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Mom’s Quiet Time-Doesn’t Exist!

I’m writing my first book for mom entrepreneurs.  This week I’m working on the chapter that deals with As the deer pants for the water...developing your intuition.  As mom entrepreneurs we don’t have time to play around, guess and hope it’s going to work out. We need to clearly hear from God so that we’ll know where to spend our time and energy.

Therefore quiet time is absolutely essential! In quietness you can gain an understanding more profound then you could have by talking to 20 people.  God is gracious to us mothers.  He knows what we can bear and He knows what we” ain’t got”.  And quiet, alone time is something most moms ain’t got!  For me it’s pretty much non-existent.  I’ve always encouraged my children to talk and showed interest in even their most incoherent babbles. And boy am I paying for it! Most times I have 3 kids talking to me at once.  They don’t even recognize that they others are talking! They don’t even notice that I’m not listening!!

That’s the beauty of children, they’re so self-absorbed they can’t even tell when you’ve tuned out. LOL!

There’s also the constant noise of the 4 boys banging, bumping, jumping, beating, thumping, kicking, stomping, bopping, hitting, punching, thrashing, falling, knocking, breaking, drumming, tapping, rapping….you get my point!  Never a dull, quiet moment.

And sorry I can not get up 2 hours early just to get my quiet time! I’m just too sleepy, tired, drowsy, sluggish-whatever adjective you want to throw in here that best describes EXHAUSTED!

So I’ve had to learn ways to get my quiet time in on the sly; and most importantly I’ve learned that God knows how to get a message to you in just a few minutes if you are constantly tuned in to Him.  This is crucial; as a momprenuer you don’t have 30min for intercessory prayer, 15 min for self prayer, 15 min for Bible and 20 min for praise.  Those days are long gone (for me)! So what do you do? How do you “hear” those wonderful business ideas so that you can capitalize on them?

I asked my fans on Facebook and here are some ideas from other mompreneurs.

Nichelle Nelson

My kids think I’m weird because they always have to turn the radio on when they get in the car because it hasn’t already been running. I also get up and literally go into my closet to read the Scriptures and pray every morning. They know what I expect them to accomplish while I’m in there so their not running amuck.
I lie in bed. I am very slow to fall asleep, it’s peaceful and quiet and dark so I can’t be distracted. Of course, if I had a husband beside me, that might not work …
Jacqueline Makins Golden

as weird as this may sound I love the bathroom. that is my quiet place, praying place, rest place, surrender place, breakthough place. it’s the place that I know I am going to hear God and when I walk out hour(s) later everything is alright!!!!
Von Jackson

I meditate while doing the dishes! I know…Sad!
For me: I use to take all-or at least one child-with me to run errands. Now I move past The Mommy Guilt Monster and get in the car ALONE. I don’t turn on the radio and stay off the cell.
What about you? How do you get your quiet time?

To Our Mutual Success, Lady T

  • Lorin Mask
    March 26, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I find that I’m with Jacqueline! LOL The shower is my only peace. lol I wish I could come up with a way to have a water proof tablet and pen in the shower. I always have great ideas or remember something, only to have it slip away when I turn off the water. LOL

    • Lady T
      March 27, 2010 at 10:25 am

      Yes I can relate to the “ideas slipping away” thing. That happens everytime I leave the hse and then return home. It’s like the great ideas become sucked into The Mommy World Vacuum!

  • Chaundra
    March 23, 2010 at 10:29 am

    When my children were younger, my house would shut down at 9:00pm. I would tell them you don’t have to go to sleep, but you can’t leave your room. They knew this was mommy time. That time was my time to collect my thoughts, relax, pray, etc.

    • Lady T
      March 24, 2010 at 8:42 am

      Thanks Chaudra. That’s a rule at my house too. Around 10:30 the younger ones have to go to their rooms. They can play, color, read, “but if i SEE you, if I have to mediate, if I hear something being broken…then in the bed you go!” I can hear the 6yr whispering to the 4yr., “Go on to the bathroom, but don’t let Mommy see you!” So they pretend to be bathroom Ninja Spys. LOL!


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