Last week at our small group meeting we had some great discussion and one of my favorite questions was this: "If somebody asks you what it means to live life under the influence of the Holy Spirit, how would you answer them?" I really liked the question and I feel it is a good place for me to start with my post today.
For me, the question holds the key to the answer. The two words "live life", for me, are an essential part of the answer. God wants me to live life with Him, for Him and by His leading. So much of my time as a stay at home woman, wife and mother is spent "living life". I live a life of laundry, cleaning, menu planning, shopping, being thrifty, teaching, caring, nurturing and so many other things. I am in the regular habit of spending time with God each day but if I regulate my life with Christ to the amount of time I actually spend in His Word and prayer then my time will attest to the fact that the time spent with God vs. the other activities does not even come close to comparing.
I must look at my life through the lens of living life under the influence of the Holy Spirit. That means I am open to the Holy Spirit to speak to me when I am doing the dishes or folding the laundry. I am open to hear words of encouragement, words of correction, words or promise and words of direction. I don't want to live life in a way that is oblivious to the fact that God is in me and with me during every activity I engage in throughout the day, not just my quiet time. How much sweet fellowship I would miss with my Lord if I believed I could only be led by the Spirit during traditionally spiritual moments.
As a follow up to reading through the entire Bible in 90 days I am taking some time to work through the Beth Moore study Breaking Free. I already miss reading large amounts of scripture but am so glad to be taking a more direct and personal approach to allowing God to transform my life. I am doing this study with a very unlikely group in a very unlikely way. My mother and two sisters are joining me and we are going to Skype our discussion times. I am so looking forward to growing in my personal life with God and growing deeper in my relationships with the women in my family.
As a family we are also embarking on some changes to the way we eat. Justin found out through allergy testing that he has a severe reaction to yeast and needs to get it under control to feel good or "normal" again. Some of the changes are going to be easy but some of the changes will prove difficult for our stubborn "I want to eat what I want to eat" mentality. I am looking forward to discovering new recipes and learning how to eat to live rather than live to eat. I know we will all benefit from these changes and it will help us function to the best of our abilities. For the time being though I am sure we will both have cravings that will go unmet and although that is a good discipline in the moment it is happening my flesh cries out against it.
Thanks for reading these rambling thoughts. Blessings!