Making God my Number One Priority

Doing my devotions isn't that important.

That's the lie my actions had been shouting for far too long. Reading my Bible and talking to God often is something I struggled with a lot last year. Each morning when I'd get up, I either wouldn't think about reading my Bible or would think about it but just not do it, making up excuse for why I "couldn't"..."I have to do school." "I want to eat breakfast." "I have so much to do. I don't have time." And on and on...It's not that I didn't think doing devotions was important. It just wasn't as important to me as it should have been, and my actions screamed that it wasn't important to me at all.  I didn't see reading my Bible and talking to God often as a necessity but rather as an accessory.

I knew something needed to change.

On January first, I was determined that this year was going to be different. Yeah, I think I know what you're thinking..."New Year's Resolutions are dumb...no one ever keeps them!" "Everyone just falls back into doing what they did before." "None of the changes people make at the beginning of the year last." While those assumptions are true in many cases, I think one of the reasons many New Year's resolutions don't last very long is because people don't actually think they will. Does that make sense? People know deep down that they will probably fall back into their old habits, so even though they make resolutions, they make them with the expectancy of failure...and that's often what happens.

However, this year, I knew I needed to make a change, and I was (and still am) so determined to read my Bible and talk to God often every single day.

 I have not missed a day since January 1st yet.

I'm not saying that to brag. That's not my intention at all! I'm saying it because now that I've been reading my Bible and talking to God every day, something has changed within me. I now know how important and necessary it is to spend time with God daily. I've realized that my time with God needs to be the number ONE priority of my day each and every day, not something I do if I have time. I know it's hard to spend time with God when you have school, music lessons, sports, friends, family, meals, after-school activities, and sleeping. But if you do spend time with Him every day, it is SO worth it. I feel closer to God than I have in a very long time, and each morning I wake up and read His Word and feel SO refreshed and renewed. I feel so blessed, encouraged, and equipped, and by spending time with God I truly want to love others and live for Christ, and - trust me - that is something way easier to do when you are actually spending time with God.

 I used to feel like spending time with God was a chore, but now that I've been doing it daily, I don't see it as a chore...I see it as a blessing, which is what it really is. Make time for God today, girls. It is SO totally worth it.
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Madison  – (March 7, 2013 at 12:12 AM)  

I can't tell you how good it was for me to read this, Talia. I really appreciate your honesty. I haven't been spending as much time with the Lord as I would like. And when I do get in the word, my mind trails off to other things. It's like my time with God has been less important and not much of a priority. I want that to change. I realized when reading this that it's so silly for me to ask God to help me to love Him and others more when I'm not taking enough time to talk to Him or learn from Him by reading His word. :) thank you for writing this, Talia.

Blessings!

-Madi

Hannah  – (March 7, 2013 at 8:46 AM)  

"I used to feel like spending time with God was a chore, but now that I've been doing it daily, I don't see it as a chore...I see it as a blessing, which is what it really is."

I so agree with this! Thanks for this post Talia!

Anonymous –   – (March 7, 2013 at 4:16 PM)  

Great job sharing this truth, Talia! It is very encouraging and speaks to me, as your posts always do! :)
Love, Haley

Hannah  – (March 7, 2013 at 7:49 PM)  

Thank you for this post!! I have been struggling so much with this lately! This has encouraged me to get into the Word daily again!

lightwarriorsinadarkworld  – (March 13, 2013 at 12:33 PM)  

That was an amazing post! I love how your making time for God and sticking with it! I've gone through that, and still do sometimes(actually, I'm kind of stuck there now), when I feel like I have so much to do. It's good to remember that God should always be on the top of the priority list!

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