Is it ever difficult for you to jump into the Word of God, to really
devour the words and study them for a while? Maybe you've realized that
it is truly a discipline, to be a daily Bible-studyer, and discipline is simply not easy. The distractions of daily life war against our time with God.
yet, don't you desire a life lived well? Do you beg God to help you be
patient and gentle when your life is spinning circles around you? Do
you wish for wisdom when you have tough choices to make? Do you realize
your need for stillness, peace, and contentment?
Do you realize your need?
I need help, I often look for the answers around me, even though I want
what the Word offers. I make resolutions. I talk to friends. I read
books, lots of books. I declare my decision to turn it around and do
things a different way. Then, I pray about my plans and offer them to
the God of the universe.
But by then, I’ve been running, a hundred miles an hour, in the wrong direction. My direction.
I study the Word of God, when I dig deeper, and I stay still, to think
about it, to listen to it, I find answers there for the life I live
The truth is, if I want to live well, I need this letter
from God, every single day, woven into my life. Yet at times, I’ve
given away my quiet time to extra work or extra sleep, to
procrastination, a workout, or a TV show. Things worth little compared
to the value of my time with God.
I remember the years when my two boys were still babies. They were born just over a year apart, and I will admit now that those were some hard years!
I tried to pull it off smoothly each day and do all the things I
thought a Mama should do. Eventually, I learned to be honest--my life
was more like a wooden rollercoaster ride than a smooth sail.
those years, I took a lot of shortcuts. I could be through the shower
and have my hair dried and makeup on in 20 minutes flat. In the
kitchen, my theme was "the quicker, the better". The only shortcut I
learned with laundry was "never fold it when the boys are awake". They
could blaze through 13 piles in 2 seconds flat, unfolding and desorting
in one fell swoop.
But I also took some shortcuts in my time
with the Lord. Too many days, I sat on the edge of the bathtub once I
was "ready", ingested a few verses and quickly ran off to get the
little guys out of bed and start the day. There was plenty of
background noise in the form of "Maaaama...Mommy...MAMA!" during those
Obviously, life has seasons, and that time when
you're home with little ones is more of a survival time than one in
which you thrive. But there are plenty of seasons of life where time
and discipline are hard to come by. For me, there had to be a change.
Because a lack of God's Word, a lack of really soaking it up, will take
Do you remember the little Sunday School song where
we used to squat down real low to the ground and then come up just a
little with each "grow" until we bloomed into a whopping four foot tall
human being? Go ahead, sing along now: "Read your Bible, pray every
day, pray every day, pray every day. Read your Bible, pray every day,
and you'll grow, grow, grow. And you'll grow, grow, grow, and you'll
grow, grow, grow..."
You could also reverse it, and if you don't read your Bible and pray every day, then you'll shrink, shrink, shrink.
here’s to growth, to God’s Word, to being still, to looking to the One
who gave us life. It’s basic, and some of us have heard it from the
time we could read, but this book will make all the difference in our
If we’re in it.
But the man who looks intently
into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not
forgetting what he has heard, but doing it--he will be blessed in what
he does. James 1:25
About Angela Parlin:
Angela is a full-time Mama to three little people, Wife to hubby of 10
years, daughter, sister, friend, and follower of Jesus.