I don’t know about you but from the time I get up to the time my kid goes to bed, I am in go mode. It can be so hard to take a minute to invest in your own spiritual growth. I chuckle when I hear the phrase “quiet time.”
Quiet rarely happens over here until 7 pm and then I am too exhausted to do anything. But no matter how busy life gets, I know I can’t neglect my spiritual health.
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That’s the thing Satan wants to distract us from God by filling up our schedules. When we are distracted from our faith, we tend to become frustrated more easily with our kids and/or husband. We get exhausted and feel like we are running on a hamster wheel.
God has better plans for you and your mamahood. He wants you to intentionally engage with Him so you know how to show up and serve your family every day. You have to get creative on how to connect with God throughout the day.
Bible Verses about Spiritual Growth
If faith and your relationship with God are important to you then it is also important to instill in your children at a young age. To best understand how to do that is turn to Bible verses about spiritual growth. We have to turn to the Word to learn more about how to live a life worthy of God. As we grow and the love of God works in us, we can show that same love and compassion to our children and help build them up to be the people God has called them to be.
Hebrews 4:12: For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
1 Peter 2:2-3: Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Ephesians 5:1-2: Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Galatians 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law.
**All Bible verses are from The English Standard Version Study Bible.
5 Ways To Grow As a Christian Mom
Honestly, there are days where I set my alarm with the goal of being productive in the morning. Only to find my kid beats me to wake up or I waste thirty minutes to an hour scrolling on my phone as if what happened in the last eight hours was that important (sometimes it is). I tell myself I should be doing quiet time before the chaos of the day begins and then feel even more overwhelmed before the day begins.
Investing in your spiritual growth is so important, but at times it’s hard to practice regularly. We desperately need Jesus to help us de-stress, rejuvenate and find purpose in our daily, busy lives.
Growing in your faith doesn’t mean you have to spend an hour of quiet time each day. It is finding intentional ways to connect with God throughout your day. Your own spiritual growth as a mom will help you become a better parent and show your kid that taking time to spend with God is an important part of life.
With an on-the-go toddler, I rarely have time to sit down and read my Bible. I am reading the Bible in a year with my church so the audio Bible helps me keep on track. I have downloaded the YouVersion app on my phone to listen to the Bible while I am caring for my family or doing chores during nap time.
Family Devotional Time
Every evening before bed, we take the time to read from the Kid’s First Bible. Rather than thinking of it just as the time for my kid to learn about God, it is a reminder to intentionally spend time in the Word and learn more about Him.
This can also be a time to make a game of memorizing scripture each week with the Write the Word Journal for Kids. I always walk away from family devotional time feeling recharged and encouraged.
Podcasts and Online Sermons
Church and growing spiritually needs to happen during the week. This shouldn’t necessarily replace Bible reading time or praying to God but it is a nice substitute to help you grow spiritually. Plus it’s pretty rare that I get through church without uninterrupted time. That’s why I like to play a few sermons throughout the week.
Invest in Christian Friendships
We are not meant to go on this mama journey alone. We were made for community and fellowship with other women. You probably think you are the only one experiencing struggles with your kid but I bet you there is another mom out there who can help pray and offer advice. It is so helpful to have a friend to share weaknesses with who you know only offers grace, not judgment. My heart is always challenged to turn my eyes off the current circumstance and on to Jesus.
Prayer for Spiritual Growth as a Busy Mom
My toddler loves to put his hands together to signify prayer time. This is a great reminder that we need to be in communication and praying throughout the day. Even in the mundane of every day, you can find time to pray.
“Lord, thank you for listening and being attentive to my cares and worries. Please help me to turn my heart towards you and seek you in everything I do. I praise you for blessing me with motherhood. I can easily be distracted by the day-to-day worries but keep me focused on your greater purpose. Help me to model what a relationship with you looks like by truly living it in my daily priorities. I pray that you equip me with your Word so I have strength, patience, love, and peace as I go about my day. In Jesus Name, Amen.”
My hope and prayer for you are that you find intentional time with God throughout your day and week.