This week hubby is away on business. I like to keep the kids busy while he is gone to kind of distract them from his absence…if that is even possible. Yesterday, we were with friends all day and finished off the evening with swimming lessons at the local pool. The instructor is super sweet. She was running a bit behind last night, so she invited us to get in the pool and practice while we were waiting. I jumped in with the kids until she was able to join them. What a way to end the night! They swam and swam…then, had a thirty minute lesson afterward. When it was time to go home, they were plumb tuckered.
I had promised my son that next time Daddy traveled, I would have a sleep over in his room. So, I pulled the trundle-bed out from under the bunk beds so we would all pile into his room for the night. The kids showered up and when straight to sleep. (Honestly, I don’t think they moved all night.) I, on the other hand, was not so fortunate. When hubby is away I don’t sleep very well- but, I was SURE that tonight would be different. I was beat! I lay down on the trundle-bed in his room. It was nice and firm and could have been quite comfortable…if it weren’t for the rattle of the metal when I rolled over. When the metal rattled and squeaked- the dog could hear from his kennel and he would bark. He’s such a loud mouth!
Ok…let’s try this again. Just be still.
“He will be so disappointed if I am not in this bed when he wakes up,” I thought to myself. “Man, his night-light is SO bright. How does he sleep in here?”
I just couldn’t settle in, so I made my way across the hall. Ahhhh sleep.
This morning, I woke up and couldn’t hear a thing out of either ear. Oh my. Swimmer’s ear? I staggered to the medicine cabinet for the ear drops and syringe to try to wash them out. Let the dizziness commence. I looked out the window…rain. Again. It’s so gloomy.
I miss my hubby.
As I went to the kitchen, I caught sight of the box on top of the pantry. Hubby bought a strawberry bunt cake before he left and we never had a chance to eat it.
Yes! This is the morning they have been waiting for. “Cake for breakfast! Come and get it!”
Wow, the excitement was insane- and, yes, the kids were insane for a while too when the sugar from that delicious icing kicked in. But, what a sweet moment on this slow starting morning. I declared today a pajama day and we popped in a movie. Maybe this will give me an opportunity to tend to these ears.
When you wake up in the morning, what do you reach for at breakfast? Hopefully not cake every morning. In our home, we reach for something with nutritional value…something that will sustain us for the long haul. Nope, not a quick sugar jolt that will result in a crash soon after, but true sustenance. Nourishment from God’s Word!
Wisdom, truth, direction, rebuke, encouragement, restoration, transformation, illumination and salvation…it’s all right there in the Bible.
Proverbs 3 reminds me…
My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,
for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you peace and prosperity.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
preserve sound judgment and discretion;
they will be life for you,an ornament to grace your neck.
Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble.
When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
for the Lord will be at your side
and will keep your foot from being snared.
Job knew the value of God’s word…
I have not departed from the commands of his lips;
I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.
Psalm 19 tells me…
The law of the Lord is perfect,
converting the soul:the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple.
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart:
the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever:
the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, yea,
than much fine gold:
sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is thy servant warned:
and in keeping of them there is great reward.
Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright,
and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart,
be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
How are we to know what God expects from us each day if we don’t communicate with Him?
How do we know what true wisdom is? How can we keep His commands? Should we go off of what others tell us or get our truth straight from the source?
Don’t try to survive each day on the crumbs you are tossed or that may be left over from a Sunday sermon.
His Word restores my soul and gives me wisdom.
God’s Word is pure… The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.( Psalm 12:6)
2 Timothy 3: 14-17 says…But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Meat…real meat. Revelation, application and meditation.
What did you have for breakfast today?