ditching the quiet time

You've heard the term "quiet time", right? Of course you have. That term has been rubbing me the wrong way for a while now. Now, don't get me wrong, hear me out ok? I struggle with feeling like we are modernizing our God, and putting rules on a relationship. Why are we putting our relationship with God in a box when He made us in His image? Our God does not live in a box.

quiettime

I'm a rule follower, super type A. I like things in order and I love a good schedule. So, I struggle with guilt when things don't go as planned, or I don't accomplish things they way I feel I should. When it comes to a "quiet time", I really battle with it being another check off my list.

When I became a mom, everything looked different for me. Schedules went out the window. Plans failed. Everything centered around this tiny little human that couldn't even wipe their own rear end. But it made me understand the beauty of a true relationship with God.

God is in everything we do. You can praise Him in the dishes, and each tiny sock you fold. You can rejoice in Him through the timeouts and the wild trips to the grocery store. He's not surprised by how busy you are or by how difficult your job as a mother is. He created you, this whole motherhood thing was His idea.

Maybe you get an hour every morning to sip your coffee and read your bible (I'm going to pretend to not be jealous). Or, maybe you are lucky to read one scripture scribbled on the chalkboard in your kitchen while your kids throw cheerios at each other. I've always wanted to be one of those "wake before my kids" kind of mom, but I'm just not.

I don't sit still very well. I'm a mom of 3 very small children. My coffee mocks me as it sits on my counter each morning and gets colder by the minute. A "quiet time"  is something of the past. There's no such thing as quiet in my home.

Yesterday during nap time I had the opportunity to tune in to the Barna Frames live seminar and got to listen to one of my favorites, Bob Goff, speak. He said something meant in humor, but completely resonated with me.

"I can't have a quiet time, I make coffee nervous" - bob goff

God created Bob Goff knowing he was wild and spunky and couldn't sit still. He created me knowing I would raise tiny humans super close in age. He knows the ins and outs of every wild and crazy moment of our lives. It's time to take "have a quiet time" off that to do list, and live every moment fully walking with Christ in this beautifully chaotic life that is anything but quiet.