Young Mom. New baby in the house. Two other Preschoolers. Still building a house while living in it. Trying to help out at Children’s Ministry Club. Feeling like it’s hard to keep my head above water…
Ever been there? And then a newer friend and Club co-worker came along who meant well, but her words hurt.
“I am reading this awesome new book, and it’s so good. But you wouldn’t want to read it right now because you’re too overwhelmed. It would just discourage you.”
Those were just the words I needed at that time.
I immediately looked into the book and purchased it and read it and it changed my life. The name of the book? Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman by Anne Ortlund.
I fell in love with Anne through that book. She taught me so much. And I read every one of her books that I could find over the next few years.
Why did my life change?
Because I also began to fall in love with God and His Words to me—His written words in the Bible. I learned a theological principle that I have never forgotten.
I CAN KNOW A LOT ABOUT GOD, BUT NOT REALLY KNOW HIM AT ALL.
When David wrote Psalm 16, he began with two verses that talk about Who he believed God is…
Psalm 16:1-2, Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”
A Psalm is a sacred song or poem used in worship; a biblical hymn.
David begins this Psalm with a statement of his relationship to God. As I said in a previous post, he believed that God was his Portion in life and his Deliverer in death, and that God was enough for him.
David shares three different names for God in these two verses. See the meanings below and then read the verses again, thinking of Who God is.
- He takes refuge in Him as God, the Strong (or Mighty) One.
- He admits that “apart from Him—LORD, “Jehovah, the great God of Israel, I AM WHO I AM”, he has no good thing.
- And finally, as Lord, “Adonai, Master”—God is not only the strong, powerful God in whom he can take refuge, but also the One who is able to-and does-order his life and direct what he should do.
I don’t know what place you find yourself today:
- Perhaps you have never read the Bible.
- Or you just read God’s Words to you occasionally.
- Or you read and study those words diligently.
If you are searching for God, or if you would like to know Him even more deeply, I would like to encourage you to develop the habit of reading your Bible. If you don’t own a Bible, but want to know God better, please buy one or ask someone in your life to lend you one.
As you read, watch for the Names of God, or references to Who He is. Underline them and muse about them. A study of the Names of God is a great way to learn to know Him more.
WE CAN LEARN TO CHOOSE JOY LIKE DAVID DID, AS WE CHOOSE TO BELIEVE THAT GOD IS WHO HE SAYS HE IS. HE IS ENOUGH.
WE CAN ALSO LEARN TO CHOOSE JOY AS WE GET TO KNOW GOD MORE AND MORE THROUGHOUT OUR LIFETIME.
God is the true source of Joy.
We will never have the joy we hunger for if we do not grow to KNOW HIM.
My Musings This Week:
*God uses His own words in the Bible and also the words of others (even those that wound us) for good. I want my words to others to help them grow, but not, most of the time, through wounding them.
*I need to re-read all my books by Anne Ortlund. They always inspire and encourage me. She passed away in 2013 and I felt like I lost a friend, even though I had never met her. I often considered writing to her (her address was at the end of each book) to tell her how God had used her in my life.
*This has been a difficult week in some ways.
- Mr. Van has not been really well.
- My washing machine decided, in the middle of a load, to stop working. The load had towels and flannelette sheets in it so it was not a joyful experience to wring it all out by hand and let everything basically air dry.
- I suffer with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The changing seasons always cause some upset and distress so pain…
But–God is good and He is enough, and so I can trust Him to give me what I need for each day.
*I am always, it seems, busy sorting and reorganizing the room that I call my “Personal Office”, aka Scrapbooking Room, Study hall, and Ministry Prep space.
My favorite space to do life is actually my kitchen. It is a cheery space, full of natural light. But this week I have been thinking a lot, in the midst of pain, how often we walk from room to room in our house, and how each room is a place with a purpose. I think I need to really ponder on becoming more intentional in using the space in each room for what its intended purpose really is… More to come on those thoughts…
In the meantime, I am sensing the necessity to transplant myself into that special space in my basement that is set up perfectly for all that God is asking me to do right now. Perhaps freeing up my kitchen will help me to feel more like cooking? There is always hope for that!
Your Musings this Week:
*Do you know God? Not just about Him?
*Are you seeking to know Him more deeply by being immersed in His words to you in the Bible?
*Is there an author who has impacted you as Anne Ortlund impacted me? Share with us in the comments.
Thanks for walking with us…we wish you much joy this week.
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