What does devotion mean to me?

‘But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word’ Acts 6:4 

‘And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful’ Titus 3:14

The meaning of ‘devotion’ is – ‘great love and loyalty, profound dedication and prayer’.

Wow, does that stir you as much as it stirs me. When I think in terms of devoting my life to God it’s an awe inspiring definition, however when I think of it in terms of the amount of time I devote to time wasters it can become a rather scary thought.

My life reflects my devotion regardless of what I am devoted to it will always shine through. We become like the people we spend the most time with, am I spending enough time with Jesus to reflect His love for me or do I look more like my earthly surroundings? I need to ensure that my devotion is regular, but I must strive to ensure that my devotion time with Jesus doesn’t become “just” routine.

Before children I was a big advocate for my devotion time being first thing of a morning…enter children and all that changed! I am trying to spend my first few waking minutes in devotion but that can be hard when children are unpredictable and never tell you the night before what time they plan on waking up the next morning!

Alone time…now isn’t that something foreign to most mothers of young children! I have found that I love having my devotion time alone, it is better for everyone if I manage to get that time alone before anyone else is around to ask for things. I have also found that even though it may not be the most productive devotion time when the kids are up that it is important for them so see me having my devotion time so that they can see the importance of it and learn from it and grow to cherish it in their own lives.

As mothers and parents we are the first role models our children see and we need to ensure that we are good Godly role models for the next generation of little people!