When I transitioned from my full time professional job to a full time stay at home mom (SAHM), I really thought that I would be able to find time to do all the things that I love to do. More time to play piano, to exercise, to bake, to read, and most importantly, endless quiet times each day.
Go ahead and laugh at me! I was an idealist!
When she was a newborn, our bug monopolized my time with frequent feedings, constant changes in sleep schedules, and diaper changes.
Around 6 months, sleep training and introducing solid foods took far more time than I thought humanly possible. I spent my days constantly looking for my coffee cup to make up for the frequent wakings at night. This gave me the utmost respect for those who return to work and have a regular work schedule to maintain after being up most the night with a teething child!
Now, at almost a year old, I simply cannot stop watching her for 3 seconds without losing track of her. Just a few days ago, she demonstrated that she knew how to climb the stairs on our deck, and I almost had a heart attack when I left her by the van to pull the stroller out of the back, and turned around to see her sitting on the deck waving her arms at me!
There isn’t enough time for anything that I do not purposefully and intentionally make time for. Recently, I have realized how vital it is to make time to study Scripture. I was able to implement a habit that allows me to actually read Scripture each day. But to truly study and meditate upon it without a sticky, drooling, chattering interruption, that takes perseverance and diligence. It may mean less sleep and an extra cup of coffee. It may mean giving up a long relaxing shower in favor of a quick rinse. It may mean letting her fuss and play with her blankets in the morning when she wakes up 30 minutes earlier than normal, so that I can finish. What it may mean, could very well look different on a day to day basis.
Yet God gave us no drop of doubt when He gave us His Word, that it is important. He gave no doubt that we need to make His Word a priority.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:5-9
As I have studied this passage, I have been breaking it down and praying and pondering what is most important.. I’m still in the breaking-it-down phase, but one thing stands out to me that I will leave here. God and His Word are to be a constant part of our lives. And not even a part, but the basis and foundation for every single thing that we do!
In my next post (which will not be as delayed as this one was! Thank you sickness) I’ll share how I’ve broken down this passage as I have meditated on it and memorized it ❤