Working Mom’s Devotional: How Do You Find Time For Church?

Last Sunday, I got chills during worship as my church celebrated the packing of 500,000 meals.  As exciting, my 7th-grade son actually got engaged – I mean really engaged – about a service project for the needy.

It’s one thing to take our children to church.  It’s another thing to really get involved.  With the demanding schedule of a modern-day family, getting invested in a local church can be a challenge.  I know all too well.

When my kids were young, I almost gave up.

Who has time to be involved in a church?  I already have enough on my plate.

Which is why I believe many working moms just give up. Besides, the church doesn’t always know what to do with us.  Think about it.

  • We don’t have much time to volunteer.
  • Our kids are often exposed to too much media and technology.
  • MOPS happens during our work day (along with a host of other Bible Studies and play groups).

Plus, there’s no good time.

Early morning?  I have to get the kids to school.

After work? I’ve barely seen my kids all day.

After my kids go to bed?  I’m exhausted.

And what about time with my husband?

Excuses, excuses. I am full of them.  But thankfully, God cares about us more than he cares about our excuses.

But I also believe that God is patient with us during each season of life.  Just this week, I was talking to a new mom at church, and she can barely make it through a worship service — with a 20-month daughter who keeps getting sick in the nursery.  Yes, I remember those days like yesterday.  So I encouraged her to hang in there.  Just think, today I have a 7th grader who is packing meals for the hungry!

How do you make time for your local church?  What are your excuses?

“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another.” (Hebrews 10:25)


God, thank you so much for my church.  I don’t know how I could do it on my own. Raising kids is hard enough these days.  I pray for all the working moms who are isolated from the local church.  Bring us together in community, and please help us to be patient with each stage of life — and to get past our excuses.  

 [Note to self:  Remove above picture of Nick in the hair net before he sees it! I couldn’t resist!]

I'm an author who writes about the working mom's struggle to live out an authentic Christian faith in a complex and fast-paced world. I live in constant need of grace, caffeine, and technology -- usually in that order.
  • Michelle Nitengale

    It is giving up the good thing for the better thing. For us – it means making that a committment and making it exciting for our kids to go to church. Thankfully I married a man where skipping church was NOT an option. :-)
    There are all kinds of excuses – but I always wonder I don’t use excuses for the other things in life – so why am I using them for church.

    Thanks for this and by the way – tell Nick hair nets are quite attractive!! Isn’t it wonderful to see your kids engaged?

    • Susan DiMickele

      Thanks Michelle- yes, it’s great to see them engaged.

  • monicaflores

    Susan, thank you for the honesty. I needed to hear that I’m not alone in my struggle. The difficulty we’re dealing with right now as a family isn’t in “making time for church” per se. We can absolutely attend on Sundays– and even mid-week occasionally. However, that’s not really connection, or “church” in the biblical sense, is it? It doesn’t feel like a community that I’m actually able to be a part of, because the majority of the mothers don’t work, and finding time to connect outside the Sunday ritual is difficult.

    I’m blessed to have Christian friends (that don’t actually attend our church) and accountability elsewhere, but it would be really nice to feel a part of our church. I don’t know the answer, but talking about it seems like a productive start.

  • Sheila

    Your posts are such an encouragement to me, and they nearly all resonate with my life! Something about your writing style makes them really stick with me and I remember and reflect on them often. So transparent, simple, and concise. Thank you.