Over the last couple of months I have spent a lot of time awake at night. It's during those times that I realize, I am a brilliant writer!! I write the most lovely blog posts, thank you notes, and speeches for my children. Somehow when the dawn breaks, all my brilliance fades like the shadows and I once again sound like someone that doesn't have a college degree. That being said; I had an epiphany in the middle of the night. Hopefully I come across sounding half-way intelligent.
Anyhow....recently I started reading another Christian self-help book. If you know me well, you would know that I am a self-help book junky. I love to read how to be a better wife, mother, Christ-follower, ect. This one is supposed to help me overcome my bad reactions to raw emotion. You know; the kind that sneaks up on you and has you yelling at your kids before you even know what hit you. Then later you're full of regret for how you acted! The book is Lysa TerKeurst's Unglued. I must say the book is wonderful. Lysa is funny and full of true to life stories about how she has blown it and what she is doing to overcome exploding in the moment. As I lay in bed last night thinking about this book and the many others I have read, it occurred to me: There is one common theme in all of these Christian self-help books.....read the Word, know the Word, apply the Word. So simple, yet seemingly so difficult. Why do we find it so hard as believers to do what the Word says? We say we believe, but then we don't listen to the verses that are there to help us overcome our issues. Be sure that I am not pointing the finger here; I struggle with this too!
So the conclusion I came to in the night was that while the stories and steps to freedom written down in all these books are helpful by showing us we're not alone; the thing we really need is to listen and apply what our Creator has so lovingly written to us!!
Praying that I will dig deeper into His Word every day for strength and freedom to be more and more Christ-like.