Want to know how to have quiet time with God as a mom? Is it even possible? Let’s have a look at some sanity-saving quiet time with God tips that can help you to finally get the time you need with God every day. So you can stop feeling overwhelmed and instead lay your worries at His feet.
As moms, we might just crave quiet time more than anyone else. And that’s probably because we used to have it before having kids, but now that kind of time is so rare and treasured that we appreciate it all-the-more.
Now, don’t get me wrong, kids are wonderful. I love spending time with my children! But everyone needs to have quiet time, especially when it comes to quiet time with God specifically. The Bible tells us to “Be still” (Psalm 46:10) and to go to a quiet place to pray (Matthew 6:6). But how can we actually do these things with children pulling at our feet all the time?
Well, it might feel impossible. I know it has for me and there are still days when it’s like fighting a battle I can’t win. But, it is possible to have quiet time with God as a mom, and I’d like to share with you a few quiet time with God tips and times of the day that you can fit in that much needed alone time with the Lord.
While your children are sleeping
I’ll start here because it’s the most obvious. Early in the morning before they get up, during nap times, or after they go to bed. One of these options should be possible for you.
Now, there will be seasons in your life when finding even this kind of time is difficult — especially with a newborn keeping you up at all hours. But try to fit in at least 5-10 minutes during one stretch while your children are all sleeping. God can do so much with that seemingly small time.
Designate independent play time while younger ones are napping
If you’re anything like me, then when your oldest stops napping but your younger one(s) still are, you’ll find yourself missing (and even craving) getting that little mid-day break back. Well, I’ve found that instituting a time of independent play in a safe place while my littler one is napping has worked out great for us, and I think it could for you too.
While your younger one(s) are napping (and by the way, if you have more than one still napping, then sync their naps as much as possible) then tell your older one it’s time for independent play. My four-year-old has dubbed this time as “flash nap” which I think is adorable.
But it’s a good time for them to practice independent play while also giving you that mid-day break that you can use to spend in quiet time with God.
While you’re waiting for them
How many times do you find yourself waiting for your children during sporting practices, or music lessons, or even doctor’s and dentist appointments? All of these times are prime opportunities to find a little quiet time with God.
Depending on where you typically spend your time waiting, you can plan for these types of times. Bring your Bible, current devotional, and maybe even some headphones with some white noise music if needed. Keep these on hand with you so that you are always ready to break them out and fit in some much needed alone time with God during those times you’re just waiting for them.
While someone else is watching them
It might not happen everyday, but once a week or so try to get someone else to watch your children for a few hours so you can fit in a good chunk of alone time with God. Depending on your situation, you might be able to ask your husband, a grandparent, aunt or an uncle or even a hire a babysitter if needed. Whoever you feel safe and secure with them being alone with.
Then during these times that you have, soak in that precious quiet time with the Lord. Be sure to bring everything you need to study your Bible and then just be still and know that He is God!
Institute family quiet time
Your kids will have to be a little older in order for this to work, or you’ll have to find a way to keep your littler ones quieter during this time.
But instituting a time during the day where EVERYONE in the family has quiet time with God at the same time is not only a good time for you to fit in that alone time with God you need. But it’s also a great teaching tool. It’s an opportunity for your kids to see you reading and studying your Bible, and it also gives them practice with being still before God and learning how to independently study their Bibles as well.
Take time to apply these quiet time with God ideas to your own life
Every season of life is going to look different. You will have seasons where finding alone time with God is no problem. But you will also have those seasons where it’s a great struggle to fit in those moments and you really have to fit them in to pockets of time throughout the day. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible, it just means you have to get a little more creative and more efficient with the precious alone time that you do have.
However, making quiet time with God throughout the day as a mom is essential. Because we all need this (and moms are certainly no exception to that). So take advantage of these quiet time with God tips and prioritize finding this precious time with God mama — you won’t regret it.