Never Enough Time

 “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—”

‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭NASB‬‬

As a toddler mom it feels like there is never enough time. Children, or even just a single child, are a full time job. Add to that taking care of the day to day chores, and it can be difficult to carve out time to spend in God’s Word.

I joined a Bible study community called Momstrong because the book and corresponding study I bought by the founder were very mom friendly. The author knew that I wouldn’t have a whole lot of time and while she still had me looking up verses and digging into God’s Word, the amount of study wasn’t overwhelming.

Unfortunately, she has other writers working for her in the online community and whoever wrote October’s study on prayer has no clue how little time I have to get these studies into my day.

That’s the reason I didn’t post Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

I opened to my study for the day and was faced with “Read Daniel chapters 1 through 5″…

Chapters?!

That’s the Old Testament! Chapters there are so long!

By the time I was able to answer the questions I was rushed and had no time for writing out my thoughts (which I feel is where I’m able to actually think over what I learned).

By this morning I was beginning to feel stressed, which is the exact opposite of what’s supposed to happen when I study God’s Word. That’s when I remembered that it isn’t supposed to be about how much I read or how deeply I study, it’s about taking what time I have and seeking God every day.

“In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭5:3‬ ‭NASB‬‬

“It is good to give thanks to the LORD And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning And Your faithfulness by night,”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭92:1-2‬ ‭NASB‬‬

“The humble have seen it and are glad; You who seek God, let your heart revive.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭69:32‬ ‭NASB‬‬

“Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad. Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually.”

‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭16:10-11‬ ‭NASB‬‬

 “I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:16‬ ‭NASB‬‬

“Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:11‬ ‭NASB‬‬

“This is my comfort in my affliction, That Your word has revived me.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:50‬ ‭NASB‬‬

There is power in God’s Word. The Bible is where I can find God’s commands and His promises. I can find God’s comfort and hope in His Word. Maybe I don’t always have time to read five chapters in Daniel, but even if I only have time to read one verse out of Psalms, seeking God in this Word is important. That one verse is still enough for me to reflect on God and hide His Word in my heart.

Maybe you feel you don’t have time to study your Bible every day. Trust me, I know how life gets busy. Even if all you can do is reflect on one verse, that verse will help you focus on what is important.

Not every study of mine is complex. Often they are just me trying to seek God and setting the right tone for the day ahead.

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