Six Common Hurdles to Spending Time with God

“There’s so much going on in life as a wife, a mommy, and a homemaker. It’s hard to spend quality time with God with everything else going on…”

Time with God was hard to come by when our first little person was born.

I expected adjustment, unpredictable days, and sleepless nights, and don’t get me wrong, I was right about those! But I did not expect my walk with God to be affected. Even as someone who is normally a morning person, I struggled to give up that extra half hour of sleep to spend time in the Bible. Once our Little Buddy was awake, he needed my attention, and when he did fall asleep again, I needed a nap too. And then there was the laundry, the dishes, supper to put on the table…

All of a sudden, it was really hard to find time for God.

Is that something that you can relate with? How about these statements?

“Honestly, my spiritual life tends to be the first to go when my day gets chaotic. I wish it weren’t that way, but sometimes that’s just the way it goes.”

“I just haven’t felt a motivation to spend time in God’s Word and prayer lately. I really want to have that motivation… but I don’t.”

“I’m in a season right now where I don’t have any consistency in my day – I feel like I’m at the beck and call of my kids, home, work, and ministry demands. It’s so hard to be consistent with devos when I don’t have a predictable routine.”

“I get so distracted when I do get the opportunity to sit and read the Bible. My mind wanders, or my eyes get heavy… I want to give God my full attention, but it’s so hard!”

“I’m so tired! Even if I was a morning person before the kids came along, the extra sleep is just too tempting now… And then my chance to spend time with God is gone.”

“I miss the days when I could sit down and spend uninterrupted, quality time with God…”

Do these sound like something you could say? Me too! Many of us want to be consistent in reading the Bible, praying, and memorizing Scripture, but it just doesn’t seem to happen. And that leaves most of us feeling even guiltier than ever.


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Six Hurdles to Spending Time with God

These statements represent six hurdles that many women face in spending time with God, and they’re pretty easy to recognize in our own lives once we give them a name…

  1. Priorities

“Honestly, my spiritual life tends to be the first to go when my day gets chaotic. I wish it weren’t that way, but sometimes that’s just the way it goes.”

We’re juggling a lot with this season of life. There are so many roles and responsibilities pulling at us, and all of it is urgent. When the little ones wake up early and your husband needs a lunch packed before he leaves for work and a million things need to get done before the end of the day, well, we don’t have a choice but to let our time with God slide. Right?

  1. Motivation

“I just haven’t felt a motivation to spend time in God’s Word and prayer lately. I want to have that motivation… but I don’t.”

I’ve been here too. Many times. There are some times when our time with God feels like one more thing that we have to do. We sit down because we have to, not because we want to. And then we feel guilty for not wanting to. We know that attitude isn’t what God wants. Our heart just isn’t in it, so we’re justified in letting God slide… right?

  1. Consistency

“I’m in a season right now where I don’t have any consistency in my day – I feel like I’m at the beck and call of my kids, home, work, and ministry demands. It’s so hard to be consistent with devos when I don’t have a predictable routine.”

I’m a creature of habit, and while I know others put a higher value on spontaneity :), we all have some need for routine. Routines give us predictability in life, and they help us get things done on time.

But there is something about little people in the home that mess with our routines. They wake up early. And the next day they wake up late. They take extra naps when they’re not supposed to, and they don’t nap when you do want them to… Little things throw our routines off kilter, and that’s just sleeping habits!! How can we be consistent in our time with God when nothing else in our lives stays consistent?

  1. Sleep Deprivation

“I’m so tired! Even if I was a morning person before the kids came along, the extra sleep is just too tempting now… And then my chance to spend time with God is gone.”

It’s pretty normal for mommies to be sleep deprived. Not that we mind – we love those little people to pieces, and we’d do anything for them – but sleep is priceless when we can get it. They tell us to “sleep when the baby sleeps” (i.e. naptime), but when does the housework get done if during naptime?

Lack of sleep takes a natural toll – when I do sit down, I get sleepy. I want to spend time with God, but is the time worth it if my eyes won’t stay open?

  1. Distraction

“I get so distracted when I do get the opportunity to sit and read the Bible. My mind wanders, or my eyes get heavy… I want to give God my full attention, but it’s so hard!”

As women, we’ve been designed to multi-task. We can keep an eye on the kids while we make supper, chat on the phone while we check the mail, brainstorm a grocery list while we shower… I don’t think I’m the only one who would say that it’s rare to be thinking about just one thing for an extended period of time.

Unfortunately, that takes a toll on my time with God. I’ll do my best, but it’s hard to give God my full, unwavering attention. And there’s nothing I can do about it. Right?

  1. Time

“I miss the days when I could sit down and spend uninterrupted, quality time with God…”

This is the big one. It’s the statement that’s come up over and over again with ladies that I’ve interacted with. I want to spend time with God. I really do! I want to spend time in His Word, share my requests with Him, and hide His Word in my heart. But I just don’t have the time, and it feels like I’m never going to get it back.

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So what do we do if we’re struggling with the hurdles?

First of all, know that you’re not the only one.

These statements aren’t here because I made them up – they’re here because I’ve heard something similar from other women just like us, and because I’ve struggled with these things too. Whether you’re working through one of these hurdles or all six of them, you’re not the first one to encounter them, and you won’t be the last.

Second, know that there is hope!

God never asks something of us without giving us the strength to accomplish it. He wants us to be spending time in His Word and in prayer, and He is willing to give us exactly what we need so we can do His will!

Third, know that conquering these hurdles is probably going to take a fight…

A godly mentor of mine has pointed out that Satan doesn’t want us in God’s Word or in prayer, and he will do anything to keep us from doing God’s will. Choosing to spend time with God will be hard, and following through will be harder still.

But let me encourage you… Your relationship with God is worth it!

Don’t let “hard” stop you! Identify what needs to change in your life. Ask God to help you change it. And then go and do it!

Let me know how I can encourage you in this!

You can leave a comment below, sign up for weekly encouragement notes sent straight to your inbox, or drop me an email at littleyellowhouseadventures@gmail.com to get in touch with me. I would love to help in any way I can!!

Erin


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