Heavenly Mothering is Prayerful -Day 5

"Pray without ceasing." Thessalonians 5:17

We just watched Mom's Night Out tonight. It was pretty easy for me to relate to the heroine, hiding in the closet eating chocolate. There have been many days where, overwhelmed by all the little lives that I was supposed to be managing, I have stolen off to my closet to cram down some dark chocolate and pray for patience. 

I will never forget the moment when I had a room full of friends dining with us and my husband came out with the question, "Why do you have chocolate in the laundry room cupboard?" I knew that all my mom friends would totally understand why the chocolate would be in the laundry room. It had a door so my darlings wouldn't have to be tempted by unhealthy sugar, and it was a room where I could legitimately be alone to grab a moment of quiet (and chocolate) before facing the next crisis.

As a momma there are so many things that are completely out of our control. Childhood illnesses and accidents, sleepless nights and soiled sheets. We face long days that are often devoid of any adult conversation or extra hands to help us as we care for our little ones. We cannot stay sane and sweet, not even come close to Heavenly Mothering, unless we are staying in an attitude of prayer. 

God loves you and is ready to give you all the peace and energy that you need, simply turn to Him in prayer.

Your prayers might be simple, "Help me Jesus!" but God is always listening and cares about even the most trivial of things, God loves to come through for us. 
Psalm 62:8 says, "Trust in Him at all times ye people, pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us."
Sometimes it is hard to find a quiet moment to pray, especially when the children are all young enough that a moment to yourself might mean many moments spent cleaning markers off walls or pulling paraphernalia out of toilets (why is that little ceramic pond so attractive to small children?).

 When my children were younger I would try to get up before them and start my day with quiet time. However, it seemed that the earlier I got up, the earlier my children would get up. Now I grab prayer time wherever and whenever I can. 

I pray during Bible time with my children, in my bed as I go to sleep, and even in the closet while I am getting ready in the morning. Praying without ceasing is just that, grabbing opportunities to talk to God, wherever you can find them, knowing that He is a trustworthy refuge for us.

How do you find time to pray?

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  1. "We cannot stay sane and sweet, not even come close to Heavenly Mothering, unless we are staying in an attitude of prayer." YES! I have two littles right now, and I've found that now that I have consistent quiet time (I even get up on the weekends sometimes...It's that necessary!), I find myself saying things and acting in a way that could only be from God. I get up EARLY... At least 1 1/2 hours before the kids do, but the hour less of sleep is worth it 100 fold! Thank you for sharing this today!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! How wonderful that you have been able to make time every morning for prayer, blessings to you as you invest in your relationship with God.

  2. I love this! God has been teaching me the discipline of praying without ceasing with my two small babes at home. I find that keeping worship music on in the background helps keep my heart in worship so that when things start getting out of hand, I can easily and silently slip in to prayer as I handle whatever comes our way!

    1. I so agree that keeping worship music, even instrumental worship is a wonderful way to keep your mind fixed on Christ. Many blessings to you as you pursue a peaceful home for the Glory of God.

  3. I can totally relate to the getting up earlier and earlier so that I could have quiet time alone! Our oldest always KNEW when I got out of bed and she'd join me. Funny thing is, she's married now, and despite a bout of sleep in as a teenager, she still gets up as crazy early as I do--to spend time with God before the pressures of the day crank up the volume.