Time management. Two words I must apply to my life as classes continue to spiral into insanity. My mass communications class is absolutely killer- my roommate and I spazz out every night before we go to class. It’s like clock-work. If it’s any time between 5 and 6 p.m. on a Tuesday or Thursday, Stephanie and I are running around the apartment frantically trying to study for the quiz (we have one every single class) and proof read each other’s papers. My International Studies classes have been faring a little better. They’re intensive on reading but over all the content has been pretty interesting. I love how every debate in my Human Rights class can be settled by reading the Bible. My last class, Spanish, has been fun because I genuinely desire to speak the language. Hopefully on the next missions trip I can carry on a conversation without constantly needing a translator!
I rarely have time to take a breather during the week. I feel like I constantly have to be productive. By the time I check off everything on my to-do list, I have more to do. Finding consistency in my quiet times with God was difficult the first couple weeks of school. I tried to do it in the morning, but if I had a lot to do I would push it back later….and later…..and later…..until it was time to go to bed and I was exhausted. This past week I finally got myself on a schedule so that doesn’t happen. My days are significantly better when I read the Bible and pray in the morning. I need to go out into the world with Scripture running through my head, with my thoughts focused on God. It gives me a positive, fresh start each morning, and keeps me prayerfully minded through out the day.
To put God first in our lives we must have a strong foundation, and that comes by getting in the Word on a regular basis. I have been reading Elizabeth George’s book, “A Woman After God’s Own Heart”, (I recommend it to all you ladies) and George explains how we need a solid root system to be a woman after God’s own heart. The Word is where we get our spiritual nutrients- in Job 23:12, Job says, “…I have treasured the words of His mouth- more than my necessary food.” He desired the Word more than food! I don’t know about you, but when I get seriously hungry, the only thing I can think about is eating. How awesome Job’s statement is – He lived by the Word, and he was sustained by the Word.
When I feel bogged-down by everything I need to do for school, I have to stop and realize that it is not my top priority. It just isn’t. Getting an education is important, but in the big picture, me not getting a 100% on a test means absolutely nothing. Of course I want to do well, and I strive to do well, but I trust that God will lead me to where I need to be in this life, regardless of my grade in some trivial class.
God is my top priority. And then of course the ministry. And my relationship with my amazing boyfriend! My day is always better when he’s in it……Anyway, my point is, God will bless us for getting our priorities straight- so when feeling stressed, take a moment, say a prayer, and know that God is in control! It’s a lot easier when we trust in Him.
Although I’ve been rambling about how I have little time to do anything, I have actually done a lot of fun things the past couple weeks. Labor day weekend I went back to Melbourne for my cousin’s wedding. It was awesome to see family from out-of-town. Here’s a pic of some of some of us at the wedding:
And another one of us with the bride:
On that Sunday I was able to speak at the church I grew up in, Christian Development Center, and tell them about the missions trip to Mexico. It was great to be able to share with them what God is doing down there. The congregation has been so supportive of me and I couldn’t have made it there without their prayers and support. I put together some pictures of the trip to show them. Here are a few fun ones:
This past weekend I went to a concert that featured some amazing musicians. The bands My Epic and Ascend the Hill have a lot of talent and their songs have great lyrics. What’s even better about these groups is that their hearts are in the right place. After the concert, J.R. & I were talking to the drummer from My Epic and he made a comment about why he’s in the band. It was something to the affect of: “I’m not in it for the fame, I’m in it to glorify God and spread His word….No matter what you’re doing, whether you’re a plumber or a drummer, do what you do for God. If it’s not for God it means nothing.” Needless to say, he was a cool dude.
This weekend J.R. and I are headed to Melbourne for a quick day trip on Saturday to visit my cousins from Georgia. I’m looking forward to spending the day with family; God’s blessed me with an awesome one! And then Sunday will be another great day with Aletheia- it’ll be our fourth week in the book of Ruth. Check out the sermons at http://aletheiatampa.com/media/sermons/ .
In the meantime, I’ll be busy as usual, and wishing it was the weekend…..3 days!