I hope everyone has had a great weekend and ready to dive head first into the week ahead. The weekend has been especially busy. Last week my husband and boys were plagued with fevers and a cold, but by the weekend they were all feeling a little better. My husband took my youngest to a football game for a special treat, and I had the pleasure of hanging out with my oldest. We had a great day! Clay got a guitar a while back and on Saturday we hit the store and he bought new picks, strings, and an instructional CD and book. I showed him how to tune the guitar with the keyboard, and showed him some chords to begin practicing. I took guitar lessons in high school for a few years, and Clay has wanted to learn an instrument for a while now so it seemed like a good fit. We had a lot of fun together. We are planning on practicing together in the afternoons after school. After awhile, we kicked back and watched a movie with popcorn. What a treat! It is amazing to see how much he has grown over the past year.
It’s kind of funny when I think about it. I have not picked up the guitar in quite some time. It’s been years, in fact. It has been in a place wrapped up unused. When I stop to think of why I put it to the side in the first place, I feel kind of bad about it. Basically, Life got busy. My kids were small and needed a lot of attention. New projects found their way into my life. I put it aside to make room for things that were more important at that time to me. I could have made time for it. I just didn’t. Now I am trying to reconnect with a part of me. I am in the process connecting on a new level with my son.
When life gets busy, I have the tendency to put things to the side. I know that there are certain things that have to get done. Cooking, cleaning, laundry, helping my kids with various projects, and blogging (most necessary) 🙂 are just a few of these things. However, there is one thing that I cannot afford to put to the side and that is my time with God. Spending time with God should be at the top of my priority list. Bible reading and prayer are absolutely on my must do list. If this area is lacking, I tend to have difficulty with the rest of the list. I have trouble with productivity, and irritability. When I am full of Christ and I am “bumped” with circumstances, Christ will flow out. When I am full of myself and “bumped”, a whole lot of ugly comes out. I have to have that time with God to reconnect with Him every day. I want to stay focused on Him so I will know when He is trying to speak to me.
Perhaps, you have something that you used to do that you have set aside. Maybe it is time to reconnect with that part of you. I hope more than this that spending time with God is at the top of your list of things to do today. When we put him first, everything else tends fall into place. Maybe you won’t have time to do that 5th load of laundry or other projects that you had planned, but when circumstances make their way into your life you have can have peace in your heart knowing that you started in the right place: at the feet of Jesus.
“But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. ~ Psalm 1:2-3