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Tending The Garden // By Rebecca Allegri

By February 13, 2019Spiritual Life

I cannot tell you the number of devotionals I have read over the years. I have several that are jam-packed with notes and highlights, and others that I wish I could go through and read again with fresh eyes after being in a new season. The Lord has fed my soul through countless words and affirmations over the years, but lately, in this season of motherhood I am in, I have felt a thirst for the Word that I have not been able to fully quench.

As a busy mama who stays home raising a 1 ½-year-old toddler, is pregnant with her second baby that is due in May, and who also works from home, finding that sweet and sacred downtime to quench my spirit with the Word is rare. In order for a garden to blossom to its full potential, the gardener has to tend to it daily to experience the joy of growth and harvest. If I do not make time to tend to the garden of my heart and spirit, how can I ever expect to bear the fruit that was planted? How can I ever get my cup filled if I’m allowing myself to run on empty?

As busy gals seeking the heart of Jesus – whether you’re a mom or not – it’s so important to make time to deepen your roots within the Word. Cultivating a spirit of perseverance throughout the hard and busy seasons or the seasons of waiting will allow for your heart to become fully reliant on the Lord! How greatly can He use us in our day to day if we obediently abide in Him and fervently seek Him through the encouragement, reflections, and truth-soaked words of the Bible?

Just the other day as I was on my hands and knees picking up the tornado of toys my little one left in her post-naptime wake, I was reminded of this analogy in John 15 (verses 5, 7, and 11):

“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in them, they will bear much fruit for apart from me you can do nothing…If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you…These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”

What power and hope the Holy Spirit can weave through us during the moments we spend in the trenches! I paused mid-reach for a toy car and looked at my surroundings. As I sat there, I saw joy in the form of a spunky little girl as she pounded on the piano. I saw joy in my reflection in the TV, a mom who was blessed with the opportunity to stay home and immerse herself in motherhood.

I discovered in that moment of pressing pause that joy can be found in performing the small, repetitive tasks of motherhood because it requires complete selflessness for the sake of pouring into a tiny human with the love, grace, and patience that Jesus has with me as His daughter.

In whatever circumstance you find yourself in during this season, call upon the Lord and He will cover you in His grace. Ask to be presented with sacred time to spend in the Word. Pray over the tools He has already equipped you with and for them to be revealed and used for the glory of the Kingdom. You will find rest and will become filled with His peace as you seek to draw near to Him.

Here are a few of my favorite devotionals that equip, nourish, and sustain me when I am in need of some serious spirit-quenching goodness for moms, wives, and women:

1. Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus by Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk
2. The Better Mom Devotional: Shaping Our Hearts as We Shape Our Homes by Ruth Schwenk
3. Find Rest: A Women’s Devotional For Lasting Peace In A Busy Life by Shaunti Feldhahn 
4. Gracelaced: Discovering Timeless Truths Through Seasons of the Heart by Ruth Chou Simons
5. Redefined: Defining Identity Through The Mirror of God’s Word by Well Watered Women 
6. Planted: Be Rooted Deeply in the Lord Throughout Every Season by Well Watered Women

No matter what season you find yourself in right now sister friend, know that there is always grace upon grace that covers you. If you’re struggling to find the time to dive deep into the Word, know that the Lord is waiting to quench your thirst for His Word. This week, make a plan to grab a friend, order a devotional (or three!), and keep each other accountable to deepening your roots in Jesus.

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