NOISY LIVES ARE PRAYERLESS LIVES. LET US QUIET OUR HEARTS TOGETHER. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We're surrounded by noise. Some is out of our control (think shrieking children, barking dogs, rush hour traffic), but MOST OF IT is our own doing—the glowing screens streaming clamor straight into our souls. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm thankful for how technology enables us to spread the good news of Jesus around the world. But Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Netflix, Spotify, newsletters, podcasts... they're all white noise, insidiously building up a cacophony inside our minds, drowning out the still small voice of God. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Scripture tells us that Jesus frequently withdrew to the wilderness to pray (Luke 5:16 BSB). If He needed that time of silence to talk with His Father, how much more do we need it today! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's hard to pray when you can't even hear your own thoughts, let alone God's Word. But we are not victims—we are victorious in Christ Jesus. Let us take control of the noise in our lives and quiet our hearts to hear God's voice this Lenten season. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For the next seven weeks, I'm entering a social media wilderness to be alone with God. Honestly, I can't even tell you how refreshing that sounds. I'm thinking I might not want to come back... but we'll see how the Lord directs. Either way, I pray He changes me in this time of silence and fasting, so that if I do return, you will see more of Jesus in me and in this feed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How about you? Is the noise hurting your soul? Do you yearn for more time with Jesus? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I invite you to step away from the screens for a season. Delete the apps. Unsubscribe from the emails. And go be with Jesus. Let His voice woo you into the wilderness, and let His Word sustain you. And in the quiet, may you discover that He is enough.
MY PRAYER FOR YOU TODAY: I get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. . And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. (Eph 3:14-19 MSG) #bibleverse #prayeroftheday #womenoftheword
ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON? . Or more of a night owl? Because I feel like reading my Bible as I fall asleep at 12:03 am should count as “early morning.” 😆 . You see, there is no Quiet Time formula prescribed in the Bible. We’re not told that morning devotions are better than evening devotions or sit-in-the-carpool-line devotions. . The truth is, God is after our hearts, not our checklists. . He wants us to spend time with Him every day—throughout the day—not just an hour-long appointment in the morning we promptly check off our list and forget about soon after. . Maybe the problem is we’re trying too hard to cram someone else’s idea of a Quiet Time into our lives. . Jesus had strong words against the man-made rules that suffocate our souls and pile guilt where God means there to be delight (see Matthew 23). . Jesus invites us: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29). . Rest. Freedom. Joy. . They’re all ours when we come to Jesus... no matter what time of the day. . 💚 Show us an emoji that reveals what time of day is your favorite to meet with Jesus! . #onethingalone #wellwateredwomen #shereadstruth
“Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” C. S. Lewis . My heart is to help women enjoy time with Jesus every day, and as I mentioned last week, that call begins with the two little ladies (and now a baby boy) in my home. I want to model for my children a love for God, so that means they must actually SEE me reading and enjoying His Word. (Simple concept, I know. But it was game-changing for me to actually implement.) . That can’t happen if I’m constantly bemoaning my lack of “quiet time” (because what house filled with children is quiet? 🤷🏻♀️) or reprimanding them for interrupting “my” time with Jesus with their princess tea time. And honestly, that can’t happen if I’m glued to a glowing screen or paperback either. Let the little children come to Him... and let us be the ones to lead them. . That means cultivating time with Jesus both when we’re alone and when we’re with kids, filling the nooks and crannies of our days with His Word. For me, that looks like #BibleAndBreakfast, Scripture songs in the car, and prayer walks through the neighborhood, among other creative devotions. What about you?? . Dear one, we won’t do this perfectly, as we’re always growing in our understanding of what time with Jesus looks like in different seasons of life. But let us invite our children to come alongside us in this journey of finding joy in Jesus. . 💚 What “obstacle” to your Quiet Time can you reframe into a blessing? Tell me your challenge below and we’ll work on it together! . #surprisedbymotherhood #dontmomalone
Hello there! It’s so fun seeing new faces join our community, and I’d really like to get to know you all better. So today I’m introducing you to my girls and sharing a confession and a hard-learned lesson. Won’t you share something about yourself too? . If you’re new here, I’m Asheritah, and I love love LOVE the work I do as a writer. I get to encourage women all over the world to find their joy in Jesus. To get creative with their daily devotions. To quit the guilt and legalism and find freedom and rest in Him. . Honestly, there’s nothing else I’d rather do than serve the Body of Christ in this way. . But there’s something I need to keep reminding myself. Despite the thousands of women who read my words each day, the most important women are these two right here: my daughters. . They are my first disciples. (And their little brother too.) . I used to feel torn between my callings, as if my writer-self had to compete with my mama-self for time and energy and mental space. But as I spent time praying over this, the Lord revealed to me that my callings are not two distinct callings: they are one. . As I love my children and guide them toward loving God and others, I am doing the very thing I encourage you all to do: find joy in Jesus in the midst of our busy lives. . And I can’t fake it. My kids see me for who I really am, behind the screen: the good, the bad, and the ugly. And if I fail to model for them authentic genuine Christlike joy, I have failed my calling no matter how many books I write or awards I win or people I impress. . These are my first disciples. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. 💕 . 💚 Now it’s YOUR turn! Tell me about your family and your dreams. #fridayintroductions #mommydaughtergoals #mommyblogger