I am no different from so so so many women I know. Full-time working mom with a commute, kids in daycare and no extra time. Zero. The one thing I want to make time for every day is quality time to sit down, read the Bible and pray, but it rarely happens. I pray throughout the day and think about how much I long for a structured quiet time, but when I attempt to sit down, something goes wrong. I also find myself thinking about praying more than actually praying. You with me on that one? 

Out of the blue one day, my amazing friend sent me this blurb from The LIVE DEAD Journal that talks about how Jesus accepts us at every stage of life we're in, which includes the kinds of quiet times we can have with Him. 

"AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO MOMS AND OTHER SAINTS Life sometimes dictates to us how we spend our time. Not everyone has the luxury of multiple free hours in a row to spend alone with God. Parents of small children barely have time to breathe, let alone contemplate the heaven of two hours of stillness. Jesus understands where you are and loves you for it. I am sure the Lord is not offended at our multi-tasking. Pray when you wash the dishes, worship on your morning jog, pray with your spouse walking the dog in the park, sing in the spirit whenever you drive. We strive for extended periods alone with Jesus, but sometimes the stage of life we are in demands time to be offered in multiple little chunks while we stand , run, walk, drive, or rock a baby to sleep. There is no prescribed way to spend extravagant time with Jesus. The Bible and prayer are, of course, the foundations, but in those and from those there is much variety. God made you unique, and your rhythm and season of life will likely be much different from mine. The point is to enjoy Jesus and to give Him extravagant daily time. However that works best for you … go for it! To live dead is as much about living for and with Jesus as it is about dying to self. Thus the Live Dead challenge centers on Jesus. Jesus is our everything. Giving Jesus extravagant daily time will “life” you. His life in you will give you the courage and desire to die to self. The result will not only be inward joy, it will also be outward blessing— even to the uttermost parts and unreached peoples of the earth."
AG World Missions (2012-09-28). Live Dead Journal: 30 Days of Prayer for Unreached Peoples, 30 Days of Challenge (Kindle Locations 142-153). Influence Resources. Kindle Edition. 

To be fair, this book is not about "how many ways you can spend time with Jesus if you're busy". It's 30-day meditation journal and praying for an unreached people group.* Fantastic book so far. How amazing is this section? How much peace does that give you? And that's only the intro.

God's grace is always there. Whether Logan wakes up when she should be sleeping or OR Payton is begging for us to play with her OR I am falling asleep on the couch while watching our TV shows together as a couple OR sleeping in past my alarm that I sent early so I can read OR leaving work work late and having to rush home OR missing that quiet time I thought I could have over lunch, but a meeting got scheduled instead - God covers that with grace and knows that I want time with him. 

So, while I try to figure out a routine for this new stage of life, it's comforting to know that God understands this multi-tasking-praying-thing. It's also good to know that God isn't keeping count of the mornings I wake up and spend with Him versus the nights I stay awake or the lunches versus the commute time. He wants us thinking and talking to Him all the time. Through all of this, I find myself wondering what I may be able to give up. What can you give up? What can we give up together where we pray to God instead of doing something else? Listening to music in the car? Pray instead. Watching one last tv show? Read the bible instead. Sleeping 15 more minutes? Worship instead. And really, what does 15 minutes do but send you farther into the sleep-drugged state you're in already? Right? 

This whole post came about because of this song I love. Multiplied by NEEDTOBREATHE. "God of mercy sweet love of mine, I have surrendered to your design. May this offering spread across the skies and these hallelujahs be multiplied". Read those words again. That hits home. That is my prayer ... that the short little snippets of time I find in the random parts of my day be multiplied and that I challenge myself to make the best effort in this stage of life I'm in. 

*Here's a summary of The LIVE DEAD Journal: "To live dead is to live life wholly for Jesus. To die to the self is to know God will do a greater work through you and to announce the life of God among those who are unreached. This journal, in 30-day meditations, examines character-based mission among those unengaged by the Gospel. Each day includes an informed way to pray for an unreached people in East Africa and a challenge to live and die for Jesus in order that He might be made famous among all peoples of Earth."

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1 comment:

  1. Great post! I completely agree on finding time but it is reassuring knowing that God covers that with Grace. Just what I needed this morning. Thank you for sharing friend! Have a great day! xo