When I was asked to be apart of this on-line encouragement I shared that to me, a Titus 2 woman is someone who will encourage another woman on a path she's already been down.
As my week to share has approached the place where I've been is spiritually dry...so I invite anyone who has walked down this path to come to the well, where we shall find water and be dry no longer.
What causes us to have these seasons of dryness in our walk with the Lord? As I just recently walked through a short season of dryness, I spent some time asking the Lord to show me what causes this.
The Lord brought a few key things in my life that cause me to dry up spiritually: Loss of focus, satan attacks, busyness, being tired, laziness, demanding relationships, and plain o' excuses.
I stop being faithful with my quiet time. I forget to listen to praise songs. I let other things: TV, phone, music, and computer crowd out my peaceful walk with the Lord. I allow things to consume my thoughts and time that simply do not belong!
Then blame game begins: These kids keep me so busy! Work is too demanding! My husband just requires so much of me and doesn't lift a finger to help! This community project I am involved with is draining all my extra time and energy. This 2008 election is important and I need to dedicate time studying, listening and reading. My church obligations keep me hopping around four nights a week! School work is insane and if I don't get good grades no college will let me in! This drama with my friends is exhausting! I just don't have anyone to do a bible study with and I need someone to help me understand it!
We can even being to have misdirected (but honorable) priorities:
- cleaning house
- reading a book
- watching or listening to political analysis
- having people over
- making a phone call
- sports involvement
- children's extra activities
I have a saying, framed and hanging in my dining room, it reads: Make time for quiet moments, as God whispers and the world is loud.
So this short (praise the Lord is was rather short this time) season of dryness I've just walked through reminded me of the utmost importance of my quiet time each day, making sure my top priority is the Lord, not allowing anything to get in the way of time with Him.
We come to the well, a place where Jesus has offered us refreshment. We gather with likeminded believers to rest with Him. We seek Him. We lay aside excuses and we beg for Him to come near to us as we draw near to Him.
If you are at a very dry place, I offer you this song: The More I Seek You, by Kari Jobe.
For those of you who have walked through a season of dryness I ask you:
* Have you noticed a pattern of when you find yourself spiritually dry?
* What do you do to move quickly through that season of dryness?
Make sure you leave your link so we can read your answers!