Soaking for Life
Here's a peek into my soaking journey:
First off, let me tell you what soaking typically looks like for me. It used to be that I would lock myself in my bedroom for an hour, turn on some worship music, lay on my bed, invite Holy Spirit to visit with me, and then just rest. Lately, the kids are at a point, where I am able to soak in the living room without too many distractions. I just tell them to go down to the basement or to lay down and soak with me. So far, they've picked the basement....but I'm hoping that just them seeing me soaking is making an impact.
Now, sometimes when I soak, it totally just feels like I'm "putting in my time" (it still counts), but other times it feels like my heart is soaring. Today was the latter! I love it when Holy Spirit just comes, and I can feel Him so strongly. It is so refreshing and makes me want Him so much more. I have always loved Holy Spirit, even though I wasn't always aware of it. Looking back, I can see it so clearly.
When I was growing up, I went to a small, very conservative Baptist school. EVERY Friday in chapel, we'd sing a scripture song: "they that wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength, they shall rise up on wings as eagles, they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not grow faint, teach me Lord, oh teach me Lord to wait". At the time, I had no idea what that song was talking about. It was just something we ALWAYS sang. However, God answered the prayer in that song, and has really taught me what it means to lay quietly and wait on Him to renew my strength. There is nothing like it.
Today as I was resting in His presence, I was overwhelmed once again with love and gratitude for my wonderful husband, each of my 4 little people, and each one of our spiritual kids. I love each one of you soooo much. I am so blessed and honored to be a part of your lives. The future is so bright, and we're gonna see goodness and mercy just tracking us down wherever we go.
I hope that by reading this, you catch a hunger to connect with Jesus alone, in a secret place, just the two of you. It really is soaking for life.
Some Thoughts on Being a Wife
Women are very powerful....more powerful than we sometimes realize.
There's this little verse in Proverbs that basically says, "A wise woman builds her house, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands."
So, here's what I'm thinking: Men need respect, as opposed to women who need love. One of the main goals of the enemy is to destroy families, and I'm convinced that one of his main strategies is to get the wife not to respect the husband.
It can start out with subtle thoughts like, "Why does he always_________?!!" or "Why can't he just___________?!!"
If I give these thoughts permission to stay, they will grow, sink down deep in my heart, and create a stronghold.
Now, just the fact that I have the initial thought does not seal my fate as a horrible wife. I don't have any control over the initial thought. I do, however, get to decide if I'm going to nurse the thought, or resist it and begin to count all the things I appreciate about my husband.
It's like taking time to count your blessings; It's a sure way to give the devil a huge blow! Just when he thinks he's got you going down the path of self-pity which leads to destruction, it back fires on him. Now, that's being a warrior bride!
When we respect our husbands, they can't help but respond in love, creating a very strong bond of unity and trust.
So go ahead, show the men in your life some respect and give the devil a big black eye!