“Be still and know that I’m with you.” – Psalm 46:10
As a Christian, meditating on the Lord, and focusing on Him every day is a great way to grow spiritually. I don’t know about you, but as a mother of a small child, and a professional working from home, I don’t always get to spend the quality time that I would like to.
If you come to the end of your day and realize that you just haven’t spent enough time with the Lord, or you didn’t take the time to pray or think about the Word, you are not alone. The good news is that there are ways you can fit these things into your daily life, no matter how chaotic it is.
I got married a few months after I finished my degree, while my husband was still studying. Later the same year, we got the news that I was pregnant with our first baby. While I was pregnant, it seemed like I had all the time in the world, even if I didn’t have the energy. Between working from home and sleeping, there was plenty of time for prayer and reading my Bible. I even took the time to write notes about my reading so that I could understand the verses better.
After our son came, those times were long gone. Juggling being a new parent who lives 3000+ miles away from family and working was hard enough. Sadly, my time that I devoted to God became less and less. Every time I went to church, I felt worse about my daily life, because I wasn’t putting God first. My baby and my husband were both counting on me, and I was putting them first every day.
I don’t believe it’s a bad thing that I was focusing my care and attention on my family, but eventually I started feeling extremely burdened with being a new mother, a wife, and a Christian woman.
Every day I felt like I was latterly just getting by. I started to get depressed and worried that I wasn’t being a good enough Christian or a good wife to my wonderful husband. I was worried that I wasn’t giving my baby the attention that he needed, or that my family wouldn’t have the money to make ends meet. The stress kept my mind clouded for a very long time.
One day after hearing an amazing preaching on the topic, I finally decided to make time for God, I started to feel the stress leaving me little by little. I would sing my son hymns to help him fall asleep, and I would pray for my husband every day.
One of the most important things for me was to put physical reminders about God around my house. These physical reminders were huge for me because I could see them and be reminded of God’s love. I hung a painting I had done years ago, that had a psalm on it. Sticky notes with bible verses that I had left around the house were now wonderful reminders of God’s grace.
Most of all, I spent short periods of time reading my Bible every day. I started off spending as little as 5 to 10 minutes on some days and found that it really helped me to focus and meditate on God’s word for the rest of the day. I started to become a happier and more spiritually rooted person again, which helped me become a better wife and mother.
Three Simple Ways to Focus on God Daily
Here are some tips that helped me and I trust they will do the same for you.
1. Use Physical Reminders
My physical reminders, were paintings that had Bible verses on them. Yours might be something else entirely; but if you can see it and it reminds you of your faith, then it works just as well! If you don’t have anything right now, you can find something online at a place like Holy Art or any other site that sells sacred items.
2. Read the Word Daily
For me, reading the Bible in the mornings or setting a specific time was difficult. I just couldn’t fit a 10-minute session in every morning, especially when our son was a newborn and I was up all night. Instead, I found moments throughout the day to read my Bible. On some days, I even used a bible app on my phone. I would typically read a few Bible chapters, review church sermons, or read some of my favorite verses. Nowadays, it’s such a routine that I have trouble sleeping if I haven’t spent time reading the word that day.
3. Say Prayers All the Time
Prayers don’t have to be spoken aloud, nor do they have to be long-winded. I found it helpful to say a short prayer while I was doing anything and everything. Cooking, working, putting the baby to sleep, in the grocery store, in traffic, or any other time when you feel the need is perfect. Just a quick one-liner is all that is needed in some situations.
“Thank you, Lord, for my healthy baby. Amen”
“Lord, please help me get my work done on time today. Amen”
“Lord please help me to become a better vessel. Amen”
Short, simple, and straight to the point. Talk to God whenever you desire to. It’s amazing how a few simple changes can lead to a renewed focus on God and relief from the stress of trying to do everything on your own. The changes I made are still working for me today, two years later.
I hope you can take some inspiration and know that you’re not alone in your struggle to place God first in your life while balancing other priorities. Let’s encourage one another in this, and keep our thoughts focused on the Lord together.
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