“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” This quote was first printed in 1866 in a magazine. Since that time, many have lived by this and, in fact, an apple does have many healing qualities.
After going to see my doctor about a few problems I was dealing with, a lot of it boiled down to stress. I thought to myself, how could I have less stress? There is no way I can cut a lot out of my schedule. I have three small children, my husband, a house to run and the many things I’m involved in ministry. It occurred to me one day while reading my Bible, that I can actually have a mini-vacation every single day. I know what you are thinking . . . “She’s crazy!” or “Give me the secret, lady! I’m willing to pay any amount!”
There have been many times that my walk with the Lord has been, well, let’s say, far from perfect. Three of those times were June 17, 2003, June 1, 2005 and April 10, 2009. How can I remember those dates? It was when my three precious children were born. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not blaming my children for my spiritual life at all. I realize that is all on me. But, to keep it simple, newborns aren’t easy. My children were not the type of babies that slept all the time. In fact, sleep was the thing they hated most and all three had reflux. For the first three months of their lives, I would be totally stressed out, sleep deprived, and to be honest, I would make life very difficult for my family and me. It was a time in which I rarely read my Bible and my prayer time only consisted of, “Lord please help this baby to stop crying!” There were times I would think, “I just need a break.” And then one day it was as if the Lord said to me, “Beth, you can have that break. Rest in Me.” I realized that although I am busy being a wife, a mother and a helpmeet in the ministry, I must take time out every day for me. A time to breath, meditate on God’s Word, a quiet time.
How can you have time to meditate on God’s Word and have a mini-vacation?
- Set a goal– Start with 15 minutes and work up! For 15 minutes you will read God’s Word and pray! If one of my children comes in the room, I ask them to sit with me and read a book or play with a toy. With the older ones I have said to them, “Mommy is reading her Bible. Would you mind letting me finish please?”
- Set a time– Morning or evening, try to keep the same time set. If we don’t set a specific time, we will not do it.
- Have an accountability partner– Find someone you can send a note to share what you are learning or reading. It doesn’t have to be long or even grammatically correct.
- Find the perfect spot– Go somewhere that is relaxing to you. Maybe it is the couch, your bed or a chair on the front porch. Make it your space!
Remember, instead of an apple a day, “Reading God’s Word each day keeps the stress away!” It is amazing in the Bible that we can find help for any problem in our lives! I encourage you to eat from it everyday and enjoy your mini-vacation!
Isaiah 40:29 says: He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.