We are bombarded by voices each and every day.

Through the noise, can you hear the Voice of Truth?


Chapter One: I Want the Spa, but I Need Solitude with God

I am so excited to begin this book study of Women Living Well: Finding Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids, and Your Home. If you have Courtney Joseph’s book, please take a moment now to read Chapter One.

Within this chapter, Courtney speaks of her appearance on the Rachael Ray show:

If you can’t see the video, click HERE.

During the interview, Rachael Ray asks the audience if anyone is offended at The Joseph’s lifestyle.

“There was a pause as the audience responded with a raise of hands.

Voices. These are the voices to which I choose not to listen. They don’t have the right to speak into my life.”

~ Courtney Joseph, p.5

Wow. What powerful words! She chooses which voices to listen to and declares which ones don’t have the right to speak into her life. What a concept. I wish I was taught this years ago. That it is not only ok to filter out the everyday voices, but it is necessary. How else are we to hear the Voice of Truth?

There is something else {sneaky} going on in my life besides other voices competing with the Voice of Truth…

Recently, upon waking I washed, dried and put away the previous day’s dishes. Washed and hung up two loads of laundry. Put away a load from the day before. Emptied the trash. Attempted to give the cat her meds. Checked my email. Took care of homeschooling items. Pulled a truck and trailer out of the mud with our truck. Read the manual on how to disengage from Four Wheel Drive Lo. Disengaged the truck from Four Wheel Drive Lo. Opened the chicken house and treated the girls with scratch grains. Checked on the pheasants. Finished putting groceries away in the pantry from the shopping trip the day before. Fed the cats. Vented to Camo Guy about feeling overwhelmed. All before 10 AM.Β This is a typical morning for me.

“We must slow down and create calm moments. It is in our unhurried moments that we can see and hear clearly.”

~ Courtney Joseph, p. 7

Dear Reader, can you see why I was overwhelmed? Do you see what was missing from my morning?

I missed my Moments with God.

No wonder I was so overwhelmed!

“Be quiet and know that I am God. I will be honored among the nations. I will be honored in the earth.”

~Psalm 46:10 NLV

My energy was depleted.

Without recharging with the Word of God, I was exhausted.

It is ok to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n. To be quiet. To know who is God. To honor Him.

Friend, we need more time to recharge our spiritual batteries than just Sunday morning. We need a daily boost from the Bible. When we take care of us and fill our selves with God’s Word, we are then fully equipped to care for those around us.

Reminds me of the first lesson in a parenting class I took over 20 years ago. You must first take care of you so that you can take care of your child. Apparently, when in an airplane you are instructed in the event of an emergency to put the oxygen mask on your self first. I was flabbergasted! Are you kidding me? No way. My child comes first I told the instructor. She replied: OK, you place the mask on your child first. Before you can get yours on, you pass out. Now who will take care of your child?

Hmm. Sobering thought.

Let’s talk!

How do you carve out time in your day to spend Moments with God?
What do you do to filter out the voices coming at you keeping you from His Word?
Share with us your “Go-to” Bible verse when life begins to be overwhelming.

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