This past year has been a hard one. And I hate to write these words out but I’ve felt so far from the Lord. A part of me has been frustrated with Him because of deployment, and and even after my husband’s return his job still keeps him away more days than not. Becoming a mom has a learning curve and I was at point of just surviving. No thriving was happening on my part. I was having a hard time getting in the Word myself let alone including Jesus in my baby’s routine.
To be honest, I was having a bit of a hard time with motherhood in general. I hope I’m not the only one who has been there. When you’re 4 meltdowns deep before lunch and you’re questioning why God ever made you a mom? Where is my joy in motherhood? Why did no one tell me it would be so hard?
It didn’t help that I was feeling far from the Lord. Thankfully, God used the Risen Motherhood Podcast to reignite the flame in my heart for Him. To spend time in His Word and His presence. Seriously go listen to their podcast, it will change your perspective on motherhood and just how gospel driven we need to be as moms.
The Lord lead me to Read Psalm 128. The second half of verse 3 reads “your children will be like olive shoots around your table”. I was intrigued by this verse. What exactly was an olive shoot and why would I want it to be around my table. Y’all, imagery is not lost on the Lord. I googled olive shoots. As it turns out olive shoots grow around the base of an olive tree. When the initial trunk eventually dies the shoots continue to grow around it, ensuring that that the tree continues to exists.
God showed me a picture of my and my husband’s faith being the tree trunk. Our children, and grandchildren, and their children and so on are the shoots. They’ll continue that faith on. Multi generational faith. I don’t know about you but there is nothing else I’d rather spend my life doing than leading my children to Jesus.
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” Psalm 127:3
He really shifted my perspective of motherhood from surviving today to what’s the most important thing for eternity. With that my child hasn’t changed and my situation hasn’t changed but my day is easier with eternity in mind. I can give her grace because grace has been given to me. That attitude change made all the difference, mamas we’re doing kingdom work here.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
How do I talk about Jesus to my just barely one year old? As a first time mom that’s been difficult for me to figure out. But the Lord has really shown me a few ways that I can intentionally incorporate Him in our everyday.
And please let me say that I don’t do this perfectly, like not even close. This post is honestly written more for myself than anyone else, but I do hope that it helps you!
How to include Jesus in baby’s routine
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Mom’s Quiet Time
I use the term quiet time loosely here. I use to think that if I couldn’t get in the Word with a cup of coffee, a lit candle and at least 30 minutes of free time available then it wasn’t worth getting into the Word. Well I’m here to tell you that’s not true, and almost impossible in this season! Now I purposely do my quiet time while my daughter is awake so she can see mom being in God’s Word. Do I have to stop frequently? Yes. Sometime it’s a diaper change, sometimes it’s making sure she isn’t shoving dog food in her mouth, sometimes she’s pulling on my PJ pants and I have to give her my highlighter to entertain her. But as long as we’re in the Word. That’s what is important. Let those babies see you. Let them cuddle up to you and read scripture aloud to them.
Devotional with baby
I think it’s important that we get our babies in God’s word as soon as possible, amen? We have the Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones and it’s beautiful and I love the stories in it. However, right now I honestly cant read it word for word and her sit still long enough for me to even get through 2 pages. And that’s okay! When we dedicated her at church we got a couple of little book that God centered and so I end up reading those to her more often than the Jesus Storybook Bible. One book in particular that I’m liking right now it is God is Always Good by Tama Fortner. It’s written intent is to comfort children who are facing grief, worry or scary times. However, I love that it’s a short little blurb about how God is good with a reference to a verse. We read one page each day and then I say a quick prayer.
Just have it on in the background! The easiest place being in the car but also during play time. I’m bad about having the TV on for background noise but I try to shut it off sometimes and play worship music instead while we’re playing in the living room. And then, of course, it’s important and also fun to actually sing the words of praise to your baby!
Praying before meals
One of the simplest ways to bring Jesus into your baby’s routine is to pray at meals. And yet it’s one I always forget! But whether it’s a bottle or finger foods a quick prayer of thanksgiving is super simple, I’m really trying hard to remember to do this before we eat instead of halfway through our meal!
Praying before bed
I like to pray over Cora Beth while she’s nursing before bed. Once she’s done nursing we’ll continue to make it a part of her bedtime routine and eventually she’ll be saying the prayer herself and I’m sure my heart will be completely melted! I pray them out loud so she knows what my prayers for her are, plus I think the sound of my voice helps her to fall asleep.
Only Jesus can bring us true joy. Apart from Him I feel like I’m drowning but by looking to Him, and finding joy in Him have I been able to be joyful in motherhood. To be able to not sweat the smaller things but be more kingdom focused. Let’s go forth and plant those olive shoots mamas, let’s make disciples in His name!
Tell me mamas how do you include Jesus in baby’s routine?
These photos were taken by a sweet friend of mine, Brittney Kubicki who also blogs over at A Mom Inspired.
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