I wanted to take a moment to expand on this morning’s devotion a bit. It was SO GOOD. I honestly have never read Psalm 119 in its entirety, which made it even more enlightening for me. When I came away from my time in God’s Word this morning, I was energized. Which was really good, because I had been feeling sort of icky lately. I mean REALLY ICKY. Fatigued, apathetic, achy and discouraged, all things I felt were the cause of a bug or something.
As I made my bed and prepared breakfast for my kiddos before work, the thought continued in my mind, “Do I pant after God’s Word?” David said he panted after God’s Word, verse 131. The weeks during the challenge I was excited to get up and get into God’s Word. I was ready to see what Jesus had to say to my heart. But recently, I had been dragging myself out of bed in the morning. Many areas of my life had been “thrown off”: no longer Whole30 (huge for me), exercise has been non-existent, sleep has been ok, not taking supplements, all this combined seemed to be creating stress in my mind and body again. To compound the situation, I chose to read a book explaining a religion many detest right now, as a result I felt a huge weight and heaviness I couldn’t really explain.
Last night in prayer with my youngest daughter, there was an refreshing anointing in my words I haven’t felt in a while. This morning I was wide awake at 4am, and into God’s Word by 5 (I tossed and turned but could not go back to sleep). I am so glad God led me to Psalm 119. So glad. It caused me to ask questions… Do I allow the Word of God to encourage, revive and place in me hope? Or am I just reading to read, because it is the right thing to do? Do I pant after God’s Word? Better yet, does my life compel my family to crave God’s Word, or is it causing them to crave something else? Ooohhhh……this is a big one.
The whole idea behind Shepherdess Rise Up is to inspire those of us responsible for the well-being of others, to become better care givers of their souls. To genuinely look after them in ways that draw them to the Lord, rather than away. If I read and read, but use what I have read to “hit someone over the head” with what I have learned, they likely won’t be drawn to God’s Word. If I sense God has shared something meant to address something for me personally, but judge others because they’re not doing the same, I’m guessing I won’t draw others to the Lord. However, if I read a revealed truth or will of God, I allow it to search my heart, ask God to make it real in my life by causing me to live it out, others may witness the authenticity of my demeanor and WANT to know more. If I accept correction as meant only for me and go about my day loving others where they are and trusting God will move in His timing and ways, I may better represent God’s love to them, during their process of revelation.
Many of us know intellectually it is a good idea to read the Bible and to study God’s Word. Yet, we sometimes choose to allow other things to take its place. Or we choose a devotion written by others to fill in this spot of our lives. Not that there is anything wrong with this, but be encouraged to get into the Word yourself, and see what God has for you. There may be a gift of deliverance that will help your relationship with your husband. There may be knowledge received that will encourage you with your children. There may be a liberating gift to repent and more freely walk with Christ. There may be a gift of conviction empowering you to honor purity and sanctity.
Just a few things to ponder as we move through the rest of our week, and pray about. I hope you're intrigued and dig deep :)
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