Do you have a stack of books you need to read?
- In my living room, I have 25 new books.
- In my office, I have 3 new books.
- In my purse, I carry 4 new books.
All purchased in the last 2 months.
You know the books I’m talking about, ladies. The ones that discuss growing deeper with God, they help you be a better Christian wife, Christian mother, make Christian decisions and all the Christian topics you think will “fix” or “help” you? If you’re like me, then yes!
Why? Because I’m going to read them all! Right? Well no. However, in my defense, I am currently reading 3 of the 25 books.
My husband just shakes his head and walks off every time we are at Lifeway and he says “Why are you getting this book?” and I reply “Um, for Bible Study” and he replies “How many bible studies do you do? Shouldn’t you finish one before you start another” Um, OUCH!
This recent conversation with Lee and a group of friends who are in the same boat with me made me think. If we are doing this, there are others doing this! We are overwhelmed with where to start. We are tired. Which one do we read first.
If you are like me, then you get on Facebook and join your Christian groups in a quick early morning conversation. Then you head over to your devotional you go to in the morning where you click a link and you are lead to read through a blog, that blogs leads to another, and another. The next thing you know hours have flown by and it’s 10 am or 12 pm. AND now your email is overwhelmed with the 4-5 devotionals you signed up for in the process. Then you feel guilty because you don’t have time to read them all. Guilt hits you because afterall, THIS IS GOD’S WORD! ln the process you also came across 1-2 more books you need to purchase because if you get them, everything will be okay!!!! You feelin’ me, ladies?
WE NEED TO STOP DOING THAT!
Don’t get me wrong, I love these books. They all are written by wonderful men and women with awesome insight to the LORD. And the blogs, I love them. I write one and have friends who write some beautiful words and I cherish them all but Oh -My -Goodness I have become overwhelmed on where to start because of my desire to be a better Christian wife, mom, daughter, and friend
Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God. ! ~2 Corinthians 3:5
Ladies, hear me closely: God says we are good enough! As long as we are following Him we are enough. Do we need insight and fellowship from our Christian sisters, heck yes! Are these books awesome resources, heck yes! But that’s just it, these are resources not our whole source. Have faith that God will lead us to what we need. He did not intend for us to freak out and be overwhelmed in our walk with Him.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9
I’ve sat here with 6 books piled up, over 20 blogs to read through, and feeling like I would never get through it all in a day. That’s because I won’t! I work fulltime outside of the home, I’m a mom, a friend, a daughter and most importantly a wife. I have a household to run and two regions to manage with 500 agents. As great as it would be to sit with a cup of coffee nestled in the corner of my couch wrapped in a beautiful blanket reading and posting blogs about my new wonderful findings, I can’t. God blessed me with a family, a career, and a Bible.
God told me my solution was simple, when all else fails, start with the Bible and a simple conversation with Him to lead me to what and who I need in my life. I did this recently and was blessed with this wonderful group of mentors who are guiding me in ways I never thought imaginable. I have formed new friendships and been guided to Him like never before in my life. Who knew the solution to being overwhelmed by a simple, enjoyable act like reading and self improvement was so simple. ASK and PRAY!
I reassessed my involvement in all things in my life. I deleted Facebook groups and business groups I didn’t visit anymore or are no longer aligned with my values in all areas of my life. I gave myself permission to read what God leads me to and puts on my heart. I have a crown on my head put on there by God Himself. I am His princess. He is my King and He told me I am “fearfully and wonderfully made”. He told me what studies I need to attend and who I need to be around right now. Most importantly, God told me I AM ENOUGH! My crown is straight again. I just needed to slow down, take a deep breath and LISTEN!
So, if you are like me and want to “fix” your life or need “help”. Yes, God provided resources but the most important source he gave us is the Bible. Do a google search on scriptures that cover your topic. Ask God to help you find what YOU need. If you find a book, ask God if this is the one. Sometimes he’ll show you through cost, shipping, difficulties ordering. LISTEN TO HIM!
When signing up for devotionals know you only need 1-2 devotionals per day. I have one for the morning and one for the evening. And I know it’s the right ones because they usually address something I’m facing in my life at that time. God’s timing is everything!
I was signed up for so many online bible studies before I did nothing but study, study, study. I had no time for application and it was not fruitful for me anymore. I was still receiving these updates and such and although the information is useful and awesome material I unsubscribed. Not because I don’t like them, but because there was a time these were right for me, but now God told me I needed something different. He has provided it.
Find what resonates with you right now, this minute. Ask God to lead you. It can be overwhelming and cause you greater stress as you try to read through a pile of books and click through blogs to fix your life.
I read blogs for fun and leisure. I love seeing what my friends are doing and what God places on their hearts as well. But I don’t look at each one everyday. Sometimes I’ll read 4-5 when traveling sometimes all I have time for is 1. Sometimes they are pertinent to me and sometimes they are pertinent for a friend and I pass it on. No matter what I am reading, I have learned God leads me to where I am for a purpose. I may not know that purpose today, but eventually it will come to me and be useful.
I love books, I enjoy reading and learning more about my walk with the LORD. I am in no way saying don’t read books or blogs. I am just saying read what is intended for you and your circumstances. Maybe you are firm in your decision making processes so books on this are fruitless to you however, if your prayer life needs some sparking then books on prayer would be fruitful for you.
In 2016, I agreed to simplify my life and increase my prayer life. So being the Type A personality I am and overachiever I have purchased every book possible to make this happen. But God and I talked.
Today, I am reading 3 books: Lord, I Want to Know You for bible study at church, Fervent for my online study and The Battle Plan for Prayer for my personal knowledge. I also purchased the Audible versions since I travel so much. The more I hear it AND read it the more it resonates with me. I will also turn these on when cleaning or cooking at home or working in the office. I have loaned out some of the other books I purchased to friends. If I get them back great, if not, then when I need something God will provide it.
I am blessed with the resources God provides.
A Very Blessed Woman in TX