This past weekend I attended a Preview Conference at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where I plan to go in the fall. Because it was my birthday, I was given a book by Dorothy Patterson. She even signed it for me! The book BeAttitudes for Women: Wisdom from Heaven for Life on Earth discusses the beatitudes found in Matthew 5 and how we as women can apply them to our everyday lives. I’ve enjoyed reading it very much and wanted to share some of her wisdom.
One of my favorite verses has always been Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” I often have to remind myself of the power behind these words. I’ve found no greater joy in life than being filled by Christ, yet many times I do not hunger and thirst for Him as I should.
“No woman can have all of God and appropriate all of His righteousness. God intends for you to acquire a perpetual appetite for His righteousness, knowing that He alone can provide spiritual satisfaction” (pg 109).
She speaks of her granddaughter who she often carries snacks for because the child gets hungry often. From personal experience, I’m hypoglycemic. I have to eat every few hours in order to keep my blood sugar up. My purse always contains crackers or granola bars, as does my backpack, my car console and my night stand. How glorious to know that in the same way, God provides us spiritual snacks to carry with us throughout our day. My question is, why am I not taking advantage of these?
“[We can] be refueled and renewed on the run and even during those unexpected moments of need. God has given the resources – the Holy Spirit and the Bible. You only have to appropriate them in a timely way” (110).