10 ways to practice God’s presence was in HOMELIFE magazine many years ago. I love it. In fact, I have it all ready to paint on the pocket door in the kitchen to remind me! For what it’s worth, listening to praise music always puts me in God’s presence. My day flows smoother and I remember to FROG (fully rely on God). The best part is that it rubs off on the children too. There is no sweeter sound than Madison singing praise music. Logan will sometimes join in too. God truly smiles upon us during those times.
1. Create a comfy spot where you can start the day with prayer and Bible reading before the children get up. This works really well in my house as I have trained the children that they are not allowed to bother me until I finish my Bible time. I believe that I set the example for them. It took a while to get them to this point but it works for us now.
2. Get to know an older mom whose faith you respect. Ask her to pray for you and share with you what she has learned over the years. This would be my good cyber friend, Tammy, who has an adult daughter with autism. She encourages me and gives me tips for helping Logan as he gets older. Visit her blog here. It is full of great stories and life lessons.
3.Carve out a few minutes each day to read a portion of an inspirational book or magazine. We do rest time in the afternoon . The children read or play quietly in their rooms while I complete my Sunday School lesson for the day. It usually lasts about half an hour but it is just enough time for me to recharge my batteries both physically and spiritually.
4. Be painfully honest about habits that rob you of time you could use to nurture your spirit (watching tv, surfing the internet, checking your email). I try to limit myself to checking my email once in the morning, afternoon, and evening. If not, I would spend all day on my laptop. I don’t always succeed every day but I ask God for strength and guidance and I can feel Him convicting me if I spend too much time on it. I disabled the Facebook app on my phone so I can only check it on my computer. Pinterest gets me every time though. It is a time sucker for real!
5. Choose a Scripture Verse that you want to dwell on during the day. Make it the screensaver on your computer. I have it on my phone to see it at all times.
6. When you face a dilemma, ask God for wisdom. He promises, “Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and wondrous things that you don’t know” Jer.33:3 HCSB
7. Listen to inspirational music while you work around the house. Music is the language of the soul. Nothing puts me in a better mood or makes me feel closer to God than listening to praise music.
8. Join a mom’s Bible study. We all need like minded women who understand us and will pray for us and with us. There are a plethora of them online even if you don’t live near one.
9. When you feel like lashing out, envision yourself in the future. How will you like to have responded to the situation? Would you react that way if God was physically next to you??? I like to envision Him standing beside me at all times. Be the mom you want them to remember.
10. Choose thankfulness. When your family drives you crazy, thank God that you have one. When your children mess up your house, thank God that you have a house. When Logan talks incessantly about the same subject, I will thank God that I can hear him speak.