A Busy Mom Finds Time to Read the Bible

Psalm 132:3-5 (King James Version)

Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed; I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids, until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.

As we go through different stages of life we may find that the time we used to dedicate for reading our Bible has slowly been replaced with other obligations. Perhaps before you had a newborn  you would rise faithfully before dawn to pray and meditate, but now that time has been replaced with early morning nursing sessions.

Maybe before you began homeschooling you would read your Bible, pray and meditate before bed. Now you’re so exhausted by bedtime that you are usually asleep before you can finish reading the first verse. If you are anything like me you are inspired and invigorated by God’s word. For you it may be the one resource that always provides just the right message at just the right time.

I, for one begin to feel lost and disconnected and discontent when I’ve gone too long without reading the Bible. What I’ve realized over time is that there is no excuse for not having time for God. No matter what stage of life you may be in, here are some tips to make sure you are able to connect with the word of God everyday.

  • Download, purchase or access an audio Bible and play it on your MP3 or ipod while you complete other tasks.
  • Write a Bible verse or even a short chapter on your bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker. You can update it daily or weekly.
  • Incorporate  your Bible reading with homeschooling.
  • Read the Bible as a family or have the children read the Bible while you prepare meals or other tasks.

These are just a few ways to help you make Bible reading a priority even when you have busy schedule.


  1. says

    What a great post. I, too like most mothers, have such a hard time keeping up with my bible reading. I always feel better once I’ve done it, but I find myself missing opportunites to sit down and read it and pray because of the many tasks I have to complete away from home. I have taken to keeping my bible in the car with me, so that whenever I am sitting waiting for the kids to get out of school or my husband to get out of work I can try and read a few verses or a chapter. It has really helped a lot!
    .-= Jessie´s last blog ..Zumba =-.


    The Proverbs Wife Reply:


    That’s awesome Jessica. It’s amazing how many insignificant moments we miss where we don’t focus on God. Just a few moments in the car while waiting for the family makes all the difference. We often feel like we must have our Bible, concordance, study guide, journal, etc. to dive into the word. But God has a message for us even in the stolen moments we find to spend with HIM.

    I found that some of God’s most powerful messages to me have been short and sweet.

    One of my favorites is Psalm 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

    So quick. So true. And I can read that while waiting on the oven to heat up.


  2. Melanie says

    These are some great tips on incorporating God’s word in our busy lives – thanks so much! I can always tell that my Bible reading time is slipping when I get that discontent feeling too. I get to feeling like all is wrong when really I just need to spend time in the Word!


    The Proverbs Wife Reply:


    I have been there and go there (that discontent feeling) on a frequent basis. It’s when I realize that there has been a gradual move away from prioritizing my relationship with God that I see my attitude and outlook decline.

    Sometimes I can’t even put my finger on any particular thing that’s out of whack, until I realize that I haven’t spent any time with God.

    It’s incredible how the closer we get to HIM the more we realize that life is not the same without HIM.


  3. says

    Thank you for the reminder!
    Even though I am a Pastor’s wife, I get caught up with the “work of the Lord”. I believe it is the work of the enemy, that we get so busy that we don’t have time for a relationship with God. Your right, there is no excuse for not praying and reading the bible!

    Take care and have a blessed day!


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