Friends, lean in and listen: If there is one prayer only that runs through your mind, may it be, “Lord, grant me wisdom.” “Father, I need wisdom as I parent through this situation.” “Lord, what is my answer to be to this child right now?” “Holy Father, what is wisdom here?” “Jesus, YOU are wisdom. Give me more of You today.” Join Me today as we begin the January study for MomStrong International, and be encouraged!
Scriptures Mentioned in Podcast
- Psalm 111:10
- Mark 12:30
- Isaiah 46:9
- Isaiah 42:8
- Isaiah 43:13
- Isaiah 43:12
- Jeremiah 9:3
- Isaiah 43:25
- Galatians 2:20
TRANSCRIBED PODCAST BELOW
Hey everybody. This is Heidi St. John. Welcome to the podcast!
Today is Wednesday, January 9th. This is episode number 712. It’s the first day of our study at a brand new month of MomStrong International Bible studies. We’re talking about Finding Balance in our lives – what it means to find balance – and when we do that the Holy Spirit comes in. And guess what happens? Women, guess what happens? We find the space in our lives that God has designed for us to have all along.
If it’s never occurred to you what might be important to God, then you’re in for a real treat att this month’s study at MomStrong International. You see, God’s heart is marvelously large and His plans for you are wonderful. And this month we’re gonna throw ourselves into learning all we can about the heart of the Lord Jesus as we train our children with the same fervor. Stick around, I think you’re gonna be encouraged!
So, hope you guys are enjoying January so far. I can tell you that I am enjoying it because my husband and I are right now cruising with the Florida Parents Educators Association somewhere out in the Caribbean. This is our very first cruise and we’ve been looking forward to it for a year. So, that’s what we’re doing for the month of January – at least for a week of January. It’s nice and cold in Washington state, but I promise you it is not cold in the Caribbean. So that’s really good.
Couple of things coming up I want to let you guys know about. First of all, you already know this by going to remind you – if you haven’t gotten tickets yet for Abilene. I’m going to be speaking at the Heidi St. John conference on the 19th of January in Abilene. We are going to turn your heart back to the Lord, and talk about what it means to walk in right relationship with Him, how to see Him at work in every area of your life so that you can find victory and move forward.
I’m going to be doing the same thing in Coos Bay, Oregon on the 26th of January, so grab a friend, grab your neighbor, grab your Bible Study Group – anybody who you want to see come with you who wants to grow stronger in their knowledge of the Word of God and in their walk with Him. Because that’s what we’re gonna be doing on the 19th and Abilene, Texas and in Coos Bay, Oregon on the 26th of January.
Also you guys know – I’ve been talking a little bit about this but I’ve got a brand new essential oils class coming up called I Can Be Well that is going to be happening as a Facebook class on January 15th through the 21st. It’s free, and you can find the link to join it at thebusymom.com/oils. My friend Dr. E. Wadsworth is going to be joining me, and several of my staff, and some of my family, and some of my other team members at Young Living. And I’m telling you what – you’re going to hopefully learn a lot and you’re going to be encouraged in the process. You can sign up today at thebusymom.com/oils.
All right. Today is the first day of the Bible Study for this month’s podcast series. So, every month at MomStrong International we release a brand new Bible Study. The hope is to encourage you in your walk with the Lord, have you become familiar with the Word. Something that I have noticed over my many years of walking with the Lord and ministering in the Christian community – is that we are living in a generation of biblically illiterate Christians. Meaning, we’re living in a generation of men and women who don’t know the Word of God and cannot defend it.
And so one of our top priorities at MomStrong International is to teach you to know, and discern, and study the Word of God so that you can do it with your children. You can join us at MomStrong International for just two dollars a week and your support, not only is it going to help you grow in your relationship with the Lord, but it does a whole lot to support the ministry here at MomStrong International and what we’re doing around the world to equip mothers and women to walk in right relationship with the Lord.
So let’s go ahead and dive in. This study started on Monday. The studies always start on the first Monday of the month. So we got a little bit of a late start this month – but we’re gonna go ahead and start. So, you should be on day three – but if you’re following the Scripture Writing Challenge, and I hope you are, today’s verse is found in Psalm 111:10.
If you haven’t noticed this, I want you guys to be encouraged. I am a huge fan of teaching kids cursive. I’ve been trying to teach all seven of my kids to write in cursive. Some with greater degrees of success than others, but there is a free Scripture Writing Challenge for you at MomStrong International. All you need to do is register with us and then for this month only – you will also have access to the cursive version of the Scripture Writing Copywork. So it’s a great way to combine two things – teaching your kids proper handwriting and also getting them in the word of God – and writing out the Word of God. The Bible says that the Word of God does not return void.
So Psalm 111:10 says:
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow His precepts have good understanding.
