Mom, do have a minute?
If that sounds familiar, you might hesitate to trust that a true minute is enough to do anything for yourself, let alone something that will strengthen your connection to God and to your kids. But every mom-minute matters, and praying leads you to God’s presence for comfort, peace, inspiration, perspective, and hope for your life and that of your children. How often are you beckoned by a child with the words, “Mom, come here a minute”? And after you accept the invitation, do you spend a mini-eternity fixing something that has broken into unrecognizable pieces, problem-solving a complicated homework project, or seeking out the wayward left partner of a pair of shoes that probably doesn’t even fit that child anymore?
Your day is full of priorities and decisions made so often on behalf of other people. Time spent with God offers you nourishment and a refuge. As you pray for you and your family, you will discover the renewal that comes in the sanctuary of stillness. When you are weary, unsure, or badly in need of an adult time-out, your conversation with God will restore you to being one of the living—the living who praise the Lord and can’t wait to share about His faithfulness with their children.
The living, the living—they praise you,
as I am doing today;
parents tell their children
about your faithfulness.
The truth is, your children are not the only ones asking for a minute of your time. Your Creator is speaking this question to your heart. Maybe He is even shouting or whistling to get your attention over the din, dedication, and drama that fill up a mama’s life. When His voice reaches your spirit, He asks if you have a moment to be in His presence right now. Go to Him. Your heart craves to be held by the One who made it. Your mind seeks wisdom and clarity. Your body needs the restoration that prayer sparks in your every cell. And your spirit’s desire is to be a prayerful woman, a prayerful mom.
Let God be the one to heal the places in your life that are broken beyond recognition. Allow your Provider the time to problem-solve your family’s needs by giving you a lens of discernment, faith, and truth. And step into grace so you can surrender those wayward pieces of you that are lost beneath guilt, fear, or fatigue—or that don’t fit God’s purpose for you anymore.
This is a minute that will lead to a full eternity of being seen and loved by your God.
Hope Lyda has a heart for inviting people to experience the still and quiet voice of God in their lives. As an editor and writer, she has worked in publishing for more than 20 years.