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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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