Thursday, March 5, 2009

Inspiration During Kids' Devotional...

I’ve been staying up late and sleeping late. That drives me crazy! We've had school projects, gymnastics lessons started, I opened a Facebook account (which I'm determined I won't give more than 5 minutes of my day…really!), and I've stayed up reading. I'm so much better if I get up at five and go to bed at 10:30, but that isn't how it’s happened lately.

Because of my up late/sleep late schedule, I haven't spent as much time with God as I want. However, God is faithful even when we’re not able to be so consistent.

Most mornings I try to read something from God’s word to my kids. A couple of mornings ago I was reading in Joshua 3 when the Israelites were about to cross over the Jordan river which was running at flood stage. Joshua instructed them to follow the ark of the covenant (basically follow God), so they would know which way to go because they had never been that way before.

I spend a lot of time ahead of God, or out beside him rather than walking behind Him. If I’ve never been this way before, how else will I know which way to go? That principle applies to life everyday…we’ve never been through this day before; we better follow Him. I’ve never parented this child at this age before; I better get behind Him. I haven’t faced this struggle before; I won’t know what to do unless I follow Him.

I love that God speaks to us along the way. I remember a friend telling me that God understands our seasons of life. Some times it's not a quiet time, but a loud time with God. He loves when we spend time with Him no matter when it is, even if it’s just reading to the kids…He can use it to remind us to stop leading and start following.

“…my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11 (NIV)

Following Him...


  1. I like your 5 minutes on facebook plan! I try that myself. I ignore all the stuff and concentrate on the people. But speaking of facebook... can you make the blog address a link so that when your friends see it they can click there instead of having to type it in? Love y'all! Hope you have a good day!

  2. What are you reading when you stay up late?