And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also–not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 3:21
My advice to new moms is simple: Take a shower every day. This is not for purely hygienic reasons (though if your baby is a spit up machine like mine were it certainly helps!). No, taking a long, hot shower always reset my emotions and perspective, no matter how poorly the day was going. I would sneak off during nap time, turn some music on, and let the hot water soothe my soul. I soon found my shower became a kind of confessional. I could reflect over the day, repent of those things I wasn’t proud of, seek help in the areas I was weak, and give thanks for those moments of joy.
Throughout the Bible, water is a source of refreshment, rejuvenation, and cleansing. Scripture tells us we are washed not only through Christ’s blood, but also baptism and His Word. Even better than hot showers, through soaking in His truth, our minds are reset and our consciences cleared before God!
As mamas, we may have to be creative in how we seek the Lord. There is rarely an ideal time to be still. It’s not impossible, however, and it is absolutely essential! Reading devotions like these is a great start. You might listen to worship music throughout the day or read a story to your kids from their children’s Bible. The Lord can speak volumes through their simple language! However it looks, the key is to be washed in His word every day. It’s the best place to be refreshed.
Press on, Mama!
More Moments in the Word:
Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. -Hebrews 10:22
He saved us, not by the righteous deeds we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of new birth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. -Titus 3:5
…Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. -Ephesians 5:25-27
You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me. -John 15:3-4
To Consider this Week:
Where can you place the Word in your life so you naturally interact with it?
How can you incorporate worship into your everyday activities?