As a mommy your to-do list is a mile long. You have so very many tasks and responsibilites, and there are only 24 hours in a day to accomplish them.
One of the most important things we can do for our families is pray. Prayer is simply communication with God. It is not only talking to Him, but also listening. With all of the busyness of life and motherhood, it is difficult to find time to communicate with God.
When I first became a mommy, I was so overwhelmed with life and my schedule. I have to admit I rarely took time to pray. As soon as I awoke, I started taking care of my child’s physical needs. When she was dry and full, I got ready for work. We rushed out the door and my work day was a blur.
I thought about her all day while I worked hard to help provide for her. Then it was a mad dash to pick her up and take her home for bonding and making up for lost time.
The next thing I knew it was time for her dinner and ours. My husband would come home and we would enjoy a nice family dinner. We would tuck in our angel and clean up our mess.
I always thought by the end of the day I would have time to spend with God, and I full intended to. I would get settled into bed ready to discuss my entire day with Him and pray for others.
Startled by the ear-piercing shrill of an alarm clock, I would jump up thinking I was dreaming. What? Time to get up already I was just in the middle of my conversation with my Heavenly Father. I would realize I succumbed to the weariness and crashed mid thought. It was a vicious cycle that I could not seem to break.
Then I prioritized and decided to wake a little earlier to have my prayer time before I got out of bed. This was better, but I realized that I needed more communication with Him not just a quick morning prayer interrupted by my busy day because by midday I felt spiritually and physically drained.
Through church and Bible study, I realized something–God was always there for me day or night. It was an open line of communication, but it was one-sided. I was fitting Him into my busy day instead of allowing Him to be the center of my life and trusting Him to guide my day.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” Matthew 6:33.
Over the years I have grown in my relationship with the Lord. He is not only my Father, but He also my most trusted friend. I have a routine with Him that I try very hard to keep.
Of course there are days when I still feel overwhelmed, and the enemy brings disruptive circumstances in an attempt to interfere. It is a journey and a daily choice to put time with our Lord at the center. I make a list of the day’s responsibilities, and I prioritize God on top.
Over the years I have utilized many tools to help my prayer life grow and become more effective for those whom I pray and for my relationship with the Lord.
Since my largest struggle hasn’t necessarily been the prayer itself, but actually carving out the time. I’ve utilized many time management books and tools to organize and prioritize my day.
Below is a tool I’ve used many times–a chore organizer. Chores don’t have much to do with God, but they sure do try to crowd out your time with Him. It assists in freeing up some of your time so that you aren’t taking care of all of the chores. Organizing the delegation of the chores between spouses or even children when they are old enough, helps free up some time that could be better spent in prayer. Please feel free to grab your free download of this helpful resource.
Time management is crucial in this life. We all feel as if we don’t have enough time in the day to accomplish everything. That’s why I’ve organized 10 Steps to Eliminating Time Wasters. I needed to streamline my responsibilities and eliminate activities that were draining my valuable time.
One book I used quite often is The Busy Mom’s Guide to Prayer. It is a guided prayer journal. I use it when my brain is so tired I just don’t know how or what to pray. It helps me pray for the individuals closest to me, and also people who impact my life such as pastors and government leaders. It guides you in praying from God’s Word.
Take advantage of these helpful tools. Get up a little early while your home is quiet and start your day with the Lord. Read your Bible and listen for God’s words of comfort, strength, love and instruction. Build a group of prayer warriors and accountability partners through your church. You’ll never regret making time for prayer!