By Sabrina Schlesinger
Before children, I would spend at least one hour a day of uninterrupted time reading my Bible, praying and having my own worship session with Jesus! Then kids came....(cue the laughter)!
Feedings around the clock, exhausted in ways I didn't know existed, and the demands of raising these little blessings made my hour of daily devotion pretty much non-existent. What wasn't non-existent was the loads of guilt and shame i felt for not maintaining my routines and daily disciplines. Anyone else! 🙋🏻🙋🏻🙋🏻
One day Jesus whispered in my ear this statement, and it changed everything. He said, "Look for the pockets of time that I will create for you!"
Have you ever reached into your pocket and found something you thought you had lost? Or better yet, found cash you didn't even remember putting there? That is what pockets of time is all about. Sweet surprises and moments throughout your day that Jesus wants to use to be close to you.
In order to seize these sweet moments, you have to do the following:
1. Be expectant.
Look for and expect opportunities all throughout your day that God will create for you. It may be 5 minutes in the shower, while your children are playing quietly for 2 minutes, in the car on your way to get groceries, or while folding laundry. It may be a thousand different ways too! The point is, if you are expecting it, you will know what to look for!
2. Don't fill it with fluff.
Many of us have little brief moments all throughout our day. What we do with those pockets of time is the game changer. Pick up your phone, and instead of playing a game or jumping on social media, open up your Bible app and do a quick devotional. There are so many great ones that are quick and spiritually filling!
When you have a second to spare, quiet your soul for a minute and TALK to God. Let Him know how grateful you are and how much you love and need Him. Then pause and let Him have a moment to speak to you. He wants to whisper beautiful things to you and fill up your emotional bank account so you can pour out love on the family He has given you.
3. Remember your season.
God isn't surprised by your season...in fact, He brought you into it. Give yourself permission for your routines and relationships to change, even with Jesus! Change doesn't have to be bad. Change can be amazing! It's all about our perspective. We can beat ourselves up that we aren't spending a large amount of uninterrupted time in prayer like we did before kids, or we can move into the season we are in and let Jesus lead us to a fun and exciting new way of being close to Him! This doesn't mean you neglect God's word...but how much you read or the way you read it might change...and I think Jesus is super okay with that. He wants your heart, not your obligations.
For me, prayer moved from being an event to being a lifestyle. Jesus and I talk everyday, all throughout the day, and it is lovely.
This isn't a season to be lazy in your pursuit of God, but your pursuit quite possibly will look different, so give yourself permission to change.
4. Don't compare your season.
If ever there is anything that will pour on the guilt and shame, it is comparison.
Sometimes my comparison was with women who were leading Bible Studies and all of their kids where grown or all in school. Sometimes my comparison was with my husband who never seemed to waver in his daily devotions. Most of all, I compared myself with my former self. Whoever I compared myself to, the results where always the same..."I am not good enough. I am falling short. What is wrong with me!"
As long as the enemy can keep us in guilt and shame, he wins. He knows guilt and shame will cripple our intimacy and relationship with God and keep us from our source of life! So don't do it. Take off that comparison right now. Stop looking to the left and to the right, and just look at Jesus, who is crazy in love with you and wants to steal moments with you in the hallway!
At the end of the day, this is all about relationship with God. He longs to be close to you and wants to fill you up to overflowing.
And remember, just when you find your new groove with your current season, it will probably change again! :)