August 13, 2014

Coffee Date // Vol. 5

Today it is time for another wonderful Community Brew with two of my favorite ladies, Rachel of Oh, Simple Thoughts and Madison of Wetherills Say I Do.
If you are a new follower, every month these two ladies host a link-up in order to build community within many blogs. Sometimes we talk about marriage, sometimes we talk about life in general, but today, we are having an open discussion on whatever topic we want to talk about and the focus is on what Christ is teaching us for the month.
Yall, August has been rough. Not by any event, I have just been feeling in the dumps. I cant get myself to do hardly anything but want to rest. Work has been much more demanding lately and I know its about to get harder with school starting in just 12 days.
Ehh...
Oh, and just let me be honest. The whole anniversary trip cancelation just bummed me out even more.
There are emails that I need to respond to, projects that I need to finish, laundry to do, dishes to wash...my list could go on and on. I feel like I come home exhausted but make myself even more exhausted by my overflowing to do list and honestly, my priorities are just not where they need to be for this month.

My preacher came out with this book called Priority Time: Addicted to God's Word. It is a devotion that teaches you how to read the bible and how to spend time with Christ. Let me tell you, this book and series came at the perfect time for me.

On Sunday, our preacher described priority time as "a daily, unhurried, inspired time to read the word of God in order to know the God of the word." It is so easy to push away priority time. When I come home from work, I just want to catch up on some Netflix or take a small nap. But without setting my priorities to Christ first, no other priorities will be managed right.
Priority time with God determines all other priorities.

As Christ followers, we are told to go out into the world and tell others about Jesus. To spread His love, compassion, and tell others about spending an eternal life with him. If I am not on top of my priority time, spending time with God and listening to Him, then how can I tell someone else to do the same?
I have signed up to serve in the 7-8th grade girls Sunday morning classes and I am also a part of Rave Ministries which ranges from high school to college girls.
I NEED my priority time. I need to be knowledgeable for these girls. They are going to come to me for help or questions about salvation and who am I to help if I don't even help myself?

1 Peter 2:2
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation
I'm ready for a fresh, new start. I'm tired of fighting the world on my own and I'm tired of overwhelming myself with things that "have" to be done. All of that can wait while priority time cant.
From many blogs I have read, it seems like July and this beginning of August have been a bit overwhelming for a lot of us. Let us all encourage one another  and let us all remind each other to focus on Him so everything else will lay out before us.
Crave the word of Christ. Listen to Him and let priority time not be quiet, but be loud by what He is teaching you.

39 comments:

  1. Love this! Being in His Word day and night is what helps us during those hard months. I am slowly learning this! Praying for peace over this month for you! Blessings, friend!

    -Katie
    www.hotteaandtheemptyseat.com

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  2. Your words have so encouraged me this morning because I have been feeling the same way. I've honestly had a hard time blogging this week because there are other things going on in my personal life that are so much bigger than SEO, making sure I comment on other blogs, scheduling tweets, etc. It has been a struggle. I feel like I need to take a long hard look at my priorities and reevaluate them and how I spend my time. Praying for peace for you this week. I hope you get to go on your anniversary trip soon.

    xoxo
    logancan.com

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  3. I think there's just something about this month - it's been hard on me, too. Thanks for your encouraging words - you never know who you may be reaching on a day like today. Hope things get better, my dear. xoxo

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  4. Thank you for this! I must admit I have not been placing God as my first priority and I NEED to change that. I'm so sorry this past month has been hard for you. I pray that God will show you His grace more abundantly this week. :)

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  5. Thank you for your encouraging words. What you're doing to teach the 7th and 8th grade girls is very kind of you. I'm hoping that you enjoy the rest of this month. It's not over and things can get better.

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  6. This is so inspiriting!! I am so glad that I found your blog :)

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  7. I have been slightly overwhelmed these past few months by all that's going on and everything i'm not getting done as well!! Plus, I haven't been making sure I focus on God... which is what grounds me and makes everything better. thanks for the reminder!

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  8. This is something I've had to learn and re-learn and then learn again. I'm working hard to make sure my priorities are lined up when it comes to spending quality time with the Lord. Thanks for the reminder!!

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  9. I've been feeling kind of like this too. I'm hoping school starting will get us all on a better schedule and feel more productive.

