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Before Trax (my two year old), I had a devo routine I did every day. It usually took about an hour. This is what it looked like...
Now that my hands are a little fuller, I try to do my routine every other day. This has worked really well for me. If it ends up getting late and I'm tired, I say a prayer and make sure to read the verse of the day on the Bible app. Then, I just do my routine the next day. I think we know growth doesn't always come from hour long bible studies, but also in the moments you choose prayer over skipping a conversation with God altogether. Now, let's hop into a few things that I do to grow my faith as a busy mom.
1. dive into teaching your toddler how to pray before lunch or dinner
A few months ago, I saw my cousin post an Insta story of her toddler folding his hands to pray before eating lunch. It then hit me that these are the things I need to relearn for myself and my son. Since you will be going over the basics with your child, it will be a new habit to pickup if you've forgotten to do this lately. I also love this because as they grow older, it will open discussion for, "and why do we do this mom?"
2. you don't have to have strict morning quiet time
I am certainly not the mom who wakes up an hour or two before her kids for quiet time. Along with that, I rarely ever do my devo routine at the same time. When I don't have a strict time frame for it, I am more excited to write because I've given myself a little freedom to do it when I want, as long as it's every other day. If you want a guide for building a devo routine, you can read How to Establish a Manageable Devo Routine You Enjoy here.
This is funny because as I write this, Trax just took off his diaper during nap time and now there is poop everywhere, lol. It's situations like this where I want to take a break and do my devo routine, but don't have any desire to write haha. I like to remember, that's okay.
Have you ever had a routine that you didn't want to change up now and then? There's plenty of times where I'll listen to a podcast midday and then maybe journal at night for a half hour. Or I'll read through a bible plan on the bible app and pray before bed instead. Communication with God is the best way to keep growing. A six step bible plan is not the healer of all things.
As of now, my favorite podcast is SHE by Jordan Dooley. She's like the chillest podcaster ever and covers how to step into the role God wanted for you, but like in a super cool + thrilling way. Currently on the bible app, I'm reading 'To Hell with Hustle' by Jeff Bethke. I like it a lot because it takes about five minutes to read and Jeff is good about teaching from experience, not dumb fluff we've all heard.
It looks like this devo is pulled from an actual book he wrote, so I'll link that here too! Him and his wife have a great great book about marriage as well. (12 Essential Ways to a Love That Lasts) Trey and I are about halfway through it, but it's so fun and has good questions to work on alone + together. Lastly, I read a page from my Jesus Calling book every now and again when I'm craving more scripture based material. :)
3. choose a bible story to read every now and again
Every night I pick a random book from the top shelf and read it to Trax. Lately, I've thought that I could be a little more in tune with what books I pick. Maybe the next time you read to your child, you could pick a book about creation or a biblical event.
Not only will this familiarize your child with God's love, but it's also such a great reminder for you as well to hear these main events and see if how you felt about them has changed. The bare bones of the bible can be reassurance if you let it. It's nice to hear, "Look at how strong God made these people. You are this strong too." every so often.
I often avoid reading verses I read a hundred times in Sunday school. Yet, it might be smart to create a new attachment with these stories. What do they mean to me now? What does this show me about God's love? Another thing you could try is replacing book time with a long prayer. You could add things like animal sounds and how big is God's love-- "this biiig" (with your hands stretched.)
Oh no, he took off his diaper again. Will I finish this post, lol? Anyway, I know moms are particularly hard on their-self, so I want us to imagine something. Picture a mountain of dishes, a toddler covered in wet grass clippings, and no game plan for dinner. You feel for this mom. You want her to be proud of whatever she does manage to get done-- even if it's only a quick face wipe down and burgers with fries again. You wouldn't roll your eyes because she didn't get to her bible time.
Now let's look at ourselves. We need to be just as gentle to ourself as we would to other moms. Too exhausted to journal? Say a quick prayer before bed and pencil in time the next day for a devo. Doesn't work out? Plan again-- we are mothers. We are trained to be the most adaptable person in the room. I believe in you!
That's a wrap! I hope you guys found a thing or two you might want to try :) Also, I'd love to hear what you are already doing now! Tell me in the comments about your devo routine or how you are growing in faith with your babies :)
See ya next time,
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Pinterest has changed my life. It took Bliss Junkie from a travel journal to a creditable resource for road trippers. After I created a few pins for my site and saw a bump in traffic, I knew it was game over. This was gonna be the platform that would set me apart. For years now, I've utilized Pinterest to gain me thousands of readers and now I want to share my strategies with you! This is why I've built a video workshop called, Pilot Your Pinterest.
how to grow on pinterest 2021
Some people say Pinterest has changed -- but my strategies have continued to be successful the last couple of years. Past the updates and glitches, Pinterest still operates the same way. A way to look for things. That being said, it's our job to supply the resources people are looking for.
In my five module workshop, I break down how I pin and quick techniques for pinning within your brand. Every pin represents your business -- so it matters what items you save and how you organize them too. Along with that, I outline the very practices I use on a biweekly/monthly basis. These practices consist of who I follow, when to follow back, pinning to group boards, and creating pins that will convert to consistent website traffic.
my pinterest growth strategy
I decided to share this workshop because there were days I'd spend almost an hour responding in Facebook groups about how I use Pinterest! I loved talking about it and I wanted people to know how insanely cool Pinterest is. My growth strategy isn't anything earth-shattering, but when applied to your account monthly -- it will skyrocket your engagement and followers. The greatest part? Each day the homework I give you, won't take longer than 15 minutes. I'm a mom to an almost two year old, so I know how valuable a full hour is.
how to use pinterest to promote website
A few of you may wonder, but how does Pinterest bring you the traffic? When you build a pin of let's say a blog post, you'll attach the link to your site and that's how people will get there. Basically, the more people who see your pin, the more people will click and make it to your site. I actually have another great resource for Pinterest too, it's called the Ultimate Pinterest Checklist. It's totally free and I spill some of my best advice for how I've created such a blog audience by leveraging my Pinterest profile!
Pilot Your Pinterest is perfect for you if you've been experimenting with strategies and aren't seeing results. In my workshop, I dive deep into explaining the ins and outs of crafting a buzz worthy profile. I totally skip the typical 'change your profile pic to this' and walk head first into how I built my audience from the ground up.
you're a travel blogger, what do you know about pinterest?
Though I'm a travel blogger, I've also done my own marketing throughout this whole journey. For five years, I've battled with trial and error, as I fought for the best marketing strategy, but also the most time efficient. Pinterest is truly the greatest tool you will ever find and I'm so excited to teach you how to get great results too! Below, I attached a screenshot of my website traffic from Pinterest since the start of the year. Not bad I'd say!
Ready to take your Pinterest the next step and finally see consistent traffic to your site? Sign up for my workshop now! If you've already saved your spot, you can download my free Ultimate Pinterest Checklist to get a head start and begin building a great profile that will have people all over your content :)
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