For the last few Wednesdays I’ve been able to sit in the mid-week service at my church. This is a very rare occurrence for me. My husband and I head up the child ministry department and there always seems to be some need or another that rises up, or a teacher doesn’t show or we don’t have enough volunteers, etc. and we get taken out of service. A lot. This happens on Sundays and Wednesdays and to say it’s taken it’s toll on us would be an understatement. But I digress…..
So, I got to hear the message the last 2 weeks and my pastor is doing a series on the book of Exodus. The last few weeks he’s been preaching on chapters 37, 38 and 39. If you are familiar with these chapters they speak a lot about the tabernacle and the various parts of it as well as the different things inside and outside of it. Normally, I’d skim through these chapters and probably not get much from them (hey! I’m honest!) but my pastor really has such amazing insight and I’ve gotten a lot from these past few weeks. I wanted to share them with you….but it will probably be a little random.
Let me start by saying that I love modern technology. It’s so convenient. As you know I’ve been doing reading plans with She Reads Truth. I get up in the morning, grab my phone, log into Youversion.com and do my devotions and my Bible reading. It’s been working great for me. But, last night in church I ran out to my car to grab my Bible because I wanted to jot down some notes. When I came in and turned the pages it was like a little spark lit up in my heart. I missed God’s Word. I have been reading it daily but there is just something about flipping through the pages of the Bible. Although I have been faithful in my time with Him over the last few months I have not dug in deep like I had earlier this year when I did the James Bible study. I’m thankful that God lit that spark in me again. I grabbed His word this morning and it really made a difference.
Lately I’ve been feeling like it was time for God to bring me to the next level. I have finally gotten a routine down of spending time daily (mostly daily – I do miss a day here and there) but I feel like that’s not enough so for now I’m praying that God would just show me what’s next. Last night in church my pastor said this:
“We are not made for common use; we are made to be consecrated (set apart)”
I’ve felt like I’ve grown this year a lot but I also feel like there is still so much more growth to be done. I’ve been asking God to prune me so we will see what happens. 🙂 Looking forward to more growth this year.
Another thing my pastor talked about a few weeks ago(I told you this post would be very random) was sowing and reaping. He said that when we sow sparingly, we reap sparingly but when we sow abundantly, we reap abundantly. I know this but for some reason hearing it this time something just resonated in me. I thought about my kids (maybe he mentioned children that night? can’t remember)and how I’m sowing into their lives. Am I sowing sparingly or abundantly into their lives? If they are giving me an attitude and I know that I’ve been giving them one, then I’m reaping what I’m sowing into them. I don’t know about you, but I want to start sowing abundantly into my children. I want to be an example of a Godly woman, a loving wife and mother. Enough of this sparingly nonsense. God has given us children as a gift. We are tasked with raising up the next generation for the Lord. What are we doing with that responsibility? What am I doing with that responsibility? I’ve said it before but it’s so worth repeating (and it’s a reminder to me as well because I NEED to be reminded of this constantly):
Our window of opportunity to impact our kids is so small. Before we know it they will be grown and will be making their own decisions and exploring things on their own. Let’s give them a strong foundation and set a Godly example for them so when they are grown, they will continue on in the Lord.
I would LOVE to hear what God is doing in your life or how He is speaking to you or even if you just need someone to pray for you, leave a comment!