Faith in God is one of our key pillars in Christianity. We believe in God who we’ve not seen physically but we’ve seen His ways and heard His words and been assured that He is real. Growing in your faith in God is so important but it can be hard as a busy mom. It requires time and effort.
What does it mean to cultivate your faith in God?
Cultivating your faith in God means to grow spiritually. It’s to mature as a Christian. One of the signs that you’re building your faith in God is you seek the Word of God beyond the church services and church gatherings. You desire God’s word more and more by yourself.
When you grow in faith, you start to apply the words of the Bible in your daily life. You no longer just hear the word and think it’s meant for someone else, you know it’s for you and seek to apply it.
Walking in faith means you learn to listen and obey the still, calm voice of the Holy Spirit. That’s when the Fruit of the Spirit becomes clear and visible in your life.
” But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”Galatians 5:22-25 (NKJV)
Growing in faith as a busy mom
As moms, so many things pull us away from the things of God and lure us into the physical world. There’s this ongoing battle between flesh and Spirit which makes it hard to practice our faith daily.
When I was working in the corporate world I would long for more time to do the things of God. And when I’m at church I always feel that’s exactly where I belong.
The question is “as a busy mom is it a matter of either you’re doing spiritual things or physical?” If we separate these 2 completely we will struggle to grow deeper in our faith in God. The demands of being a mom (especially with small kids) will make it impossible to spend hours focusing only on the spiritual things.
We also have a real enemy. The enemy is roaring around like a lion, seeking people to devour. He doesn’t want us to grow in faith. He wants us either stagnant or going backwards.
But don’t despair, in God there’s always hope. In this post, I’ll share some practical steps we can take to finally walk in faith daily.
10 ways to grow your faith in God as a busy mom
1. Identify the hindrances
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,“Hebrews 12:1
We need to be able to identify what is stopping us from building our faith in God. Is it too much time on social media, not prioritizing God’s word, busyness or just being bored with the things of God.
At times we just need to ask God for a fresh revelation of His word. Other times we just need to consciously decide to switch off our phones and read the Bible or listen to the latest church sermon or Christian podcast.
2. Have a Plan
You know the saying ‘when you fail to plan, you plan to fail’. It’s a very true statement. I’ve learnt that when I wake up without a plan to grow my faith, I kind of feel lost. I start reading the Bible randomly and am not really sure where I’m going with it.
How to have a plan for building your faith
Always have a devotional that you’re working through to help you cultivate your faith in God daily. These can be actual physical devotionals or even daily devotionals from the You version app. I’ve done a few from You version and love them. They’re usually short-about 5-7 days.
b) Follow a Scripture Writing plan
As a mom of young littles myself, I’ve found Scripture Writing plans immensely helpful. They focus on a certain topic, have a Bible verse to study daily and are usually a month long. This gives me time to focus on one area of my faith that I need to grow in.
To help you build your faith in God, I developed the 30-Day Faith Scripture Writing Plan which you can download for FREE!
3. Prayer helps you practice your faith
The Bible encourages us to pray without stopping. God invites us to come and talk to Him anytime. No other human being can promise us that. The truth is no one is actually available 24/7 but God is.
Prayer grows our faith because it brings us closer to God. It also teaches us to rely heavily on God and not our own strength and abilities. Even as a busy mom there are ways to find time to pray.
4. Have a Mentor or Accountability partner
Having an accountability partner can really help to be strong in your faith. When you know someone will be there to follow up on what you committed to doing, it helps you actually do it.
An accountability partner can just be a friend who you can share your goals and plans with and helps you accomplish them.
A mentor could be someone who’s more mature than you are spiritually. This is someone who’s been there, done that and got the t-shirt. Mentors have the amazing privilege of hindsight and their lessons learnt from their own mistakes and successes can really grow your faith in a deeper way.
5. Faith comes by hearing
When I was working in the corporate world, I would always listen to Christian podcasts and sermons on my way to work. Even on my desk, when I needed to focus on a project I would put my earphones on and listen to God’s word as I worked.
Now I worked in a place where cursing was the order of the day and I could count the number of Christians on my hands. But I had a desire to grow in my faith. So I learnt to seek God’s word whenever I had a chance since I spent most of my day at work.
Now with a newborn, I find myself nursing for hours or trying to put my baby to sleep. And again, I have my earphones on and listen to God’s word, podcasts and worship songs in the middle of the night.
What about you mama? Could you listen to God’s word while doing laundry? While cooking? While in the grocery store (that’s another good one).
When we spend more time in this physical world doing spiritual activities, we will grow in our faith in God because we are listening to His word and it will guide us throughout the day.
6. Fellowship through Bible study
Meeting other fellow Christians in small Bible study groups will help to grow your faith. The more you interact with those who share the same beliefs and values as you will inspire and encourage you to grow as well.
At times it’s impossible to actually go to meet others because of the demands you have as a mom. But you can also use Facebook groups as a great way to connect with others and learn God’s word together.
7. Progress over perfection
We grow our faith bit by bit, day by day, sermon by sermon.
Like anything we remember that:
Writing a best selling novel starts with a single sentence.
Running a marathon starts with a single step.
Planting a forest starts with a single tree.
Building a mansion starts with a single brick.
Everything will build on top of each other. And most times we’re growing and don’t even realize it. Because the truth is we will never truly ‘get there’ on this side of earth. We will continue to be built up according to God’s word, to become more like Jesus Christ.
8. It takes discipline and not only motivation
Here’s the thing- walking by faith will take discipline. We will not always feel like reading the Bible, meeting other Christians or listening to the sermon or podcast.
But the same way we tell our children to wake up and go to school whether they feel like it or not is how it should be even for us and our faith.
I’m learning discipline with my daily quiet time. At times after a rough night with my 10 month old, I just want to be lazy all day and do things that don’t even engage my brain (hello Netflix and Youtube).
But God has been reminding me of all the times I went to work when I didn’t feel like it. So I sit and study my Bible everyday, whether I feel like it or not. And guess what, God’s word is alive and active. I have a better day whenever I start it with God!
9. Phone wallpaper
Most of us are holding our phones 50% of the day. Okay, maybe more like 80%? One way to grow in faith is memorizing scripture. So how about using the phone wallpaper and lockscreen to have Bible verses that you can read, meditate on and memorize throughout the day?
10. Rely on the Holy Spirit
“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you”John 14:16-17
The amazing thing about being God’s child is He never leaves us alone. He is always with us and lives within us. The Holy Spirit is our ultimate helper to grow in faith.
He will remind us of God’s word so we can apply it. We cannot rely on our own power. The Holy Spirit is there to guide us as we seek to grow in our faith daily.
My Encouragement to You
Cultivating your faith is not easy. It requires time and effort which you might struggle with as a busy mom. But by taking small steps everyday to be intentional with the time you have, to choose God’s word while you’re busy with your day to day responsibilities, you will be surprised how much you’re actually growing in your faith in God.
Prayer to grow your faith
Heavenly Father, thank you for being my God, my Keeper and my Savior. Show me all that is hindering me from growing in my faith. Help me to be intentional with the time I have, people around me and resources I have to cultivate my faith in You. I want to be still and listen more and more to the Holy Spirit as He guides me in this area.
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.