This is my time.
Ava has just been picked up from school.
Levi just woke up and is yelling from his crib that he needs his whistle.
Leland is playing solo in the living room while cartoons can be heard in the background.
This is my time.
I sit here and I commit these minutes to the Lord to help me to focus in on His word, to help my heart be opened to his teaching, and to let my mind meditate in these moments.
Meanwhile the stirrings of chaos ensue in the background.
Yet, I dare not get up from my seat. I know that once I rise and leave my time with Him, the day starts and the likelihood of it stalling enough to meet again decreases.
This is my time.
Will it be the same tomorrow? No. But right now, this is it.
I used to feel guilted into meeting with the Father daily at the same time. Maybe when I was younger I should’ve felt some of that because I had my priorities out of order.
But now, in this season, I want to meet with Him. I long to hear from Him and be taught more of who He is, so that by it I can discover more of who I am meant to be. But in this season…this season of odd hours in the night, and managing young children, and working part time jobs, my time with Him looks a little different every day. Even still, I don’t miss my meeting with Him. I look forward to it.
And today, this morning, before my day starts, this is my time.
Never take for granted free time you have to meet with Him. If you can schedule it every morning, afternoon, or night and stay consistent with that, I applaud you! I think that it is important. I just can’t right now. However, I can consistently change my time with Him, but that’s about as consistent as I get.
The enemy would love for you to feel defeated in this area. Especially you, sweet mama. The one who is multitasking, perhaps the most! Don’t let him have that victory. When you wake in the morning, pray that the Lord would show you the free time you have each day, and then utilize it.
I have started to do that, and guess what? I look forward to it! I look forward to the time I have to meet with Him. I look forward to breaks in my schedule because in that moment I think to myself, this is it…
This is my time.
With love & laughter,
With all that has been going on in our country this last week, I have had no words…and y'all, I typically always have some words. I’ve just been observing how divided people are, and how angry they have become with each other. So much hate and anger that it leaves me confounded. Don’t get me wrong I know the reasons people are taking various sides and stand points, but I don’t understand the anger behind it. More is accomplished in love and in union than hate, anger, or separation could ever bring about.
But then a friend of mine in a brief conversation pointed me back to God’s word. So I started thinking through scripture and asked God to give me words. What can I talk about? Where can I draw similarities and differences in what I am seeing today with what happened in Biblical times?
…and guess what came to mind? The Battle of Jericho. Our media has been so saturated with the election and with the women’s march that occurred several days ago. I suppose that when I think of a march, I think of Jericho. I am in no way saying that the two are alike, but I just want to dive in and take a deeper look at the march in Jericho. It was a successful march. Why? Because God told them to do it, and he told them exactly what to do.
Joshua and the Israelite people didn’t come up with this plan. They didn't come up with an attack. They didn't organize this march. But they were OBEDIENT to what God told them to do. Did it make sense? No. Did it look like it would work? No. Do you even remember exactly what God told Joshua to tell his men? Probably not, at least not all of the details. Why? Because it wasn't this strategic plan of attack! It wasn’t exciting. Let’s take a closer look…
Below I have listed the things that God told Joshua to do in Joshua 6:2-5.
This was a plan completely devised by God. This plan may have seemed a bit silly, perhaps even unsophisticated, because it’s not how we, humans, would have devised it. Sometimes I think God does things in such ways that seem futile to us, to prove our trust in Him. He always comes through for us. He does what He says He will do, and sometimes, such as in Jericho, He includes us in the process. He gives us an opportunity to be a part of something spectacular and greater than ourselves. Something we could not even devise let alone accomplish without His power. It isn’t just faith alone that God required of Joshua and the Israelites; He also required works. This is what SHAPES us. We yield to the teaching and provision of God, it proves true, impactful, life-changing, and we then learn from it and are shaped by it.
So another question that I had as I was studying the scripture is why? Why did they march? Yes, God told them to, but why? If you’ve studied the Old Testament at all then you know that Joshua took over leadership after Moses and led the Israelites into the Promised Land. Jericho was the first city to be conquered by the Israelites in their attempt to enter in and take for themselves the Promised Land which God had promised them. Again…why? Because God had promised them something, and as I said before, and as we know, God comes through on His word. He was leading them to the land but their obedience was still required. Do you think the Israelites were worried or fearful? Without a doubt, I am sure that they were. It’s our human nature to worry about things. But guess who was also fearful? The people of Jericho. They knew of the God who led the Israelites out of Egypt and parted the Red Sea. What was the difference between the two different groups of fear? The promise of victory before the battle was even waged!
