The Life Your Spirit Craves for Mommies Blurb:
Children are a gift from God, and so often I am reminded of God's grace, mercy, love, patience, and kindness through my children. Because of this, I've taken elements from daily interaction with my children to show the spiritual application in this book. God is forever present in our lives, and we can see Him at work each and every day! How precious it is to see glimpses of our relationship with the Heavenly Father through our relationship with our children!
This 52-Week Devotional and Journal encourages self-reflection, prayer, and application of God's Word each week of the year. Being a mommy requires a lot of energy, and you need time to recharge and nurture your relationship with God. So set aside time each day to study, pray, and actively develop your relationship with your Heavenly Father.
Week 15 - Listeners and Doers
“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” (James 1:22)
When my kids mess up, I take a moment and explain to them that what they did was wrong and why it was wrong. I always end my speeches with “Do you understand me?” In response, I always receive a “Yes, ma’am.” Whether or not they understand, it doesn’t always show. Often they repeat their actions or do something along the same lines; that says to me that they’re simply going to do what they want to do and suffer the consequences later. This is a terrible line of thinking that seems to follow us into adulthood and interferes with us doing what God’s Word says, even when we know what He requires of us.
In order to develop a character and lifestyle that brings honor to God, we must allow His Word to direct us. We have to decide to live according to His Word, but we cannot do this if we don’t know what it says. So many of us attend weekly services but fail to live a life that is pleasing to God because we only listen to God’s Word. We don’t retain it, and so we don’t put it into practice.
We must get to a place in our relationship with God where we long for His presence, desire to please Him, and choose His ways. Obedience and love are two of God’s most important requirements for His children. We honor God when we obey His holy Word. It is then that we will begin to experience the abundant life that He has promised His children.
Like children, we often want the blessings of God but we don’t want to abide by His Word. This isn’t the way things work, and our disobedience is cause for many delayed blessings. As God’s children, we must wholeheartedly devote ourselves to Him and choose to follow His Word without exception. Choose to move from only listening to the Word of God to learning and living it.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I give praise to Your holy name. Help me to receive, accept, learn, and apply Your Word to my life in all circumstances. Help me to show my love for You by being obedient. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Further study: James 1:19–27
Meet Author Natasha Frazier
Natasha has penned an award-winning devotional, The Life Your Spirit Craves and a Henri award nominated devotional, Not Without You: 365 Days in the Lord's Presence. Natasha desires to encourage readers to live the life they have been created to live in God. She does this through her written work, motivational speaking, and through the “How Long Are You Going to Wait” Conference. Natasha has also penned an award-nominated Christian fiction series, Love, Lies & Consequences. Books 1 and 2 are currently available. Book 3: Shattered Vows, will be available late 2016. Natasha’s most recent title, The Life Your Spirit Craves for Mommies: A 52-week Devotional and Journal, encourages mothers to grow closer to God and see how our relationships with our children often mirrors our relationship with God.
Natasha enjoys reading inspirational books and Christian fiction (Romance). She considers herself a romantic at heart. She also enjoys writing the same. Her desire is for each of her books to inspire her readers to grow closer to God and to apply Godly principles in life’s toughest situations, even when it seems impossible.
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