You know, as a blogger, many of us (myself included) get consumed  by all the blog posts we have to write, the social media channels we have to keep up with and all the hype and hoopla that goes along with being a blogger.

However, if we are not careful, we will let all of the business of our lives drown out some of the most important things in our lives — the relationships of those closest to us.

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Last week, I took quite a bit of time off from the computer. We had a lady pass away in our church family that was like a ROCK to many people, so it was important for us a family to be there for those we loved and to mourn her passing and celebrate her life.

It just really brought into perspective for me the importance of a lot of things and made me realize that a lot of what I do is just not that important.

My husband

For instance – my relationship with my husband is my top priority under God. I definitely should be nurturing that relationship above and beyond anything else I have going on. Watching the husband of this woman pass away miss his wife dearly really brought me to this perspective.

I need to spend time dating him, loving him, praying with him, being there FOR him when he needs me and not pushing him away because I feel like I need to be online.

My children

My son is grown now and spends a lot of time away from home, but I still love to hang out with him. He makes me laugh and he is always quick to give me a hug and a kiss. I want him to continue knowing how much I love him, so I need to spend some time with him as my friend. Nothing says love to a son like a dinner date with your mom to your favorite restaurant. He has been wanting to go to Red Lobster — just the two of us, so I am going to make plans to do that soon.

For my daughter – she just loves hanging out with me. We cook, we watch movies, we laugh, we cry, we talk. I try to make sure that I am always available when she wants to talk. It’s important to her, and it is important to me to be there.

Friends and Family

While my online friends are amazing, over the past year, I have let some relationships slip through the cracks because I have been so busy. Right now, I am learning to find friends again and open my home and my heart to those that are closest to me. I am learning to be there — even when it may seem inconvenient for ME.

What about you? Are you taking time to nurture those relationships lately?

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