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I HAVE AN ENEMY WHO IS ALWAYS TELLING ME THAT THE BIBLE WILL NOT BE INTERESTING OR UNDERSTANDABLE. HE’S ALWAYS TELLING ME THAT WHAT I REALLY NEED IS AN EVENING OF MINDLESS TELEVISION RATHER THAN TIME IN THE WORD. AND SOMETIMES I LISTEN! WHAT WE REALLY NEED IS TO REFUSE TO BELIEVE THE LIES OF THE ENEMY EVEN AS WE OPEN THE WORD WHEN WE DON’T FEEL LIKE IT AND THINK WE DON’T HAVE TIME FOR IT, SO THAT WE DISCOVER OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT GOD’S WORD MEETS OUR DEEP NEEDS AND SATISFIES OUR DEEP HUNGER AND RE-TRAINS OUR DEEP DESIRES. of calling?” I would encourage them, instead, to look around asking the question, “What are the needs that need to be met, and how can I be a good steward of what God has entrusted to me to meet those needs?” As I look around the church it seems to me that there is so much to do, so many ways to serve, so many people who need to be listened to and loved on and discipled. Jesus left all of us—men and women—an example that we

should follow, which is to pick up the towel and do the lowly task that needs to be done, not jostle for a place at the table. It is really hard work being a mother, as you know from firsthand experience. The responsibilities sometimes seem overwhelming. Setting aside time to study the Bible can feel impossible. What advice might you give to mothers feeling this tension? I read an assumption in your question, a common assumption that does not always serve women well. Yes moms are busy. So are dads. Pretty much everyone in our modern age has responsibilities that sometimes seem overwhelming, and setting aside time to study the Bible can “feel impossible.” But here’s the thing: We all pretty much do with our time what we want to do. Or, another way to say it is that what we really want to do, we make time to do. Because we want to spend time on Facebook or watching Netflix or exercising or making our own baby food, we do. So the tension—at least for me—has had less to do with availability of time but more with lack of desire, even lack of belief that I truly do not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. I have an enemy who is always telling me that the Bible will not be interesting or understandable. He’s always telling me that what I really need is an evening of mindless television rather than time in the Word. And sometimes I listen! What we really need is to refuse to believe the lies of the enemy even as we open the Word when we don’t feel like it and think we don’t have time for it, so that we discover over and over again that God’s Word meets our deep needs and satisfies our deep hunger and re-trains our deep desires. | 7

Let the Children Come to Jesus  
Let the Children Come to Jesus