“In all your ways, submit to Him and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:6
I was encountering some struggles in my parenting. The struggle was, I feel I know nothing! I asked the very wise man who leads the pastoral care ministry at my church if he had a good book to recommend. He lent me a book about parenting by Charles Swindoll called “You and Your Child”. There are some many valuable lessons in the book. The one that struck a cord with me was that a parent must get to know their child, because you cannot love something you do not know. Isn’t that the truth with anything in life!
I wanted to get to know the Lord more, so I decided to read through the entire Bible in one year. It only took me 30 years to commit and make it through the Bible. I used the “You Version” bible app. It gave me 5-6 sections to read each day. My goal was to read the chapters first thing in the morning, where I would be uninterrupted. I read through them and begun my day. Some days, I could barely understand what I read. Other days, it felt like a chore. I just wanted to get the little check mark that showed I read it. I may not have known what I read, but I read it. One day, I was struggling through some old testament section and I was whining to myself. I didn’t know what I was reading. I was looking at the clock and seeing I had to wake my daughter up soon, so I began skimming, not reading at this point. Then I heard the Lord and it stopped me in my tracks. He said, “My word is not some burden. Spending time with me is not some chore to get out-of-the-way.” Those words went right through my heart.
I seem to have the time to waste on Pinterest or Netflix. I clean and organize my house over and over. Yet, I can’t seem to put the time into this most important relationship. How can I love the Lord and understand to trust Him without getting to know him? He is not a chore. He fulfills our life, if we let Him.
Lesson Learned: Putting God first will put your life in order and lead you to where He has destined you to go.
“Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for not putting you first. I want to get to know you. Clear my mind from distractions. Thank you for loving me and help me to remember just how much you do. I choose to live my life for you. In Jesus’ Name. AMEN!”