To Him belongs eternal praise
We’re learning so much about the Lord as we study Him together here at MomStrong International, and one of the things we’re learning is that God is all about His own glory. God is interested in us giving Him glory. The Bible says that if we don’t give Him glory – even the rocks will cry out. Have you noticed how much trouble the culture is going through right now to ensure that God doesn’t get His glory?
Jay and I were in the Petrified Forest in Arizona several years ago with our children and it’s so obvious to us that there was a flood there. But I’m telling you – those people are going out of their way to say it was anything but a worldwide flood. If you go to almost any of the national parks here in the United States, you’ll see that we’re going out of our way to say – oh this is evolution and it looks like this.
Like I’m always saying – the Bible is not silent on the issues that we are facing and God wants us to give Him credit for His creation. And He wants us to give Him credit in every area of our lives. He wants us to give Him credit in the way that we prioritize our time and the things that we decide to devote our lives to. And so this month that MomStrong International the study is focusing on finding balance in our lives. and then just being able to take a step with what I call white space – and just breathe, just take a deep breath.
It’s critical, you guys, that we check our orientation regularly. So think with me for just a minute. Can you list what God would name as important to Himself? He wrote a really beautiful list. More beautiful than any bullet journal, and we have privilege to access it through the Word of God. So if you – in your mind and in your heart – if you’re thinking about some things like – well, God is love, He is our good Father. I want you to be excited with me because we’re going to check our orientation together because I think we easily are disoriented in trying to do things – even the good things.
Remember we talked about this on Monday – even the good things can rob us of the best thing if we’re not embracing God’s priority. And so if it’s never occurred to you what might be important to God – that’s kind of what we’re going to study this month at MomStrong International. We’re going to throw ourselves into learning all we can, about the heart of the Lord – and train our children to understand and follow God’s will and His heart for their lives also.
And when we have more in our heads about God than any other thing – then we imitate Him instinctively. And that’s really what we want to do. God is everything that we can imagine and we are never going to understand. And the Bible says that He is infinite and we are finite. That God is omniscient – meaning He knows everything. And we obviously – I mean I don’t know about you but the older I get the more I’m like – I don’t know nothing.
But God does reveal His heart in His Word. He reveals what He cares deeply about in the Bible. The Bible teaches us that God is generous, that He is unconditional love. Don’t you love knowing that God’s love for you is unconditional? Because even on our best days, even when we try to have unconditional love – oftentimes we find our love tested we receive. We see marriages fail every day, we commit to unconditional love, and then those conditions – that we thought we didn’t have – are tested and strained, and sometimes broken.
God is committed to His own glory. He defends the afflicted. He desires that we come to repentance. God is wisdom. He is order. It’s one of the reasons that I talk about the transgender movement here because it is so far away from reflecting the order that God has designed for us in creation.
So we want to wrap ourselves around God and His priorities and watch as it brings stability and freedom – not only in your life – but God’s order and His priorities bring stability and freedom to the universe. And so when God’s priorities become our own – we find balance and we find that we have that white space. We find that we can breathe.
Mark 12:30 says you should love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and all your mind and all your strength. And we have a hard time loving God with all of our heart, and all of our soul, and all of our mind, and all of our strength – if we do not actually know Him. And as I said a few minutes ago – God is highly committed to His own glory. You could say that God is relentlessly committed to His own glory, but relentless indicates an active energy and sweat.
And as my friend Pastor Matt Magee taught his congregation several weeks ago – as He was talking about Jesus calming the wind and the waves – he reminded us that it just took a Word from the Creator God. No sweat, no frustration. No exhortation. It just took a Word.
Praise the Lord! Praise Jesus at the strength of His voice is enough to master everything. Now for some of you listening to this – this is going to be a paradigm shift – so hang in there with me. If you’ve never thought about God being committed to His own glory – you’re not alone. This is not something that’s often taught in the church today. But I’ve got news for you and it’s good, good, good news.
God is the embodiment of holiness. Remember, the Bible says that God said – therefore be holy as I am holy. Sometimes we forget that holy beings are to be set apart. There’s no one like God – He is different – and God is the embodiment of that difference. He’s the embodiment of righteousness and perfection. And to stay in accordance with His character, He cannot step away from those parts of Himself. And this is wonderful news for us because it means that God is never going to shift or change like the rest of the culture.
Aren’t you glad? You’re never gonna have to wonder about God changing His mind about something. You’re not going to wake up one morning and He’s changed the parameters for your salvation, or changed the way He feels about you. I love knowing that God is not going to shift or change like the rest of the world does with fantastic regularity. If the concept of God being committed to His own glory bothers you – ask the Holy Spirit to open your spiritual eyes and understand His Word. If you have your Bible with you, open it for just a second with me to Isaiah 46:9.
Let’s think about for just a minute what God says about Himself. We talk about God being committed to His own glory, and we’re serious. God says – I alone am God and there is none like me – remember that word holiness? He is set apart. There’s no one like Him. He says – I alone am God and there’s none like me.
