Holy buckets Batman, easier said than done, right?
My desire is to encourage your soul. To help women seek joy in everyday living; to enjoy our God-given purpose in the multitude of roles we play on this Earth. And to receive the grace so abundantly given when we fail. Because oh, how we fail.
We mess up. Daily. And by the grace of God, He loves us anyway.
It's so easy to get sidetracked from purpose. Life 'stuff' gets in the way.
When we get sidetracked from the purpose of living, there's only one way to get back on track. Dive deeply into God's word!
I started a full year bible reading plan with Olive Tree Ministries this year. Just 12 days into it, I'm already on day 70 of the plan!
When I want to watch TV, I read scripture.
When I want to shop, I read scripture (unless it's groceries or toilet paper!)
When I have a free moment, I read scripture.
When I have a bad day, I read scripture.
When I wake up, I read scripture.
When I get ready for bed, I pray.
This year, I'm not reading scripture to dissect every word and go along the rabbit trail that our library of commentaries normally leads me.
When's the last time you read scripture for the pure joy of spending time with the Lord and unlocking the beautiful promises He has in store for you?
I just can't get enough of God's word.
As I read through Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, I'm already reminded that our God is a God of order, not chaos. He is a God of intention, not randomness. God does not let anything happen outside of His sovereign will. We're created to follow Him and to love Him. We must rely on God 100% during the storms of this life. And He loves us. Oh how he loves us.
In fact, God loves us so much, that my heart is about ready to explode just thinking about it!
We were created to love. To show love. And to be loved. Even when, and especially when, we don't feel like loving. I don't know about you, but that's a God-given challenge that will last me a lifetime.
I know God will lead me out of my own infertile Exodus this year and into the beautiful world of just being who He created me to be. I feel so filled up, that the worry and the anxiety that goes along with not being 'woman enough' to birth a child is quickly fading.
The shame that comes from receiving an F in the life class of 'be fruitful and multiply' no longer defines who I am.
When we put our #1 focus on the Lord in everything we do, God will use us. For His glory. For His purposes. On His timeline. In ways more glorious than we could ever imagine.
Trust in that today.