First Things First

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matthew 6:33


Life can be overwhelming!

More and more, I talk to women who understand this statement all too well. Generally, women have many commitments and are accountable to a number of different people. Whether we work in the home or in the workplace, have young children or grandchildren, support a spouse or go it alone, running a household can be demanding. Add in homeschooling, ministry or community commitments, running or helping a spouse with a small business, caring for elderly parents or a child with special needs . . . or a myriad of other possibilities.

We can very quickly become bogged down by the responsibilities that press in against us. We hear it all the time: Take care of yourself and you’ll be able to take care of others. Yes, we need to eat healthy, exercise and get enough rest, but who has the time? And what about taking care of ourselves spiritually?

Sometimes, I let life get in the way of my morning quiet time. Sometimes, it’s only for a day or two and other times, I lose sight of what’s important for weeks or even months at a time. I notice when I put the rest of life’s challenges ahead of my relationship with the Lord, everything begins to slip. I become distracted, less productive and my family will tell you, downright grumpy. These are the times when I am least able to keep up with the rat race going on around me. The house is messier, meals are not as well-planned, my desk is piled high and my to-do list grows lengthier each day. Usually, about the time I feel like I am going to drown if I take another breath, I figure out what has happened. My priorities have gotten out of whack and it’s time to re-set.

On the other hand, when I consistently start my day off right, in the Word and in prayer, I often seem to be able to fit more in. I tend to get more done, in shorter amounts of time and I am able to cross more things off my list each day. I still have the same twenty-four hours but this is just another example of God’s math being a little different from the world’s.

How do you spend your daily quiet time? If you miss it, does it impact your day? How do you get back on track when your priorities don’t line up?


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