In It To Win It! by Angela Parlin

In It To Win It!

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.

And 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?

When 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.

When 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 today.

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.

During 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 "quiet" times.

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 it’s toll.

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.

So 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 lives.

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.

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