By Becky Freeman
One secret to being a happy mother is to simply store up good stuff inside your head. Jesus said, "For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. The good man out of his good treasure brings forth that which is good." (Matt. 12: 34, 35)
Scripture, uplifting books, inspirational audiotapes, all help store good treasure in our minds. (Consider omitting the viewing of the evening news – where all the evil happenings in the world are condensed and delivered up to your brain at 6:00 and 10:00. The newspaper is a better-rounded source of information and you can generally catch up with the big stuff by reading it once or twice a week.)
A great little devotional book that's been around for a few years, perfect for moms on the run to tuck in their purse (or diaper bag) is called When the Handwriting On the Wall Is in Brown Crayon by Susan Lenzkes. Or just pick a book of the Bible (I love the gospels, Psalms and Proverbs) and read a few verses a day. I often enjoy choosing one verse from my day’s short reading (I make it like a spiritual treasure hunt), mull on it, pray over it, write it on a note card or in a journal and ask God to help me apply it.
Moms, keep it simple.
Remember how Jesus complemented the humble man who prayed a very short prayer -- "Lord have mercy on me!"- and rebuked the man who went on and on and on ad nauseam about his supposed 'spiritually.'
The Lord's prayer is short.
God's blessing from heaven on the occasion of His son's baptism was one sentence long. ("You are my beloved son in whom I am well pleased." End of Speech.)
Your life with God is about living with Him in love, not about a time chart showing how long you spent sitting still in prayer or reading and studying the Bible.
On that note, do you sometimes wish you could BE the child again? In our Father's heart, we always get to be the children. To understand more about what it means to be loved by God -- Abba's Child by Brennan Manning, The Velveteen Woman by Brenda Waggoner, The Sacred Romance by Brent Curtis and John Eldridge, and Brother Lawrence's classic Practicing the Presence of God are lovely books for nourishing a weary woman’s spiritual soul. The woman's spiritual growth book “best pick of the year”for me, anyway -- is Strong Women, Soft Hearts by Paula Rinehart. They make nice night-time reading bites”to tuck in your head as you tuck yourself into bed.)
Books to Boost Your Prayer Life:
When Mothers Pray by Cheri Fuller
The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian
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