For the longest time now, my priorities have been SO out of whack. I used to have them in the right order — God, my husband, my kids, my ministries, my job, and then myself. However, lately — my family has been put on the back burner. God has been put on the back burner, my ministries have been put on the back burner. I have been throwing myself into everything else and leaving the most important things to fend for themselves.
I was convicted of that this weekend while on my trip away. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that I shouldn’t have taken the trip, because I know that this trip was God ordained for me for two reasons. 1) God normally speaks to me a whole lot when I am on a trip like this and 2) I finally started writing my book.
While on this trip, I spent a lot of time praying and asking God why I have been feeling so depressed and down and just bogged down with life stuff. God reminded me that it was because my priorities are out of order. You see, my word for this year that I chose to focus on is BALANCE because I know that I am in sore need of balance in my life. When I choose to do something, I throw myself all in neglecting all the other aspects of my life. However, that is not balance in any realm.
I am really going to start working on getting my life back in order and I think to do that there are a few things each day that need to take place:
- Reading and praying God’s word
- Spending time in His presence through worship music
- Spending time with others who have the same heart that I do
- Ask God where changes can be made in my life and then get those changes completed
- Make it a point to put things in their proper place in my life and hold firm to that list
God never intended for us to feel bogged down at all. In fact, God wants us to be happy and carefree. When we try to carry all the weights and burdens that we were never intended to carry in the first place, we get depressed and disjointed with life.
Today my challenge to you is this — if you are feeling like I am in the slightest little bit, I encourage you to just go to the Lord, lay your burdens at His feet and ask Him to help you pick them back up, but only in His order. Some of those burdens may stay at His feet because you were never meant to carry those and God will take them and put them exactly where they belong.
My prayer for you today is that you find peace and joy once again in the Lord and that you and me alike can get our priorities back where they need to be.