Before the girls wake up each morning I fill out my little calendar and daily to-do list. It’s like I completely forget during the night what it’s actually like having two little people around. I forget that they are both capable of dumping out toys. I forget that while I’m making breakfast someone will scream for help and then need a diaper change. I forget that as I’m dressing one of them the other will be undressing herself and we’ll have to start over.

By 10:00 I’m exhausted and we might all be dressed and have eaten breakfast — maybe — on a good day.

So I was cut when I read this the other day:

All hard work brings a profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.

Proverbs 14:23

Immediately I realized that our daily Bible story time hasn’t been happening. It hasn’t happened for a couple of weeks. I don’t remember exactly which story we’re ready for.

It’s hard to prioritize sitting down for 3 minutes during the afternoon to read a few pages to my little girls. It’s work. But doing it communicates something very powerful: we need God as much as we need lunch, as much as we need nap time, as much as we need to go to the grocery store. We need Him every day. We need to hear from Him. We need to know what He’s really like. And they know I really mean it if we do it.

But merely having it on my to-do list, left unchecked, leads only to poverty.


2 Responses to Mere Talk

  1. Lindsay says:

    I can so relate to this, Melissa! I was just thinking the same thing this morning as our Jesus Storybook Bible lay on the shelf. I’ve gotten out of the habit of that sweet time with my 2-year-old. Thanks for the reminder… he needs it and so do I!

  2. Rachel Lundy says:

    So true! What a convicting reminder. Thanks for this!

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