Rising Above the Loud and Messy by Lara Williams, Author and Speaker (another chance to win her book, see below for details)
I don’t like to lose my temper with my kids. I don’t wake up hoping to crush their little spirits or overreact to spills. I don’t enjoy nagging my man or criticizing his ways. But I regularly prove my humanity. Believe me. Many a day have I forfeited my chance for “Mommy (or Wife) of the Year”.
But God promises abundant living. And I’m certain that includes me in my role as wife or mom. He plans for us as His children to live free from our self-agenda and full of love. He designed us to experience vibrant faith. And it’s in spite of the momentary loud and messy circumstances.
It does get loud. In fact I want to offer our guests earplugs when they come into our home. And life gets messy — emotionally, spiritually, and, of course, physically. In fact, I’m not sure that my kids can see clutter. But Jesus wants to meet us in the midst of it all and change things. He wants to change us.
A few months back I wrote a short, practical book with my friend, Katie Orr, called Savoring Living Water. In it we talk about how to have an effective time in God’s Word. God gave His Word as a gift, meant to invade our moments and change our hearts for the better of our homes.
But often the promises lay flat on the pages of Scripture. Often we spend time in His Word only to close the Book and get frustrated with our families before we reach the breakfast table. But He has more for us.
If what I read from His Word doesn’t change me, then I’m missing the point. If His truths, promises, and commands don’t affect me when the full glass of chocolate milk spills across the just-mopped floor, then I’m not fully getting it. And I want to get it.
I want them to see Him in me.
Life will happen. But He gifts us with His Word, meant to guide and pierce us, lift and sustain us. I pray that we as His daughters learn to savor His Word, drinking deep of His Living Water. In the end being changed to reflect His Son, even through the loud and messy.
As a gift to our readers, Lara is giving away two electronic copies of her book Savoring Living Water. Yesterday we had a chance to win at the end of her article from “Loving Your Man When it Hurts Series” To enter simply leave a comment below answering one of the following questions:
- How do you “savor” His Word throughout daily living?
- How do you want God’s Word to change you in your home?
Click here www.tooverflowing.com/savoring-living-water/ read more about Savoring Living Water.
photo via flickr: Yashna M