When I became a mum I struggled to read my bible, but the truth was I struggled when I didn’t read the beautiful and rich word of God. Trying to know God without reading his word is Like trying to breathe without oxygen. I made a promise to myself to stop trying to do more to please God, but chose to rest in his love and care for me. To truly believe that he had done enough for me and that my time in his word was not an obligation to fulfill, but was heaven’s gift that he would breathe life into the very heart of me.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
Sometimes I would just read a verse, a committed Selah pause each day, a moment to breathe in his word even if only for a moment. I chose not to condemn myself, and instead found hope in his grace. There were times I listened to Gospel messages as I physically could not stop. I walked babies in prams listening to talks.
As my babies became toddlers and preschoolers I physically stopped once a day at Playschool time, made a coffee and sat to read. It was my lifeline, a divine moment in a demanding schedule.
My Bible reading now is through a program called REAP. I try to read as much as I can in the plan each day, and don’t try to catch up on what I miss. It’s helpful to have a plan to follow so I don’t end up doing nothing, though there have also been times when I have just read one book over and over again.
Jesus is always the best rest. He is the one who binds the broken hearted and whose very words whisper life to a tired soul. My prayer is that as you read these reflections you have a moment to pause, open your bible and find yourself before his Throne of Grace.
Love, Grace and a Divine Pause