As busy moms, it can be all too easy to let our spiritual disciplines fall by the wayside. We might feel too busy or too tired to worry about keeping up on them. And while it’s entirely true that motherhood makes you exhausted and busy, that doesn’t take away from the fact that, as Christian women, we still need to discipline ourselves spiritually on a regular basis.
Leaning into God more and more each day can prove to actually help you have more energy and feel less frazzled. Because God will fill you back up with whatever you are lacking. He is the water that we need to come to in order to thirst no more (John 4:14).
So let’s have a look at 6 spiritual disciplines that we, as moms, really need to take seriously and not let slack in our lives, no matter how busy they get.
1. Bible Study
Making sure you take the time to get into God’s Word is vital for all Christians. But in particular for moms, we need to intimately know what God’s will is so that we can share it with our children too. Being knowledgeable in the Bible allows us to take opportunities to train, discipline, and correct our children according to, and in line with, God’s Word.
We are commanded to pray without ceasing, but boy do us moms need it! We need all the help we can get and the help God can give us is the best of the best. I know that on days that I am in prayer continuously throughout the day I am in a much better mood, more patient, kind, and loving towards my children. But the days I forget to pray I am honestly at my worst. Praying is such a vital spiritual discipline for all Christians, but definitely for Christian moms in particular too.
This is a tough one for moms, believe me I know. But setting aside time to be alone, and in particular alone with God, is so important for moms. It’s a spiritual discipline that we often overlook as moms because it simply seems impossible. But if we pray and seek after God’s help in this area, He will show us how we can practice the discipline of solitude, even in the midst of the hectic life of motherhood.
4. Sabbath (Rest)
Rest, mama. We need it as moms. But we need more than just physical rest. We need the kind of rest that God offers us through Jesus (Matthew 11:28-30). We need to regularly take a step back from the world and lean into God and God alone. Setting aside the things of the world for a time to rest in God will strengthen your walk with God tremendously. This is why God established the seventh day Sabbath from the beginning of creation (Genesis 2:3; Exodus 20:8-11). Because God knows that we need this. Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath (Mark 2:27).
It’s easy as moms to forget that we aren’t in control of everything. Because we tend to be the ones who are doing the majority of the home management and family planning. But the truth is that God is in control. And we need to regularly and consciously let go of that control and hand it over in humble submission to God and His authority. We also need to remember that we are to be submitting to our husbands, so long as their instructions for us does not go against God’s will (Ephesians 5:22).
6. Christian Friendship
As moms, life gets so busy that not only do we forgo time alone (solitude) but it can also be easy to forget the need we have as Christians and as women for friendships with other Christians. The Bible says that we should not forsake assembling together, or meeting one another on a regular basis (Hebrews 10:25). Because we are here to lift each other up, comfort each other, and edify one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11). So come together with Christian friends so that you can go through this crazy hectic life together.
The spiritual disciplines are important in the life of a Christian mom
These are just a few of the spiritual disciplines we should be practicing regularly as Christian moms. But, there are so many others like fasting, service, hospitality, etc. But, I find that these six are ones that we can very easily neglect as Christian moms but need so badly in order to perform our duties as moms and disciples of Christ.
Practicing the spiritual disciplines is vital for all Christians, of course. But let’s not forget that as moms we are not the exception. We need these in our lives on a regular basis too.
What spiritual disciplines do you find you’re strongest in? Which ones do you think you need to work on more? Share in the comments below!