I have never been much of a morning person, but I remember one morning that my leader and mentor Carrie invited me to an early morning leadership meeting for her Young Living team, Shepard’s Gate. I dreaded the earliness of it, but I loved time learning from Carrie, and time spent with oily friends always makes me feel energized, no matter how much or how little sleep I have had. Those monthly meetings were small at the time and held at a coffee shop.
The very first meeting that I attended, Carrie sowed many seeds of wisdom to those of us present, but one thing she said toward the end of the meeting stuck with me. Read your Bible daily, for you.
You see, so often we get into a pattern of reading the Bible for the benefit of imparting wisdom to our husbands or children, or to others in our lives. It is important, though, to spend time in God’s word for your own benefit. There is so much wisdom and truth to be found there. Just hearing the truth from others isn’t enough. Those who take the time to search for truth will be in a better position to understand and make use of the new-found knowledge.
I would like to say that I implemented it immediately and have consistently abided by this. I struggle in this area. Truth be told, it has been months since I picked up my Bible, other than searching for certain verses that I want to quote correctly, and for the readings in church. I finally got into the word this morning, and it has made my morning so much better. I had left off in Proverbs, which has always been my favorite chapter.
Many months after I heard these wise words from her, I watch the VeggieTales video Gideon the Tuba Warrior. I had never heard of George Mueller before, but I was intrigued by his story, which I will let you find for yourself. Later I remember reading the number of recorded times that he had read the Bible from cover to cover. It all made so much sense then. When you are spending that much time in His word, learning about Him and His character, it is easier to trust in His divine provision. The closer we are in relationship with anyone, the more we are able to trust and submit. I started reading then, but soon fizzled out.
About a year ago the Lauren Daigle song First came out. This song seemed to come on every time I turned on the car radio. I instantly fell in love with it when I listened to the words.
I was convicted every time I heard it. Was I seeking Him first? Was He my treasure and my reward? Do I ask for my needs and desires to be met before I give my heart? Do I take the time to know Him, to find Him? Do I listen to Him before I start with what I have to say? The answer to all these questions was a regretful no. Despite the Holy Spirit’s prodding with this song, I still dragged my feet on getting in His word.
Here is the problem. I feel a significant calling on my life to fill a need that is not being met. Unfortunately, I have no idea where to start. I feel like a failure in all areas of home life. There are so many who believe me to be a failure. How do I move past that all and do what He calls me to do? I don’t. I can’t. He can do this great task through me, but I absolutely cannot do it on my own. I need to be in relationship with Him daily.
I am in a season of preparation now. I can’t become who I need to be if I am not listening to His voice and His truth. It is time for me to read my Bible daily for me. I pray that you will do the same.
~ Sara Sherrell
Rockin’ Oily Momma