Before I became a mother, if someone would have told me that having a baby changes the way you relate to God, I would have scoffed. I’ve always been a creature of habit, and I still envisioned that my quiet time would stay unchanged after my baby was born. I could not foresee the sleepless nights, the constant interruptions, the mental and physical toll that raising a child would demand of me. Before I knew it, I had two under two, and any attempt at a traditional quiet time was laughable.
Gone were the days of waking up early, lighting a candle, praying while sipping my hot coffee, and spending good chunks of uninterrupted time reading my Bible. Instead, I muttered one sentence prayers under my breath (“Please God, make him sleep!”) and opened my Bible on Sunday mornings if I was lucky.
I worried that God was disappointed in me, that He looked on in disapproval as I paid more attention to my fussy baby than the Sunday morning sermon. I collapsed into bed every night, guilty that I hadn’t opened my Bible.
But the good news of the gospel is that it meets us right where we are, even in the busy, boring, beautiful, tired places of motherhood. Jesus loves us in the same way that we love our children, and there’s no one “right” way to have a relationship with Him. He does not demand that we check off all of our quiet time boxes in order to please Him.
So how can we, as moms, grow deeper in our relationship with God? How do we move closer to Him amidst the sticky chaos of young children underfoot?
I reached out to some fellow moms and writers to find out how they were doing it. And I compiled their answers into an e-book just for you!
In this free downloadable e-book, you’ll read encouraging stories and glean practical wisdom from Christian moms who have also grappled with these questions. My prayer is that the words from this diverse group of women will inspire you in your own journey in growing closer to God in the midst of motherhood.