10.6.13

Finding Jesus in the everyday



After leaving university I worked for a church for several years and it was a real time of growth for me spiritually.

Getting close to Jesus seemed easy because we were surrounded by church all the time

It was inspiring and encouraging and even in those times when I didn’t really feel like hearing from God I HAD to pick up my bible and be disciplined because I was leading studies, attending prayer meetings and I was accountable to other people. 

After leaving that job, moving to Cardiff and having a baby I’ve struggled with the loss of that discipline. A lot of the time I’m at home on my own with the baby and the only person that is going to know whether I’m striving to know God better, or encourage me to do so is ME. 

Simply put – when I make the effort to draw close to God I always notice him working in my life more powerfully. It’s really easy to let busyness, lethargy and laziness distract me - especially when no one is going to know either way - so I’ve been working on some ways that I can be mindful of Jesus and get closer to him everyday:
 


Read
Regularly reading the bible is so important for Christians but it’s also something that a lot of us struggle with too. I’ve tried to work bible reading into my daily schedule otherwise I’ve found it just doesn’t happen. I recently blogged about the devotional book I’m working through, and I also like to read a Christian book alongside it for further encouragement. 

Learn
I also recently blogged about putting up bible verses around our home. Not only does this help us memorise scripture but it also keeps me mindful of God as I go about my daily tasks. Seeing one of the verses pinned up is a great way to focus my mind on Jesus if I’m stressed or worried.
{Click here for some free printable verses}


Listen
Since becoming a stay-at-home mum I’ve started listening to United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) on our DAB radio and I honestly think it’s one of the most positive things I have done for my spiritual life in the last nine months.
It’s so easy to get sucked into the mundane of everyday life with a baby but listening to UCB is a bit like having Christian friends around the house all day. It helps encourage me to think about Jesus, to sing (and dance) along to the worship songs, to be challenged by the sermons and to pray…all while cleaning the kitchen!

Share
Blogging has become invaluable to me since having a baby. Not only is it an outlet for me to process my thoughts and feelings, it has allowed me to meet a supportive community of Christian wives and mothers who are going through the same things as I am. I can’t count the number of times I have clicked onto a blog and read exactly what I needed to hear to get through the day!

Get Involved
Being part of a good Christian community is vital. We recently made the difficult decision to start attending a new church but the difference it has made to our enthusiasm for our Christian lives is amazing; I look forward to going to church and being challenged now and I haven’t felt like that for a while. It’s so important not to ‘people please’ at the expense of your spiritual life. Be proactive and surround yourself with people who will encourage you in your walk with God.

What ways to you find helpful to keep Jesus and the center of all you do?


Linking with Splashing Glory, The Better Mom,  Mommy Moments, Thriving Thursdays, Encourage Each Other, Time warp wifeTitus 2 Tuesdays 


6 comments:

  1. I love this post, Rachel, such good reminders! I know I always get thrown off of my normal devotional routine when I have a baby, and it's hard to get back into it sometimes, but it's so important.

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  2. Beyond blessed by your words today.

    Delighted to meet you today. I hope you don't mind if I splash around a bit to get to know you. This looks like a refreshing place to dip into some serious goodness.

    Also wanted to extend an invite ... to share this post (or another fave) to encourage even more moms. We could use it.

    Join the Melody ...
    http://justsarahdawn.blogspot.com/2013/06/time-out-time-in.html

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  3. What a wonderful post! I'm also a stay-at-home mom, whose also struggled with accountability. I'm so grateful for my blog, because it provides the discipline for me to get into my Bible daily. I really like the idea of putting scripture around the house, and I love your super cute signs. I think I'm going to have some fun on Photoshop today!

    Thank you so much for the encouragement! Your words were a blessing to me today!

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  4. So good to read this, very pleased I found your blog through the contents of your changing bag, haha! I really struggle with my relationship with God now that I have kids. At church I am usually in the creche with my clingy two year old and breastfeeding baby - most of the time it feels more like going to a Christian toddler group than actually being at church and spending time with God. I am going to try and follow some of your tips!

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  5. Thanks for this post Rachel it has really encouraged me today. I too am a stay at home mum living in Newport. I go to a Church in Cardiff and I remember you from a CU house party in Aberystwyth, funny how I somehow managed to come across your blog! This post was meant for me I'm sure, I am also finding it a challenge to keep a close relationship with Jesus now that I have a 6 month old. God Bless you and your family.

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  6. Thanks for joining the melody this week. I would be delighted to have you add your voice each week. I jot some momma notes on Monday ... but its a post whenever you can during the week kind of link up. I get the filled to the brim momma schedules.

    Happy day,

    Sarah

    http://justsarahdawn.blogspot.com/2013/05/momma-notes.html

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