It is 5:47 AM as I type this on my iPad. Yep, AM, as in morning. As in, the birds are just beginning to stir. As in “as a stay at home mom I don’t have to be awake yet” AM.
I have already chopped vegetables, browned chicken, and turned the slow cooker on for dinner.
I’m on my second (or is it third?) cup of coffee. Which, by the way, where is it? I just had it a moment ago.
For some odd, unknown (I’d really like to know) reason I have been waking at 3 AM lately. My guess is that one of our neighbors leaves for work at that time and I must hear him… her… them. Either that or I get so gosh darned hot that I have to kick every single cover off, take off my socks, and seriously consider completely getting undressed. Then I remember that the bedroom door is old, it creaks, and won’t shut properly. I really don’t want the first naked body my boys ever see to be this beaten up old vessel.
As I sliced and chopped the veggies for the chicken chili my mind pondered the latest Planet Mommyhood video. Have you seen it? (See the video below.) I love Jenn, she’s in an online blogging group of mine and is sweet. She is a Road Runner to my slow turtle. I have no idea how she does all the things she gets done. Their videos always leave me laughing, and thinking, and just give me encouragement throughout my day.
The latest video that I saw was about this “Quiet Time Legalism” that’s been growing in popularity. When I saw the title my eyes grew big. It’s never a good thing when a fellow Christian calls a practice of this life “legalistic.”
I have really been wrestling with the point she was trying to make ever since watching it. After two years of being at Crossroads Church, and listening to Pastor Chuck preach, my understanding was that as a faithful Christian it was my duty to spend time in God’s Word every day. It was our special time to be together and for Him to fill me up.
Except, well, yeah.
Lord knows I have tried. I have my Beth Moore books and workbooks, all half full or barely started. There’s my reading list for the day and I even made a checklist in Excel to keep track.
Sadly, there are way too many of those kinds of checklists on my laptop.
I start out well. Then, ya know, life happens.
I’m writing, and cooking, and teaching, and lesson planning, and grocery shopping, and doing laundry, and cleaning, and discussing things with my husband, and looking for my coffee cup, and my glasses, and letting Ms. Thang out every five minutes.
Ain’t nobody got time for quiet time, people!
Pastor Chuck’s words and Jenn’s words kept tossing and tumbling around in my head. It was a cacophony of “You are a loser” and “Get your act together” and ” Don’t you love God?” all at once!
Piffle. Jenn was right.
I needed something else to think about, some other kind of noise to fill my head.
The iPad was already there. It is great to have open when I’m cooking so I can follow a recipe. OK, fine, so I can see what I am tweaking the heck out of.
It had just what I needed, a video of Pastor Chuck’s sermons. Haha! They are always jam packed full of the Bible, are Scripturally sound, and I could do my job as Mommy at the same time.We have found a new church since moving away from California but we really enjoyed the love and joy we found at Crossroads.
It got me to wondering how I could do this during other times in my day.
Did you know that BibleGateway.com has audio recordings of the Scriptures? That certainly would come in handy as I’m sorting socks or sweeping floors.
Now I know that God desires more of my attention. As a Mom I’ll need to find ways to do that in my hectic day. Yet I have to believe that a form of worshiping the Father is by being the best wife and mother I can be. Wouldn’t you agree?
I would love to hear your perspective on this subject! How do you fit “quiet time with the Lord” into your schedule? What ways do you find most effective? What hasn’t been as effective as you had hoped?