This past week our discipleship class, called Plugin, studying the book Mizizi has been focusing on prayer. An ENCOUNTER with God. Each week has five lessons.
No matter the season
As a mom of a toddler, you can get busy. Let’s say its a season. Now as you know, we as believers are encouraged to work out our salvation. But at times we are simply not growing or we feel we are not growing as we would like. That’s besides the point. God has called us to an abundant life that bears fruit, fruit that will last. This is the point. I realised that I was actually giving the excuse of running after the young one, doing house chores, volunteering and applying for jobs as the reasons for not getting down to my quiet time with God. Those reasons are true, ever done babysitting for a one-year old who just began walking and is determined to explore their walking and eating abilities? 🙂 Its no brainer. That’s exactly the reason why moms need to be at the feet of the designer of that toddler… its the creator who knows their make, their needs and uniqueness. We really need that manual! To learn how to be an effective parent of toddlers check out this resource from Focus on the Family here.
Getting the Confidence
As the author in Hebrews 4:16 writes we have confidence to approach the throne of GRACE.
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.
Note this confidence is not because you showed up for your quiet time. The confidence is because you are a child of God. But that doesn’t mean you don’t show up because you are a child. That is the deception the brother of the prodigal son had. He knew he was a son. But he was bitter and was not enjoying the goodies in his father’s house. He was irked when his long lost brother had a party thrown just for him. All the father could say to him was all these things have been yours all along.
That’s exactly what we OFTEN miss. Yes we are born again, we are heaven bound but live defeated lives. We become prey to lies and half-truths. We depend on miracles not relationship. We ask God for favors yet we are sons. We get angry when our new siblings in the faith seem to be growing as manifested by the fruit they bear. Why-not-me Lord becomes our daily creed.
We have each other in the family of God. We need to wake up to the all-so neglected small group bible study fellowship. To break the word, pray and break bread. That is what the early church did in Acts.
With the accountability of my small group study group in the plugin class, I have started the journey of discipline. There are days I miss study. And feel guilty… Somehow on the days I faithfully do my study, I feel refreshed and confident in my role as a mom and find prayer for grace natural.
For me, this has been and still is a long journey. And the beauty, am not alone. You too, my friend are not alone. We have a huge cloud of witness cheering us on.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us.
You can start the quiet time today with Mark 1. It is packed. Read the entire chapter and reflect on the word. Jesus was born, was baptized, immediately led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness, came back and called his first disciples. He drove out an evil spirit and healed Simon’s mother-in-law. Many people came to be healed too and I can imagine it was a long night. Beautifully, the following morning, very early, he went out to a solitary place to pray. His disciples came looking for him as well as others in need and He served them, I believe from a place of overflow and a refreshing joy.
Prayer: Lord we’ll walk with hearts courageous after you.
I dedicate to you Hearts Courageous by Maranatha.
PS. Currently, Dorcas is an under-study facilitator in the plug in class at Nairobi Chapel Rongai using Mizizi book by Muriithi Wanjau. At Nairobi Chapel, the Mizizi is a 10-week marathon series to plug participants into their God-purpose. We connect to God, Church, Community and Purpose/Destiny