Friday, June 22, 2012

Jesus+Motherhood=?????

I recently had a guest post on moneysavingmom.com entitled "How to Have Productive Mornings When You Have Early Risers".  It was a thrill to see something I wrote on such a HUGE website!  Totally exciting!

One of the commenters wondered how, with my early risers, I find "Jesus time" in my day.  I think most moms have to think through this aspect of life every now and then.  How DO you find time to specifically spend with Jesus when you have 3 kids ages 4 and under, a husband who is injured and really can't do much of anything, a job, and kids who are awake by 5:30 each day?  Well, this has been quite the adventure for me.

You see, I used to have an attitude problem.  I used to think reading a certain number of chapters a day in my Bible = being a "good" Christian.  I used to get angry when my kids interrupted my reading/journaling time.  Wow.  Yeah, can't you totally see Jesus throwing a tantrum that some little child interrupted his time praying?  Please.  

There came a time when I realized that it was not worth getting angry at my children for interrupting my Bible reading time.  God has given me children and He expects me to care for, love, and BE Jesus to them.  One of our hugest responsibilities as parents is to introduce them to Jesus and "to train them in the way they should go".  I don't know about you, but I don't want my children to learn to be angry people.  The association of mom + Bible + kids = angry mom is not one that I'd like them to adopt.  

I eventually began to embrace the distractions of motherhood; learned to hug my children when they woke up from naps and interrupted my reading.  There are days when I don't read my Bible.  God doesn't love me any less.  

I learned that my time with Jesus would look different at different times in life.  It's not bad, it's just different.  It changes.  It's a new adventure all the time.  

Sometimes it looks like me listening to a podcast of someone I enjoy (such as Daniel Brown) while doing dishes.  Sometimes it looks like reading my Bible online while on my break at work.  Sometimes it means I read the Bible on my phone while rocking a baby to sleep.  Sometimes it simply looks like a constant conversation between me and Jesus throughout the day.  And sometimes I just end up passing out at the end of the day once the kids are in bed.  

It takes a positive attitude, adaptability, and a willingness to love Jesus and your family in new and changing ways despite your life's circumstances.  

At times, being a mom means that you don't always get to do the things you WANT to do the way you WANT to do them.  Getting upset over this fact does no good.  I'm choosing to embrace it.  

How does Jesus + Motherhood look for you right now?  Any tips or advice?

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