Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Word Anemic Saints

"When can I study the Bible...every minute is taken by the urgent!!!" That's my gut feeling with this new job. This phase of work will be over in 8-12 weeks, but it's moving like a loaded train down a steep hill. I'm thanking God for the pressure because I mentor working mothers and I tell them continually, "You won't make it as a Christian without your daily "Bread;" the Bread of Life." Preaching that is quite simple when you live a steady semi-retired life. Living my preaching isn't easy now that I'm back in the captain's chair with people above me pressuring me with new deadlines; and people below me catching what I have to pass down to them.

BUT...I know if I don't feed on the Word of God, I'm done for. I learned that in the trenches as a working mom and wife. I rise early to have quiet time and Bible study with the Lord to cry out to Him for the wisdom and strength to do this work.

I have dealt with anemia a few times in my life and I sense that the lack of private time in God's Word is similar in a spiritual sense to anemia in my physical health. Anemia would sneak up on me when I was younger. I'd being going along fine, and then I felt like someone poked a hole in my gas tank and I was running on empty. Recently I read in a medical article that people usually don't notice the symptoms of anemia, because it develops slowly and the symptoms may be mild. It's only when it gets worse that the symptoms are severe enough to seek medical help.

In my case it was a dietary need. I know in this time pressured job if I am not careful with my spiritual and mental diet, I will risk anemia. I live by the Word of God and God's call in my life NOW. A Word that came to me in the past blesses me; but His fresh Word is what sustains and lifes me.

I rise early to have the quiet time to "eat" and "chew" on the Bread of Life: God's Holy Bible. I dare not put off the main sustenance in my daily life for fear of "spiritual anemia."

Got a word on the Word?


Nicole said...

Thanks for the wonderful analogy sweet friend!

Love and blessings sent your way,

Chatty Kelly said...

I just loved this post Kay. It was right on target. I had anemia once...and BOMB all of a sudden you fall like a ton of bricks. Yes, spiritual anemia is the same way.

Hope you keep getting fed. Great words today.

Thanks for your sweet words at my blog too. Sisters in Christ sharing the perfect Father! :-)

© 2008 Kay Martin

Thrive In Christ

Who I Am In Christ by Neil Anderson

For several months we will center on this book to pursue Thriving in our Christian journey.

Neil challenges us with: "Do you know who you are in God's eyes? We are no longer products of our past. We are primarily products of Christ's work on the cross. Who we are determines what we do.

You are not who you are in Christ because of the things you have done, you are in Christ because of what He has done. He died and rose again so that you and I could live in the FREEDOM of His love."

That's just the introduction. More to follow.