Reader question from Jenn in Charlotte, North Carolina:
“Can you give some tips and tricks for being in the Word throughout the day with kiddos, home, work, etc all pulling you in different directions?”
With the number of tasks that a parent needs to accomplish in the day just to keep the family on track and running smoothly, the opportunity to draw refreshment and encouragement from the Scripture seems to diminish each moment. One thing I always like to remind myself is that the Lord Jesus is not surprised by all that is in our day. If He has said that we need to know the Word by spending time in Its pages, then He says that knowing full well what it is that I have to accomplish in a day and that His Word will assist in those tasks. In my fantasy world, I picture a serene setting with the Scriptures open on my lap and reverent music lifting my heart to adoration. For a long time, if I didn’t live up to that picture, I felt that I had failed. As I began to really believe that the Lord Jesus is not surprised by all that is part of my day, I came to understand that there must be other ways for me to be immersed in the Word of God while I faithfully complete all my responsibilities. Here are some ideas that I have implemented at different times in my life as I regularly look for ways to open my heart to the Truth throughout my day:
- Find a 15 minute window in the day either before your children wake, after they go to bed or during nap time to read a chapter or even a few verses at a time to think on through the day.
- Write out one verse or a few verses at most on a note card and carry that with you as you spend time with your children, run errands, finish work projects. Through out the day take the card out intermittently and refocus your heart and mind on the truth found in those words.
- Find some Biblically-based kid’s music (that you enjoy) and play it for your children when they seem to be in need of distraction. Play it while they are doing crafts, creating a game, building with blocks, playing dress up. You will be surprised at what joy fills your heart as you hear Scripture even in the form of children’s music.
- Place note cards with Scripture on them throughout your house: on your bathroom mirror, by the kitchen sink, on the refrigerator door, in the laundry room so as you move through your tasks your heart and mind are given the opportunity to refocus on what is true, noble, just, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy. (Philippians 4:8)
- Use an online Bible resource like youversion.com to read Scripture while waiting in line, at a practice or in a pick up line. There are all sorts of options for plans and helps to get you in the Word while parenting.
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