Whew. It's 6:00 in the morning, I just got home from the gym and I'm about to unload the dishwasher then jump in the shower before I head to school at 8:00. Lately, this is about the only time of the day I have to sit and not have to jump up in 5 minutes to move on to the next task. Between midterms, the busy fall schedule at work, and trying to keep our little home clean and functioning, there's not much time for leisure activities, aside from a brief reprieve in the early morning hours. But that's okay, because important things are being accomplished and I'm not dead just yet! :)
I've realized something during this exceptionally busy time in life, something I should have realized before, but for whatever reason, it's something that really sunk in this time around.
So here it is:
It is so important to take care of your spirit in these busy times. Seriously, take the time out of your ridiculously busy day to sit down with your Father and just breathe Him in. Take time to thank Him for waking you up in the morning and gifting you with another day to live the wonderful life He's given you and the fact that He has called you as His child. I know, a very "duh" kind of thing to realize, but this time in life is the first time I've truly ever put this into practice. Maybe it's simply because I'm older/more mature, maybe it's because this is a much busier time in my life than I've ever experienced so far, or maybe it's just because I've done it wrong so many times before that I'm tired of the distance from the Lord when I truly need His strength. Whatever the reason, I am thankful for His grace and that He continue to teach us old lessons.
Here's why I've personally found it so important this time around.
- The enemy knows me well and knows where to attack me all.the.time. I struggle with defeating his temptation when i'm not busy and worn out mentally/physically, not to mention during the busy times! And if I am not taking the time out my day to focus on my relationship with the Lord and put Him above all the things I have to accomplish, my spirit will be so weak that it is almost certain that I will give in to the enemy's attacks somewhere.
- My calling from the Lord, to make disciples and to share His love with everyone I meet, does NOT go away during the busy times of my life. I am called to this every single day that the Lord grants me breath. How can I be prepared for that if I are neglecting my own walk? I may miss His hand in a situation and miss an opportunity ordained for me by Him because I've put my spirit aside for the week to focus on work/school/etc. I could miss an opportunity to make an eternal difference in someone's life.
So yes, somewhat of a "baby food" lesson spiritually speaking, but that's honestly something I've struggled with before. I'm thankful for the grace of the Lord and for the fact the He gives both love and grace abundantly and calls me His child even when I must disappoint Him.