I’m thrilled today that one of my friends and fellow seminary mamas will be writing today’s guest post. Seana reached out to me when our husbands were at Dallas Seminary and we quickly became friends after our first playdate amongst coffee, banana bread, and busy babies. We both share a passion for God’s word and writing so as you can imagine, we have a lot to talk about. Seana has a heart of gold and I love her passion for Jesus, her family, and ministry. .
Seana writes for Seanascott.org – Real. Faith. Moms and when you subscribe to her blog, you receive a free e-book called Joy Made Full: 5 Lies that Trap Moms & How to Break Free. On her blog, you can also scroll down and listen to some of her quick videos on motherhood. Super encouraging!
Thank you, Seana, for today’s post!
“Snow! Mama, Snow!” My three-year-old yelled as he watched the floating flakes dance to the ground. Any light dusting of snow in Fort Worth, Texas is reason enough to call off school and put on layers of blizzard gear and play.
I needed to head back into town to pick up my other son from school.
“Alright, Judah. Let’s go.”
We thanked friends for hosting a play-date and opened the front door. Judah dashed out like a puppy on the loose. “Snow, mommy! Can I eat it?” He squatted down to investigate the inch border of fluff on the sidewalk.
“Just make sure there’s no dirt in it.” Is there even enough to pick up?
He froze in position and stared.
“It’s okay, honey. Look.” I grabbed a little snow and placed it in his hands. “Snow.”
“C-o-o-old,” he said as he took a little lick and giggled—the joy of his first snow encounter.
As I drove an hour back into town, I wondered, Judah delighted in just a dusting of snow. Do I delight in the wonderland of grace?
In Revelation Chapter 2 God commended the church in Ephesus for their commitment, perseverance, and work for the Lord—but chastised them for losing their first love.
“I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.” (Revelation 2:3-4)
Sometimes I find myself guilty of steadfastness in doing the right things, but cold in love.
When our passion does not equal our commitment, how can we reignite our love for God?
Revelation 2:5 tells us: Take ownership of your short-comings (repent) and do what you did at first.
Do you ever feel stale in your relationship with God? What did you do when you first encountered His love? Return to those things.
When I first became a believer:
- I hungered to know God and read the Word often.
- I hung out with more mature believers whenever I could.
- I attended any worship event I could.
- I plugged into a discipleship group.
Of course as a mom of three little people, that looks different now. But I still can read (or listen) to His word, connect with believers, worship through music, and seek mentorship.
How about you? Is your love for the Lord cold?
What is one step you can take today to reignite your love for Jesus?
PRAY: Lord, thank you once again for salvation through Jesus Christ. I need your Spirit to help me love you the way I did at first. Please show me one simple way that I can fuel my first love for you again. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.
Seana Scott is a pastor’s wife and mom to three kiddos. She is working towards a degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. She enjoys walks with her family, talking with women over a cup of coffee, and exploring the beautiful world. You can get a free copy of her Ebook for moms, Joy Made Full, or schedule her to speak at SeanaScott.org.