Do you ever feel like you are searching for God in all the wrong places? Worse yet, you might be in the trenches of motherhood and you feel like searching for God is nearly impossible. Where do you find time for God in between the diapers, laundry, working mom life, gardens, carpool lanes, pets, animals, time for spouse, church activities, chores, dishes, vacuuming, and the supposed 'self-care' you are also supposed to provide yourself?
Searching for God in the midst of your mom life can seem impossible.
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Searching for God in the Wrong Places
I sat outside with my Bible open. I could hear the echoes of chaos in the house and I wondered if something was going to break, or if someone would be hurt by the time I got inside.
I didn't have to wonder long, soon two blond-haired, blue-eyed boys popped out of the back door looking for their mama. Questions peppered through the air interrupting the sing-song peace of the birds' songs and nature's chorus.
Truthfully, I had not come outside to meet with God, I had come outside to get away from the chaos. My Bible had just sat in my lap for a good 15 minutes, my mind was blank, and my heart was empty.
The conclusion? There is a myriad of distractions and excuses that we offer to ourselves as we struggle to search for God.
I love those who love me,
and those who seek me diligently find me.Proverbs 8:17 ESV
How do we combat distractions when they continue to assault us at rapid speeds?
It all starts with wanting a relationship with God. Do you truly want a relationship with your creator? Or are you just looking for an excuse to get away from the chaos that motherhood brings? It's a humbling question to ask ourselves. Do we truly want Jesus?
King Solomon found this out as his father David reminded him,
“And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever.1 Chronicles 28:9 ESV
If you seek him with your whole heart, you will find him.
Do you really and truly want to find God? Then combating the distractions and finding time suddenly becomes a lot more simple. It's not necessarily a question of if the distractions are there, but rather if you will put God first.
How do we find time for God as busy moms? It does not matter what season of motherhood you are in, regardless, the days are busy. Each season brings unique challenges and attributes that create more busy days. How can we fit God on top of all of our schedules and plans?
But back to the question at hand, how do we make time? You might hate me saying this because it often is a heavily applied rhetoric, but it comes down to priorities.
You will find fast as a believer in Jesus Christ, that you must abide in your Savior to be filled up and complete. Searching for God is not just a weak call for help, but a passionate cry of your heart.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.
John 15:4-6 ESV
How Do I Find God
We often search for God when things feel out of control. Funny isn't it? We don't seem to be searching for him when everything seems peachy keen, but the moment life starts to get out of control, we want to find that control back by seeking out God.
We often ask the question, "God why are you letting this happen?"
Then, if God does not choose to answer our cry out for help in the way that we want, we find ourselves frustrated and disenchanted with the God of the universe.
Searching for God does not take a magical formula, but it does take intentionality.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.Matthew 6:33 ESB
Are you a young mama that is searching to find Jesus in the midst of your mom life? Cultivating a Healing Home devotional is for you. How do we combat the stress and worry of motherhood while creating a healing home?
Finding God Through Prayer
Searching for God? Start with prayer.
But when? When do I have time to sit down and spend time in prayer?
The great news about prayer is that you can add it to your day at any time. Are you elbow-deep in the laundry? Great! Take that time folding and putting away clothes to start up a conversation with your heavenly father.
Your mother's prayers are powerful and your cries are heard.
Finding God Through Praise and Worship
Praise and worship are powerful antidotes to a world of hurt and sin.
Have you ever felt down and depressed only to be rejuvenated by hearing your favorite song pop up on the radio or player?
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!Psalm 150:6 ESV
As you seek God in your everyday life and motherhood, fill your home with godly music and praise.
Finding God Through Nature
Nature not only resonates with evidence of a creator, but it shouts it! It proclaims it!
“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;Job 12:7-10 ESV
the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;
or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you;[a]
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of all mankind.
Take time every day to saturate yourself with God's nature. God's nature not only is refreshing but it reveals his own nature and characteristics.
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,[a] in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.Romans 1:19-20 ESV
You will find it not only refreshing but a visible reminder of how great our Creator is.
Finding God Through Surrender
This just might be the toughest suggestion in this entire article. If you are searching for God, you will find him through surrender. Too often we let pride get in the way of what God is trying to teach us.
Are you seeking him for a certain answer? Take time to pray and really ask if he has already revealed his answer to you. Perhaps he has and what is missing is your surrender to his plans and not your own.
I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.Psalm 40:1-2 ESV
Seeking Jesus with our Whole Hearts
There are countless distractions seeking to pull us away from God. They are not just worldly distractions either. Church gossip and politics can be lethal weapons. In a small instant, we can get pulled away from what truly matters.
So as we are searching for God, what does it mean to seek Jesus with whole hearts?
Well, the good news is that we cannot flee from God! He is with us always.
Where shall I go from your Spirit?Psalm 139:7 ESV
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:38-39
Want to find the answer to searching for God in the midst of your mom's life? Truly seek him. Get into God's Word, pray in the little moments, look to his nature, praise His name, and truly surrender to His will. Seek him with your whole heart and mama, you will find him. Even in the midst of crazy schedules, screaming children, and endless laundry.