A few years back, I was once under the belief that I didn't need to give God a lot of time during my day---if any at all.
Somebody said to me "Emily, God knows that this is a busy season of life, and He understands if you can't always make time for Him."
Sadly, I believed those words and spent a long time making excuses every day for why I wasn't in the word.
It wasn't until my best friend basically slapped me across the face and said "That is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Of course God wants you in His word everyday. Even more so now, in this season of your life."
I'm so grateful for her words kicking me back into gear. I've spent the past few years being very on and off with my routine with God, but the days that I'm out of the word...those days are messy.
I feel a noticeable difference.
And my time isn't always kid-free and uninterrupted. I spend most of the time with a toddler climbing on me, or a tween sitting next to me reading their own bible or book.
I used to be irritated when my time was interrupted, but I've had some really sweet moments with whomever decides to grace me with their presence. I try to have my time with God in the morning, before everyone gets up, but if that's always the case, then my kids won't ever see me having a relationship with the lord. It's good for us to have little people around us as we engage in the word. Pull them close next time, have them grab their own bible. Spend the time praying with them about their day. If the opportunity arises, include them in your time with God.
One day, we won't be in the trenches of motherhood. Our quiet times will be spent drinking our favorite tea and enjoying the sunrise with no one but ourselves. I like to think I'll miss being a jungle gym during those times with the lord.