Giving Thoughts

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Spending quiet time in the Word is like finding the off switch to the energy that is bouncing around in our grey matter.

Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord. (Proverbs 16:20 ESV)

On any given day, there are only twenty-four hours to be used up. It doesn’t matter how rich or poor you are, we are all given an equal portion of time. What we do with that time, however, will determine a lot.

As mothers, a large chunk of our time is spent thinking about our families. If we’re married, our mind drifts to consider our spouse’s needs and happiness. If we’re moms, we tend to think about our children’s safety and futures. And, if we’re still single, we are probably fairly involved in our parents’ and siblings’ lives. Then of course, there are our careers, finances, homes . . . our mind is a busy place!

Mark Gungor has a video series called, ‘Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage’ that describes men’s brains as having boxes and women’s brains as being a pile of wire. So theoretically, men can just hop from one section of their brains to another, effortlessly and without any reflection or effect from the previous box. 

Women on the other hand have everything connected. If we stub our toe on our grandmother’s rocker, we can, as we’re bouncing around on one foot, recall the smell of our mother’s perfume, the last time we nursed our baby, and then end up wondering who we should will the ankle-biting antique to - all between sobs of pain.

Whew.

It’s no wonder we’re so tired most of the time!

The Bible says that whoever gives thought to the word will discover good. And this causes me to ponder the words ‘gives thought’.  For all the miles of twisted wire that is found in our head and the intersecting sparks of emotions usually snapping at the same time, we also have a choice to stop the craziness and give thought to the Word.

I believe this is the key to helping us busy women cope. Spending quiet time in the Word is like finding the off switch to the energy that is bouncing around in our grey matter. It’s a choice to give part of those twenty-four hours to Him, and He promises when we do, we will discover good.

Father, we thank You that You have created our brains to function at a crazy capacity in order to juggle our busy lives and care for those we love. Help us to remember though Lord, that You want us to start our day unwinding our thoughts and giving You our mind’s first fruits. Call us from our slumber with Your sweet whispers that we would come and find rest and peace. In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

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