“He gives us the strength we need, to keep going each day.”

The Beans:

The Background:

My Study Bible had a great note for the verse we’re about to look at it today.

It said, “We are instructed to do our part in seeking wisdom in order to reap the wonderful, promised results. God grants wisdom as a gift to those who truly seek it, and He bestows understanding and knowledge.

The Verse:

Proverbs 2:3-5

“indeed, if you call out for insight
    and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver
    and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God
.”

The Fill:

What’s the point?

What You Have to Gain Through a Relationship With Jesus: He gives us the strength we need, to keep going each day.

What is it in your life that you work the hardest for / at?

What do you spend a majority or your energy, time, and resources on?

Career?     Children?     Spouse?     Social Life?

If you feel stressed, stretched too thin, unfulfilled in life … chances are your priorities are out of whack.

WAIT!

Don’t stop reading … I get it!

How in the world could you spend the same number of hours that you spend on raising children, in quiet time with God?

How could is be possible to fit in a full 9 hour work day (plus commute) and also spend just as much time reading the Bible and praying?

It is physically impossible, there aren’t enough hours in the day.

Before you really start sweating and stressing out – making Jesus your top priority is NOT about time, it’s about your heart.

It is about the condition of your heart.

I’ve heard the expression before, “you can’t pour from an empty cup.” This means you can’t be the spouse, parent, employee or friend that you NEED to be, if you yourself, are not good first.

It’s what you hear repeated in case of an emergency on any airline before take off, “take care of yourself first, so you have enough energy to take care of the person beside you.”

But what is it that fills that cup?

What do you do daily to give yourself the peace you need to sustain you?

You could say it’s a workout – but that only gives you physical energy for a while.

It could be your coffee – but that certainly doesn’t last long enough.

The peace I need to make it through those difficult moments at work, and with my child,

the place where I learn how to love my spouse best,

the place where I learn refocus on joy, even in the midst of chaos ….

It’s ALL Jesus, and time (no matter how short) spent with Him!

The Steam:

What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today? 

One of the biggest things we GAIN, out of a relationship with Jesus is the opportunity and privilege to pray.

We are committing to establishing a habit of prayer over the course of this study. For further information check out The Steam section of Day 1’s post.

So …. How’s your prayer time going? Do you need or want to make any changes?

I’d love to hear from you!

If you’re looking for further ideas, advice, or want to share your journey please don’t hesitate to shoot me a message!