Finding a place of solitude is hard. It’s even harder for a Mom. Little kids demand our presence with every wake moment. Older kids still need our constant supervision and guidance. And our young adults still manage to consume many portions of our days/nights as they continue to learn and grow. Our early rising “quite times” can be thrown off just as quickly as our late evening “quite times.” It is easy to be distracted with laundry, school papers and homework, house cleaning, and taking care of bills when you have a precious alone moment. Remember…All of the other things that “have to be done” will be done. Eventually.
The most important thing you can do when a “quiet time” exists, sneaks up on you, or is strategically planned…is to soak in the presence of God. Through prayer, His word, Thanksgiving and Praise you will become a better Mom…No really….YOU WILL Become a Better Woman!
Slow down and create calm quiet moments that will change your life and relationship with the Lord. It is in our unhurried moments that we can see and hear from Him clearly. We connect best with our creator when the “craziness of life” is purposely put on hold. If we take the time to connect just for a moment…we may see others hurting, be aware that our husband needs encouragement, linger on each word spoken by our children and find joy in each sunset and sunrise He gives to us.
If Jesus needed solitude than surely we must! We carry the weight of those we love and those who we are connected with and He carries the weight of the world! He found peace and time alone often. (Matthew 4: 1-11) (Luke 5: 16 and 6 :12) (Mark 6:31)
Making quiet moments doesn’t take a cruise (although I did soak in the presence of the Lord like never before on such an amazing trip away with my husband for ten days) With each and every effort we make to create a moment of solitude…no matter how long it is (even if it’s just ten minutes) will bring us blessings, give us strength and wisdom.
Let your life be a reflection of taking many quiet moments. It is in these moments that you will refuel. You will not short change yourself or your families because you will receive the goodness, wisdom and insight that only our creator can give us. Nothing is really more important. The laundry will always be there…the kids will always need you. Tuck yourself away in the closet, your car during a practice or a lunch break, or get a babysitter for an hour a week.
I have learned sometimes the hard way to take the solitude I (and you) so deserve and need…
I have been working on this my whole life…It started very young with reading my bible and writing. Sometimes writing just a prayer in my journal and other times my whole situation and frustrations came pouring out of me and onto the pages. I admit that for periods in my life I have been really, really bad at taking the moments needed with my Savior.
Every day is a new day that I strive for “quiet moments” with Him and Him alone. Look for them. They are there. Find direct messages from God in His word and from His voice as He speaks to you in your special times with Him.