When Mama’s got no time, life can feel overwhelming and unbearable. The lists of to-dos and demands just keep on coming. Mom needs more time. Making time for Jesus (God) can be tough, but it’s worth it every time! Need more time in your busy mama life? Is it even possible to find more time for moms? Jesus offers you rest even during your busiest times of life.
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When you don’t have time for Jesus
I see you.
I see you with your first newborn who won’t sleep through the night. I see you pregnant with your second child and just wondering how you’ll survive the bouncing toddler climbing your couch riding form. I see you when you’re grieving a deep, soul-sucking loss. I see you when you have no time.
And you are loved. <3
You know this, but today won’t last forever. This may be the new normal, but only for a while. And even if, because of debilitating illness or injury, this new normal will last, God is working here too.
I get it, you want to do all the things you used to have time and energy to do. You long for the “old you” who was successful and accomplished. You even had more time for Jesus. You would sit at his feet and have few constraints on your time.
But today, you take slipper-clad feet to the fridge. And then back to a prone position on the couch to, yet again, nurse the baby. You run the errands, take the kids to practices. Dirty dishes pile up. Toys scatter the floor. Your Bible wears a dusty crown of neglect.
Even though the advice pours in to take care of yourself, your exhausted eyes still see the mountains of things to be done and feel the weight of not being able to. Not being enough.
Three Truths about Making time for Jesus
Our seasons of life are fast. This season of young motherhood with soon come to a close. A new chapter will open with its own set of challenges. However, the one that you are in now poses certain issues. Making time for Jesus is tough. Just when you get a mom’s morning routine down, your kids’ routine changes, and once again you are tasked with re-learning an entirely new routine.
In these moments, I encourage you to remember that making time for Jesus is a life-long process. Don’t give up just because this season pushes you to your limits. Finding more time for God during this season is one of the most important things you can do.
As you seek to make more time for Jesus, find some devotionals that are easy to get. Healing Home offers a weekly devotional on Fridays. Sign-up below!
Your Worth is not what in you Accomplish
You know the weight of trying hard to earn the appreciation and favor of someone important.
You sometimes feel like you need to do more things to earn God’s love. When making time for Jesus gets tough, you feel like you have not earned His love.
Dear one, your worth is not found in what you accomplish. Remember this!
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.Ephesians 1:3-10 ESV
You cannot add anything to Jesus’ work on your behalf. He has fully satisfied the Father’s hatred of your sin so that when God looks at you, He sees your account filled to the brim with Jesus’ righteousness”
Any desire you must earn your worth by filling your time with good things reveals a spiritually thirsty heart. Deep in your soul, Jesus calls to you from under the chaos and crazy of life. Allow discontent and discomfort you feel to drive you into Jesus’ presence, where you can find rest.
Even when Mom’s Got no time, Jesus offers her rest.
“He will tend His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs in His arms, He will carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.”
Isaiah 40:11, ESV
The prophet Isaiah provides a beautiful picture of God’s care for His people, His attitude toward mothers specifically, and the weary in general.
Our Shepherd looks ahead to the needs of His flock. He finds them the best places for water and fresh grass. He understands the needs of the mothers and they’re young, never driving the flock too quickly. He sees the pressures you are under and walks with you.
Dear one, Jesus is not in a rush with you. He is not concerned about whether you will grow in character or do all the things. God delights in transforming us from death to life (Eph 2), and from immaturity to maturity. Yet, He does not rush this process along. He is not in a hurry.
No, we are the ones in a hurry. We are the ones who often value productivity over grace, and beauty over discretion (Proverbs 11:22).
Allow the shepherd to lead you. Submit to His will for your moment trusting that He is gentle, and is working out His best for your soul.
Rest in Jesus’ arms during this season of no time – trusting that He loves you and gives you immeasurable worth.
Jesus longs to feed your soul, even when you don’t have time.
When mamas got no time, making time for Jesus can feel like an extraordinary sacrifice.
And it may be!
You may have to choose to leave the dishes in the sink or the floor upswept so that you can sit at your Savior’s feet.
Not having any time is usually a symptom of a heart trying to do all the things.
In Luke 10:38-42, Jesus reminds Martha that the most important thing is not the housework and care for the people clamoring for her attention. The most important thing is fixing her eyes on Jesus.
This same Jesus, who came to her house for dinner and a place to sleep, is the one who fed the 5,000 and created the world with a word. He doesn’t need her service. He wants to feed her soul.
Dear one, Jesus wants to feed your soul.
“But how?” You ask, “I can barely spare 10 minutes of time!”
That’s ok! There are devotional plans already tailored to any season you may find yourself in. If you thirst for Jesus. He will meet you there.
Start by just reading a book of the Bible. Pick your favorite. You don’t have to accomplish a reading plan right now. Just read a few verses here and there where you can. When you finish, read that book of the Bible again.
Even in this season where rest and time seem elusive, remember the one who walks with you. Cling to Him. Making time for Jesus is worth it every single time. He will never let you fall.
A Little More About Jessica
Jessica Jenkins is a wife, mother of two, adventure lover, and storyteller. She supports women in the various aspects of their lives who share one common goal – connecting to Jesus so that they can savor the season they are in, minister to their families well, and experience joy, freedom, and growth as a result of their encounters with the Spirit through His scriptures.
After 10 years of Bible and theological training, 7 years of marriage, 4 years of mothering, and 2 masters degrees (including an MDiv), Jessica launched We Who Thirst, in order to create a community of women helping each other see and savor their Savior.
Now, she spends her time helping thirsty souls thrive in their Bible study, devotions, and spiritual growth while loving on her family of four and braving the waters of homeschool preschool.
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