It’s been too long!! Sorry for not having posted sooner. My husband has been out of the country and while my kids are older it’s just not the same with him gone. All the things we do together I have to do all by myself. Poor me, right?! Also, just keeping things going on the farm…so grateful for kids that will pitch in and help pick up the slack.
The good news, he’s home now…. Happy wife!!
It sounds like I have been a victim of busyness… I was just reading an article this morning about the “No Anointing.” I must say, there were some good points in there. For some of us it really is an issue of not being able to say no, but for others of us it is the desire to be helpful and useful and let’s be honest, pressure to please.
There are seasons in my life I feel like I’m good at prioritizing what is most important and then other times I look around and realize I have over committed myself. Some of you fit that description, but then there’s the other side, which are people you can’t get to commit to anything! They drive me a little crazy and I have probably blamed them for my inability to say “No” at times. However, I think I’m growing out of that one a little at a time. If you are one of those people who have trouble committing this post is probably not for you. No offense and “bless your heart”. Only some of you will get that….
Among those of us that struggle with busyness I find that it is not only the act of being busy but the inability to be in the moment because we are already trying to figure out what comes next. Sometimes it’s our minds that make us think were busy in reality our productivity is far from par.
You may be wondering if busyness is that word that describes your life. Well here is the definition… Busyness:busy.
Busyness causes us to sacrifice in areas that should be of top priority. Such as our relationships with our family. We may be there in body, but our minds are busy sorting out the problems of the day. It’s so easy for us to slip into the scenario that it all depends on us and yet in the bible I read, in Philippians 4:6&7 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Yes, we are actually busy with stuff, but often worry keeps us distracted and tired. In Matthew Jesus lays out a scenario for just that kind of busy He says, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” He knew there would be worries, but He has provided a place for us to take our worries. I learn more and more each day how to look for God’s hand in my life and my situation. I have also learned to recognize the assignment of the enemy to keep me bound by worry and busyness. This is a strategic agenda to keep me from spending time in prayer and the word.
So how do we make a change? First, if it’s mental busyness that keeps us occupied we must recognize the source and begin by renewing our minds daily*. When those moments pop up we must actively participate in declaring we are of a, “sound mind*.” We must stop giving authority to the author of confusion and begin taking back control of your of our thoughts. Second, prioritize the time you spend with God, schedule it, put it on the calendar. I know I’m more likely to get something done if I’ve put it on the calendar. I even have a dear friend that lives many miles away and we schedule phone dates. I know that sounds silly, but I know she’s busy taking care of her family as she knows the same about me, and we know how much we enjoy our conversations with each other so we, out of consideration for one another, will avoid calling for concern that we will be taking away from other things that may be going on. Since we’ve started scheduling our conversations we have been more consistent with our phone calls. This is just one area of my life that suffers from my busyness, relationships. I share that only to help you understand if you don’t make your time with God deliberate it may not happen. I mean, we’re all so busy (sarcasm)…..
I think about all the wonderful people God has placed in my life and how seldom I spend time talking with them, yet I say that they are important to me and that I love them… I think I’m having a revelation moment….
Together, let’s make a commitment, busyness will not be the reason we don’t spend the much needed time with God. I’ve seen it first hand, prioritize your relationship with God and the time will be there for the other things.
*Ephesians 4:23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.
*2Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.