Something that the arrival of Lydia has reminded me of is how much the birth of a baby can disrupt my patterns of Bible reading and prayer. It's not so much the new baby per se (though being sleep-deprived will make prayer and reading difficult!) but also the complete change in routine that always throws me. I loved this recent post by Jean (including some helpful ideas from her own life) about needing to constantly reinvent the routine to make it happen:
There are two things you can be sure of with motherhood (or life, really). The first is that God won't change. The second is that everything else will. Just when you think you've found the one, true solution - the cure for sleepless nights, or disorganization, or prayerlessness - circumstances shift sideways.
What works for me won't work for you. What works for me won't work for me. Babies wake all night, then sleep through, then - surprise! - start waking again. The morning routine runs smoothly, then falls apart. One child loves "alone time"; another craves constant attention. Sometimes there are no quiet moments. Sometimes you have to create them out of nothing.
We've just recently got back into our old method of taking it in turns when we can in the mornings, but there was an extended period of post-Lydia turbulence. How about you? What things have you done to make sure you get the time in the day to read your Bible and pray?