April Motl is a pastor’s wife who loves to laugh, loves her man, loves to talk on the phone entirely too long and most of all, loves her Lord. Collaborating with the efforts of her husband Eric, the two of them share a ministry dedicated to bringing God’s Word into the everyday lives of married couples, men and women. April has been privileged through her own church and ministry outside her local body to share God's Word with women ranging in ages and stages, across denominations, and walks of life. April is a graduate from Southern California Seminary and has written for Just Between Us Magazine, Dayspring's (In)courage, and The Secret Place and also writes regularly for crosswalk.com, iBelieve.com and Women's Ministry Tools. For more information, visit Motl Ministries at: www.MotlMinistries.com
You shall not do what is done in the land of Egypt where you lived, nor are you to do what is done in the land of Canaan where I am bringing you; you shall not walk in their statutes. You are to perform My judgments and keep My statutes, to live in accord with them; I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 18:3-4 NAS
Remember playing outside as a kid and then hearing your mom call you in for dinner? It was often so hard to pull away from the pretend world of knights and dragons and back into reality. But as soon as you hit the table your pretend world drifted from desire as food filled that hungry place. Playtime ended years ago, but we are still being called away from one world and into another, one that offers real fulfillment.
Just as the children of Israel were called out of the ways of the world around them, as Christians and children of the Most High God we too are called to live differently from the ways of our world. Over every area of our lives we are given the choice to answer God’s call to come with Him or follow after the ways of the world.
Think about how the world goes about finding a spouse. God gives us examples of how He brings love and marriage into the lives of His people. In Genesis 2:20-25 we see that God specifically designed a helper that would be just right for Adam and then brought her to him. In Genesis 24 we see how God hand picked the right woman for his son Isaac. In the story of Ruth we see God answer the heart’s desire of a foreign woman who had been widowed at a young age and the longing of an older man who loved and served the Lord. The love story there is written with faith and trust in hearts that waited for the Lord’s provision. You are God’s loved and special child just like these men and women. Will He not work in your life in this area as well? If you are looking for “the one,” consider how God might be calling you away from the ways the world goes about finding a spouse.
The list of the things we do that might look like the world goes on and on. How do we define beauty, importance, value? How do we spend our money, time, talents? How do we talk to our husbands? How should we raise our children? How do we respond to troubles and turmoil? God is calling you out of the world and into His ways of abundance and blessing. Will you let Him be the LORD your God and follow after Him? He only has your best interest at heart.
“I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly” – Jesus. John 10:10
Most of us have wished for a Cinderella moment when we could step into a new pair of shoes and in the blink of an eye have our lives transformed. Or, perhaps like Dorothy, we wish we could close our eyes, click our heels and find ourselves instantly transported away from the adventure we accidentally got dropped into. While it might not come from new shoes or heel clicking, God knows our need for a changed life and fresh start! Discover the life transformation that happens when you say "Yes" to God and step into His fullness. Walking with Jesus 101 is a collection of devotionals journeying through the Scriptures that point our feet to God's pathway for living. What walk of obedience, leap of faith or stand of endurance might God be calling you to? He has good things stored up for His children who eagerly seek His highway for living!