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God’s Word – More Than a Basket Case

“I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. I hold fast to your statutes, O LORD; do not let me be put to shame. I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.” Psalm 119:30-32

Piled up like soldiers, a week’s worth of laundry looked up at me from a bin stuffed waist high with clean clothes. No amount of washing, drying and folding moves clothes from bin to drawer. No wonder my younger kids couldn’t find anything to wear this morning.

Sometimes I treat God’s Word like that. I hear it at church. I sing along to it on the radio. I read about it on Wednesday mornings at my study. But…

…none of this moves it into my heart.

Like the endless cycle of laundry, hearing, singing and even reading God’s word is much like washing my clothes and never putting them away. Those clothes don’t become fully mine until they are nestled neatly in my drawers ready to wear. God’s word doesn’t become fully mine until it is nestled neatly in my heart ready to wear.

I need God’s Word to umbrella my head so insults from fair weather friends don’t storm my heart.

I need God’s Word to cover my shoulders so bitterness doesn’t burn me when I carry a heavy load.

I need God’s Word to protect me so I walk in paths that honor God even when temptation flirts with my feet to take a side street.

I need God’s Word to shade my eyes so I see my circumstances through His perspective.

I need God’s Word to be more than a laundry basket companion. I need it in my heart for everyday wear. When I make His Word more than a basket case, well I become a little less of one myself.

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AboutShannon Milholland

Shannon is a morning runner, an afternoon carpooler and all-day lover of Jesus.  She is the author of Jesus & My Orange Juice, a fresh-squeezed oasis for ordinary living. She finds joy among piles of laundry and miles of carpools and delights in leading others to this place of contentment in life. She presents the gift of prayer in her free 30 day prayer guide PrePrayed: Preparing for Life’s Events. She is a frequently published author. Most recently, she was a contributing author to Always There: Reflections for Moms on God's Presence.  As a speaker, Shannon is straight forward about her own struggles. She is a compassionate advocate fighting for victory in the life of her audience with a message of hope and encouragement.  When not writing or speaking, she enjoys her favorite job of wife to Scott and mom to four daughters from preschool to high school.
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  1. This is so true for me too. Meditating on God’s word has become less and less for me. I need to start doing the more. Great post!

    1. Heather, so thankful you received a sweet reminder from God here. :)

  2. What great illustrations. It’s all very true. I do need to meditate on HIS Word more and let it soak in. It helps being grounded in the truth that He’s always there for me…and He’s already there in tomorrow. I love that you’re a speaker and a writer. I’m a speaker and a talker…not quite the same huh? LOL God bless you in all you do to encourage others.

    1. “speaker and a talker”… very cute! I’ll have to remember that one!

  3. Julie says:

    So true. God’s Word does no good in the “basket” of the mind. It has go in the “drawer” of the heart. His Word in the mind is interesting. His Word in the heart is dynamic!

    1. Julie, dynamic is such a rich word. Love that description!

  4. Kristina Martinez says:

    I needed this reminder of just how necessary it is to meditate on God’s word as oppose to simply doing the routine tasks like going to Church. At times I wonder why I find myself having those basket case moments, but this article has helped point me in the right direction! Thank you!

    Any suggestions you would be so kind to share as to how you’ve personally transitioned to having God’s Word “be more than a laundry basket companion” and kept in your “heart for everyday wear.”

  5. Kristina, I’d love to say there was one particular formula that worked for me but honestly at different phases of my life I’ve needed different things. Sometimes I need a single scripture that I carry around in my pocket. Other times there’s a particular passage or chapter that penetrates my heart. And still others I need to focus my mind and heart on a theme of scriptures. Regardless it’s a day by day, moment by moment decision and practice.

    1. Kristina Martinez says:

      All great suggestions Shannon; and I agree. Thank you again Shannon!

  6. tonya says:

    Shannon, as usual your writing is so beautiful and heart reaching. Thank You.

    1. Thank you, Tonya, for being a vehicle of such powerful encouragement!

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