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  10. in a busy world like this, reflections and inner peace is so important. thank you for the beautiful reminder! =)

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  11. This year has been a real trying year, I too have had to make sure that I continue my relationship with Christ and remember that God has a plan for me. That everything that is going on is part of the big picture he has planned for me.

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  12. I think it's a great idea to make that time and commit to it. I have just recommitted to my kids. I am always with my kids but I realized I was not being fully present with them and i was multi tasking, doing other things. So now I am making sure I make a priority time of sorts for them every day. Doing this feels like a spiritual experience in itself. It think committing to something important and making the time for it every day changed everything. I hope you come out of your slump!

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  13. August has so much pressure attached to it. I've been finding it quite difficult to manage but am looking forward to having everything sorted this month and getting into a good routine for the rest of the year. I hope you manage to de-stress and find time for yourself. Sometimes, we really need our cosy sofa and some netflix!

    Katie <3

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  14. I love this. I am so guilty lately of not pressing in when I NEED it so badly. I hate the valley but without it there would be no mountains. Thanks for this :)

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  15. I am with you... August has been rough here too and I really need to get out of this slump. Thank you for this.

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  16. I'm sorry to hear about your current difficulties, but think it's awesome that you have a supportive, inspirational outlet... and a great cup of coffee to help soothe things as well. Cheers, and hope things are looking up soon~

    ~ lauriel

    EyeForElegance.com

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  17. Thanks for this encouraging post. I'll take all the inspiration I can get! :)

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  18. Such a great idea! Totally why I blog for the community!

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  19. Lovely post! Very inspiring indeed. :-)

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  20. Hope the month starts getting better for you and you start feeling less in the dumps :)

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  21. I agree, nothing will fall into place until we put God where he is meant to be. I have been incredibly overwhelmed lately, and I am of the opinion that it is probably because I haven't been praying nearly as much as I usually do.

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  22. You are absolutely right! We often put so many of the worldly things before our relationship building with Christ. I have been so busy lately and yet that is so not an excuse to take daily time out for him and recognize him for who he is to me in my life. Thanks for the subtle reminder.

    Thrifting Diva
    www.thriftingdiva.com

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  23. Sorry you feel so bummed lately. I'm super lazy about reading the bible. I get on kicks.. where i'm good for a couple months and then i go months without reading at all. :P

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  24. I love you so much for being real. You make it so others can relate to you and then learn and grow from you. You are so inspiring, and focusing on Christ really is what it all comes down to. Thanks for this beautiful message today! :)

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  25. I've had a month of only wanting to rest too. Thank you for sharing!

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  26. You know I feel like I wrote the beginning of this post. I have been feeling so tired and overwhelmed since July and August ain't looking any better have even gone as far as just stepping back on blogging. I need to set my priorities and my me time with Jesus

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  27. Not sure what is going on with August. I have read more blog posts than I can count about how this month has just put every on in a funk!

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  28. Your passion is very commendable! It makes me want to open up more about my beliefs on my blog! Very inspiring!

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  29. Such an inspirational post - so glad to have found your blog. Thanks for this reminder. ;)

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  30. This month was hard for me too. I hope it perks up for you soon!

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  31. Hang in there! I love your openness and honesty.

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  32. I have gotten more involved in the blogging community lately. I have really enjoyed the connection. Thank you for the inspirational words!

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  33. This is such a great post. Hang in there girl!!! The month will get better, it will perk up for sure.

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  34. I've had a rough August as well girl. I completely feel you. I'm hoping it gets better for me and you!

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  35. This is such a great inspiration! I think we could all take a little bit from this post and apply it to our lives. With school starting again, it is time for change !

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  36. So lovely and inspirational... thanks for sharing :)

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  37. Girl I seriously needed this! I love this line "I'm tired of fighting the world on my own and I'm tired of overwhelming myself with things that "have" to be done. All of that can wait while priority time cant." YES. I have really been struggling with the motivation to get my act together and really build a habit of spending time in the Word. It's a step at a time every day but I'm so encouraged reading this! Thank you sweet friend!

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  38. I'm ready for a fresh, new start. I'm tired of fighting the world on my own and I'm tired of overwhelming myself with things that "have" to be done. <------This is soooo my same sentiment this morning!!! Brought to priority time for sure. I all it centering!!! great share!

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