I get up every morning at 5. My hope is to get my oldest ready for school and onto the school bus and then have some quiet time with my Bible and a cup of coffee.
It rarely works that way. When 6 rolls around my other children start waking up. My 6 year old insists on snuggle time in my lap and my 9 and 10 year old want to be close as well. We start our homeschool at 9 am. The hours between that are used on getting everyone ready and some light housekeeping and taking my intellectually disabled brother to work.
We do school and have lunch. Then there are chores and I have to finish school with any stragglers. Then my daughter, my brother, and my husband begin arriving home and it is time to start dinner.
It is hard to find quiet time. I felt I needed quiet time, without distraction not only to be in the Word but to have some time of reflection. I have considered getting up at 4:30. I also need sleep so I haven't done that.
After dinner I try to spend some time with husband or speak with friends on the phone or in person. There is also another clean up time thrown in and by 8:30, it is bed time. I have tried to go to bed at 8 and snag some quiet time there but often time my dh will decide to go to bed early as well or a child will come to get some mom time.
The days are full and exhausting. How does one recharge and read their Bible, how does one stay close to God?
I decided to search Google and Pinterest to see how others handled this.
I found a lot of blogs with pictures of nice journals arranged with equally nice Bibles, pens and cups of coffee. But there were no real answers to my dilemma. I am unwilling to get up earlier, I am unwilling to send the children away when they come to me for attention, and I have household duties that I am as obligated to meet as I am to read the Bible.
Then the answer came to me. My issue is not one of quiet but it is an issue of hearing through the noise. So here is my plan:
1. Keep an attitude of prayer and open communication with God. Just knowing that He is always available to listen helps me to pray, even when loading the dishwasher.
2. Make the time I do have in the Word count. So often we pick up our Bibles with no real plan and waste time trying to find a passage that "speaks to us". The entire thing was written for us so it all speaks to us. I have decided to reread the book of Proverbs and John.
3. Don't wait for silence and look for opportunity. My house is busy. There are a lot of people who live in it. It is never really quiet. This means that I may never have pretty pictures of bibles and coffee but there are worse things than spending time in the word with a child on my lap.
4. Understand this time is short and know God knows my heart. In no time at all, the children will be grown and I will have more quiet than I can stand.
We serve a God of grace. He is the one who gave me these guys along with the intense desire and dedication to meet their needs. He gave them to me knowing my life would be full and busy and loud. I trust the One who gave them to me to also take care of me and to reveal himself to me in ways and times that are good for me.