Monday, May 21, 2012

Grace-based Mothering. Tip #2 Hearing the Word

I'm tired, and the Proverbs 31 woman seems like she must be tired too. The passage says that not only is this highly esteemed model-woman's lantern burning late into the night, but she is also up early preparing breakfast for her household helpers, and quickly goes out to the city gate to sell her handiwork.


Personally, I'm just disappointed there are no mention of naps. 

Remember, Elise? Our resident mommy-consultant. She's sharing another tip for exhausted moms today. Here is the first one (Worship: Praise and Adoration) if you missed it. 

Tip #2  Hearing the Word.

I long for messages from the heart of God. I long to be full of the Spirit of Grace. I long for more and more faith. 

Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. 

Because I truly struggle to sit and read and keep my eyes open... the audio Bible app on my phone has become treasured by me. I can listen to whole books in the wee hours while washing dishes, folding laundry. Because I'm not tiredly skimming familiar verses--I become aware of things I did not even realize were in scripture. I absorb a lot more than I thought I would. I also sometimes listen to the audio Bible when I'm in the car alone on the way to a job etc. 

Selah also helps me to hear the word and keep my focus on Grace by reading to me from The Action Bible. It is her favorite book, hands down. She literally reads it to herself for hours every day, and asks to read it to me. I cannot emphasis enough what a jewel this book is and what a wonderful conversation starter it is. We come across stories I didn't even realize were in the Bible so then we look them up together and read them word for word and I am amazed a what a great job they did to make this Bible kid-appropriate and still Biblically accurate. 

Another wonderful way to hear the message of God even among the blessed chaos of kids is written right after that beautiful verse in Romans that says faith comes by hearing the message through the word of Christ:

"But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did: 'Their voice has gone out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.'" ~Romans 10:18

This is referencing Psalm 19 "The heavens declare the glory of God... their voice goes out into all the earth... "

Take the kids outside. Being outside of four walls is so soul-healthy. Look up. The heavens declare a message of glory and majesty and grace and His perfect control that we can listen to at the park, on a walk, or in my case, while the kids are on the front step "hunting" for roly poly bugs.

*Glory* Thanks so much to Elise for sharing. You can always read more of her story and writings on her blog Redeeming the Days


  1. This is so time appropriate for me right now!!! We have had a gorgeous past couple of days outside.. and I truly felt like God was kissing us ;) This totally affirms that feeling, especially in a time when business seems to run the roost! Thanks for sharing :) ~Bre

    1. Yes Bre!... He is so affectionate! Being outside and feeling a breeze on my face can truly be a breath of fresh air to my spirit too!

      Thank you for your sweet words!!

  2. I love this! We're preparing for our first little one and I love reading spirit-filled posts about parenting.

    Also I love this: "Personally, I'm just disappointed there are no mention of naps." Yes!

    1. Laura! : D

      How wonderful! Congratulations! What an awesome blessing it is that God gives us a special piece of Himself in a child!

      I am praying for you beloved mama in ***this*** moment!

  3. I am loving this series...even though I'm not a mom, I think here tips apply to any busy woman :-)

    1. Thank you Brittany!

      Our Savior is so kind to slow us busy women down... it's always His love that gives the strength and motivation to carry on. :)

  4. I love this! What struck me is ... audio Bible app!!! I need to find one, that would be so great for me to listen to!!!