It’s almost the weekend aka veg time…and by veg I mean real, actual delicious vegetables! If you are a part of our #800gchallenge you received a super delish + easy recipe from me in your inbox yesterday. Autumn truly has such an amazing harvest of beautiful squashes and fruits. This is the perfect time to practice some healthy and beautiful side dishes for Thanksgiving or even get an apple pie started! We are blessed to live in a generation where millions of nutrition-focused recipes are right at our fingertips via the internet. Let’s get crackin’! Tag us in your recipes so we can see how you have been creative this weekend!
This week I am talking about something I think many of us battle: finding our worthiness in the level of “busy” that we are.
How often throughout your day do you think about what you need to get done? Do you feel rushed constantly or like you’re running out of time? Obsessing over your to-do list is such an enemy of true, focused productivity. Many of us can place our identity in the hands of our busyness. Corrie ten Boom said, “if the devil can’t make you sin, he will make you busy.” Of course, we know that we hold the power, we hold the victory in our hands. But we must choose it. There is a false sense of security and value in the act of hurrying… as if we are somehow made more precious by the fact that we have “so much” to accomplish.
Prioritizing what is most important in God’s eyes will allow for the most advantageous use of your time. Suddenly you find that you have more time to play with your children, to plant that garden, to cook dinner! God is very specific in His instruction: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” [ROMANS 12.2] HE MADE IT SO EASY FOR US.
Many will have said this, and many will say this again: Wake early if you can. Fight for that time. Your flesh will beg for more sleep, (sometimes you truly do need it, but I am talking about building habits here. Also, go to bed earlier!) But your entirety will be so refreshed by time alone with God. I find that my days started before my children are up are days that I have already won. What is the first thing your eyes see? Your ears hear? First words out of your mouth? These things will impact the rest of your day. Garbage in, garbage out. You have the power to set the tone. If you begin your days with deliberate action, instead of reacting throughout your day, you will find that peace reigns supreme in your mind and home.
Train yourself to get in the Word before the workout. Reading the Word also allows you to gain clarity on what you really need to prioritize that day. Perhaps the coffee with your hurting friend is more important than the laundry. Maybe you need to listen to a podcast while you wash dishes instead of going over and over and over the rest of the things on your list.
There can be times throughout the day where we lose sight of what is most important and get lost in the hustle again. How do you recalibrate? Where do you need to realign your priorities with what our Father is calling you to? This is everyday work, and the fruit that will be yielded from this has value that far exceeds checking a box on a list.
Priscilla Shirer said, “The better you know Him, the more you actually know yourself. A child always reflects the genetic makeup of their parents. Nothing can change what your DNA dictates. The more you discover about your lineage, the more you discover about yourself. My FATHER is a King. … Who’s your Daddy?” Royalty doesn’t spend the day chasing after things that don’t matter to the kingdom. Seek first the kingdom, and all these things shall be added unto you.
- Meditate on this scripture: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” [ROMANS 12.2] What parts stand out to you? How can you bring your struggles to God this week?
- Wake up early twice this week. Compare these days to the others. How do you feel after spending intentional time with God?
- Make a to-do list with the top 3 (no MORE!) things you need to get done that day. With some of your free time, invest in others and yourself. Take a friend to coffee, chat with your son, daughter or spouse, text someone that you’re praying for them, bake something, whatever it is!
- Email me or drop a comment below with an action step you took this week! firstname.lastname@example.org