It is also planting season for our garden. Getting the garden ready was more work this year than I had anticipated. Thankfully, I have not had the extreme fatigue with this pregnancy that I had with Joshua so I have been able to work on it a little bit everyday. Although it will be worth it when our freezer is full of home grown fruits and vegetables, the planning, planting, maintaining, harvesting and preserving takes a lot of time.
Then there is the business of being a homemaker. The cooking, cleaning and laundry are all daily tasks that cannot be ignored. There is always something to do and the list seems to grow with each passing day.
With all of this going on, it is so easy to allow the business of life to get in the way of what is truly important - renewing my mind with God's Word.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; 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.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
There are a lot of Scriptures that explain the importance of God's Word and what it has the ability to produce in our lives. I have always believed that we make time for the things that are important to us. We make time to sleep, exercise, work, watch TV and to spend time with family and friends. Job said, "I have esteemed the words of his (God's) mouth more than my necessary food." He did not just say that God's Word is more important than his mid morning snack or after dinner dessert. He said they are more important than his necessary food - the food he needs to survive! What an incredible perspective.
That is exactly the perspective that all Christians should have. We need a real revelation of the importance of God's Word and what it can produce in our lives.
It produces health to ALL your flesh? (Proverbs 4:20-22)
It produces prosperity. (Joshua 1:8)
It stops the power of sin in our lives. (Psalm 119:11)
It gives us wisdom and direction. (Psalm 119:105)
It gives us life and peace. (Romans 8:6)
It cleanses our minds. (Ephesians 5:26)
It tells us who we really are. (James 1:23)
We need to understand everything that Christ died to give us so that when things come up in our lives we can say, "Was his provided at The Cross?" Did Jesus provide strife, sickness, poverty, guilt and condemnation? According to the Bible, He provided peace, healing, prosperity and freedom from sin and its effects on us. Our circumstances will not reveal this to us. When we look around us, we may not always see the things that Jesus provided. This does not mean they are not there. It just means we have submitted to satan is some area of our lives and we need to realize that Jesus has redeemed us from the curse and rise above those negative circumstances (Galatians 3:13 and James 4:7).
How do we do his?
By spending time in His Word.
No amount of list making, gardening, cooking or cleaning will bring us true and lasting victory. The only thing that will do this is His Word.
During this busy season, I encourage all of you to believe that God will give you an awesome revelation of the importance of His Word. Ask Him to give you a glimpse of what your life SHOULD look like and allow that to challenge you to submit to him and resist the things that He has not provided for you. As difficult as it may be to understand or believe that words on a page will actually make a difference in your life and circumstances, it is true. God wants you in His Word so much more than you do. He will give you more of a desire if you ask him and choose to make it a priority.
Paul said that to be carnally minded is death and to be spiritually minded is life and peace (Romans 8:6). Carnal things are not always sinful. Our tasks as wives and mothers are mostly carnal. If all you ever think about are those things, it will NOT produce life and peace. And that is exactly what satan wants. He wants you to be constantly distracted with carnal things because it brings death. Remember that the only thing he does is kill, steal and destroy. All of those carnal things will eventually leave you tired and frustrated. If we want real life and peace, we have to discipline ourselves to think spiritually.
As you do this, please share your victories with me! It will bless me as well as other readers.
This post is linked to the Homestead Revival Barn Hop.