of us isn’t it? But you offer some great tips on getting in that time with God that we so need. Thanks for sharing at #glimpses this week. Hope to see you again.

  • Heather Hart

    Changing the music I listened to made such a huge difference in the rest of my thought process throughout the rest of the day. I’m sure just that one small step will help you see a huge difference. And your other steps are awesome too.

  • Maryann Lorts

    I love your honesty. I had a struggle for a long time finding time to read God’s Word, pray and meditate on His Word. It has gotten easier as the children have gotten older. I do have a couple of small kiddos and I make sure that even if I have not been “feed” by my own time with God, that I am reading a Bible story with the little ones and being intentional in prayer with them. I need to get up an hour earlier than I normally do to spend quiet time with God, otherwise the day gets away from me. I also think if you can listen to worship music as you work, your focus is on Him.

  • Melissa

    Adding bible verses to room decor is beneficial, too. That way you see it when you enter/exit the room. I also pray in the shower. I can generally count on that time as being all to myself! 🙂

    • The Growing Mum

      Wonderful tips. Thank you. Love the shower idea! It’s one of the rare times I’m alone. We’ve been in our home for about 4 years now and are yet to hang things on the wall so might have to be sticky notes for now haha

  • Katie

    I usually have to wake up at 5:30 in order to get quiet time alone. It’s a challenge. Finding time can be so hard. But, it’s worth it. My day goes so much better when I’ve had a few real minutes with the Lord first. And if I don’t get it, then I try to leave my Bible out to read when I have a few minutes. Another great help for many busy moms is a Bible app – so on your busy lunch break, or while folding laundry or making dinner, glance at a verse and be intentional about meditating on it. The fact that you are thinking about it, is a great first step!

  • Julie

    I try and spend time in the Word right away after I get the kids off to school and let the little one watch some T.V. If I don’t do it right away, the day gets away from me.

  • Katie Braswell

    This is refreshing! Thank you for being vulnerable and honest with us. This is true in most of us, I think. We are just busy. You have some great ways to combat the lack of spiritual nurturing during busyness! I love the reminder to pray even in silly, mundane tasks! Cleaning while listening to praise music… genius. Bringing the kids in to the Bible reading…you may not get all you would have out of it, but they are seeing the example and learning God’s word! Great advice! I will be taking it!

  • couchcrumbsllc

    This is the real struggle for all Christians! And the real solution is to bring God into our busyness. Once we do this, we will notice how the busyness actually changes into calm, peaceful, and balanced living. Thank you for inspiring us with your message!

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