Quiet time when there is no quiet

I really like getting up around 6 or 6:30 and settling in with my Bible before the girls get up. But there are problems with that at our house. The first is that I just don’t get enough sleep right now to get up that early. With Micah still getting up after 6 or so hours, getting up at 6 for the day would make me too grumpy to be a good mommy. The second comes that Bryan now leaves at 7 for work, so if I’m up and he’s up, we like to talk to each other before he’s gone for most of the day. I know, we’re a married couple who likes to hang out with each other, it’s weird I tell you.

So, I end up reading my Bible often during our day. Micah is playing on the floor, the girls might be doing schoolwork or eating breakfast. There are questions for me (today: “Mom, what’s the Greek word for ‘faithful'”).  It’s hard to focus. It’s hard to pray. Especially for an introvert like myself who thrives on some quiet every once in a while (or all the time if I could get it 🙂 ).

So, what I have been trying to do for the past few weeks is do my quiet time during Micah’s first nap of the day. That has been during a busy time for school, but it works OK. Today, I did it during the girls’ memory time, but Micah was up. It worked OK. Tonight, I may try to work ahead on my study and do it in the evening for quiet. I’ll be tired, and it won’t be ideal, but it will probably be OK.

For the past few days, even though studying hasn’t been ideal, I’ve been able to work it in. This is mostly because of accountability. I’m participating in a Facebook group for Good Morning Girls. This isn’t the first time I’ve done Good Morning Girls, and I am glad Bryan encouraged me to try it again. Knowing that other people are waiting to hear what you learned from your Bible study and having others to discuss the study with is awesome. It helps get rid of the excuses to wait until later on the days when you don’t get a lot of quiet. These quiet times are OK. They don’t usually rank in the top 10 of all Bible studying times I have had, but there is still growth and communion with God there. It’s important not to lose God during the busy times, and this is what has been working for me.

How do you make Bible reading work for you when it’s busy?

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