Right now, I am exhausted. Things have been pretty hectic lately.
First of all, my parents are buying a house. I am so thrilled for them, and my crazy-organized side has come out big time as a result of this opportunity. My husband and I have been helping them clean up and make repairs on the old house, and pack and organize their things for the move. It has been very tiring!
Second of all, we are moving in just over a month. When July rolled around, I had a scary moment of realization about how much we still need to do to be ready to move. Most important on our list is finding a new place! Since we are moving an hour and a half away, this is a bit of a challenge. It’s difficult to find a good time to go down there because I’ve been working on weekday mornings as a part-time nanny for a friend, and weekends are typically fairly busy.
We also need to arrange the moving details such as reserving a truck, hiring moving helpers, and finding/buying boxes. And of course, there’s the packing!
Third of all, we’ve been doing a bit of an overhaul for our pets. In preparation for taking my dog to live with us (he lives with my parents right now), we’ve been trying to catch him up on his veterinary/health needs. He’s had a checkup, a bath, many nail trimming sessions, and finally a surgery including teeth cleaning and growth removal. So we’ve been a little busy with him, too.
Fourth of all, July and August are busy months for me and Cory. My birthday is July 1st, then there’s the Fourth of July, and then our anniversary on August 21st, my dad’s birthday on August 23rd, and finally, Cory’s birthday on August 29th. Add to that the fact that both my husband and I and my parents are moving this summer, and it can get a little overwhelming!
Fifth of all, and I promise this will be the last one, as I’ve already mentioned I have been helping my friend out as a part-time nanny/mother’s helper every weekday morning. It’s been a great financial boost, plus I get to spend time with a good friend of mine and her adorable baby girl. And I truly enjoy being able to help make her transition to a working mother a little bit easier. But it has kept me feeling surprisingly busy! Plus, I am taking a pretty demanding online course during the summer semester, and I am still *trying* (but mostly failing) to write on a regular basis. Basically, I have a lot on my plate at the moment!
Because of all of the above, I decided that this blog entry will just have to be a little less intentional than what I typically write. I simply don’t have a lot of time to really think about what would be a good topic and do the necessary research. But I do want to write a little bit about how I’ve been keeping God as a priority in my life even during this crazy time.
Spending time reading my Bible and talking to God every morning is something I have found to be extremely important. When I don’t do it, I don’t feel ready for the day. And when I do take the time to read my Bible and write in my prayer journal, I get a much needed boost to then go and do what I need to do.
Lately, I’ve been working my way through the beginning of the Old Testament. When I first started reading my Bible on a regular basis, I decided to start with the New Testament because it tends to be a bit more “upbeat” than the Old Testament. Plus, it’s truly the basis for understanding the message of Jesus. After I finished that, though, I started in on the Old Testament. And I have been so pleasantly surprised by what I’ve discovered!
Almost every day I have gotten something meaningful out of what I’ve read. Right now, I am reading about Moses and how God used him to rescue his people from slavery in Egypt. It is actually a very inspiring story and there is so much to learn from it. I’ve really been enjoying it.
Journaling has also recently become a big part of my ritual again. For a while, my prayer life went into hibernate mode and my connection with God was pretty weak. But I recently felt motivated to start journaling again, and doing so has helped me reconnect to my Abba! For me, I get most out of prayer time when I write to God, and getting back into that habit has felt really great.
I also make it a really big priority to go to my small group meetings every week. For those of you who don’t know, a “small group” is a group of people who meet regularly to pray and study the Bible and/or go through a Christian book study together. My small group has been going through some changes in the past couple of months; it changed from a very Bible-focused four-woman group to a much larger co-ed one, which we started with a book study. I’ve loved meeting new people and experiencing a new dynamic, plus my husband can come with me now! But either way, the most important thing for me is that it’s a regular, weekly activity and that I’m able to grow spiritually from it, which in this case I definitely am.
Being consistent in my ministry (children’s ministry) has been very important to my spiritual health as well. I’ve been able to develop stronger relationships with the other people who I volunteer with, learn patience and practice my skills with the children, and be reminded of the awesomeness of God when I see how much these children are willing to love Him. Knowing that I’m giving back to my church and the family of God is a great feeling, too.
And of course, attending church services is always of utmost importance to me. On weeks when I am unable to go for some reason, I really feel the burn. Going to church is like filling up at a spiritual gas station for me. I am able to learn more about God, grow in my spiritual maturity, and of course worship the Lord for the amazing person that He is. What could be more important?
I encourage you to keep God a priority in your life, even when you get busy. Doing so will give you more energy to do everything that you need to get done. Plus, the truth is that living for God is the reason we are even here in the first place. Everything else really is not as important.
And of course, if you don’t have a relationship with Jesus then I implore you to at least check it out. Email me with any questions you have, crack open a Bible (I highly recommend John— it’s the fourth book in the New Testament), or best of all, talk to God! See if He has anything to say back, and I have a feeling you will be surprised. He wants to have a relationship with you, and if you give it a shot, then I promise it will be the best thing you ever did.