This is Day 10 of our series on “Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn” — part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I’ll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here.
Before Abigail was born, I woke up around 5:15 every morning for coffee and quiet time with God. That 30 minutes of quiet concentration helped me focus on Him and His plan for my day. On days when I slept in and missed that morning quiet time, my attitude was bad and my priorities were out of focus.
Since the arrival of our new baby, sleep has become a precious commodity. As a result of the sleepless nights, I’m no longer able to wake up at 5:15 for that sweet time of prayer and study. In fact, I’m lucky to wake up before the children do — many days I do not.
So, is it possible to make time for God with a newborn?
While having a new baby may not be the season for an in-depth Bible study, I do believe it is possible — in fact, it is VITAL — to make time for God each day.
I really like this recent post from Andrea Dekker in which she says:
Every single person on earth has the exact same amount of time every single day. We ALL get 24 hours to do whatever we need and want to do each day.
What we make of that time is up to US.
When we feel like we don’t HAVE time for something, it’s almost always because we have not chosen to MAKE the time to do it.
It’s about priorities. You can choose to go out to lunch with a friend or make a date with God. You can choose to spend baby’s nap time cleaning or read your Bible. You can choose to scan Facebook during a nursing session or pray. The choice is yours.
I’m trying to make time for God each day, even if it means something else on the to-do list doesn’t get done. That’s hard for a Type-A person like me, but I’m learning to be okay with it. One day I will have more time to accomplish what I need to. For now, I’m learning to prioritize, and make sure time with God is at the top of my list each day.
It’s up to you to make time for God. Yes, I know it’s hard with a baby who demands your constant attention, but consider this: Right now, your baby only needs you to meet his physical and emotional needs, but one day, he’ll need you to guide him spiritually. If you aren’t spending time with God on a regular basis, how will you be able to do that? The answer is simple: You won’t.
Make time for God every day. Read your Bible while you’re nursing. Pray as you rock the baby. When you’re up in the middle of the night, meditate on scripture (these verses are great for the newborn stage too). Share what you read with your older children. Sing hymns together. Pray with them.
Your highest & most noble calling is to train your little people and nurture in them a passion and desire for God’s Word in their lives. But that requires being in the Word yourself.
How have you or do you make time with God a priority every day?
What advice do you have for those of us struggling to do this?
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