And Isaiah 42:8 says I will not give away my glory or share my glory with idols.
Boy that’s a tough one in the culture right now because – think of the idols that we have in our lives! We idolize money, sometimes we idolize our families. Francis Chan wrote a great article not too long ago about not idolizing your family. Sometimes we idolize our work, our position, what we want people to think of us.
But God says I’m not going to give away my glory and I won’t share it with any of those idols. That’s why it’s so important for us to keep our priorities in check. In Isaiah 43:13 God gives us three glorious promises. He says – from eternity to attorney. I am God. No one can snatch anyone out of my hand and no one can undo what I have done.
Earlier, in Isaiah 43:12 – and this is also in your Scripture Writing challenge – I hope you guys are writing along with me — God proclaims why He is stronger than any of the other things that we place our trust in.
So think about them. What are three things that He has done. He’s proclaimed Himself as the only Savior. He predicted our rescue. He carried out our rescue. He proclaimed it to the world. God wants you to know that He is the only thing worthy of placing our trust in. He’ll never let you down. He’ll never forsake you. He’s always there.
It’s amazing. I love reading through the Bible and every year I start again, and sometimes I finish and sometimes I don’t. And this year in particular, I didn’t finish like I wanted to. And so I picked it up sort of where I had been before and I’ve been reading about God’s heart for His people and particularly in reading through the book of Jeremiah. And it’s an eye opening thing to read how God’s people – back when the Bible was written – are not so unlike His people today.
In Jeremiah 9:3 He’s talking about the importance of telling the truth and speaking the truth. And Jeremiah is frustrated. He’s talking about the people of Israel – my people bend their tongues like bows to shoot out lies. They refuse to stand up from the truth. They only go from bad to worse. They do not know me, says the Lord.
Can you hear the heart of God toward His children saying – you don’t know me. The reason that you’re going from bad to worse, and the reason that you refuse to stand up for the truth is because you don’t know me.
Years ago, I sang a song from my high school, and I think it was written by Debbie Boone a long time ago – and the chorus went something like this:
If you really knew Him the way that I know Him, you would never walk away. Because once you get to know the way God loves you and the passion in which He loves you, it’s impossible to just walk away from that.
Isaiah 43:25 we read that for His own sake – for His own sake – God, for His own glory wipes all the ugliness and the gritty grossness of our sin completely away, in order to stay true to Himself – which He promises to do, forever. What an incredible God we serve.
So you see, God is unapologetic in His Word about who He is. This is not a women’s rally speaker that leads chants about making change and restoring rightful position. This is Almighty God. He speaks in His word about the things that matter to Him.
So what’s our motivation to pay attention to and engage the parties of God? Is it to be able to earn God’s favor? That’s not possible. Is it to earn our way to heaven? Nope, not possible. It’s to become like Him, to join God where He’s working. And so for the whole month of January at MomStrong International we’re going to be talking about what’s important to God and how we can embrace God’s priorities.
In Galatians 2:20 it says – I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and delivered himself up for me.
Being crucified with Christ, being raised and His resurrection – is absorbing absolutely as much of Him as possible. And God is saying that Jesus has become for us wisdom from God.
Women, this is overwhelming! Goodness. God is not elusive. He’s not out to trick you. Our one and only God wants us to be wise. He wants us to be wise in the way that we Shepherd our children. Wise in the way that we manage our homes.
He wants us to have direction and feel confident raising our families and He’s promised to give wisdom to anyone who asks. So let’s end today by asking Him for that gracious gift, by thanking Him for what He’s done.
Holy God, you are committed to Your own glory and I desire that in my life as well. Spirit, whisper in my ear the way I am to go and hold tight to my hand so I stay close to you. Father, and all the things that happen around the world, all of the voices that clamor for my attention, all of the voices that pull and clamor for the attention of my children — Father, would you direct my eyes and my heart always, ever only, back to you. Show me how to bring You glory as I respond to my husband. May my life reflect Your glory and model it for my children. Father, you promise wisdom to anyone who asks and so we’re asking today, right now. Hear our cry Father, and bring your promise to life. Let me open up my mouth wide, as You say in the Psalms, to be filled with Your wisdom. To be filled, Jesus, with you. The author and perfecter of my faith. Jesus, I love you. Be glorified through me and through every one of us who desires to walk in right relationship with You. In Jesus, name. Amen.
We’re gonna go a lot deeper on this topic at MomStrong International.You can join MomStrong International as a group, as your church for your women’s Bible Study. You can do it individually, you can join us at the forums – we’re talking about all kinds of things over there. There is a chat room that you can find other women who are walking through this Bible Study and are just doing life with you.
Find us at MomStrongInternational.com. I want to thank you for listening. We so appreciate your listening and your prayers for this ministry. If you have a question that you’d like to ask us or something you’d like to see addressed either at MailboxMonday or here at the Bible Study – reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Have a wonderful Wednesday everybody, and I’ll see you back here on Friday.