What a weekend; actually, it was five days for me. Five Days at She Speaks Women’s Writing and Speaking conference.
Every woman there carried home a message yesterday. My message: my life needs more power. More power to live intentionally. More power to walk in the Spirit; refusing reactions from feelings. More power to influence my sphere to make His name reknown.
His Word, the Bible, has got to be an even bigger part of my life for this to be.
This year, I have come to look so forward to relaxing before bed. I love nothing more than to crawl into bed, grab the latest Christian fiction on She Reads and settle in for a good hour or more of relaxation. I had gotten to the point where during the day I would long for this quiet time; when the stress of the schedule mounted, when the laundry pile was bigger than the washer and supper was still calling to be created. Ahhh…just a few more hours and I can curl up with my read. Last month alone, I read four fiction books.
Now, do not get me wrong. I am definitely not saying fiction is wrong; every book I read last month was by my new favorite Christian author, Mary DeMuth. But yesterday morning, as Karen Ehman talked about our True Love, I reflected on the amount of time I spent reading these books. I reflected on how much I had come to look forward to spending time with my books.
This reflection led me to choose a fast from fiction for the month of August. I have to admit; last night as I crawled in bed I felt a bit sad. I had just been given two free fiction books at She Speaks and I knew they were both amazing! Yet, as they lay on my nightstand, I chose my Bible and read these words instead,
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.” Genesis 1: 1 – 4 NIV
My life. In the beginning, it was formless and empty. Darkness covered over it’s surface, but the Spirit of God was hovering over it; waiting for me to desire Him. Waiting for me to desire Light. Then God came and spoke into it; into me. “Let there be light.” and His words separated light from darkness. When He saw what He was done, it was good.
That was my reflection when I laid my head to rest. He started a work in my life. He has separated the light and the darkness and it’s good. It’s time that the light grows brighter and brighter to reflect Him and make His name reknown. I need to return to desiring Him most of all.
Do you have something vying for your first love? Maybe like me, it isn’t something horrific or hideous, just something that makes you a little more excited than it should; more excited than Jesus. Something that your heart finds comfort, release,and happiness more than Him? Would the Spirit call you to a fast in order to make His name reknown in your life? Ask Him today and see what He has to say…