I have loved each of the three houses God has given us over the years and the home He has helped us build in each of them, from the little 900 sq foot house in the wrong side of the city, to the large bungalow on one of the busiest roads, to our old, endearing house that we now occupy on our little bit of country.
This morning the smell of bread is wafting through the house, sitting on the woodstove is a can with beeswax I am melting down from our hive, adding to the divine smell, and a slow cooker on the counter is steaming with sausage and bean soup. Lunch for the loves and future hand salve and wood polish. On my shoulder is a sleeping babe with fat cheeks.
I love Sundays.
How many, many Sunday church services I have missed over the years because of ministering to my family. I have learned that maintaining a prayerful life during the week and spending time reading and listening to God's word on my own is key to a healthy life and leaves no room for discouragement.
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work" 2 Timothy 3:16-17 .
Sunday sermons are a small part of my weekly spiritual diet, and so, if necessity deems I miss it, I'm not feeling dry, empty, or starving waiting for the next week to roll by.
"And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them : and that Rock was Christ."
We are busy women, aren't we? We wear many hats, and often find it easy to say "there is no extra time in my day for devotions". I mentioned to Sean today how I've had to remind myself that God does not give us more to do in a day than He gives us hours in which to complete what He calls us to do.
If we view spiritual nourishment with the same savor and necessity as the food that fills our plates, we will find time. We will be hungry in spirit, anxious for the next moments we get to spend with God.
"but his delight is in the law of the Lord and on the law does he meditate both day and night."
Spending even just a few moments in the quiet of the morning with God can put our whole day into perspective and set the mood for our home life. I am a big encourager of morning devotional time. As moms, it is easy to plan our devotional time later in the day and easier still to have our day fill itself up, till we find at the end of the day that we're determined to do better the next day and then the next until we determine our days are too busy and set the priority of personal time with God aside and what should be a pleasurable, life giving time is made into a guilt trip.
For a while I set aside time each night to read my Bible but found that once the day was done and the stillness of the house settled in, my mind did not have the clarity or focus that I wanted to give God. So mornings are what work the best for me and I really do love being able to greet my children with a heart at peace and filled with His grace for the day.
Perhaps the concept of self-feeding is new to you and you're used to Sunday sermons being your nourishment for the week or this is nothing new to you and you have wisdom to share. Let's purpose to set aside time this week, on a regular and consistent basis, to spend with God. I'll share what God is speaking to my heart and resources I've found that encourage my heart in the Lord and you can share yours with me.
As a side note, the photos above are all lovely vignettes of my step mom's kitchen. She and my dad live in a tiny cabin but she lovingly arranges things in her home so beautifully and warmly.