Wednesday, September 19, 2012

That'll Hold Ya!

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The other day a rare thing happened. Both my boys slept in. Typically their meeps and grunts serve as my alarm clock in the morning. But on this particular morning, they slept in and I actually got up before them.

I didn’t know what to do with myself!  After a few minutes, I realized I could have a real “quiet time” (i.e. uninterrupted time reading the Bible, journaling, praying).  As a mom (or perhaps it is just a lack of discipline!), these moments are few and far between.  

I curled up in the unused chair in the corner of our bedroom, dusted off my Bible, journal, and Oswald Chambers (I highly recommend My Utmost for His Highest), and the Lord was gracious to meet me right where I was... even though it had been awhile!
There are pictures other than food and furniture at the bottom.  :)
A real breakfast consumed at a decent hour can also be a rare occurrence. 

What do breakfast and the Bible have in common?  Well, my mom and I have a saying after we eat a hearty, protein-rich meal (think loaded omelet): “That’ll hold ya!”  Truly, if you don’t skimp on the meals, especially breakfast, energy typically flows in abundance, carrying you throughout the day.

Getting in the Word is like eating that wholesome, energizing breakfast.  Starting off with Scripture provides the “manna” we need for the rest of the day.  We need our Daily Bread, not yesterday or even last year’s stale portion… but the Lord’s portion for that very day. 

Like I said, dust had collected on my quiet time items that particular morning, however the verses jumped off the page.  Beth Moore and Oswald Chambers’ words seemed sent straight from God for me.  Here are some excerpts: "God has not forgotten. He has seen your battles.  He has gathered your tears and blotted your brow. God always finishes what He begins.  Stand in God's Word and ever resist the temptation to panic."

And once again, just like that, I am utterly amazed.  Shocked, even, that God is still there, that He can still be found in those pages penned so many years ago, and that He still speaks into my current reality despite my perceived feeling of being too busy or too tired to spend a brief moment with Him.

Why do I so often opt out of this daily blessing?  The blessing of the Lord in my midst, speaking into exactly what I’m facing?  Why do I wonder at the end of another day why I felt frazzled all day long and couldn’t muster the strength I needed or command my heart and mind to be at peace?

Just as we need a hearty breakfast, we must also feed our faiths, because we are going to be fed somewhere whether we realize it or not.  Do we want to be fed by the world, by our own insecurities and shortcomings, by our already-dwindling energy?  Or do we want to opt in, choosing the Word that nurtures, the Word that is life?
Daddy and John reading from Mark 11:22-25 on John's 3 year seizure freedom anniversary!
Let’s get in the Word.  Not out of sheer discipline.  Not to prove anything or to feel good about our spiritual health, but because we desperately need our portion.  Because we know we have no chance of surviving, let alone thriving, without the manna.  And because we know the Word of the Lord is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12a), spilling forth from His divine love and never returning void.  Always accomplishing His purposes in you and in me.  Every. Single. Time.

     *Check out this great post on nurturing our faith on my friend’s blog, Long to Love.

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return to it without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty,
 but will accomplish what I desire 
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
-Isaiah 55:10-11

Recent picture of John on Pinkie.
Daniel kept himself entertained with the rocks near the riding arena.

Swim therapy with Miss Kate!  What a gift!
One of the exercises John does... he squats and then pushes off one of us.
He does this in many different positions !  He is getting so strong!


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