There is a great misconception about Bible study that keeps women from getting involved in it at the “difficult seasons of life.” The misconception is there is a specific godly time for Bible study. And if it is not done during that time, it is not worthy of even attempting. The misunderstanding comes from the countless people of God who speak of their morning quiet times with God. They usually point to that as a habit they just cannot do life without.
We look at those we consider godly and are tempted to follow them, to create their habits as our standards. But what is interesting is our focus is all wrong. We look at the time of day, when we should be looking at the habit they have created – daily devotion to God and His Word.
When the standard shifts away from God’s Word and onto another person (or a time of day), we have a hard time keeping up. What if my life doesn’t look exactly like the godly lady next door? And what if I am not a morning person? What does that say about me?
Here’s a word of encouragement for you, O despiser-of-the-morning:
There is no absolute best time to spend time with the Lord.
There is not one time of day which is holier than another.
What is important in creating the lifelong habit of daily devotion to God’s Word is setting aside a time each day to do it. Making the Word the priority, not the time.
We have been walking through a series called You DO have time for Bible Study. If you are just joining with this post, I encourage you to check out the previous three. Go, ahead. This article will still be here when you get back. We have been talking about the fact that you DO have time for Bible study, the priority of Bible study and the place where your Bible study will happen. Today, we are going to talk about choosing a time for Bible study. Continue Reading
I feel as though I stand on a precipice and I am about to jump into a very deep pool. It is foggy, murky, and definitely unknown. I feel myself stretching out, feeling for something to grasp onto before I jump into the water. I create a plan for jumping in, gather up my courage, and then second-guess myself, and run away from the edge.
Practically, in my head, I know others have done this before. I can see plenty of others in the distant water, splashing and having fun – thriving in this foreign environment. I see they somehow jumped from the place where I now sit perched and survived the fall and the crash into the water. And yet…
I still haven’t jumped in.
This is how I feel as my oldest starts school later this month.
Oh, the project for decluttering and setting up my husband’s office seems like it will never end. It seems like when I make progress, we suddenly have something else pop up in the way of more progress. This past week my husband (rightly) decided that it was way too hot in his office and he wants to install a mini A/C in the wall. He’s a builder and so he knows people who can do this in their sleep, but I kind of wonder how many days (and nights) it will take to actually get it done.
In the mean time, I have been in planning mode. Because when progress on a project is just not happening, I like to keep in mind the end goal and make sure it is something we really LOVE. Planning is my happy place!
I thought I would share with you a portion of my vision for this room. Continue Reading
You know that thing where your mother-in-law calls and says she is on her way. She is about 15 minutes away. You put the phone down and look around you at the mess overwhelming. And you jump into action, fitting in 3 days worth of cleaning in 14 minutes 50 seconds, with 10 seconds to left to catch your breath by the front door before opening it and greeting her in your best and most casual, “Oh, Hey!”
There is something about the announcement of a visitor to our homes that gives us the long-sought for motivation to clean like we get paid to clean. And I suppose there is some sort of payment exchanged. You know the kind of payment where the visitor looks around your home and says something nice. You know when they “pay you a compliment” on your homemaking prowess. And you blush, and look around like, “oh, this old thing.” Like it looks like this everyday. The funny thing we forget in all the cleaning-for-company madness is that the visitor is likely not there to check out our home, evaluate our homemaking skills, and give us a grade based on their experience while in our homes. And still we do the 15 minute mad dash.
Well, this whole scenario (on steroids!) happened for us a couple of weeks ago because my husband informed me that an appraiser was scheduled to come by the house to appraise it for our refinance.
I get up in the morning around 5 AM. I try to get to bed between 11 PM and 12 AM. And I am usually up with our baby at some point in the middle of the night. So there are a LOT of hours in my mothering/homemaking day. Wow, writing that just now made me realize just how many! Dang…I deserve a medal! And there are moments of my day that are a breeze. There are moments of my day that are exasperating. There are moments that are indescribable. But there is a section of my day that I would definitely title: “THE HARDEST.” Strung together near the conclusion of my many waking hours are the hardest 15 minutes of my day.
I have a major, major temptation to just avoid these fifteen minutes altogether.
They are that hard.
These minutes come at the end of every day, no matter what that day has thrown at me. They knock on the door of my psyche and say, “It’s time.” And I groan and say, “Really? Do I really have to do it all over again?”
And the answer comes from within my own heart – most days – “Yes, it is worth it.” Continue Reading
I have been doing this homemaking thing for almost 12 years. In that time I have learned a TON of things. And in that time I have discovered that there is something I can always improve, some system I can tweak, some organizational system I can streamline, some easier way to clean I can add to my cleaning routine. And in that time I have discovered that I can’t do it all. I need help!
And modern technology has made it easier than ever to get information and encouragement, instruction and motivation. There are countless blogs and books written to help us in our homemaking endeavors. So sorting out the resources has become a task in itself! And honestly, I don’t have the time to waste on things that are not helpful to me on my homemaking journey.
I am so happy that there is a place to get the MOST AWESOME content available on EVERY topic related to homemaking that I can think of. There is this really cool set of resources, bundled together and hugely discounted, perfect for helping me get the help I need to make my homemaking goals and dreams into realities. And it is only available once a year for only 6 DAYS!