Let's take a look at the lives of a 21st century woman: you grow up, go to school, go to college, get a full time job, get a husband, get a house, have 2.5 kids, a dog, try to eat healthy, try to balance your budget, try to make time for the gym, try to make time for that project you've been dying to work on since the day you graduated college, cook, clean, remodel, make time to spend with kids, make time to spend with husband, try to make time to treat yourself, try to make time for your girlfriends that you now see 2.5 times a year, on and on and on! Add in, if your a believer, go to church, sing in the choir, volunteer in your kids Sunday School class, volunteer with Women's Ministries.....sleep.
Isn't it amazing how much we have to do and how little time we seem to have to do it in? What amazes me even more, is that I bet I could ask all of you if you feel like there is time in your day that you waste, time that could be better managed, you would all answer with a resounding yes! Time management is essential, yet so easily escapes us. The twentieth century woman has a blackberry or iphone surgically attached to our hand, with our jam-packed calendar flashing across our eyes so often it's amazing we don't all suffer from epilepsy! I now schedule everything in my day, including eating, sleeping, cleaning, spending time with my husband, social events, gym time, bills, doctors appointments, Jony's music schedule and most importantly....quiet time with the Lord.
Do you schedule time for Him, or just wait to see if it fits in somewhere between breakfast and your nightly skin care regime? I know that for my life, if I don't set aside a pre-set time, it probably won't happen. Yet at the same time, I am sad when I look at my calendar and see a kaleidoscope of colored blocks, all denoting different daily activities, and then the small sliver that represents my quiet time. Ok weird analogy but it's like pickles on a cheeseburger, you can't even see them amidst all the other toppings until you take a big bite! But you definitely can tell when you taste them can't you!
Of all the things we do throughout the day, isn't spending time with our Father the most important? I really got to thinking about this lately. We need to make time all throughout the day, in the midst of our other activities, to build our relationship with Him. Turn off the radio on the way to work and use that time to pray for the people in your life. When you go to the gym, listen to worship music as you compete with the girl next to you to see who can run the longest (maybe that's just me!) For the wives and mothers, reflect His love in the way you treat your husband and your children. There are so many ways that we can make our daily lives about Jesus - and the more we do it, the more it will overflow into every area of our lives.
This is something I am praying that I am able to implement in my own life and I encourage you and pray that God helps you to do it in your own.