I’m an outgoing introvert. Yes, it’s a thing. I love being with people and meeting new friends, but need time alone to recharge.
One of the hardest things about being a mom is finding time alone to recharge. And, not just time alone…but an undistracted time to pray, read the Word, and hear God’s voice. That’s the recharge my soul needs to be the mom He has called me to be.
It’s hard to find that time…that quiet. Something always needs done, needs my attention, needs my presence.
But, the most important relationship in our lives is the one with our Creator. Just like any relationship, it takes energy, planning, and creativity to make it vibrant.
Here are some tips and tricks we’ve found to be helpful in carving out time to be alone with Jesus:
1. Coffee shop swap: Are you distracted by all that needs done around the house and crave a change of scenery to focus? I do!! Choose a time that works for your family and swap quiet times with your spouse. One of you can watch the kids while the other savors a yummy beverage and time alone with God. Then, switch! You can alternate days or do it every day! Whatever is refreshing and beneficial for your family and your relationship with Jesus.
2. Get up early: I know this is not the popular choice, but it’s one I’ve been trying to implement in my life for several years now. It’s hard to get up. It takes discipline. It means going to bed early, so you can get up. I have found, though, that the quiet of the morning is so refreshing. I can hear God’s voice because no one is moving or talking or making requests. I’m also ready for whatever comes my way (and caffeinated!!) when the kids hop out of bed and are needing my attention. The worries of the day have been set at the foot of the cross and a verse is on my heart.
3. Mommy time out: If your kids are old enough (and have the attention span) to sit and watch a movie by themselves, take advantage of it! Turn on a favorite show, tip toe up to your room, close the door, and refresh your soul!! Hey, Mommies need a time out just like toddlers do!
Schedules and circumstances may not allow for any of these ideas to work for you. That’s fine, but don’t let that stop you. Get creative! Alter these suggestions so that they do work and put it on your calendar!! Planning is the key – otherwise, it will just be a good idea that is never implemented.