Note: This can also apply to women who have a lot on their plate, may it be career, taking care of their husbands, or parents/siblings, or someone who is involved in several ministries.
Revival is something we need as Christians. As a lighted candle can bring light for a moment then vanishes away because of external factors, our fire for Christ can be diminished by being overwhelmed with the responsibilities that has been laid in front of us. Moms, you know exactly what I mean. The term “responsibility” may make you cringe already.
I have two daughters under the age of 3 and I admit, being able to sit down for Bible reading and prayer for a few minutes does not happen quite so often especially since they have different schedule. Sometimes, I get snippets of time during the day just to be able to read a passage. During Sundays, I either stay with my toddler in her Sunday school class or in the nursery with my 7-month old. Grateful for sisters in Christ (or my husband if he’s not travelling) who volunteers to take my kids so I can listen to the preaching from time to time.
Women in the ministry are not excused in this. You may be involved in a lot of church work, things you do for the Lord, and still lack revival. These responsibilities may take the place of spending quality time with the Lord which should be your priority.
What then can we do to get the revival that we so need? Here are 4 ways that I find helpful for me and I’m so excited to share it with you all:
1. Listen to God’s Word
Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.
The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. Psalm 119:129-130
It is important for us to remember (though we have heard it a couple times before) that revival comes from the Lord. An unconscious man from drowning can’t revive himself, he needs help from someone else.
Praise the Lord for His Word is available to us. Now, the problem comes when we can’t find the perfect time to sit down on a table, open the Bible, have a drink of lemon water or hot choco on the side (or coffee if you like that better) and spend uninterrupted time with the Lord. Sounds like a vacation for Mom. Ha-ha
So here’s what I do during the days that I can’t open my Bible too long because the baby just woke up. I LISTEN to the Bible. If you have an earphone, go plug it in and you can use Bible apps in your phone.
You can also listen to sermons. Sermon audio is a good collection of biblical preachers. I like to listen to Dr. Bob Jones III, Ptr. Michael Washer and Ptr. John VanGeldren (he has some solid sermons on revival).
You can listen to (or watch) podcasts. My favorite is Nancy Leigh Wolgemuth. You can listen to her podcasts here or search for her on her facebook page: Revive Our Hearts.
Or you can replay the preachings from my home church (Las Piñas Baptist Church) here.
Now you can take care of the house and your family while taking in spiritual food. It may not work all the time but we can always try and see how we can get nourishment from God’s Word.
2. Find a mentor
Look for a Titus 2 woman who will teach you good things or someone who can help you continue in the things that you have learned. You don’t always have to meet for a Bible study (that would be great if you can) but atleast you have someone specifically looking after your spiritual revival. Another candle to light you up if needed.
I can’t emphasize enough the beauty of discipleship among women. No matter how many years you have experience in the ministry, even if you are a Pastor’s wife–you need someone to mentor you. The ministry can be draining, the responsibilities of motherhood can be overwhelming but having somebody to remind you of God is always a blessing.
Sadly, sometimes pride can come in the way, and we think (unconsciously) that we have gained much experience already and we are the ones who should be mentoring others. Wrong thinking! Everyone needs discipleship.
One of the common wants of a busy mom is to go out and talk to somebody. Hopefully, it’ll be your husband first of all. But having friends can truly be encouraging as well. Though it is good to talk about parenting and our struggles, it is so important to talk to someone about your personal revival. To pray with and for you. To rebuke you in love. To challenge you.
I’ve been blessed with several ladies whom I can talk to about spiritual things, one of which is my aunt who happens to be our Pastor’s wife.
3. Include your children
Work on a Deuteronomy 6:6-9 atmosphere at home.
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9
There’s no better way to be reminded of the Lord but by speaking of Him everyday with your children. I have read a good book on discipline and would love to share with you my learnings next time but this is one of the good tips from the book in building a home that knows and love God.
…When your child wants something, teach them to pray about it. That’ll remind you to pray for your needs too.
…When your children fight, teach them what the Bible says about anger and being swift to hear. That’ll remind you to control anger as well.
…When your children don’t want to share their toys, remind them that God loves a cheerful giver. That’ll remind you to be selfless too.
This is something we can work on by the grace of God, to bring Him honor in our homes.
4. Speak up of the Lord’s goodness
O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. Psalm 51:15
Last, but definitely not the least, choose to become vocal of your thanksgiving to the Lord. Choose to see the blessings of each day amidst the many tasks that are still left undone. Cultivating a grateful attitude will turn your focus on the Lord more and more each day. This will, in turn, ignite the fire in your hearts to yearn for more of the Lord. Sing praises to the Lord with your children if you can.
May these words be a reminder and a challenge to you today:
Thy glorious coming—
We long for the day!
But are we preparing
The holy highway?
Our hand seemeth weakened,
And feeble the knee;
O send a revival,
Beginning in me!
James Gray (O Lord Send A Revival)