During the years preceding pregnancy, I could spend hours of focused time studying God’s Word. Morning after morning, I would read my Bible with coffee and commentary in hand, eager to discover something new about God, then write it down. But, since my first pregnancy, 4 years ago, I have struggled with not only having the length of time to spend digging deep into God’s Word… but also the motivation to do so.
For many of us, pregnancy rolls in like a fog that hovers over every area of our lives. Food does not taste the same. Words get mixed up. Cell phones get put through the washer… there is a lack of focus. For the majority of us, eventually the fog DOES lift after the baby comes. And we are fully capable of focus.
Still, I have become hesitant to study the Bible. I would make excuses. Much like the excuses I made when trying to loose the baby weight. There is a point when I can reasonably say, “I just had a baby”. But, as my baby starts crawling, walking, running and getting older I can’t use “I just had a baby” as an excuse anymore. Too much time has passed. So it is when trying to get back into spending consistent time alone with God.
So, here’s a the first step to help you REFOCUS your Bible study:
#1: Get yourself motivated in the mornings
– Pray that God wakes you up earlier than your children, even if it is only 10 minutes early. HE is faithful to wake you.
– GET OUT OF BED when you wake. Be determined to sit up and put your feet on the floor as soon as you wake up.
– Use the “Auto” button on the coffee pot– it is easier for me to stand up and walk to the kitchen if I know hot coffee is waiting.
To the mama with an unpredictable morning:
Absorb these distractions with JOY! You are the hands and feet serving your little ones and greeting them with love when they wake (or when they wake you)! Don’t get frustrated that you ‘missed’ time with Jesus – He is with you now! So put on some worship music and eat breakfast together. Ask your children what they are thankful for. If they can’t speak yet, tell them what you are thankful for!
I will share more in a few days.