Thursday, February 18, 2016
Hi Peachies! Kick off your shoes, pour yourself a glass of sweet tea and get ready to snuggle in for some girl talk today. This post may end up all over the place but I woke up this morning feeling super refreshed and inspired. I did my daily devotional while still snuggled in bed with my sweet Willow girl this morning. It was pure perfection.
It was still dark out, Willow was snuggled next to me, my honey had just left for work & my son wasn't up yet so the house was quiet.
There's something about that time of day I love. Everything is still and quiet, the world isn't quiet awake yet. My mind isn't being flooded with a list of all the things I need to do for the day. It's just me and Jesus. I've learned not to grab my phone before my eyes are even open to check up on Facebook, Snap Chat & Instagram. Instead I savor the moment. I keep my eyes closed and I begin my morning by praying then I grab my phone and check what I missed while I got my beauty rest. This morning I followed my routine but instead of opening Instagram first, I felt the need to open the First 5 app. I needed that quietness to soak in Jesus.
I've been praying that when God sees me starting to do something wrong that he'll stop me in my tracks and point me to Him. It was a devotional last week that really hit home with me. This morning, y'all, I truly believe He stopped me in my tracks and pointed me to Him and it was a game changer. I soaked in every word of the devotional like it was my morning coffee then I felt inspired to do something, really do something, with this devotional.
If you aren't familiar with the First 5 app, at the end of the devotional there is a My Moment question.
Today's question is What instruction is God rewriting on your heart?
My answer is this:
God is rewriting the instructions on being a good wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend on my heart. Over the last couple of years i've let people slip away saying "when we have time, we'll re-connect" or "life is just so busy, I don't have time" or "this relationship works both ways." What i've come to realize is I need to stop the glorification of busy and take control of my relationships. If I want to see someone or talk to someone then I need to make the time to do so. God doesn't wait on us to have time for Him & I want to be the same way! I want to be more intentional with my relationships & loved ones.
Within minutes I had two comments on my post.
I love your phrase: "Stop the glorification of busy and take control of my relationships." Wow!
Leslie, thanks for your words of encouragement! I'm the same way-it's so easy to wait for others to make the plans. I too, am praying for God to help me to be faithful in being more focused on my relationships.
After having my family and closest friends around for a good two months before our wedding, I got used to that and lately i've been missing it.
I miss the time with all of them and mostly I miss my girlfriends. During all of our wedding celebrations I realized who celebrates our life with us. Those are the friends and family we'll never let go of but after the wedding we settled back in to our regular lives. We always say to our friends, "we need to get together" and never do because we say life is just too busy or any other number of excuses that I talk about in My Moment. I'm here today to say I'm stopping the glorification of busy in my life and to be more intentional with my loved ones.
I believe that all relationships are equally as important and sometimes it's hard to balance them all but at the end of it all, who are we without those we love? Those who celebrate us and share in our happiness and joy as well as sadness and sorrow. I believe that's the secret of life. Loving those who love us with every fiber of our being. Making sure that if they had to do life without us tomorrow there would be no doubt in their minds as to how loved they were. And while i'm here on this Earth with them. I'm going to love them so hard. I'm not just going to wait for birthdays, holidays, and anniversaries to celebrate them. I'm going to celebrate them every day of their lives.
This has really been on my heart lately. More time with my mom, more time with my dad, more quality time with my husband, more girlfriend dates. That may mean less time being cozy at home and less time spent diving into my blog and other hobbies. It definitely means less time with my eyes glued to my phone screen when we're together.
Peachies, are you with me?
Let's stop the glorification of busy and spend more time soaking in family and friends!
What's one thing you can do to be more intentional with your family and friends?