In my early 20s and early career I thought busyness was sign of success and a really good life. Now i am in my early 30s and my thoughts couldn't be any more opposite of those in my 20s. LOL, i look back and wonder what i did with all my free time.
As we get older, we are faced with more responsibility. The days are seemingly shorter and the to-do lists never end.
Lately, i've been having to prioritize, doing the things that are necessary and important and letting all the minor things go. It has been a very healthy and positive change in my life ... admitting that i am not super woman and i cannot do it all.
That being said, life is still busy, even with the priority list. If i am honest, sometimes (or often), one the first thing that gets bumped off the list is sincere, intentional prayer time. Because i'll save it for the end of the day and i'll fall asleep while doing it. That is not how i desire my time with God to be.
i've also tried mornings, but if i hit snooze multiple times, i'm running around trying to make up time and get out the door. This has left me with the conclusion that i need to be intentional and actually schedule prayer time / time in the Word so that i do not miss it or fall asleep in the middle of it. God deserves the best of my time and i am not giving it.
Healing comes during time spent with the Lord. Physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. If you want healing, tuning into the Lord's will is crucial. The bonus is that there's peace and hope and love and all good things when you kneel at the foot of the cross. And, frankly, sometimes He's the only One you can talk to to who won't judge, criticize, or speak negatively to you. In that prayer time, all He wants to do is pour His unconditional love on you. You (and i ) could use a lot of love pouring over us every day.
So, this week, really pray about when you should set aside time with God to pray. Be intentional, make it a habit. For me, i talk to God throughout the day, but that doesn't replace the quiet time, alone, that i need to spend with God.
Mark 1:35 (NKJV) – Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He (Jesus) went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.
Acts 3:1 (NKJV) – Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour (3:00 p.m.).
Matthew 14: 23 (NKJV) – And when He (Jesus) had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.
You need quiet time with the Lord every day. So do i. Let's make it happen!
Lord thank you for being patient with my schedule and thank you for the sweet conviction of needing to spend intentional quiet time with you every day. Give me wisdom and help me figure out how to put You first on my to-do list every day. Because i know that when i start with You, i can accomplish anything the day brings. Amen.