In the very first episode of Having a Mary Heart Podcast, Joanna Weaver interviews Tricia Goyer, author, speaker and mom of ten kids! In this video, Tricia shares “5 Tips for Cultivating a Quiet Heart in the Middle of a Crazy, Busy Life!” Check out the audio version as well as the FREE “Quiet Heart Tips” printable. Available at www.JoannaWeaverBooks.com
Life is crazy. In addition to our three biological kids, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and two grandkids, John and I have adopted 7 children in five years, most of them from foster care. These are kids who have faced severe trauma, and have many special needs which require intense therapy. I homeschool seven kids and write 2-3 books a year, plus my grandma lives with us. Yeah, just a little crazy.
So what tips can you give for cultivating a quiet heart in the midst of a crazy, busy life?
1. Find time for God
If I don’t connect with the Prince of Peace there is not peace in my day. Morning quiet time with Bible and prayer is so valuable. Listening to the Bible via YouVersion, Christian audio books, and worship music. Favorite podcasts:
- Mud Stories with Jacque Watkins
- God-Centered Mom with Heather McFadden
- Restory with Mary Demuth
- Head to Heart with Christa Black Gifford
- The Glorious in the Mundane with Christy Nockels.
2. Doing a mind and heart check
If I let my negative emotions control me the whole household goes downhill. Kids from trauma magnify any emotion I have. I ask: What’s happening in my heart right now? What negative thoughts are directing me? What’s bothering me? Then I hand those negative thoughts to God and turn them into thoughts of thanksgiving. I also ask, “God how do you see this situation?”
3. Pass on your faith
I understand the limited amount of time I have to pour God truths into my kids … and others. I’ve prioritized Bible teaching in our homeschool day, discipleship with my kids throughout the day (giving them the “why” of all we do), legacy Bibles, mentoring teen moms, speaking and writing.
4. See yourself as part of a team
My husband and I stepped out on a limb together and we depend on each other’s support. Every day we talk about issues. We share insights. We pray together. We minister to each other when we’re weary. We give grace to each other. We praise each other and encourage each other. We try to forgive quickly.
5. Take care of yourself
I’ve learned to be gentle with myself and tend to myself so I can tend to others. I understand that I can’t “do it all.” I understand that God loves me just as I am even if my house is a mess and my to-do list is as thick as a phonebook. I’ve started eating better, and hired a life coach to help me think through places I’m stuck. I get dressed and do my hair and make-up early in the morning. I take time to call or meet with a friend. I nap when I need it. I ask for help. I ask for prayer. And because I’m learning to take care of myself, I’m better able to care for my grandma, my husband, my career and my kids.
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