Are you distracted? Overwhelmed? Too busy to read the Bible? Stressed? Anxious? Ready to have your soul refreshed?
As I write this blog post I am sitting outside on my front in the early morning hours. My husband is at work and my children are all sleeping. Often this is the only time I get to read my Bible, pray, journal, or meditate without a being interrupted.
How I wish that every single day I jumped up out of bed, grabbed my Bible, and ran to my front porch. Even though there are days like that, not all are that way.
Today was one of them. It was a struggle to come out here. Everything was distracting me. The laundry was beckoning me to be folded.
The clean dishes in the kitchen need to be put away.
My flowers and garden are in need of watering.
There are some chores awaiting also.
My husband has a list of things for me to do.
Errands in town are on the to-do list.
Packing for a trip is necessary.
Everywhere I look there is something that needs to be done, put away, or worked on. Distractions are causing me to feel overwhelmed and that I do not have the time to read my Bible. My mind is telling me that I can catch up later on reading the Bible.
At times like this I find myself saying “I can read later. I will just say a quick prayer. God understands that I am busy.”
Even though I can read the Bible later. And I can always pray. And, yes, God is understanding and graceful. Yet, there is something vital we’re missing if this is our method or way of feeding ourself spiritually.
However, we would typically not ignore a meal and say we can eat another day. Nor would we delay fueling our vehicles because we know that we would soon run empty and not be able to go anywhere.
But yet we put off going to church, reading the Bible, or praying. We seem to have no problem neglecting to feed ourselves spiritually. Without spiritual food we begin to slowly starve and show the effects of it.
Dear mama’s and wives, we must find the time to read our Bibles, meditate on His truths, praise Him, and draw closer to Him. If we are denying ourselves time in the Word and begin to spirtually starve, how can we effectively manage our homes and fulfill the roles as keepers of our home?
*I feel it is important to add that time to ourselves as we delve into the truths of the BIble is not to be excused for alone time or time away from our families. Scripture is very clear on what our priorities are to be: God, husband, children, home, and so on. And taking the time for ourselves is one thing, but it should not be taking away from our duties as mothers and wives.
Have you ever seen an overly hungry child? A hungry child is not a happy child. The child becomes crabby and restless, and unable to concentrate on tasks set before him.
Have you been there before? You are so hungry that you cannot concentrate and are overly distracted by every little thing? This same concept applies to our spiritual life. We must partake of the bread daily so that we can be filled and used in doing Kingdom work.
I would like to encourage you to stave off spiritual hunger and the rotten fruits that it produces. We are prone to exhaustion, stress, anxiety, illness, and burnout on all levels. And if we are emotionally, spiritually, and physically burnt out, we are ineffective.
It is in Him alone that we find rest. Psalm 62:5, “Yes, my soul, find rest in God, my hope comes from Him.”
Please know ladies that I am praying for you today. Praying that you draw yourselves closer to the Lord, plant yourself on the Rock, and grow in your faith. You have been given such an important job to do. What a blessing it is to serve the Lord as a mother and wife. (Mom’s, we have the best job in the world.)