The conversation in the living room turned toward our various
“resolutions” to devote more time to studying the Bible while the men shifted to
Super Bowl jabber. (The kitchen was certainly experiencing more laughter than
the living room). A young mother opened her heart, “I really struggle to find the
time to read or sometimes, even to pray with four children all under the age of
An experienced mom with kids in college responded in a loving, but firm
manner, “Oh, no dear– you must make your time with God your highest priority.
If you are not on track with the Lord, every circumstance will derail you.” The
other mothers had the look of “train wreck” suddenly written all over their faces
(myself included). I attempted to bring some comfort so I reminded the ladies of
His wonderful grace, mercy, strength and provision. Another friend encouraged
us to grasp the fact that God loves us fully, unconditionally and without regard to
our response or performance.
“Miss Twiggy” piped up. “Actually, I have a great suggestion for studying
the entire Bible in one year. Anyone with desire and a little time each day could
do it.” A little time. Isn’t that what each mother would give her left thigh for? Isn’t
that the real problem here? Isn’t’ this “Body by Jake” fanatic out of touch? I
assumed she found some free time between the boutique, the club and the tanning
bed. Lord, please send me a cup of kindness right away!
My curiosity was peaked. “Please tell us how you accomplished such a
wonderful goal. Maybe we can all benefit.
She smiled broadly and sat up straighter (looking even thinner!), cranberry
punch in hand. “Well, Harry and I decided to invest in the deluxe edition of the
fully narrated New King James Version of the entire Old and New Testaments. It
has complete sound effects and professional actors so the Word really comes to
life!” How nice for her. The Word really comes to life for me on the days I still
love Frank and the children by sundown.
cont. part III