Incredibly, as a 25-year-old mother of two small children, I manage to make time with God almost every single day. It is no easy task and requires much perseverance on my part to stay the course and reach out to God when I can get even a little time. At 1:30 P.M. every afternoon (give or take about 30 minutes) I quickly get my 6-month-old baby and toddler down for some much-needed rest and then pray that they will stay quiet for just one hour while mommy tries to get into the Word. As soon as they are silent for a few minutes, I rush to get my bible and study books together and then I sit down for the much anticipated time with God.
Except, wouldn’t you know it? Shortly after I get settled the temptation to check my social media sites comes swiftly into my mind and takes up about 5 to 10 minutes. Once that temptation is satiated, I then begin to feel peckish for a snack. Wait now I am thirsty. Do I need a blanket? Where is my favorite pen? Leave the window shut or open it? Fresh air helps me think…
And then my baby starts to cry.
I successfully wasted the hour God graciously gave to me for time with Him.
If you examine this issue carefully, you might notice that I didn’t really set the time aside for God. There were ulterior motives in my mind before I started to put my children down for their nap. So what if I was tempted to be a little selfish? I am a young mother and need time for myself, right? Right? Right…?
Well actually, I would gain far more from devoting time to God. This scenario I have written to entertain my fellow millennial mothers is a real and very common problem for us mommies living in the ever-distracting world of today. So how does one simply shut out the temptations and extra distractions? Make time for God. Dedicate that hour, 30 minutes, 10 minutes, whatever you can get daily and discipline yourself to make sure the ‘busy’ things do not take priority over your personal walk with Christ.
Get your water and set it somewhere you can find it easily when you get that hour time started. Have easy snacks readily accessible. I would recommend a granola bar to avoid guilty munching while you read. Open or shut the window way in advance. Most importantly, DO NOT CHECK FACEBOOK. Social media is robbing us Millennials of the most beautiful aspect of free time which is a sense of being in the present instead of being glued to a small screen.
Walk daily with the Lord and you will feel rejuvenated after your kiddos wake up from their naps and are ready to wear you out all over again.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28 (NIV)