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I was exhausted and beyond tired. The only thing I longed to do was to climb back in bed and just stay there for what would seem like an eternity. Yet, I knew this wasn’t an option. The children needed to have school done, the housework needed to be completed and at some point, everyone was going to need to eat. I wasn’t sick I was just simply ready to stop adulting and pretend for a while that I was responsibility free. What I wanted was a pity day but what I needed was renewal in spirituall and personal growth.
So many of us forget that we have to take the time to fill ourselves up. We have to take time for ourselves to breathe and regroup and that we can not neglect our spiritual growth for the sake of domestic perfection. Often times I hear women say they don’t have time to really do things for themselves and that they simply don’t have time to do devotions during the day. Friends, when I hear these things I am saddened because I know from personal experience that without these things you will crash and everyone you are working so hard for will suffer.
Spiritual growth and personal growth go hand in hand. Now I know that in certain seasons of life you may find it harder to find the time but those are the seasons that we need the renewal the most because our family is requiring the most.
Ways to Achieve Spiritual Renewal:
- Waking up a little earlier: Once all of mine started sleeping all night I strived to wake up about 30 mins to an hour before they did so that not only could I sneak in some alone time but I could also sneak in some devotional time. This is actually a practice I still do and if I miss it I end up feeling like I simply can not be an adult all day.
- Taking advantage of naptime: Even an hour of naptime can be an amazing source of renewal time. Instead of catching up on laundry take the time to read your devotional and simply put your feet up for a few minutes.
- Create quiet boxes: Little boxes filled with quiet things can not only provide fun for the children but they can also let you sneak in some time for yourself and the Lord. A double win to this is that you are actually training your children for later on developing their own quiet time.
- Strive to stay up just a bit later: After the children, all tucked in bed this is a perfect time to sit down and allow yourself to breathe and do a short Bible study.
- Take your study materials to practice: All of our children are currently in some sort of activity. I have all my stuff in a bag waiting for me to grab it. That way while they are practicing karate and dance I can sneak in some time for myself. (Note mine is a book I am reading but you know you could totally replace that with a Bible instead)
- Ask your husband for a little time: My husband actually takes complete control of the children for 30mins to an hour a day. Currently, they are reading the Chronicles of Narnia. But, while he is doing that I can have a few mins to breathe and write in my prayer journal.
- Discover the joy of podcasts: Seriously I have fallen in love. In the morning when I am cleaning, I have one earbud in and one out (so I can hear the children). There are so many great podcasts to help feed your soul on busy mornings.
The point is that if we are creative we can find time to renewal ourselves and make time for ourselves. We just have to be willing to try. I would love to know what other ideas do you have? What have you found that is working for you?
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
I would like to invite you to my Facebook group Christian Homemakers in Training where we dive into homemaking, motherhood, marriage and group devotions. After all, we all need a safe place to grow together, right?