As soon as I sit down, I hear the pitter-patter of feet.
Within seconds, my daughter is pulling herself up onto the couch, squeezing in next to me as I try to keep reading the open Bible on my lap. I last a few seconds longer before she throws herself across me, giggling.
Knowing any meaningful time with God is useless at this point, I toss the Bible on the coffee table and come at her from both sides with the tickle monster.
This is “quiet time” at my house.
Or at least, it is when my two-year-old daughter is awake. Most days I try to do it while she’s napping. But even then, there are often distractions. The phone dings with a text from my husband or a friend. A phone call comes from the nurse at school.
When the interruptions come, it’s easy to either resort to resentment or guilt. Resentment at the fact that quiet time is so difficult or guilt that I can’t seem to make it work.
This is how I felt for a long season of my life. I swung between these two extremes like a pendulum. Eventually, I learned that with three young children ranging from ages ten to two, minutes count. They have to.
I realized the time I spent with God mattered, even if it was short. Even if it was interspersed thought the day. And although he wants me to put him first in my life, I understood he wasn’t keeping a log of each minute I sat in a quiet, interruption-free space memorizing scripture.
Women of all ages and in all stages of life need encouragement when it comes to carving out time with God.
But I believe moms often need an extra dose of it. We’re pulled in multiple directions by little hands, and it can feel like we have to sacrifice one thing on our to-do list to make room for another.
If you’ve ever felt this way, friend Betsy de Cruz’s new book More of God: A Distracted Woman’s Guide to More Meaningful Quiet Times is a godsend to weary women and mamas everywhere. It is packed with practical, doable tips to make the most of the time you have with God and to approach him as a Father who loves you, not as an angry tyrant who’s ready to smack you with a ruler.
Betsy starts her book by addressing common areas which distract our connection to God. Some of these include social media, over-packed schedules, and feelings of disappointment toward God. Because if we’re going to get more out of our time with God, we have to address the things pulling us away from him. Then she shows how carving out time for him can make a life-changing impact on our lives, and gives pragmatic ways invite God in, prepare our minds, and absorb what he wants to teach us.
One of the many aspects I love about Betsy’s writing is her authentic, down-to-earth style and transparency. She doesn’t come to you as a women who has mastered the art of quiet time or being a perfect disciple of Jesus. She comes as a woman who has messed up many times, and picked herself back up again. But she also comes to you as a person who’s been transformed by the Word, and wants you to experience the same transformation.
“When I stop to draw near to Jesus, He comes with just what I need.” Betsy de Cruz, More of God
Do you want more of God, but feel like you’re floundering? Do you need someone to guide you as a friend who’s been there, but has seen the lasting difference those minutes spent with him can make?
If so, I encourage you to pick up a copy of this fantastic book. I can promise you, you won’t regret it. And when you’re done reading it, be sure to pass it along to a friend who needs it too.
I am giving away a copy of More of God to one of my readers! To enter the drawing, simply comment on this post. You may be entered multiple times by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. If you shared it, please let me know in your comment. I will announce the winner next Thursday, March 21st.
About the Author:
Betsy de Cruz has battled distraction in her relationship with God for over 20 years. While serving in women’s ministry, church planting, and child raising, distractions were constant and many. Nothing thrills her more than inspiring women to pursue a deeper relationship with God, building their faith through His Word. She writes and speaks to encourage women to get God’s Word in, so they can live their faith out.
You can find Betsy on her blog, faithspillingover.com, where she shares Bible study and prayer tips for distracted women, as well as encouragement for everyday faith and family.