This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalm 118:24
Motherhood can be busy and distracting even during the best seasons. Many days are spent waking to crying or jumping around littles. Many nights are spent passing out from sheer exhaustion. It can be easy to praise God on Sunday morning, a time set aside specifically for that.
But what about during everyday motherhood, how do you give praise?
Sure, there are plenty of things we should be praising God for. After all, the creator of the universe wants to be in fellowship with you, that’s huge! Yet in our busyness, praise can be put off until that set aside time on Sunday morning.
We simply need to be intentional about it. It’s important to carve out time, just like we do Sunday morning, to make continual praise a habit. We need to be intentional about seeing things the way God sees them and not simply in our fallen eyes.
We need to focus on Biblical truths, promises and commands.
But what does that look like in the midst of everyday motherhood? Here are 5 ways to incorporate more praise:
#1: Start Your Morning With The Lord
I am convinced I am the worst person at doing mornings. Every suggestion to wake early makes me cringe.
I won’t tell you to set your alarm for 5 a.m. to sit in fellowship with the Lord. However, I will tell you that if you do, you certainly won’t be disappointed!
But if you’re a fellow tired mama who can’t fathom giving up sleep, I will say this, taking time to praise God the moment your eyes open is always worth it.
The beauty of our ability to fellowship with the Lord is that we can do it at any moment. Make it a point to read Psalms of praise when you rise. Praise the Lord in prayer for the simple fact that you woke, for the rising Sun, for the littles who woke you too early.
This is the day that the Lord has made – that alone is reason enough to praise Him. When we praise the Lord simply for who He is, we are sure to keep our eyes on Him and eternity. Regardless of the circumstances around us, keeping our eyes on Him brings gratitude and peace.
For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:18
#2: Give Thanks With Your Kids
There is a reason we are told to have childlike faith. Kids see the world with wonder. They are in awe of things we often take for granted.
Take time to thank God at the breakfast table for providing the means for your meal. Ask your kids to thank God for their day, you might be surprised what they remember to thank God for.
Give thanks during transitions, like on the way to school, after school or on the way to practice.
Model gratitude and praise in front of your children. In turn, learn from their awe and wonder about everything around them.
Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 18:4
#3: Praise Him In Song
Most of us take the time to sing His praises at church. But do you take time to praise Him with your voice throughout the week?
God doesn’t care whether your voice is amazing by earthly standards or you’re tone deaf. Take the time to lift your voice, whatever voice He gave you, to Him.
Blast praise music in the car. If you’re like many mamas, you spend several hours a week in the car. That’s a lot of opportunity to focus on Him during everyday tasks. Cooking dinner, cleaning, on your way home from work, take time to turn up the music and praise Him.
Reading the Bible, praying, reciting Psalms, they’re all wonderful ways to praise Him. But there’s something about lifting your voice that causes many to truly focus on praising Him.
One of the best effects of praising Him in song throughout your day is listening to your children do the same. There is little as precious as a child singing praises to the creator of the universe. The blessing of that, another reason to sing His praises.
O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and give praise, even with my glory. – Psalm 108:1
#4: Take Time To Record Your Gratitude
It’s often said that life tends to be 80/20. The majority of our lives tend to be pretty good, but because earth isn’t perfect we will also have hardships.
Despite most of life being pretty good, it is very easy to focus on the hardships and miss all the goodness in our lives.
One way to be intentional about seeing the good is to take time to write down all that you have to be thankful for. Keeping a prayer journal of gratitude can help you focus more on the good, less on the bad, and to leave all the bad at His feet.
When we are able to focus on the good in our lives, even if the only good we can see today is salvation, we can more easily trust Him during hardships. Today might be a 20 day, but the creator of the universe has given me eternal salvation, what do I have to fear in this hardship?
A merry heart does good, like medicine,
But a broken spirit dries the bones. – Proverbs 17:22
#5: End Your Day With The Lord
Starting the day off with the Lord can set you on the right path for your day. Ending the day with the Lord can help keep you focused and ready to wake up with Him.
It can also help you remember all the reasons to praise Him. Take time to reflect on all the good in your day from the smiles of your children to the roof over your head. Take time to reflect on how He carried you today and gave you strength even on a terribly challenging day.
Thank Him for the fact that you can go to be at night, in peace, knowing that no matter what is to come tonight or tomorrow, your hope and salvation is in Him.
I know the temptation to jump into bed, shut off your mind and end the day mindlessly scrolling social media. Mamas, I get it, we are exhausted.
And while it seems like you are gaining rest by shutting off your mind, the reality is your mind isn’t truly shut off. Rather than spending time in the Word, time praising and thanking God and focusing on things eternal, the mindless scrolling is filling our minds with all things temporary.
Before you close your eyes, thank Him for simply being Him. For being the God you can approach, the God who wants to be in fellowship with you.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. – Philippians 4:8
Be Intentional About Praise
Being a spouse, a mother, a Christian, a productive member of society, well all those things can get monotonous at times. And they obviously make us quite busy. It is easy to fall into the routine of praising God only on Sunday morning, and perhaps with a quick grace before dinner.
However, we should be praising God continually for all that He is, for all that He does, for all the He will do.
Regardless of your present circumstances, when you come before God and give praise, you will find peace.
Be intentional about praise and you will find it quickly becomes part of your day and second nature. Make it a habit to continually thank God, and watch your children learn to do the same.
Wondering how to focus more on your Christian walk while managing daily motherhood? Be sure to read 8 Tips For Growing Your Faith During Everyday Motherhood.