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Finding time to get in the Word…

One of the new challenges with another little one–is finding time to spend time with the Lord…reading His Word, reflecting on it and praying. I never want to get too busy. If I become too busy for Him–then…I am way too busy. I am thankful that I have a little man who wakes up a lot in the middle of the night and has my body clock completely off. And that this morning I couldn’t sleep…and I had time to read and reflect this morning.

I am reminded that I can read inspiring books like David Platt’s Radical or spend time pouring into orphan and widow care or spend time pouring into the calling of mommy…all “good” things…and many more of them that I do through out the day. BUT if I do them out of my own strength–then 1. I’m really tired at the end of the day and 2. They are fruitless and empty.

Two chapters that spoke to my heart this morning…Psalm 63 and Psalm 86.

As a busy American/busy mommy/busy lady/busy whatever…what do you do to help you stay daily in the Word? Do you already have someone to meet with–an accountablility partner, a mentor or a small group? Where do you draw your strength from in the morning and throughout the day?

Psalm 63:1-4 “Oh God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; (am I EARNESTLY seeking my Savior?) my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. (am I THIRSTING? am I LONGING? It’s definitely a dry place we live in…we have plenty of water in a literal sense…but I think of believers in Zambia…how they TRUST in the Lord and even DANCE before Him with joy and thanksgiving…am I THIRSTING and LONGING for more of Him?) I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and glory (oh believers, haven’t you experienced His goodness and power?! Remember how amazing it is to be in His presense?!) Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands…”

Truly, nothing is better than His love. Nothing in this life. Even life itself. But…for someone reading today–I might sound crazy. If you haven’t experienced and known His love…I look loony. To know and experience Him–isn’t complicated and you don’t have to go to seminary or even have been active in a church for years. You can pick up His Word right where you are or just go here and just get to know Him through scripture…your heart just might be led to worship and see Him in Psalms…and then you can start in John and read about who this crazy man who says He is the Son of God is. Set out to just see WHO He is…ask Him to show you Himself if He really is who He and many say He is…or maybe you just have gotten busy—and you need to regroup and let your heart down to rest at the cross all over again…and again…and again each day. I know I do. And it’s not about some prayer to recite…but it’s about just following Him. But it’s hard to follow if we aren’t in the Word. Praying for all you mommies out there who are like me and find yourself busy throughout the day–each day. May you experience Him, know Him deeper and be led by His hand as you serve your sweet ones today.

Nina - August 3, 2010 - 9:11 am

I’m not a mommy yet, but the day is coming! 🙂 Oh, and I LOOOOOVVVEEE the book, Radical. It stirred up my heart in a serious way. Unfortunately, people kind of look at me cross-eyed when I talk about it, or all the “radical” ideas within it….basically the calling of all believers! lol 🙂 Yup, I love it! Our lives are already changing drastically for Him. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Kristy Filbrun - August 3, 2010 - 9:13 am

Amen! I know I will always find peace, in a crazy day , in the Word of God alone! My husband and I go read the same chapter sometime throughout the day and then we talk about it after the boys are in bed. LOVING my Wiphan cookbook btw, I might haft to order some more for Christmas gifts 🙂 Love seeing pictures of your sweet family!

Dawn - August 3, 2010 - 9:55 am

AMEN!!!! I had lost my time with Him a few days last week- and let me tell you….the enemy was right up in my face. Thank God for His grace, and my sweet sweet time with HIM! Makes my life worth living.

Kelly Jo - August 3, 2010 - 10:31 am

Thank you for this today…so encouraging. I always love how real you are! 🙂

Rory - August 3, 2010 - 12:09 pm

Thanks Andrea. I have found that there are different seasons in my life where I have to adjust when I do my devotional time with the Lord. When I worked in the corporate world, before my babies, it was easy to keep a really predictable morning routine. Ideally I like doing it before everyone gets up in the morning, but sometimes that just doesn’t happen…like when we add a new baby to our family and I am up in the middle of the night instead.:) During those months I have to switch it to their naptime or set up different “soaking” times throughout the day and get creative with devotions in the bathroom!:) I know other mamas go through the same thing and it is encouraging to read about each one keeping God first! I never want to get too busy for Him! Thanks for that reminder!:) Oh, and Isaac is purely edible. Love him!:)

Sara - August 3, 2010 - 2:53 pm

still working on figuring this out…OY! Right before we got our referral, I had just finished reading through the Bible for the very first time! Now I feel stuck…do you just pick books to read again?? I have been reading the Psalms again, but now that my daily goal is gone…it is harder for some reason.

Amy Allen - August 4, 2010 - 3:52 pm

I found your blog through Kristi Johnson. (My sister is a friend of hers.) I want to let you know of a group I belong to — Scripture Sisters. It was started by two ladies who wanted to hold each other accountable and read through the Bible in a year. Now there are over 800 women who read the same passages every day. You get the weekly readings through email, along with a cute calendar and Scripture cards and a devotion every month. It’s great for moms who don’t have time to go to a Bible study. If you are interested, please send me your email address and city and I will get you on the list.