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Guest post from Heather Patenaude

Real Mom: Faith

Have you ever wondered how “real” moms study their Bibles? If we were to go grab coffee, at some point in the conversation I’d ask, “How’s your quiet time going?” It’s one of those questions I ask lots of girlfriends! I know that as busy moms we can tend to put our devotional life on the back burner, because let’s face it, quiet time is hardly ever quiet! I recently asked a mom friend, “Do you think that if you don’t have 30 minutes of quiet time to spare then it doesn’t really count as quiet time?” She thought and said, “Well, yeah I guess I feel like it has to be 30 minutes or it doesn’t count.”

Raise your hands mom if you have 30 quiet minutes at home? Um … No hands, huh? As a homeschool mom of three boys, (who are early birds) quiet doesn’t happen too often! In the different seasons of motherhood, I’ve had to change my quiet time a bit, but if I go a day or two without being in God’s Word my kids, my husband, and my heart, suffer!

Here are some practical ways, from a real mom, on how to get into God’s Word every day!

1. Don’t compare how other moms do it. When I hear of a mom who gets up an hour before her kids to do her Bible time, I sigh, “I’d have to get up at 5 a.m. and honestly, I need sleep!” This doesn’t work for my schedule or with my kids.

2. Find the best time to get some time in God’s Word. I’d recommend getting at least 15 minutes a day reading God’s Word. Before you lament that you don’t even have 15 minutes, look at what you do: Do you watch TV, surf the Internet, play with your iPhone, pin ideas on Pinterest or look at random profiles of friends on Facebook? I am sure if we all got honest with ourselves we can find at least 15 minutes.

3. Find some verses that really minister to your heart. Write them out on 3×5 cards and post them where you spend most of your time: Kitchen, car, bathroom, laundry room, or carry them in the diaper bag.

4. Leave Bibles around your house where you spend time nursing, cooking a meal or in your car. Having the Word around will give you more of a chance to grab a quick spiritual snack. (My car Bible gets used often!)

5. When you do get some “time off”, use some of that time to have a seven-course meal on God’s Word. This has proven to be some of the most spiritually awesome times for me!

6. Get accountable with another mom. One great idea is to text a friend “check” each day after you’ve read. For me, there’s a group of gals on Facebook I “check” in with each day after reading. We are part of a larger group called: Good Morning Girls.

7. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Just read the Proverbs of the day. So the 6th of the month read Proverbs 6. Or pick a passage of scripture and read it every day for a month or two. (Last year I spent eight months in the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5–7. This year I’ve been in the book of Psalms.) You’ll be amazed at how much you are fed just by reading and re-reading the same passage! I highly recommend a reading plan!

8. Subscribe to a podcast of your favorite teacher. While you’re folding laundry or playing a game on Facebook you can turn on a sermon to be encouraged.

9. If you have time, join a Bible study. This may require more of a time commitment, but it would provide accountability and some life on life mentoring you may need in this season of life.

10. Get an app for your phone or iPad that gives you a daily reading plan! How easy to have the word right at your fingertips!

11. Relax! There are no rules on how you do your “quiet time”. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what works for you! And remember we only do this “through Christ who strengthens” us!

How about you? What are ways you, a real mom, “do” your quiet time?

Originally posted 10.15.12 at http://www.beyondbathtime.com/real-mom-faith/