Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts yesterday regarding Satan’s tactics to interfer with our closeness to the Savior. I love to read everyone’s thoughts – for several reasons actually but I am especially encouraged to know that so many women struggle with the same things – its not just me:)…and yet they are committed to continue seeking Him. So many of your blogs are such a blessing of encouragement to me.
We can certainly keep ourselves busy – that was a common thought – and the struggle can be very real to find…or create..that quiet time to simply be still and hear from Him – and to draw near to Him. I mentioned that a bit in my daybook on Monday. However, I also, think that a real hindrance for many women is our service, or more specifically our Christian service. Hear me out.
We want to do our best for the Lord. We are involved – and busy. There are Bible studies to attend, or even facilitate. Choir practice. Sunday school classes to teach. Hand bell choirs. Visitation programs. And ladies’ programs. The list goes on and on and we are eager to do all that we can. And all of those things are good – and even right. But I think we can began to focus more on our service…and getting it all done…than on the one we truly want “to serve.” Then we become “check box” Christians. (You know…choir practice – check. Visitation – check.) We check off all that we need to do for the Lord during the week, and yet still feel so hungry for Him at the end of the week.
I’m not suggesting at all that we need to stop doing any of those things. I am very grateful for all the opportunities of service and ministry that are available and I feel privileged to be a part of them. I simply have to guard that I don’t allow those times to substitute for my “quality time” with Christ. Those purposeful times of quiet where I come aside, am still, and can draw close to my Heavenly Father. Satan’s tricky, for sure. It needs to be a real matter of prayer and seeking God’s guidance to know exactly what to do, how much to do, and how to get it all done.
Have a beautiful weekend, friends.