It’s time for Let’s Discuss It Wednesday. Today’s reader questions is this:
I discuss this in my book some, so if you’ve read it, please forgive the repeat.
Now I am naturally a morning person, so this didn’t become a real struggle for me until baby number one came along. Mornings became hard after being up every two hours all night. I’d try to squeeze devotions in, but the quality of the devotions quickly sped downhill.
And I felt guilty. I’d try to make up for it, but I soon realized I was coming to God out of guilt and not love. I was doing it because it’s been drilled into us that devotions are best in the morning and if you don’t do them in the morning, then you are not being the best Christian you can be.
Then it dawned on me that God desires that I come to Him out of love and a deep desire to know Him better. He wants to get as much from my devotion time as what I do.
Now I have my devotions in the afternoon or evening. I have much more time in the evening and I think of it as my landing place where I can rest, study, and hear God speaking through His Word.
And I enjoy it.
So I feel that each person needs to look at their own life with its unique quirks and schedules, and then find the time in your day when you know you would best enjoy meeting alone with God. Then stick with it.
However, it is a little harder to get quiet prayer time in when you’re surrounded by children in the evening. Having a delegated prayer time sometime during the day may be what suits you best.
When going through Lowell’s accident I developed a habit of praying constantly. While washing, ironing, showering, mowing…it seemed I was in a perpetual conversation with God. And quite honestly, I don’t know how I would’ve gotten through that time without it.
I know this won’t be your typical answer and I hope some others have some good advice. I also wanted to add that for moms of little tykes, remember you are in one of the busiest, selfless seasons of your life right now. Some days it feels like your time will never be at your complete disposal. Somebody always needs something and you’re constantly serving others.
Be patient. It does get better! There will come a time when all of your children are potty trained, they can all feed themselves, and can all get their own pajamas on. You will someday find you have an hour to sit and read or study the Word of God.
Now let’s hear your answers and advice on the subject of morning devotions. What has worked for you and what hasn’t?