Even before God shared His plan with Joshua, what did He do? He declared them victorious. “And the Lord said to Joshua, ‘See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the valiant warriors.’” Joshua 6:2 …Huh? They hadn’t even gone to battle with them!…But isn’t that just like our redemption story? God sent Christ to save us a long time ago. The victory is already ours! He overcame sin and death on the cross!
So what does that mean for us? Do we just sit back and relish in that victory? No. We do what Joshua did and we follow the plan laid out before us by our Father. How do we know what that plan is? We know His plan by immersing ourselves daily in His word.
…and just to be clear, there isn't a tab titled “Plans” that you can thumb to in your Bible, where you’ll find a bulleted list of what you need to do in your life and in all of your decision making. Ha! Wouldn’t that be nice? Instead, as we read the Lord’s word, learn His heart for people, for kingdom, for how we should make the best use of our time and resources, we learn what it is to be diligent and walk in obedience. This brings clarity to the decisions we make which helps navigate our paths.
“'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11
When things in your life, in this nation, and in this world aren’t going the way you think they should, be sure that your thoughts are Holy, set apart. Be sure that they come from your God of victory and not a god of defeat. He will inspire His people, and He will devise a plan in the promise of victory, when we march in obedience according to His word.
With love & laughter,
I’m sure when you read that you probably thought it was a typo. Perhaps your mind autocorrected to “God is good all the time.”
I was scrolling through Facebook the other morning and misread a post because the font was some swirly-twirly kind of font. When I read it I saw “God is God,” which isn't at all what it said, but it made me stop and think.
God is God ALL of the time.
All of it. Not just when things go our way, and certainly not just when everything looks good. So is God good all the time? YES. He is good in ways that are often times difficult for us to understand, and even worse, sometimes they're painful. But, what we must not forget is that He is still God all the time. In every situation.
I’m not just talking about situations of life and death, marital problems, addiction, or world poverty…Those are major issues where we often look to God for help, but He was already there and He was already God before any of that existed or became a problem.
God is God all the time...in the moment to moment situations of each day.
In the good and in the bad.
In the rescue and in the loss.
In the law and in the redemption
In the grace and in the mercy.
In the consequence and in the discipline.
God is God all the time.
When you need Him and when you “think” you don’t.
When He feels near and when He feels far.
When you succeed and when you fail.
When you rejoice and when you mourn.
When you love and when you hate.
When the sun rises and when it sets.
God is God all the time.
Each day as I spend time alone with God in study or in prayer, there is a reverence, or deep respect, that comes over me… but there are also a lot of questions. God, why did You do that? Why were those people punished? Why don’t they listen? When will You show me? How can I help change this? What should I do? What did Jesus do? Why did He do that? How will I learn? Are we any different? Are we so much the same? The questions just pour out of me. BUT, and this is important, …even when I don’t understand, even when it makes no sense, even when I can’t believe it, He is still who He always said He was.
He is holy, set apart, free of guilt or sin, all powerful, all knowing, always with us, always for us… HE IS GOD. In all the ways I want to understand everything, I am not meant to. But one thing I have to trust and believe is that He is over it all. He is God all of the time.
God as defined by Merriam-Webster is “the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe.” If this is who He is, creator, ruler, sustainer, then, guess what? He knows all and is present in the midst of it all, ALL of the time. We just tend to forget that.
God is God when the sink literally cannot hold another dish.
…when we haven't slept in days.
…when we are drinking our third cup of coffee (or are on our third attempt at reheating and drinking it).
…when potty training is a nightmare. (Literally, am I asleep right now as I’m typing this? Wake me up!!)
…when the refrigerator looks like a mix of the barren lands and your child’s science experiment.
…when work has called you for the third time this evening, and you just left the office 30 minutes ago.
…when you remember you don’t have a nanny, and your 5 year old can’t (and shouldn’t) cook you dinner.
…when you sit down to read your Bible and you fall asleep (straight to snoozeville).
…when your best friend’s life is 100% more put together than yours (or so it appears).
