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Faith, Hope & Motherhood: The Bible

When did you last pick up a Bible?

In the little years I had times when the Bible was like daily manna - encouraging and sustaining me, alongside periods of time when it sat on a shelf barely opened.  There were times of sheer exhaustion when I simply held it, praying without words.  There were times too when I felt guilty, surely I should be reading it more

I found at times that my ‘good’ Bible reading intentions did not match up to my reality; but I learnt that this was not inconsequential or to be dismissed, because the reality; the bleary-eyed mornings, the cleaning Weetabix out of the highchair, the potty training attempts, were my reality – they weren’t added extras or inconveniences, they were the sacrifice and treasure of the little years, they were me pouring out love time and time again – living the very grace offered in the Bible. 

While I didn’t always feel it, the truth was that as I held my babies and toddlers, I was held by the “everlasting arms”* of Father God, who did not look down on a tired mama and sigh, “If only you read your Bible more…” but who held me with delight and divine love.  The same love He has for you too.

Below are a few simple encouragements and creative ideas for engaging with the Bible in the exhausting little years. 

  • Keep it simple.  A meaningful verse blu-tacked to a cupboard, a favourite verse memorised.  How about something physical?  A candle lit – Jesus, you are the light of the World, and I believe you’re here with me.  A rock collected on a walk – I’m building my life on the rock, who is my shelter, defence and refuge.    
  • Apps.  Bible studies, prayer guides, Christian meditation – there are so many options both in physical form and through the mystery of the internet, so why not have a look?  Some we’ve used or been recommended are:
  • Bible in One Year by HTB Church
  • Lectio 365 (A daily devotional app that helps you pray the Bible)
  • NIV audio Bible read by David Suchet (yes, Poirot is available to read the Bible to you)
  • Podcast.  If you enjoy listening to podcasts and studying the Bible, the BibleProject podcast might be for you – Indepth conversations about the Bible and Theology.  Maybe you’ve come across a podcast on the Bible already? – let us know if you’ve found a good one. 
  • Art.  If you are interested in connecting with the Bible through art, Sister Wendy Beckett has some beautiful books on art and the Bible, including ‘Sister Wendy’s Bible Treasury’.  If your imagination is sparked by poetry, Poet-Priest Malcom Guite writes beautiful poems in response to the scriptures. 
  • Friends.  Not always possible or easily found in the little years, but reading the Bible alongside others, with space to ask questions, share encouragements and voice doubts can be hugely strengthening.
  • Rest.  Rest?!  In the midst of what can be an overwhelming season, I think the Bible can show us a path to soul rest – a rest that isn't pulled to shreds by striving or pushed into a whirlpool of shame, but is, as is so beautifully put in Psalm 62, “solid rock under my feet, breathing room for my soul."

Kayte Potter is part of the NPI team and is a mum of three.
*Deuteronomy 33 v 27


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