“…It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” Matthew 4:3
Some days food is the last thing on my mind. Really, when life is hard and I’m feeling weary I’m usually surviving on coffee and a couple bites of the kids’ leftovers from lunch. I know it is important to eat and I know more than a few hours of sleep a night is better for me- but with everything piling up on my plate I just don’t have the time or energy! Pretty sure I’m not the only one here.
However, the whole subsisting on coffee and twelve hours of sleep for the whole week is usually preceded by me losing track of my priorities. Is life still hard? Yes. Is the season still difficult? Yes. Are my eyes on Jesus? Um…
Daily Bible reading isn’t just about a check in the box!
It’s about connecting with the One who made you and the only one who can give your heart peace for the day. Especially when we’re barely covering our physical needs we need that connection to the Father to pull us into His peace. When we read His Word and remember that He is the only nourishing food for our souls, then we are better able to get back to the task of taking care of our physical bodies, and taking care of those in our care too.
Especially in stressful or fast-paced parts of life, it can be difficult to sit down for thirty minutes with a Bible, pen, and paper and dig deep. In these seasons it is still better to be in the Bible and feeding your soul than to put it off “until you have time.” When I am struggling to get that deep time in the Word I try to check the YouVersion app on my phone right before bed and first thing in the morning. Ending and beginning the day with a piece of Scripture in my heart helps me to keep my focus on God.
I love when I can sit down undisturbed with my Bible and actually read and find more detailed information on the book of the Bible I am in; but, I do not discount the times only a quick verse in the morning or having the app read me a passage while I fold laundry is my Bible time for the day. Continuous exposure to the Word will continue to change stony hearts, and whether we realize it or not, our husbands and children see this and it has an effect.
The effect on your heart will have an effect on your family.
We cannot give what we don’t have. If we are starving spiritually then we cannot give our husbands or our children the hope found only in God and revealed to us in His Word. Read the Bible, go to God in prayer, and rest in His love as you strive to love those you are to care for. Trust that His grace will be enough to help you do all that He has for you to do.
Where do you spend your Bible time? My favorites are curled up under a blanket with a hot cup of coffee on the couch watching the sunrise and at my kitchen island with a hot cup of coffee.
I'm Rebecca, a Christian, wife, and mother of three. I lived wrong for a long time, got pretty well slapped with the reality of how sanctifying marriage and motherhood are, and now I am hoping to help others to hold on to Jesus in all the hard parts of life.