Living with a spouse who doesn’t share your beliefs about God can often bring tension, stress, uncertainty and a myriad of other emotions. In the midst of it all, God asks us to love unconditionally, lavish respect, and bring peace to our homes. Often this means we need to come to Jesus daily to drink from his living waters. Part of this is worship, prayer and time in God’s Word.
Amid the busyness of life, this can be challenging if not almost impossible. After all, there’s lunches to make, household chores,chauffeuring the kids to and fro school, meeting kids needs, supporting your spouse, work, bills, the list goes on. Time is limiting with only 24 hours in a day; eight of these hours find you sleeping, if you are lucky enough to get that much sleep.
Is God asking too much? Is life asking too much?
Often my answer to these questions have been a resounding YES. The reality is I need my time with God. This is more than snippets here and there as good as what those are. I need to sit in his presence. For a few moments, I need to be Mary not Martha. I’ve had to trust God to redeem time or increase my productivity. The more dependent I am on Jesus the better able I am to love my family.
I find myself relearning the necessity of praying in the spirit (when you don’t know what to pray) as I focus myself on the lover of my soul. Oh to hear his voice prompting me in prayer. I listen to his heart as I ask him to shine his light on those situations that seem dark. He brings perspective and wisdom.
God is light; in him there is no darkness at all 1 John 1:15b
Those days where my heart is aching as I continue to face my giants and mountains, I pour out my heart as an act of worship. My heart cries out “God I will trust you in all of this. See, I will declare your goodness, kindness and faithfulness.” I cling to him, the rock of my salvation. He is the one who will see me through. As I experience his love, gentleness and patience, I am able to treat my husband and children in the same way. You can only give what you have.
Loving my husband is easy when I am loved by God. My role as a wife is to love and respect my husband, allowing my actions and heart to minister to him. Changing his views or defending God is actually the Holy Spirit’s job. In this place, Holy Spirit comes and brings a fresh perspective often prompting me in my behavior so that I love from the overflow of my heart and with joy.
How do we make time for God in our busy lives?
- Find that 20-30 minutes in your day when you can sit with God and read the Bible. For me this is either before I go to sleep or when I am having my breakfast. I want to start and end my day with God. During this time, I talk to God, pray, meditate and read the Bible. I find myself strengthened by the Holy Spirit.
- YouTube has become a great tool for me to stream worship without having to collect a large pile of CD’s that will soon get scratched. I stream my favorite worship or the playlists my favorite artists have on YouTube. This has been incredibly refreshing. Sometimes I find the Lord leading me to receive from him during certain songs. His presence comes and wraps me while I open my heart to him. I also love to play worship with the boys around to model a lifestyle of worship to them. It’s good for them to see mommy worshiping and to be in the Lord’s presence.
- Pray at all times. I often find myself praying while I cook, drive the car or in the shower. This is a way to keep my heart focused on God throughout the day. I also love to pray with my boys at night. By doing this I teach them the value of prayer, cover them in prayer, and commune with God.
What are some of the ways that you have found helpful in spending time with Jesus?
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