Have you ever had a dry mouth when you didn’t have access to water? Like sometimes, when I lay in bed at night and my mouth is just so dry. But I’m too tired to get up, go downstairs, and find myself a glass of water. Or sometimes, I’m driving down the road in a place where I can’t stop and my mouth gets so dry. That parched feeling?
What is the only thing that can make that go away?
Recently, I’ve found myself complaining that I feel so emotionally tired, spiritually worn out, and separated from God. I find it interesting to note that this came at a time when I chose to have zero access to God’s Word. I mean — here I was complaining, waking up at night in tears, and yet I would not take the time to do the one thing that would make this exhaustion go away.
Our spiritual and emotional nourishment comes from God’s Word. It doesn’t come from our husbands. It doesn’t come from our kids. It doesn’t come from our best friends, sisters, or mothers. It doesn’t come from our hobbies. It comes from God.
I’ve heard people say “Sometimes you need to do something that’s just for you so that you can recharge.” And I’m not saying there isn’t any truth in that statement. When I am emotionally and spiritually exhausted — nothing recharges me like time spent one-on-one with God through His Word. Even more noteable: When it comes to spiritual exhaustion, daily time in God’s Word goes a long way towards prevention of this burnout.
Matthew 11:28-30 (ESV)
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
Matthew 4: 4
But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
So, how exactly does a homeschooling Mom meditate on God’s Word?
1.) Make God’s Word a real priority. If you have time at the end of the day to knit, read novels, watch tv, or fit in any other hobby time — you have time to spend in God’s Word.
2.) Get your kids involved in reading God’s Word together. Have Bible study together, and really pay attention to what you are teaching them from the Bible.
3.) Listen to the Bible on audio when you are driving. Anyone in the car will benefit.
4.) Read God’s Word when your children are otherwise occupied — read the Bible during ball practice, orchestra practice, or when they all watch tv with Dad.
5.) Place Scripture around your home. Use Scripture Printables like these for Weary Moms or find posters, plaques and paintings you can use. Make your own paintings! Use window markers to write a new verse on the window each week. Use your computer’s screen saver to rotate through verses you can memorize. Use a service like Easy Canvas Prints to add Bible verses to a canvas photo.
6.) Memorize God’s Word. That way even when you don’t have time to read God’s Word it is still with you, living and active and hidden in your heart.
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Amy lives with her husband and six beautiful children in Northern Virginia. Besides blogging, Amy enjoys homeschooling, hiking, reading, singing, teaching, and serving Jesus above all. You can find Amy at her web-sites Homeschool Encouragement and Homeschool Blogging and as a guest contributor for the 2:1 Network.