It’s been a week since my last post. As I don’t yet have a following this is not a big deal. Busy week last week. It was my working week. (Soon I will write a post about my awesome job at which I work 40 hours every other week.)
So, worked last week. Didn’t get enough sleep. Had a touch of the creeping crud. Went Saturday with my sister shopping for wedding dresses. She’s getting married Spring 2013. She didn’t find the one, but we got an idea of what she likes. We had a fun day together. Bestest sistery friends are great!
Sunday morning I set my cell phone alarm for 7:30 and my alarm clock across the room (thereby forcing me to actually get up) for 8:00. I was so out of it.. I didn’t get up until about ten after 9:00. Sunday School starts (technically) at 9:45. I did the basics to make myself presentable, got Tyler up, (Don’t get me started on how little time men need to get ready!) and we made it to church on time because SS doesn’t start on time much. I was disappointed to learn that our pastor was not there and a young pastor in training would be speaking. Don’t get me wrong – everybody has to learn, and this fella is a very sincere young man. I was just hoping to hear our pastor because we have not been attending this church very long, and my husband works nights so we have only gotten to attend together a handful of times. This Sunday made three of the handful of times we’ve been together that the main pastor was not preaching. The very first time we went together they had a Gideon speaker, and another time this same young guy spoke.
I felt very guilty for thinking, “Man, if I’d known the pastor wouldn’t be here I wouldn’t have made myself get out of bed.” That’s not a good attitude to have. For the record I’m extremely glad I went to church Sunday. I heard things I needed to hear, and we are instructed to worship with fellow believers.
Yesterday I was lazy most of the day. I finished watching Big Bang Theory: Season Four on DVD. I LOVE that show. Was only introduced to it recently, but I am hooked. (How about you? Have you seen it? Do you love it?) So yeah, was lazy because I still didn’t feel great from the crud. Got up in the evening and actually did dishes and got most of the kitchen cleaned up (not counting all the kitchen stuff still waiting to be organized in the cabinets). I rearranged some of my cabinets recently. Pulled all this stuff out two or three weeks ago, and most of it is still sitting around on my kitchen table and on the treadmill in the living room. As a side note: I really should be putting the treadmill to better use. I’ll probably post some before/after pictures of the kitchen cabinets.
This morning I read the entire book of Ephesians and spent some time in prayer/devotion. This is the first day I’ve done that in a long time. I’m not proud of that. I know that in order for things to go well I have to spend time with God. I know things are not going to run smoothly if I am not making God a priority. I know these things, yet I don’t act like it matters a lot of the time.
I once heard a preacher say something to the effect of: “If you want more money, give more away. If you want more time, give more away…” It was something like that. At the first of this year I got convicted about the way we tithe (I will write a post about that sometime). Now we enjoy the benefit of receiving more blessings financially because we choose to tithe better than we used to.
There are so many things I want to accomplish and many days I’m too busy or too lazy to work on the things I really want to be doing. When I do get motivated to get stuff done I make lists and then try to do as much as I can. Time with God always gets pushed to a back burner. “I know it’s something I need to do, but gosh if I sit down in the morning to read my bible and pray I’ll probably end up doing that a long time and I have so much stuff to do today…”
I have had an epiphany about this (more than once – I keep forgetting it). If I give money to the Lord and in turn He makes sure I have enough money to live on… Why would he not do the same with my time? If I choose to spend time with him each day, and as part of that time I beg for help to get my house cleaned and organized and to be a good wife and to not “eat the bread of idleness”, will He not reward my faithfulness and help me find the time to accomplish the things I need to be doing in a day’s time? Will He not mold me into the woman He is calling me to be? I believe that He will! I think He lets things be difficult so that we will come running to Him asking for help.
I must remember this, and I must make the effort to spend time with God until it simply becomes a habit. I must remember that things are not going to be okay unless I am sticking close by the Father for guidance.
How about you? Do you struggle to make time for God? Do you have a habit of reading your bible and praying? When do you do this? Was it hard to make it part of your routine?
Remember: He doesn’t just want us to come to Him when we’re whining about life. He wants us to commune with Him on the good days as well – the days when we praise His name for life being wonderful!