Tuesday August 5, 2014 Press Pause

Devotional

Each Tuesday and Thursday I’ll be sharing a short devotional. Each devotional will look a little different. Some days it may be a short paragraph and some days it may be longer. Some days I may make sense while some days I may seem absolutely crazy (give me some grace, please)… I pray that you won’t stop here. My hope is that you will take it a step further. My goal is to help you grow closer to the Lord and I pray that your relationship with Him will grow stronger.

It’s a quiet morning. I’ve put everything on pause for a few days. Stepping away from the city to just sit… Have no place to be at a certain time. Do absolutely nothing but relax. These are the days my soul needs… Yes needs.

“Let ALL that I am WAIT quietly before God, for my hope is in Him.” (Psalm 62:5 NLT, emphasis added)

I live in the city so I’m used to everything being fast paced. I’m used to driving five over the speed limit and still being passed. I’m used to doing something every day or else I get “bored.” It’s like I have to be doing something or else I’ll go crazy. What happened to just sitting? Sitting and listening to the Lord? I think that I feel like I don’t hear from the Lord because I’m too busy to listen… Ouch.

 I could come up with all kinds of excuses on why I don’t read my Bible every day or pray but I think it could all be summed up into one reason: I’m too busy for God. Yeah I said it. I have a social life, church stuff, blog stuff, school stuff (and school hasn’t even started yet), and family to spend time with. So you’re telling me that spending time listening to God is supposed to fit in there?

After months of feeling like I could never get my head above water it finally clicked. The reason I was such a mess was because I wasn’t spending time with the Lord… When your relationship with God isn’t your first priority your life WILL be a mess. I’m not trying to sound like I have it all together, because I don’t, but unless you are continually putting time into your relationship with God it’s not going to work. I’m sharing this with you because this is something I struggle with. I struggle with putting God into my schedule instead of planning my schedule around God.

So today there’s no schedule. Nothing but spending time in His presence. I’m surrounded by hundreds of acres of nothing but land. No distractions. Just me and Him.

 Find your quiet place today and make an effort to put your relationship with Him first. I’m not talking putting God’s first in your Instagram bio, but actually putting Him first. Deciding that reading His word is more important than checking Instagram 50+ times a day.

“Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10 NIV)

grannys

My Granny’s porch in Graford, TX.

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2 thoughts on “Tuesday August 5, 2014 Press Pause

  1. Absolutely agree! If you’re not spending time with The Lord – then your life will be a mess. Putting Him first makes everything else better! Thanks for the encouragement!

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