1.16.2014

jungle gym quiet times.

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.


22 comments:

  1. I will never ever get bored of seeing your sweet Olive with the blanket I made her. It just makes my day every time I see it. I am so glad she still loves it.

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  2. Awww...I just love this. I try to get up and have my quiet time with God before my 3 little ones are awake also. It makes such a huge difference. Your friend is right...we need it more NOW than ever!

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  3. Such beautiful words of wisdom. Thank you for this much needed truth today! And I could just look at pictures of your sweet Olive all day long!

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  4. I don't have kids as an excuse for not spending time in the word daily, in fact my morning quiet times are exactly as you described at the end, usually with the addition of chocolate. Yet kid-less I still slip into days on end without time with him, I agree with you- I can see a marked difference not only in my life but how I tackle it when I haven't spent time with him. Glad someone else feels that way, thanks for the reminder/ butt kick.

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  5. Thank you for the sweet reminder that it's ok and that my kids should be seeing me in the Word. I often times forget that and if I don't get my prayer time in before they wake up I'll often forgo it altogether. You've challenged me to do my best to get it in whenever I can and to be an example to my 2 little ones. Thanks!

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  6. Thank you. Just....thank you. Wise words.

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  7. Thank you for this. I really needed to read this today.

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  8. I, too, chose to believe that lie, and have been making excuses for a while. Thanks for the slap-in-the-face back, and the change in perspective. I needed this!

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  9. Thank you for this. I often feel guilty when I miss my early wake up with God and choose to sleep. I need to stop using that as an excuse and use it as a teaching moment as I take quiet time with my littles.

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  10. such truth! thank you for the reminder of how our children need to see us in the Word! i definitely need to work harder on spending time with the Lord and allowing my children to be a part of it, too!

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  11. I love this post…I decided of recent to get up earlier and read before the noise of little ones descended from their beds. In doing this I have realised the blessings I have been missing over the past few years as I too put this time of study on the back burner. I love though what you said about your littles seeing you read…this is so, so true. I'm going to build in a combination of both!

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  12. I seriously had a wow moment when I read these words of yours: "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." How true, how true! We pray together as a family every evening, and I pray by myself alone, but teaching my kids about my relationship with God ~ by example is so important. Thanks for getting me thinking :)

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  13. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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  14. Thank you for the reminder. I often find myself justifying "this season of life", but there is always a "this season of life". We bought our two year old a Jesus Story book Bible and for the last week or so him and I have sat down and read a new story and then he loves to flip through and look at all the pictures. It has been a sweet and cherished time and I have loved being reminded of how each story in the Bible is pointing to Jesus.

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  15. I read a post somewhat similar today. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. I love this and loved when you shared the first picture and some beautiful words along with it on instagram. I saw my parents reading their bibles all the time when I was growing up and never thought anything about it. When my hubby and I did premarital counseling, we had to say things we wanted to take from and not take from our own and each other's parents. My hubby said how much he loved seeing my parents read their bibles as he never saw his own parents read theirs. Really, I just said all that to confirm that yes, kids seeing their parents read their bibles is important.

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  17. You're such a great mom!

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  18. Where is your bedspread from? :)
    I love it!

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  19. been thinking about this post a lot since i read it last night... God is gently nudging my heart to him today because of it. thanks, mama!

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  20. Grr, I've typed a comment three times but my phone keeps doing crazy things and I lose what I've written. So I'm skipping the lovely bits and summarising with: thanks, awesome post, so helpful, write more posts like this - I just don't know practically how to get started and make what I'm reading/meditating/writing accessible to the littlies...

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  21. Well said. Also - where is that bedding from!?!? love it!

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