Consistent Daily Devotions Amidst Life’s Chaos: Grace-Filled Strategies for a New Season
As we step into the first of a new season, many of us find ourselves in a reflective mood. After months of a relaxed summer schedule, it’s a natural time to regroup and reassess our priorities. It’s an opportunity to rethink our time, focus, and where we want to be in the next season. In the midst of this transition, we often desire to establish or rekindle a consistent daily devotional habit, but life’s chaos can make it feel like an elusive goal. I understand the difficulty, the challenge, and the disappointing sense of failure that can come with trying to maintain a consistent daily devotional habit. So, what’s a busy woman to do when she’s already doing more than she’s able? It’s a great time to explore how to maintain consistent daily devotions amidst life’s chaos as we step into this new season.
Let me share a bit of my own journey to encourage you. As a mother of eight children, I know all too well how demanding life can be. There have been days when I’ve felt like there simply wasn’t enough time or energy left for my personal devotion with God. It’s easy to get discouraged when your to-do list seems to multiply by the minute, and finding a moment of quiet reflection feels like an unattainable luxury.
Embrace Grace Over Perfection for More Consistent Daily Devotionals
First and foremost, my dear friend, allow me to invite you to embrace grace over perfection. It’s a lesson I had to learn the hard way. As moms, we often set high standards for ourselves, wanting to be everything to everyone. But in the process, we can forget that God cherishes our hearts more than our achievements.
Don’t pressure yourself with the expectation of hours of uninterrupted devotion time. Even if it’s just 10-15 minutes in the early morning or a brief pause during naptime, it’s a beautiful offering to God. Remember that God values your consistency and desire to seek Him daily, even when life feels overwhelming.
Establish a Sacred Space and Time for More Consistent Daily Devotionals
Creating a sacred space and time for your daily devotions can make a world of difference. I often found solace in a cozy corner of our home, a place where I could retreat from the chaos and focus on God. Whether it’s early in the morning before the household wakes up or during a quiet moment in the evening, having a dedicated space and time makes it easier to resist life’s distractions.
Yes, it might require some adjustment in your daily routine (I have moved both time and space through the years), but it’s a commitment worth making. Finding the best time for your season of life is really answering the question, “What is the first moment when you could choose to do something else besides the urgent?” Remember, God honors the effort you put into seeking Him, no matter when or where it happens.
Utilize Devotional Guides and Apps
One of the challenges I faced was knowing where to start or what to study during my devotional time. This is where devotional guides and apps can be your faithful companions. They provide structure and inspiration, which can be a lifesaver for busy moms like us.
YouVersion, for example, offers a treasure trove of Bible and devotional plans tailored to various interests and spiritual needs. You can choose plans on topics that resonate with your heart and the guidance provided simplifies your daily devotions. It’s like having a trusted friend walk alongside you on your spiritual journey.
It is my privilege to partner with YouVersion for this very endeavor in the lives of Believers all over the world. YouVersion is not only a free app, but one that allows you to set reminders to help you make your devotional time a habit amid your crazy schedule. You can find the plans I have written here.
Invite Accountability and Share the Journey
Lastly, consider inviting a trusted friend or family member to share in this pursuit of daily devotion. As moms, sisters, wives, and friends, we know the power of accountability. Sharing your goals and struggles with someone who can encourage you and hold you accountable can make a significant difference. Since my phone is always with me, it makes sense to find a way to achieve this goal of accountability using technology, like YouVersion readily available.
Additionally, consider sharing your devotional insights and experiences with other women who understand your journey. Sharing what is really going on in your life often inspires others and creates a sense of commitment to your own devotional practice. When you know others are journeying with you, it can provide that extra motivation to stay consistent.
The most important aspect of establishing some consistency is knowing you are not alone. God knows life is demanding, but He wants you to know Him and seek Him every day. He sees your heart’s desire to seek Him, even amidst the chaos.
So embrace this grace. Create a sacred space. Utilize Bible plans and devotional guides, and invite accountability into your life. Your pursuit of God is a precious offering, and He meets you where you are, rather than waiting for you to get where you wish you were.
In the midst of the challenges you face each day, may you find moments of grace and peace in the presence of our loving Heavenly Father. He understands the busy seasons of life and cherishes every effort you make to draw near to Him.
With love and solidarity,
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