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Are you a young mama struggling for quiet time?
I get you, and so does my featured guest today. Her name is Sarah, and she’s a young mama of four – soon to be five! But first, let me remind you of a special 7-day devotional series Sarah, Keri Snyder and I have designed for mothers seeking balance –
The elusive Golden Key to Balance
Every mom seeks the elusive Golden Key to Balance. Daily, inner battles wage as we second-guess discipline, housework, and meal selections. We juggle careers, interpersonal relationships, and self-care. The frequent question, “How to get it all done?” lurks in the back of our minds.
In our quest for balance, we often lose sight of God’s perspective. Jesus’ words to frazzled Martha apply to the modern-day wife and mother:
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”(Luke 10:41, ESV)
Motherhood: A Balanced Perspective blog series
For the next three weeks, beginning Thursday, February 9, Sarah Frazer, Keri Snyder, and I will share what God has taught us regarding balance in each of our parenting stages.
Motherhood: A Balanced Perspective devotional series
Next, we’ll go deeper on how to choose the good portion with a 7-day devotional email series called, Motherhood: A Balanced Perspective, launching the first week in March.
This email series includes Scripture, inspiration, and Mama Mantras to keep you balanced throughout your day. We’ll also include a beautiful printable of the Mama Mantras for you to use as a visual reminder!
Meet the Balanced Perspective Team
Sarah, from sarahefrazer.com
Sarah is a mother of four little ones (one adopted) and invites you to study God’s Word in your ordinary day.
Keri, from kerilynnsnyder.com
Keri is a momma of three who believes being intentional and choosing joy is a choice we get to make each day.
Ruthie, from RearReleaseRegroup.com
Ruthie is a momma to grown children and mentors moms to capture joy in each parenting transition.
Sign up here join us for this important series – we can’t wait to share our discoveries with you! Meanwhile, here is our first post in the blog series. We’re praying that God teaches you exactly what He wants about His perspective on balance in motherhood.
But wait! There’s more!
Thursday, March 2, at 8:30 PM, we will be hosting a webinar to launch the email series, Motherhood: A Balanced Perspective. Please sign up here to reserve your spot (HINT: there’s a special giveaway you won’t want to miss)!
And now, for this week’s featured guest post, by Sarah Frazer!
3 Steps for Finding Quiet Time When Life is Loud
Ok, when they hand you that sweet little baby for the first time in the hospital, I think there should be a pamphlet entitled “Things to Know.” Here are a few I would put in it:
- All of the overwhelming emotions are normal.
- Don’t worry if he/she doesn’t poop in two or three days. A week is when you should be worried.
- Sleep when the baby sleeps. Yes, do it.
- No, you will not have a “ton of free” time with a new baby.
That last one should have been a no-brainer for me.
But as a new momma, I thought for sure I would get SO MUCH done as a stay-at-home mom…..nope. I still did all of our laundries on Saturdays when my husband was home, struggling to make dinner each night, and falling asleep in the afternoon with the baby.
My “quiet time” was nonexistent. It was a rude awaking to have to care for someone ALL DAY LONG. The things I loved to do were pushed to the side. At first, I was ok with it. Until my quiet time was one of the things I pushed aside. Suddenly I felt out of touch from God and spiritually I became dry.
In the dry season, I became so thirsty but also discouraged because I couldn’t figure out when or how to find time to meet with God.
I felt like I was tired all of the time and this little human took up ALL of my “extra time.” I can’t remember what exactly changed, only I knew something needed to change. Maybe it was when I was so irritable and crying all of the time, but I remember just starting small. Click here to read the rest of Sarah’s post on 3 Steps for Finding Quiet Time when Life is Loud.