It really helps to know your goal in spending time digging into God’s Word, so we don’t set ourselves up for failure by thinking we can do it all every time. Yesterday we looked at making God’s Word physically more easily accessible in our lives. Today let’s think about the Amount we tackle and the value of Accountability.
Efficient Amount ~
Mothers are careful not to overfill a sippy cup or put too much on a highchair tray. If we try to manage too much spiritually while facing limitations physically, mentally, and emotionally, the portion size may determine if we end up in defeat or delight. A wise woman chooses a reasonable size study to tackle, will consider intensity she can manage, and will select topics pertinent to life at hand. Taking on too much for our life stage causes us to give in to temptation to bail out prematurely or leaves us feeling like spiritual growth is out of our reach. With wisdom to choose an amount of study we can manage efficiently in our full days (and nights), we are more likely to be consistent, apply truth to life, reach our goals, and experience longer term spiritual health. Better to give a small child what they can pick up and eat, rather than overload them with what is too much to handle and have them toss it to the floor or choke on it.
- Focus on plans with short prison epistles or narrative portions of scriptures.
- Use a word study.
- Make use of a plan through Psalms and Proverbs.
- It’s more important to be in the Word regularly and have the truth in you than to conquer a monumental portion of scripture or heavy theological topic … and give up. If you have young kids around, you might pull out your copy of “The Tortoise and the Hare” to illustrate this principle ;)
- If you study topically, choose what you will use and apply immediately, so truth is reinforced in your heart right away … before nursery rhymes or late night feedings or conference calls steal it away!
Encouraging Accountability ~
As a mother of young children is drawn to the park or story time or mother’s day out or MOPS group, we need encouragement and partnership in matters of the heart.
- Other women offer insight from their study, and they need to hear what God shows you.
- Older women offer perspective as they look back at the season you’re in.
- It’s easy to let our circumstances become bigger than they are when we aren’t exposed to lives of others.
- Fellowship of other women is essential to refreshment for our souls when we’re tired and discouraged.
- Feelings of isolation fade when we meet over God’s truth and in prayer with sisters in Christ, pouring out our dependence on Him together.
- God has given us all we need for life and godliness, even in young mother years, so don’t ignore feeding your spirit.
- You’re going to need encouragement and wisdom and correction from God’s Word daily, so don’t fall into the trap of thinking you can go without it.
We can be deceived by others who tell us there isn’t time or energy to deepen our walk with God during years of young motherhood. When we’re mindful of our own weakness, it’s prime time to go to His Word with a hungry heart, humble attitude, and eager spirit. What better time to experience the nearness of our Father than when we have young, new lives entrusted to our care? As we draw near to Him, He promises He’ll draw near to us. “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young,” Isaiah 40:11. Even now, especially now, take His hand as you go to His Word and pour out your heart to Him, letting Him lead you and keep you close to His heart. Every season is a great time to make time to dig!
Resources for daily devotions online:
Proverbs 31 – www.proverbs31.org/dailydevotions
Scripture Union – www.scriptureunion.org
Sharon Jaynes – www.sharonjaynes.com/devotions (weekly)