Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I want to be that woman (day 17)

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
Psalm 1:1-3

I've begun to embrace the advice of some of my mom friends, who have encouraged me to get over the fact that "quiet times" are rarely going to be quiet in this season of life - and to read the Bible, even if I can't be alone. With two tinies who get up before the crack of dawn and keep me up late into the night, I'm rarely going to have time alone to read the Bible. (And if I can get alone, I totally will. But I don't usually have that luxury.) 

I've never been a "first thing in the morning read your Bible" kinda gal. But I thought I'd try it, out of the desperate need to be fueled for the day by something more than coffee and good intentions, which never fully play out anyway. So for the past couple of weeks, I've been reading my Bible when I get up with the kids. I make my beloved coffee, turn on PBS Kids for Nicholas, and let Rainier play on the carpet while I crack open the Bible and take sips of my beloved coffee. I force myself to get out a pen and a journal, even if my notes are scribbled on the page while I tune out Daniel Tiger's catchy songs. I usually read and write a few thoughts for 15 minutes max, and then go on to the rest of our day. It's not quiet, it's not alone. But it has been life to my soul.

If I want to settle down into what God has for me, and bear fruit in its season - I need to daily fill myself with God's Word.  Sometimes I make it so much harder, writing myself to-do lists for growth and trying to pull myself up by my bootstraps to just be better. But what I really need, to live a healthy life and to flourish in any season, is to continually let God's word pour over me. I want to be this woman, being planted by the stream and bearing the fruit that He grows in my life, in the right seasons.

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