I was recently asked to speak to the women of our church and the Lord led me to share Psalm 1. If you have time, go get your Bible and read these few short verses.
Verses one and two tell us who is blessed. First, we see what NOT to do, “walk not in the counsel of the wicked nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers…” We’re not just known for what we DO, but for what we DON’T do. We should not be known for things like taking advice from unbelievers, surrounding ourselves with a community of people who indulge their sin, or participating in activities that will lead us into sin.
Practically speaking, this gives us a pretty clear default. We need to surround ourselves with others who know and love Jesus and who are seeking after Him with all their heart. We’re all sinners saved by grace, but we need to be fighting sin, avoiding compromising situations – you know what that is for you – and asking mature Christians to help us when we don’t know where to turn.
Followed by these statements, we’re told exactly what a blessed woman WILL DO: “her delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law she meditates day and night.” Blessing comes from knowing God’s Word… reading it… thinking about it… memorizing it… making it the joy of our lives.
Delight. It’s such a beautiful word. What are some things you delight in? Your husband or kids? A new pair of shoes? Getting your nails done? Indulging in your favorite dessert? Imagine DELIGHTING in God’s Word! It is life! But we’ll never get that life if we don’t open up the Bible and read. That’s the only way to learn and grow. Actually being in God’s Word. And not just sometimes, but as much as possible!
Here are some practical ideas:
- Go to a Bible study group.
- Get a Bible reading plan. (Consider an audio Bible if this would be helpful!)
- Meet with one other woman weekly or monthly to talk about what you’ve been reading.
- Find a devotional book or app and use it daily.
Whatever you do, carve out time every day to read and learn God’s Word.
If you’ve never read the Bible before, start with one of the gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke or John and write down what you find interesting or meaningful.
Before you read, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Truth and convict sin.
A woman who is blessed is one who delights in God’s Word and saturates her life with it!
What is the next step God wants you to take?
By Jenna Hallock
Wife to Mark
Mom of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Family Time Training