Being Busy…

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Matthew 11:28-30 MSG

Welcome!

I’m going to start off by saying that God convicts me in my writing. Writing has given me a new sense of slowing down and planning what I’m going to be writing. This is very new to me. With writing two blogs, I have to stay on top of my writing.

Confession…

I also have a confession to make… I’ve been so busy myself that I haven’t been spending time with God, haven’t been reading my devotional, and have just been on the go.

Life can get a little crazy and that is exactly what happened this past weekend. I was out of my house Saturday and Sunday. Typically I’m home all day on Saturday’s, but not this week! And throw in Halloween on Sunday. Busy and just not enough time describe this weekend.

I am sure you have experienced what I have just experienced. (If you haven’t, please let me know your secrets!!) It is so easy to get caught up in the busy lifestyle and forget all about what is important to us in our daily lives.

So, how do we stay on top of our priorities if life gets a little busy? This may be a question I may not have all the answers to. My two recommendations would be to have a list of priorities that are worked tightly into your schedule and pray about the things you should/shouldn’t be doing.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33 NIV

Priorities/Non-Negotiable’s

I am just starting to do this in my life, so the kinks have not been all worked out just yet. If you caught my most recent blog, Planning, you most likely saw me talking about boundaries and priorities. I wrote out my priorities and went further by setting boundaries with those priorities. You can do the same, but we are just going to talk about priorities in this blog post. Below are some questions to start turning the gears.

  • What is important for you?
  • What is necessary to have in your life everyday/every week?
  • What things do you enjoy in life?
  • What is helping you to live a meaningful/purposeful/passionate life?

Once you answer these questions, you will have a list of some things. You may see a list that is perfect and lists everything that is crucial to your life. Feel free to add or delete things from this list.

By creating some priorities for your life, you will be able to see what your focuses should consist of. There will always be things that pop up and change in your schedule. If you want to take it step further, write down days of the week or a time frame that you would like to contribute to each category with your other commitments you have in life.

When we have set our priorities and have established some sort of guidelines/boundaries and implement them into our schedules, we will be able to keep up with what’s important in our lives.

I’m working on implementing my new guidelines into my life. This past weekend did not reflect the guidelines that I have established and in result of this, I am not feeling the best mentally, physically, or spiritually. I’m looking forward to getting back on track.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27 NIV

Praying

This is something that I have recently started doing. If something comes up whether it be with friends, with family, or some sort of event; I will first pray. In doing this, I am asking God if this is what He wants me to be doing with my time. It can be a tad hard in the moment, but God always has our best interest.

For example, there was a Maverick City concert really close to where I live and God said no. I had no idea in the moment why God had said no. I was thinking along the lines of me possibly getting overwhelmed or not enjoying the concert for some reason. Instead of going to the concert, I had the ability to go to Longwood Gardens and take pictures. Photography is something that God is calling me to and He is helping me to refine my skills. While at Longwood Gardens, I also had the opportunity to spend the day with my grandparents and my mom.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

Thanks for reading today’s post about being busy in this fast-paced world! If you enjoyed the post, make sure to like and follow my blog. I am praying for y’all and if you have any specific prayer requests, feel free to leave a comment or message me directly.

Faith Over Fear – Where’d You Go?

Over the next few weeks in this series “Faith Over Fear”, I will be speaking about recent times in my life when I’ve had to trust in God that He would provide and not let me fail in the things He has told me. No matter what I thought, I had to throw that away and trust in His timing alone.

Noticing Something

Hello! It’s been a tad longer than I had expected to continue this series. I was on vacation and had gotten the well known corona virus. My experience was essentially feeling like I had a sinus infection and sleeping a ton. It wasn’t super bad for me, just another virus. My health is back to where it typically is.

Through this experience, I’ve noticed something…my relationship with God is lacking. This isn’t something I am happy to share with y’all. I want to be completely honest and share where I am. I kind of left my Father hanging and I am thankful to be noticing that now! I have tried something new and I gotta tell you, I actually love it!!

Mornings

I don’t know about you, but I love the mornings. They are the beginning to a fantastic new day and are just so refreshing. They are great for getting those must-dos crossed off of your To-Do List before those pesky distractions start appearing throughout the day. I have always been an early riser and love starting my days with energy and giving thanks.

This past Wednesday morning, I started doing a bible study to kick-off my morning! It was honestly the best decision I have ever made. It catapulted into being a fresh restart for my morning routine. In the bible it says that we need to seek the kingdom of God first and I haven’t been doing that. Even though I have been failing in that part, God still accepted me with arms wide open.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 6:33 NIV

Trying New Things

The newest part of this bible study for me was listening to a YouTube video to help me study the Word of God. I have never done this. I typically just read the bible without going super deep. If something hits me that’s cool. But with following along with a YouTube video instead this time, changed everything. I was able to comprehend what I was reading in a completely different way and was more interested in what I was reading.

The book I decided to start off with was Ephesians. Super good first chapter so far. It is now Friday and I am still working on the first chapter. It keeps hitting me everyday as I read through it and dive into another verse or two. Every time something hits me, I highlight it in my bible and then go on a deep scholarly search to get the true meaning of the scripture. I write down the verse on a notecard and write any information that I learn when breaking the verse down. That notecard then goes on my wall and I can look at it whenever I need to.

Below is the first group of verses that spoke so much to me. Out of this scripture I took away:

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will– to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

Ephesians 1:4-6 NIV

Out of this scripture I learned:

  • He loves us so much.
  • We were already thought of before we were born.
  • Holy- different and distinct from everything in common
  • Blameless- without blemish, faultless
  • Predestined- He chose us
  • Sonship- relationship w/ our Father
  • Glorious Grace- His love and unmerited favor that God gave us by sending His one and only son to die on a cross

This is just the start of me growing closer to God in my current season and I couldn’t be more excited for what He is going to teach me right now. It was weird picking up my bible and learning again because I felt alone and lacked the confidence in knowing that this is what I needed to do. Even when we may drift away, God is ready and waiting for us. We are His children and He loves us so much.

If you enjoyed this post, make sure to like, comment, and follow! I will be continuing this little series on sharing my own situations that I had to be faithful in and not fearful in. Until next time, enjoy the day God’s way 🙂