tending tuesday: tending through the unknowns

Welcome to *Tending Tuesday*, our opportunity to hear a fellow writer’s voice, one who is seeking to encourage others in their walk with Jesus while tending her own life by the Word of God.

Meet Shawna…*and check out her free download below!*

Shawna is a mother, home educator, and chauffeur to four children. She and her husband love encouraging others to live intentionally, embrace adventure, and find joy in a life surrendered to the mission of Christ. Now back in Texas after 13 years in New York, she will never take a backyard, time with family, air conditioning, or her own laundry room for granted. Shawna writes regularly on her website, sharing truth-filled encouragement for practical ways to connect with your Creator and those under your roof. She is passionate about reminding women there is purpose in every season because of a faithful God.

What Shawna has to say about tending her way by the word…

Learning how to tend by the Word of God as a mother with young children is an ever-evolving discipline. In seasons with diaper clad babies, thoughts of waking up before the sun were unimaginable. We lived in a Manhattan apartment at the time, so peace and quiet were foreign concepts. Starving for rest and renewal, I found myself clinging to the Word immediately after breakfast.

Children with full bellies provided the most beautiful fifteen minutes for a mother to feast. More often than not, a sweet toddler would find their way in my lap, at times scribbling over a verse open before me. But every time it was just the strength I needed to get through another day.

There were many unknowns in that season; I had no idea how I was going to mother these three children in the middle of New York City, so far from “home”. By tending to the Word each morning, I anchored my thoughts in God’s promises and character. Specifically, the Book of Psalms provided a substantial meal for my weary heart, and became the very words I lifted in prayer.

Charles Spurgeon said, “It is by digestion that the outer food becomes assimilated with the inner life.” While I believe God’s promises to be true, there are seasons when I struggle to believe they are true for me.  In those moments, I insert my name into the verse and write it down, meditating on the fact that it was written by a loving God to me and for me. Unless I believe His Word was written for me, I will never appreciate its value for someone else.

As I embark on parenting through the teenage years, the same questions swirl, ironically reminding me of the toddler years. I realize our circumstances never nullify our need for the Word of God. Those torn pages and scribbled-over verses continue to speak volumes of reassurance to my doubting heart, reminding me of God’s faithfulness. Though the future is unknown, God remains the same God.

In John 6:35 ESV, Jesus says of himself, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”

Remarkably, there remains for us a daily invitation to be fed and replenished by his never-ending promises. He has prepared a table before us; our place is set and a meal prepared for the journey ahead. So, as we tend to God’s Word, may we remember it is written for each one of us, and is enough to sustain, nourish, and fortify the most weary heart in all seasons.

I invite you to keep in touch with Shawna…

(Website): www.shawnasullivan.com

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