TIME FOR STUDY AND HEALING

As a young mother with small children, I rarely had time for a haircut, let alone time to grow spiritually in learning more about my relationship to God. Before having children, I'd always treasured quiet times studying the Bible and listening for ideas that helped me feel the peace that came from knowing God's love for me and His direction for my life. These times had top priority. But after having children, I could not find a moment for quiet study. I had spiritual questions that needed answers; yet throughout the day, there always seemed to be a situation needing my attention.

My frustration continued to grow about the lack of opportunity in my day for the Bible research that I felt certain would deepen my understanding of my connectedness with God, and provide the equanimity so necessary in an active household. Whenever I tried to take some time to study or pray, the phone would ring, a child would start to cry, a neighbor would come over, something needed to be repaired, I had to go to the grocery store, or cooking took longer than planned. I made every effort to study at night, but I was usually so tired I immediately fell asleep.

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