How do busy moms preach the gospel to themselves with the constant demands of caring for young children? How do we find time to meditate on the gospel when we need 45 minutes to do what it takes others 15?
Here are a few suggestions (nothing new here!) but we hope they give you some ways to get started (or re-started)!
Six Ideas for Preaching the Gospel to Yourself (for busy moms)
1. Take 15 minutes a day to read and re-read chapters from books on the gospel. The Discipline of Grace and The Gospel for Real Life by Jerry Bridges, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper, Living the Cross Centered Life by Dad, and books by Charles Spurgeon—all are great places to start.
2. Listen to Scripture throughout the day.
3. Listen to sermons online from your local church and biblical teachers. Even if it takes you a week to get through one sermon, you’ll benefit from the little bit you hear each day.
5. Write one gospel Scripture on a note card and post it where you’ll see it often or carry it in your pocket for review throughout the day.
6. Listen to gospel-centered music.
(from the archives)
“Yes, my precious baby…” - the overflow of a new mother’s heart by Elisabeth Prentiss
An Open Letter to an Unborn Baby - from Russell Moore to “a baby I’ve never met and probably never will.”
4 Things I’ve Learned about God through My Baby Who Was Born Blind - one father’s reflections
“Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42
The Greek word for “portion” in this verse means “meal.”
Jesus tells Martha—who is busily preparing a meal that fed the body—that Mary has chosen the good meal. Mary was eating a meal that fed the soul.
But not only that—Jesus said it was a meal that would not be taken away from her. Wow! Now that’s a really good meal!
It might take us twenty minutes to eat dinner. It will take our body 24-32 hours to digest that meal. The benefits won’t last for long.
But when we make the Lord’s teaching our meal, when we feast on His Word, the benefits from that meal will last for a very long time.
So long in fact, that Jesus said, it will not be taken away from us. Not in 24 hours, not in 24 years, not even in eternity.
Think about that. Every time we read, study, meditate or memorize God’s Word we are ingesting truth that will never be taken away from us.
That’s astounding! That’s a meal we don’t want to skip.
(from the archives)
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.” Psalm 37:5-6
“Cast away anxiety, resign thy will, submit thy judgment, leave all with the God of all….The ploughman sows and harrows, and then leaves the harvest to God. What can he do else? He cannot cover the heavens with clouds, or command the rain, or bring forth the sun or create the dew. He does well to leave the whole matter with God; and so to all of us it is truest wisdom, having obediently trusted in God, to leave results in his hands and expect a blessed issue.” Charles Spurgeon