Last Saturday I went to a Relief Society program featuring a lady that knows what it's like to be a mom, and still try to develop "Holy Habits". Prayer? You know as soon as you shut your bedroom door, the natives start pounding. Scripture study? You know your eyes are shutting on their own around 9 pm when you HOPE you have the last hooligan in bed (but for how long???) and all you can do is fall into bed in a coma.
Meditation/pondering/listening to the Holy Spirit? Um, have you heard the noise level in the mornings getting ready for school? Yeah. This sister got it.
Her suggestions: Pray whenever you can, wherever you are; in the bathroom ("you know there's no 'balm of Gilead' OUT THERE") on your lunch break, on your errands, when folding clothes. Get scriptures on CD and listen to them in the car, put them on your mp3 player while you walk, think of something you can do to make them work for you, but get them in there. There will be a time when you'll HAVE more time, but for now just get in a daily dose somehow. When you need God's guidance, LISTEN. Stop chattering and listen. This will take time, it will take packing your ego away for a bit, it will require letting down the "pride forcefield" occasionally, but it will come with practice. Really listen. And not just in silence. Listen to your kids, listen to your spouse, listen to your neighbor, listen to your heart.
One last suggestion this speaker had for us: you are allowed a little fun. Wholesome recreational activities with family are a must. We were NOT meant to be "Nazi-mom" all the time.
I took that last one to heart. It reminded me that I hadn't spent some fun time with the spouse for a loooong time. Saturday afternoon, we got in the Jeep and while my hubby negotiated sandy soil and rocky roadbeds, I watched our GPS for the next geocache. It was fun and it was good for us.
Do you have a family night once a week? How about this week, let it be about having fun? A little prayer and a scripture verse thrown in won't be out of place either. But DO have some fun today.