While your child eats their breakfast, read your devotions and pray with them. You need to start your day equipped with God… so do they!! And remember I said that quiet time needs a little redefining? I think our expectations of quiet time need to be redefined as well. Quiet time can be one verse that you read in the morning while serving oatmeal and making sure the kids are all fed.
Quiet time is a mindset. When you allow simple daily tasks to bring to mind the verse you read that morning… those are quiet times with God. Invite them into it and you will be inviting them into godly living!
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My heart ached for that weary mother this morning. As I resumed my walk, I prayed for her and it went something like this prayer I wrote on my blog, which FaithGateway has now made available as a free download. Please renew her strength for the tasks ahead of her today. Give her wisdom, patience, and… courage. Her job is the hardest one in the world.
And when the crying, the endless chaos, the never ending demand of caring for her small children pushes her to the breaking point and she loses her patience, please Jesus, help her grant herself grace. Please provide some kind someone to offer her a helping hand: Could you give her the equivalent of the stay at home mom lottery and cause all of her babies to take a three hour nap… at the same time? Grant her the treasure of a cup of tea, a Psalm, and a simple prayer — lead her beside still waters, Compassionate Christ, for she needs You.
I pray that she would have moments of pure joy with each of her babies today. Let them make her smile and laugh out loud so that she might taste the reward of her labors.
And when her husband walks in the door tonight, give him your eyes to see her. May he be overwhelmed by her sacrifice for his children.
May he see her as more beautiful than ever before because she is pouring her life out for those babies. Let him take her in his arms and tell her so and then, Jesus, prompt him to roll up his sleeves and bathe a kid because they are in this together. I pray that no one fights bedtime, no one has a night terror, and that the baby sleeps until morning light.
One more thing, Jesus, be very near to this mom in the moment when the last child is in bed and she sits in the quiet alone.
She will be so tired and that is the very moment the accuser will come to whisper his worst.