Hungry for the Word

Are you looking to spend more time in your Bible this New Year? Are you discouraged because you have small children and no time?

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Here’s a quote for you and a post that I wrote back in September.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones once spoke with a group of medical students who complained that in the midst of their training and the ferocious work hours they really didn’t even have time to read the Bible and have their devotions and so on. He bristled and said, “I am a doctor. I have been where you are. You have time for what you want to do.” After a long pause he said, “I make only one exception: the mother of preschool-aged children does not have time and emotional resources.

He understands, doesn’t he.

But young moms especially need the Word of God to fuel their busy lives. How can they get the food they need?

One quick way to discouragement is to set the bar unrealistically high. When our kids were young my husband urged me to invest small amounts of time over the long haul. That thought revolutionized my approach to Bible study through those busy years, when my soul was hungry but my time was short.

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4 comments on “Hungry for the Word

  1. Lensa says:

    Rhondi, such a helpful post! It’s good to know I’m not the only one. I find at the moment I am grabbing what I can at the start or end of busy days, working my way through James (at a record slow pace!) – on the days when my girls happen to nap at the same time, I’m attempting a Bible read through, but so far have fallen asleep a few times!

    • Rondi says:

      I’m so glad it helped you Lensa. I remember what it was like for me when my kids were little. It seemed like the earlier I got up, the earlier they woke up. But God knows and he makes the little we take in enough!

  2. Julie says:

    Thank you so much for this! It was so encouraging, and I forwarded it on to many other mothers of littles. It was so refreshing to be encouraged. Loved, loved, loved the parable reference too! God gives different things (gifts, trials, time, resources) to different people. It is good to be reminded not to compare, but to be faithful with what He has given to me.

    • Rondi says:

      You’re welcome Julie! May God nourish you as you care for your little ones. 🙂