A few days ago I read this post and was very inspired by this mother's morning routine for personal prayer and scripture study. I've also been reading several journals and autobiographies of early LDS women and have been impressed that many of them all tried to wake up earlier than their families in order to have time for personal study, prayers and educational pursuits. That is impressive to me because this is one area of my life that really needs improvement lately.
I used to (before I had kids) be diligent about getting up early to study, pray and exercise but since I've had kids I've really let that slip. Lately I've been REALLY lazy in my personal prayers, to the point where I now count a hurried "chat" with God in the shower and a mumbled prayer into my pillow as I drift off to sleep to be sufficient. Yet I know, from experience, that if I want to be the type of woman I envision for myself, and the type of wife and mother I want to be, then I NEED to put my relationship with my Heavenly Father first in my life.
God won't give me the attention I want unless I give him the attention he deserves.
So I'm wondering... how do you find time for personal study and prayers? When do you do it? Do you have a routine? How do you discipline yourself? How do you stay focused? What sort of things have helped you?