When I was a younger mom and had five children under the age of 6, there was not much evidence of the fruits of the Spirit in my life, home, parenting, or marriage.
I wasn’t sleeping due to nursing a newborn, teething toddlers, potty training preschoolers, and running a home.
At times I felt too tired to read my Bible, pray, or even write in my prayer journal. Because of so little faith in my life, I easily became overwhelmed.
But thankfully, through the years I have found ways to help me grow in my faith, despite my busy lifestyle. These ways have allowed me to be encouraged and equipped to grow as a Christian homemaker.
Below are eleven ways that will help you grow in your faith as a Christian woman.
Eleven Ways to Grow the Christian Faith as a Busy Homemaker and Woman
Set a designated Bible reading time
Take a look at your schedule to determine what time would work to read your Bible. Consistency of your time will produce the best results.
Are you a morning person? Get up 30 minutes before your family.
What if you’re a night owl? Determine a time shortly after your children head to bed.
Don’t have a schedule or routine? Try creating your own block schedule.
Find a spot in your home that is comfortable, but not too comfortable because you do not want to fall asleep.
Keep your Bible and all of the tools handy that you will need to have a successful Bible reading time.
Essentially, you can pray or read anywhere. It does not have to be anything fancy or elaborate. A place with sufficient lighting, comfortable seating, and perhaps a place to be able to lay your Bible down is enough.
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As you read the Bible keep a pad of paper or journal handy that will allow you to write down:
- Prayer requests
- Praise Reports
Your Bible journaling experience is your own. Be creative or as basic as you’d like to be.
Over the years my style of journaling as remained the same. I use a highlighter, pen, and paper.
I highlight Scripture that stands out or speaks to my heart.
Then I write down questions I have or answers I have found in the Word.
I also have a special spot that I keep with my prayer requests and praise reports.
This has proved invaluable over the years to me. With a running written list of prayer requests, I pray with it right in front of me. And when there has been an answer to prayer, I take great joy in marking it ANSWERED!
The word worship in conversation typically pertains to what we do in church.
In the 1300s, the actual term for worship came into use.
It was a contraction of two words: worth and ship. It meant to ascribe or declare the worth of something, or to place value in the thing being honored.
To worship, then, is to lift up the Lord, to declare his value, and to place life under his Lordship. (etymonline.com)
The word “worship” is best used in Psalm 29:1-2:
Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. — Psalm 29:1-2 (NIV)
Worship is praising God, treasuring God, thanking God, resting in God, being pleased with God, prizing God, and finding a deeply rooted trust that results in endless peace and joy
Worship can be done while working, sitting, driving, playing, in the presence or absence of others, and just about anywhere.
Worship can be done silently or expressively.
It can be done jumping, singing, bowing in prayer, thanking through tears, and through serving Him.
When you worship, do so in truth with your mind, body, soul, and in spirit.
Pray without ceasing
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
While it is always a good idea to have a set time during your day to pray, especially before and after your Bible reading.
The Bible tells us to ‘pray without ceasing’. How do we do that?
- Acknowledge total dependance on the Lord. Admit that you need Him, His guidance, and His presence in your life. Give this to Him in prayer.
- Rejoice. Give thanks for all.
- Repent of sin. Seek forgiveness.
- Pray often. Repeatedly praying (praying without ceasing) helps us to acknowledge our total dependance on the Lord for everything.
Colossians 3:16, tells us to “let the word of Christ dwell in us richly” and Deuteronomy 6:4-9, tells us to bind God’s law on our foreheads, teach it to our children, talk about it wherever we go, and make it an integral part of our lives.
We must know Scripture before we can teach it or be able to apply it as God desires.
The command to know and memorize Scripture is not a burden, instead, it’s life-giving.
- Memorizing Scripture renews our mind and transforms our life.
- Memorizing Scripture helps against temptation.
- Memorizing Scripture helps us live in obedience.
- Memorizing Scripture will bring God’s blessing to our lives.
- Memorizing Scripture gives us a better understanding of God and his will.
- Memorizing Scripture makes us wise.
Listen to Christian Podcasts, Read Christian blogs, or Read Christian Books.
This is an area where rich growth can develop and spiritual maturity can happen, but extreme caution and discernment must be exercised.
False teachings are abundant. And just because something is labeled “Christian” does not make it so.
Whatever you choose to read, watch, or listen to you should make it is Scripture-based.
You will want to fill your heart, mind, and soul with Gospel-centered truths, that affirm, uplift, and ultimately will point you toward the Savior.
Seek a Titus 2 Mentor
Titus 2:3 -5 says:
“Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”
What is a Titus 2 mentor? An older woman (she doesn’t have to be OLD) who teaches a younger woman to:
- Love her husband
- Love her children
- Be self-controlled
- Be pure
- Work at home
- Be kind
- Be submissive to her own husband
Why should you seek a Titus 2 mentor to help you grow in your faith as Christian woman?
A good Titus 2 mentor will teach sound doctrine so that the next generations of women will not fall prey to error.
We are instructed throughout the passage to urge others towards Christ-like characteristics (self-control, integrity, dignity, etc.) so that the gospel can go forth as it trains us and others to show Christ’s love to others in such a way that the world will have “nothing evil to say about us” (Titus 2:8)
When seeking a Titus 2 mentor, you should first pray. Not every older woman is suitable.
Nor will you always find one in person. Be willing to ask an older woman to be your mentor.
However, in these day and age, you have access to the internet (online groups), books, or radio broadcasts.
Attend an actual Bible study (online)
Find a group or a friend willing to study the Bible with you. The Bible is our ultimate guidebook and authority on matters of faith, lifestyle, parenting, marriage, and is everything that we need in order to walk in faith, draw closer to our Lord, and develop a relationship with our Saviour.
One word of caution here, any book that is advertised or touted for Bible study must be examined thoroughly, compared to Scripture, and understood that each author’s perspective may not be pointing you toward the Gospel.
Use the Praise Method
What can you do if you want draw closer to God?
First of all, just because we don’t ‘feel’ close to the Lord does not mean He has forsaken us.
Often it means that our heart is clouded with other distractions causing us to become derailed in our spiritual walk.
By using the P.R.A.I.S.E Method outlined below it will allow you draw closer to God, even if you don’t feel like you are.
My prayer is that you continue to seek the Lord with all of your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Stephanie, Training Keepers of the Home