Tuning In: To Tune In, We Have to Tune Out

(written by: Emily Matthews)

I think most of us would like to feel we are tuned-in to God, right?

Sometimes it is the practical, day-to-day living that makes us struggle in hearing God’s voice. So how do we tune-in, when we’re struggling?

I am no expert in this, but the idea of “tuning in” … what if it’s about how we tune out?

Here are some thoughts on how to make this work in our everyday mom-ing.

Tune out.

Find a routine in your day and your walk with God. Moms have the most distracted days. We spend our time meeting others needs and jumping from one thing to the next. So let’s agree to try to eliminate distractions, especially during our Quiet Time. God wants you to take care of your husband and kids, but he also wants you to care of yourself and maintain a healthy spiritual life. That said, we moms can multi-task like a boss. Maybe flexibility is your super power, but resist the urge to do so when you are meeting with God.

Examine your strengths.

We need to make time to be in God’s Word to hear from God. It’s not just words on a page or screen. His word is alive. Hebrews 4:12 says,

For the word of God is alive and active.Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

So we need to read the Bible. When? How? Let’s examine ourselves. Are you NOT a morning person? Then maybe you shouldn’t try to read the bible at 5am. Embrace the night owl.

Let’s give God our best.

The same goes for the opposite. I am more of a morning person. I can’t wait until after bedtime to try to do a devotion of reading. It just wouldn’t work. Or maybe reading is a chore to you. Try a devotional audio book to listen to while cleaning or folding laundry. Find your fit.

Give yourself some grace.

We all have days and weeks where we fight to make it through the day. God gets it … He is there. He doesn’t move. So do you feel distant? Take some time for evaluation of your schedule and priorities, and make the move toward Him when you are ready.

Keep the line open.

Pastor Eli gave a wise sermon on prayer. We can make special time for prayer which is good and important, but maybe simply keeping “in touch” all day helps us stay tuned-in. See something special in your day. Say, “God, that was pretty great. Thanks for that.” Simple as that. Keep up the communication and stay tuned-in during the day-to-day grind.

Telefon / phone

We are all different, so it makes sense we all would seek God and feel close to Him in different ways.

but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. (John 4:14)

Let’s keep pointing each other to the well. Because we all need the water. And sometimes I may need your help finding it, just like you may need mine.



One thought on “Tuning In: To Tune In, We Have to Tune Out

  1. Love these reminders. And when you mentioned Pastor Eli’s sermon I smiled. Usually my kids do the dinner prayer. But my husband does it sometimes. Ever since Eli talked about keeping it simple, Sean starts with “Hey, God”. It makes me laugh every time. But reminds us all that we can be light hearted with our heavenly Father. And He gets our sense of humor. And it sets a joyful tone at dinner.


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