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This week on the blog we have been talking about “yumminess.” I shared a breakfast recipe a few days ago that is one of my very faves! Today, though, my heart was drawn down a different avenue. I don’t know if it’s being pregnant or what, but lately I can barely function in the mornings until I get some food in my system! As I was reflecting on how different that is for me (I’m normally a steaming cup of coffee for breakfast girl) God reminded me of something His servant Job said as he was experiencing the darkest time of his life. He lost all his children, all his possessions, and his health. And the Lord allowed all of that in just a few days! As he was talking to some of his friends, he made this statement. “…I have esteemed him more than my necessary food.” Job 23:12b
To me that seems like a pretty bold statement. (Does anyone else suffer from the “hangry” syndrome?!) But Job proved his sincerity with his actions. He really did love God more than anything else. He said earlier in the book, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him…” Job 13:15a. At the end of this account we find out that God blessed Job for his trust and faithfulness in the midst of such great trials.
I don’t know about you ladies, but I want to love God more than I love myself. I want to put what my heart needs (Jesus) above what my body needs (i.e., food, more sleep, etc.) Now obviously, God doesn’t want us to neglect our bodies. But He does want our priorities to be right and biblical. Colossians 1:18b says, “…that in all things he (Christ) might have the preeminence.” That means that God should be FIRST in our hearts and in our lives. All our priorities must revolve around Him.
As with Job, we can say that we love God and put Him first in our lives, and we can even believe that of ourselves, but our actions speak louder and ring truer. What do my actions say? Am I regularly putting Christ first? Do I start my day out by spending time in the Word and in prayer? Do I make my get-to-do list with Jesus in mind and what He wants to do in my life and in our home? Do I put God’s priorities ahead of my personal goals? Better yet, do my personal goals line up with God’s priorities for me and my family?
Just like a hot, sugary, bubbling pie pulled out of the oven makes my mouth water just with its aroma, I want my actions to be a sweet-smelling savor for my Jesus. I want Him to be pleased most of all! I love to cook just as much as anybody, but even if there are always muffins in the cookie jar and veggies served at every dinner, it means NOTHING if my heart is not pleasing to God. We can fill our home with yumminess, but God is most concerned about the state of our hearts.
You’re probably thinking, “That’s just great. I already know this. So how is this helpful other than making me feel slightly guilty?” (And I assume you feel slightly guilty because I know all of us, including myself, have room to improve in this area. 😉 )
It is my passion to help you thrive in your womanhood the Bible way by sharing lessons God has taught me along the way and encouraging you to pursue Christlikeness as a wifey, a momma, and a homemaker. So I want to point you to some amazing resources!
Ever feel like you’re in a rut in your Bible reading? You open your Bible, but you have no plan of where to read or how to study so you randomly read a chapter or two? I have run into this so many times.
What really helps me is using a study guide to stay on track. I used to think that I shouldn’t need another book to help me learn from God’s Word, but as along as the book is consistently pointing me to Scripture and not just spouting flowery words and prayers, there is no reason why I shouldn’t take advantage of a good tool. The goal is to use the book to help me study the Bible, so the book should NEVER take the place of my Scripture reading. Here are a few that I recommend!
*disclaimer* I have not personally used these few devotionals yet. I plan to! But I have read through the statement of faith that the Daily Grace Co. has put on their website and fully agree with all of it.
These devotional guides look so beautiful and each one has a story behind it. The first one I want to try is called Joy in Christ. Kristin Schmucker wrote it after the very difficult trial of delivering her beautiful still-born baby girl. I was so encouraged that she chose to use such a painful experience as an opportunity to grow in the Lord and to encourage other women to do so. In this 33 day devotional, you will study through Philippians and Colossians.
At the link below you can go to the Daily Grace Co. and browse through their many other devotional guides which include titles like Be Still, Abide, Grace upon Grace, Redeemed, and Unfailing Love.
Another really neat tool that The Daily Grace Co. offers is their Bible highlighters! I have been on the lookout for these for as long as I can remember. I could never find any that didn’t leave my Bible all wrinkly. These will not bleed through the pages.
I would like to share one more thing with you that helps me to put Jesus first. That is, a strategic placement of Scripture throughout my day and my home. Here’s how to strategically place Scripture throughout your day.
- Pick a verse from your time with Jesus that morning and write it at the top of your Get-To-Do list.
- Find a pretty image from Pinterest with a favorite verse on it and make it your lock screen or background picture.
- Put a verse that you are trying to memorize on the kitchen windowsill and work on it while you wash dishes.
- Use a mug that has a Bible verse on it for your morning coffee.
- Write a key word from your time with Jesus that day on your palm and glance at it throughout the day to remind yourself of how He spoke to you.
- Make it a habit to pray before certain things that you do each day. For example, as you do the laundry, you could thank God for washing you as white as snow and ask Him to help you keep your home and marriage pure and honoring to Him. Pray and ask for God’s protection and guidance before you pull out of the driveway to go to the grocery store.
Make sense? See if you can come up with other ways to incorporate the Bible and prayer into your daily routine. And please, share them with me! Here are some resources that I believe will help you. The Daily Grace Co. makes some beautiful cards for memorizing Scripture, as well as prayer cards for your husband and your children. What sweet reminders that also add beauty to your home! I also included a picture of one of their prayer journals. I have been journaling my prayers since college and I can’t think of a better way to be able to go back and remember all that God has done for me. So many times I have cried over those prayers again, realizing that I never thanked Him for answering a request that I completely forgot about.
I have personally made it a goal to place Bible verses that speak truth and comfort in prominent places throughout our house. I would encourage you to do the same! For example, I was having a hard time finding wall art that I liked for our baby boy’s nursery, so I created some 8×10 printouts with verses on them. I love them! If you’re having a hard time finding Scripture to hang up in your home, here are a few resources for you. 😉
I hope these resources are a blessing to you as they have been to me. I encourage you to take action to make Jesus first in your life and heart. The Bible says in Psalm 1:2-3 “But his delight is in the law of the LROD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
As I approach the day I can hold my sweet baby boy in my arms, I pay more attention now to “mommying” articles that I see on Pinterest. So many of them have titles like “For the Discouraged Mom Who Feels Like She’s Not Enough” or “The Lonely Mom” or “How to be a Joyful Mommy When You Are Overwhelmed and Exhausted.” I get it. Motherhood is hard. Like really hard. And I’m so glad that mommas who have “been there and done that” can share their wisdom with younger moms like me.
But when it comes right down to it, all I need is Jesus. I just need to delight in His Word. He promised that I would flourish and be fruitful, that I would not wither away, and that whatever I do will prosper! No matter what stage of life you are in—expectant mom, newly married, working full time, part time, single, engaged, empty nesters, or momma to several needy littles—as you delight yourself in God’s Word, He will give you what you need and more. Make Jesus first. Ask Him to help you and show you how. And watch Him give you grace and keep His promises.