Farm Wife Devotions: Temples to Thrive In!
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 "Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are."
Our bodies are temples. How many times do we hear that throughout our lives? How many of us actually live it? I'll come right out and say that I'm terrible at living it. In both the earthly sense and spiritual.
I'm a mother of, now, four boys. My youngest is two weeks shy of two months and my oldest is five, navigating his first year of school in 4K. My job is to take care of my husband's grandma, who is wheelchair bound and lives with us. We also have a menagerie of animals. That's a lot. There are only so many seconds in a minute, minutes in an hour, hours in a day, and days in a week. Time is incredibly finite. My kids, Grandma, my husband, and our animals come before my own health and well being. I am very good at taking care of others and not very good at taking care of myself. I will go, and go, and go until my body screams, "YOU'RE DONE!" and then I sleep for two days straight.
How many of you can relate?
How often do you forget that in order to care for others, you must be well rested, fed, and healthy? That sometimes you need to take a step back for a bit and be able to take a deep breath, whether it's literal or figurative, before stepping back into the whirlwind of life? I have to make a concerted, conscious effort to take the time to make sure that I get my needs met as well.
Just like we have to take the time to ensure our physical well-being, we can't forget our spiritual well-being as well.
It is so easy to let the cares of the world invade our consciousness, consuming our waking hours with needless worry, and leaving us to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders.
Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding."
You gotta give it up to God. It seems that, in agriculture and outside of it, life is made up of extremes. When it rains, it pours and boy, does it.
When life attacks it's easy to forget that God is guiding us and that we have to trust Him. He has a plan and we are but bright threads in His tapestry.We have to trust that He can see the pattern even where we can not.We have to let Him use us as His temples. We have to give ourselves to Him so that we can fulfill His purpose for us. Allowing Him in, letting His love, peace, and grace fill us, helps us to take that and give it back to our families and our communities. Because without God, we are empty.
So make sure you take time out of each day for yourself. To care for your physical body and your spiritual well-being. Pray. Let God lift the worries from your shoulders and allow Him to fill your cup to overflowing.
Today's Farm Wife Devotion was written and shared with us by Laura Tilly a fellow rural sister in agriculture! Thank you so much Laura for sharing your heart with us!
Laura Tilly hales from SE Wisconsin. She is a wife, mother, caretaker, riding instructor, and horse trainer. She wears many uniforms and loves them all. She grew up on a hobby farm and aspires to have her own farm with her family some day; raising beef, pork, poultry, vegetables, fruit, and being generally self sufficient along with breeding, raising, training, and showing Arabians. Her faith in God helps her get through each day with a sense of peace and a sense of humor. Without that she'd be lost. She looks forward with sharing her thoughts with all of her fellow sisters in agriculture and sisters in Christ.
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