Sometimes you probably feel like you just “don’t have time” in the whirlwind of your life you’re struggling to make it through. Between a social life, school, work, and self care, how is there enough hours in a day unless you don’t sleep a wink?! As Christians, we know its so easy to lose track of time in a spiritual sense. Its always “Oh, I’ll read that tomorrow,” or “I’ll pray later.” We have to stop this. Don’t let it take backseat to the rest of your life or else you’ll drown.
Praying. I’m the world’s worst about thinking I need to pray about something, and telling myself I’ll include it in my nightly prayer. NO. We’ve been taught this; no matter what you’re doing, where you are, or who you’re with, take a moment to focus on your conversation with God, and just speak it right then. Chances are, you get on Facebook and see someone who needs prayer at least 5 times a day. They’re not asking for fun, they really need it. So, when you read that FB status, compose yourself in your own thoughts and just ask God to do his work within their life. There’s no question that a more thoughtful, meaningful prayer will make you feel like you actually “prayed good enough,” but sometimes that quick prayer is necessary. We don’t always remember every person and detail that needs prayer when we lay our heads down at night.
Judging. Yes, we argue the idea “Christians judge everyone” so very often, but have you ever stopped to think about how much you judge yourself? I know most of my readers are girls, so I’m sorry if I leave you fellas out in this scenario, but GIRLS!!! Its hard enough in today’s society and theres no question about or way around it. We always compare ourselves to the girls on Instagram, the women on TV, and of course, Carrie Underwood(praise). Please, stop. No, I am not some genius on making these feelings stop because I do my fair share, but the next time you find yourself comparing, just tell yourself to stop. Close the app, put your phone up, and you know what, praise yourself for a few things you like about yourself. Theres nothing wrong with liking qualities about yourself and I don’t know who EVER thought this was a good idea to implement into our minds. Care for yourself, like yourself, LOVE YOURSELF. Yes, He loves you, but hunny, you better start loving too!
Reading. If you read my second blog(Stressin’ Season), then you saw me mention the devotional book I received for Christmas. Pretty Little Truths($10 on Amazon). This is amazing for the girl who feels like she just can’t catch a break and is running around like a lunatic. A weekly devotional thats only about a page long gives you a certain topic to focus on each week. I love this so much because even in the midst of the craziness, you can keep in mind that one characteristic or action that needs work. Personally, I feel its easy for us to push our Bible aside because “we can’t understand all that,” “where do I even begin, “do people just start from the beginning.” Go find a Bible that’s more for your interpretation. I’m almost 23 and still use my teenage girl Bible I bought for church camp. Theres nothing wrong with using a studying Bible thats more engaging for you, and you’d probably find that same kind of Bible to be more inviting to your thoughts and connected to your world. I promise it will be much more beneficial to you if you just try it.
Doing. This is where you have to bring it all together. Its so easy to let comments go unnoticed, let people be criticized, participate in gossip, and just everything in between. Stop. We are all guilty of all of this at some point, and it isn’t who He intends for us to be. Don’t sit around while the bullies do their dirty work. Don’t down other people just because your friends are doing it. Be the bigger person here. It can seem easier to let things slide because “its not your place,” but don’t let that voice in your head stop you from being the person you know you want to be. I know I’m quick to be silent, and I shouldn’t be. Let your voice be heard and spread the love God gives us unconditionally. Be the person everyone knows they can count on, whether it be an acquaintance, family member, friend, etc. Be the person you would want to go to for help.
Now, let me remind you, I push all of this on myself as well. I am not pushing this onto anyone as if I’m perfect in any way, shape, or form. These are all simply my own thoughts on things I need to personally work on, and I know I’m not the only one who feels this way about it. That’s why I’m sharing this the way I am because if how I feel and the way I see things will help just one person, then I’m happy with myself for this one. Also, I wrote it all down for myself. More as a reminder that I need to keep all of these things in mind constantly. We make to-do lists, jot down reminders, etc. of everything else in our life, so why not do the same with the spiritual side? Our world is being taken over by evil, and we have to stand up and stand tall. PS, please subscribe via email to receive future updates!