Then, after 6.5 years of having children, it finally hit me the other day. I said to myself "Dummy! (I'm allowed to say that to myself, but nobody else ;) Dummy...why don't you have your quiet time in the evenings? The kids will be in bed, the day is winding down, you are more relaxed, instead of thinking about 'everything that needs done today'." Joel is usually asleep before me, anyway, and I would use that time to read a book or blog or make a grocery list or whatever. But NOW, I've been using that time to read my Bible and pray and just....have quiet time!
I know, I know...it kind of goes against the whole 'starting your day with God' idea, that 'beautiful, peaceful morning time' that I always had in my mind. But let's face it, when you have little ones, you have to mix things up a little....find what works for you. And morning quiet times just weren't working.
So, for the past little while, my evenings have been spent in the Word. Instead of 'waking up' to it, I'm putting it in my mind before I go to sleep, and I've actually been able to concentrate better, stay awake easier, and appreciate the time with God more than I was before. And besides, when our new little one joins us next spring, I'm sure I'll be up late with him/her anyway :)
So that's my 'useful tip' for moms with little ones today. If your quiet time isn't 'working'-----change it a little! Find a different time of day, a different location, whatever you need to do to make it work!
"Your Word is a lamp unto my feet....."