Come to the Table
What is the advice you will probably receive more than any other as a mom of littles? Most likely one that says something like, “Find time for yourself. You need it.”
That sounds like a great advise so we say, “it is exactly what I need to hear today!” And so we start trying to find a way to put aside the people He has given us to love and serve, and all the good work He has ordained for us to do each day so that we can find that so much needed time to recharge.
But have you ever considered that this is a trap? Think about this, the more time you try to find for yourself, the more discontent you will grow in your heart. Nothing will ever be enough. The flesh will always want more, one more minute alone, one more date with friends, one more hour at the gym, one more glass of wine, one more “minute” on social media, one more pair of shoes. Left to ourselves, our flesh is a bottomless cistern.
The remedy when we feel weary, when we feel that parenting and marriage, and cleaning and cooking, and all the mundane tasks that we have been give to do are fruitless and draining, is not more time for ourselves, but more time with our God, our Maker and Redeemer.
In the Bible we read that Jesus departed often to the mount or to some place to be alone, but did He set apart these times in order to “find more time for Himself”? Of course not. He went not to find Himself but to meet with His Father and to pray for others.
“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” Mark 1:35 ESV
“But he withdrew himself in the deserts, and prayed.” Luke 15:16
“In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles.” Luke 6:12-13
This is the key to not grow weary of doing good, and to be ready to give and give and give more and more each day. This is what we need the most: to be with the Father.
We don’t need more “me” times, what we desperately need is more “God-time.”
And the good news is that God has given us His Word to speak to us. He has also given us His Son Jesus so that in Him and through Him we can come to God the Father every day at any time. The Father has also given us His Holy Spirit to open our eyes to see our sinful nature and repent, and see what a Savior we have in Jesus. The Holy Spirit also teaches us and encourages us and brings to our mind the Word we read (or hear preached at Church).
Sisters, what we need is Christ. All of Christ. And the only way to get all that is in Christ is abiding in His Word. There is no other way. No “me-time” can make you strong and renew your strength like the eagle’s. The verse of the day will never be enough to sustain you and make you joyful. The beautiful lettering verses on Instagram will not satisfy you. We need all of Christ and God has given us all of the Bible to equip us, to renew us, to give us strength and joy and peace. Only when we are in the Word can we find a renewed desire to die to ourselves so that we can love the people and the tasks God has given us to love and serve.
All of the Bible for all Christians is what we need the most. And no, it is not extra time that we need the most to make it happen, if we are breathing we have time to be in the Word.
I want to invite you to join us, thousands of Christian women around the world, who are done with the “find time for yourself” way of living and are ready to embrace the life that is rooted in all of Christ for all our life, a life rooted in the Scriptures.
We will be reading through the New Testament this summer (and then in the Academic year we will read both the Old and the New Testaments) starting on June 3. This is the best thing you can start doing. You will never regret being in the Word, being encouraged by it, being transformed by it.
Will you join us? My advise to you today is: Don’t keep trying to find time for yourself. Be in the Word. Your soul needs it.
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Under His sun and by His grace,
Written for Strength & Song by Becky Pliego.