￼Remember when I lost my marbles and decided to paint my Bible?
It had a strange side-effect: The funny thing about making my Bible special on the outside, was that it somehow acted like a magnet, drawing me to the inside! And the inside, that’s where we find God, isn’t it?!?
Now, I had a feeling some of you must be thinking, If she poured paint on the outside of her Bible, what on earth does she do to the inside? It’s probably stuffed with annoyingly wonderful, Pinterest-worthy art!
To be honest, my favorite thing to do in those generous margins is to simply write out whatever verse stands out to me most that day. Here. Have a peek into my margins…￼
That “live quietly” one is a major feat of artistic expression, isn’t it?
But you know what? Those two simple words with that little heart have stopped me in my tracks many times, as God has whispered them to me over and over again.
I wanted to share my scribbles with you, because I know I'm not the only mama out there struggling to make time for God. Collecting stones is one of my favorite tips for making that time a reality. What do I mean by collecting stones? Well...
When the Israelites crossed the Jordan River, God told Joshua to have twelve of the men collect stones from the dry river bed. Their next job? To set them up as a memorial of what God had done for them that day.
Sometimes God shows us the most marvelous things, and somehow it is all too easy to forget them! That's why it's important to collect your own "stones."
You don’t have to be an artist. Really. You can use stamps, or doodle, or just write the verse out big. But taking the time to draw out and mark the Word that God is touching your heart with is worth it! It’s like collecting stones from the Jordan River and setting them up as a memorial.
God will use these precious gems to encourage you over and over again. Those scratches also leave a legacy for your children. They can actually see how God has used His Word to speak to their Mama’s heart!
If you enjoyed this post, you will love the book, Finding Quiet Time,
which is packed with practical tips and strategies for making daily time with God a reality.
Fill your home with the sweet sound of praise. Choose a hymn or praise song each Sunday, and make it your theme song for the week. I like to pick one that we sing at worship, or a hymn from my childhood.
Singing is awesome because:
So choose a theme song each Sunday. You'll be glad you did.
Okay. Life with littles is one big series of interruptions. You can't mute your kids, but you can cut out one of the major distractions in your life!
I recently turned off my email notifications. I mean, really, do I really need to know the exact moment someone sends me an email? Couldn't I just check my email once or twice a day and be done with it?
I could not believe the difference it made! It was like muting an annoying person who is always dropping in and trying to sell you things.
I was so much less distracted, it felt like my IQ had gone up a couple points! Since then I've been cutting out other notifications as the apps try to interrupt my life and my brainwaves.
Want Your Brain Back?
Even shutting off one really pushy app can bring you a lot of peace. I challenge you to go into your phone's settings and turn off the app that interrupts you the most. And don't worry: you can always turn it back on if the silence drives you nuts.
Pregnancy can be so overwhelming! But in truth, you can keep it simple! This is my fifth time around, so here are my nine tips for a happy nine months...
1. Find Prenatal Care You Trust
I once asked an OB why she had chosen obstetrics. Her answer: "Men are terrible patients. Women carrying babies will do anything they are told."
Yeah... I'm one of the weirdos who likes to think for herself and make informed decisions (call me crazy). I pretty much ran out of there and never went back.
We all have different comfort levels. Finding a doctor or midwife that you are comfortable with is essential. Yes, you have to work within your limitations and insurance, but God can do amazing things. Ask around. Talk to other mamas. Pray. Interview them. It is not a waste of time! Keep searching until you find someone you can trust.
2. Clean Out Your Closet
You will be much happier if every look into your closet does not remind you of all the things you can't wear anymore! Get a box or bin, label it "Skinny Mama," put in whatever you can, and put that thing away.
3. Start with Comfortable Undies
4. Find Clothes You Love
5. Drink Clear to Think Clear
Your brain and body work better when you are hydrated. During pregnancy it's especially important! Water is wonderful and red raspberry leaf tea strengthens your womb! Drink up!
6. Repeat After Me: Just Say No-Tifications
Pregnancy leaves a mama feeling SO scatterbrained. Your brain is full of baby thoughts and decisions, and it is so easy to get distracted. Your kids are constantly interrupting your train of thought, and let's face it: so is your phone.
I recently turned off all the notifications on my phone, and I couldn't believe the difference that made! I had no idea how often my phone was interrupting me to let me know I had an email until I told it to shush!
Try it for 24 hours, I dare you! You can always turn the notifications back on if you can't stand the lack of interruption.
7. Don't Try to Run On Empty
8. Don't Forget the Kids You Already Have!
A baby doesn't have to divide your family. With intention, a baby can draw your family closer together.
Encourage your other kids to look forward to the baby:
9. Find A Baby Registry That Makes Life Easier
The way we relate to people has changed so much! If your friends and family are scattered all over, I recommend using the Amazon Baby Registry. You don't have to worry if the store you registered with exists where everyone lives. No one has to find a registry machine and print out a list and wander around looking for stuff.
With Amazon's Baby Registry, you can share the link to your registry online, and then your friends and family just click and purchase. You can even add things from other sites and earn things like free diapers!
What About You?
Well these are the things that I thrive on during pregnancy, but what about you? What one thing would you tell an expecting mama she should never be without? Leave a comment!
Anna Travis is just a girl doing her best to live out her faith in every sweet and messy moment life throws at her. She loves encouraging other women and their kids to thrive at home, love others, and serve their King.
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