When Little Ones Steal Your Worship Time

Are you busy with kids? Feeling overwhelmed with life? As moms there are seasons when we’re just spent and everyone needs our undivided attention. I know this season all to well.

In 2009 my husband was finishing his Master’s in Theology, working full time as a Youth Pastor and I was homeschooling with four little ones. When he started his last semester of seminary, our children were 6, 4, 18 months, and 8 weeks.

I was exhausted and could drop at any moment. I would try and wake up early before the kids would wake up to read and study God’s word, but this would never happen. One of them would inevitably wake up. It’s like they knew when my feet hit the floor. So then I tried to stay up late but usually fell asleep trying to read.

Woman raising her hands in praise outdoorsOne morning while the kids were playing and running around I started singing along with worship music I had playing. I lifted my hands, was swept up in the moment, and fully engaged in worship. I didn’t think my kids, who were playing, paid any attention. But when I opened my eyes, I found my two older children, beside me, hands raised, and singing along.

I teared up up because in that moment God so graciously told me that this was a gift – having my kids see me worship and then to come along side and worship together. God gave me the opportunity to teach my kids how to worship and they were seeing my need for Christ.

For years after this, I put on music and together, we sang and praised the One who had created us. I’m so thankful for those precious years. Here’s what I learned: In the days of chaos when you can’t even find five minutes to take a shower, worship with your kids!

Psalm 63:3 (NIV) says, “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.

"Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you." Psalm 63:3 NIVThis verse reminds me that I can choose to worship God. Not simply because of how my day may be going but rather because of His love for me, He is deserving of it.

May you delight in Christ as he delights in you and may your children learn to do the same! 

Your turn. Whether we’re moms, ministry leaders, teachers—quite simply, a women living in our crazy, chaotic, performance driven world, chances are, you feel squeezed. Like you have more demands than time. We know we need to pull away from it all on occasion to worship and be refueled by Christ, but looking at our schedule, we can’t figure out how and when to do this. Especially during the holidays.


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