…when you haven't had a second of time with your husband in what seems like weeks (at least not the kind of time with meaningful conversation that reminds you why you married this man and procreated all these little tiny humans that eat up every other second of the day.)
So what does that mean? It means He cares.
If He created us, He knows us. He knows our needs as mothers, spouses, and as His daughters. Even when we don’t see or feel His goodness, He is still God. Which means His word doesn’t return void (even though we often run on empty), that He is for us (even though our children obviously are not), that He is near (even though bedtime isn’t), that He pursues us (even, and this is touchy, when it seems our husbands won’t), and that He is infinite (which is usually how our laundry feels).
He is God all of the time. We must not forget, overlook, or undervalue that very important yet simple statement. And if He is God, then He can handle it. Whatever it is that stood out to you as you read this. Whatever He brought to your mind in this moment. He can handle it. So give it over to Him, and let Him take and keep it for you…but if it’s dark chocolate, well you can just give that over to me.
With love & laughter,
As a mom, do you ever look at your precious child(ren) after a looooong week, or day, or, let's be real, hour, and think, "What can I do with you?" The kind of question that really means, "Mama's bout to lose it if we don't find a new happy for you my sweet child!"
...I know I do! I love my children. All three of them. In different and unique ways, they shape me. But sometimes I just want to say, “Lord, I think I'm in good enough shape for today! Thank you!”...You know what I mean?
But speaking of shape, y'all it is a new year and aren’t you SO excited about the guilt of New Year’s resolutions? I’ve never been a resolution maker, but I sure have been on the side of feeling less than because I wasn’t doing some drastic change in my life, career, or relationships. So here’s what I’ll say to that: Put Jesus first and then, girl, you do you! Resolve to make changes that are reasonable and DOABLE for you and your family. Not everyone has 27hrs a day (see what I did there) to dedicate to the gym, or making homemade organic EVERYTHING, or homeschooling their children, or climbing the career ladder to success when quite frankly, they’re afraid of heights! So again, you do you. I am a firm believer that we add stress and concerns to our lives that the Lord never intended for us. Then days, weeks, or months later, we are at the throne of God BEGGING for Him to help us. Hello. He never intended for you to have it to begin with. Seek Him first…sound familiar? btw this is 100% the Lord speaking to my life right now… What am I adding to my plate that the Lord knows I have no appetite for? Think on it.
Ok back to our precious children. We love them, but sometimes we feel crazy in the role of mother, am I right? Not to mention when we have the roles of wife, housekeeper, entrepreneur, doctor, policewoman, peacekeeper, cook, interior designer, gardener…I know it’s not just me, y’all! Some of us have a lot on us. And if we don’t have a lot, the little we do have keeps us plenty busy. But let’s remember to keep those roles in check and prioritized. First off, we have to remember our role as daughter to the one true King, the most high God, the good good Father. Forgetting that or failing to acknowledge that by spending time with Him daily will result in an unraveling of all other roles. We will seek fulfillment from a source other than Him, and that’s putting pressure where it was never meant to be. Our fulfillment is found in Him. Everything else is just added blessings.
Okay, onto our other roles! Next we are loving, respectful wives to our husbands, and grace-giving, merciful mamas to our sweet babies… Guess what? It was super easy to type those fancy adjectives that describe our roles as a wife and mama, but, y’all, it is a hard walk! Our sin-nature mixes the order of these roles, and our sin-nature does not like all this love, grace, and mercy. But that’s when we remember whose daughter we are…that’s when that primary role becomes most important! When we walk with Jesus daily, when we know His truths, when we pray them over our families, we become the likeness of Jesus to our spouses and kids. Yes, we make mistakes, but that’s because we become like Jesus, but we are in no way Jesus, and we need to make sure we keep that in line. Pride, arrogance, self-righteousness- these are nasty little things that can get the best of us and render us useless or worse, harmful to our families. Seek Him first…do I hear an echo?
"When we walk with Jesus daily, when we know His truths, when we pray them over our families, we become the likeness of Jesus to our spouses and kids."
So in an effort to bring some peace to your sweet but tired mama-mind, remember this…whether it’s your resolution, the moment to moment rambles, or your roles that have you feeling in over your head…take a deep breath, step back, and seek the Father. He wants to be a part of our lives and help us get out of the crazy that we put ourselves in…and also, He has a pretty good sense of humor and sometimes just wants to be along for the ride!
With love & laughter,
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
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