Have you ever found yourself caught up in such a busy life that it becomes nearly impossible to hear from God? It seems we all have so many responsibilities these days. Jobs take up a large percentage of our time and with the economy, many people are having to work more than one. Parents have to juggle their children from school to after school activities to sporting events. Lets not forget the home responsibilities, bill pay, pets, and other family obligations. Everyone seems to be in such a hurry all the time. And stress is the main cause of many illnesses in the world today. How did life get so complicated?
It is hard to live in chaos and still have the Fruits of the Spirit highly present in our lives. Fruits such as Love, Peace, Joy, Faithfulness, Self-Control, and Kindness. Without these, our relationships are bound to suffer. And it is certainly hard to hear from God in these times. I seem to find myself there quite often these days. When you feel the stresses of everyday life, you tend to be less loving and more quick to respond in situations. And if I do not stop and regroup, it seems that God will always find a way to bring me to a point of stillness.
So how do we change this? How can we find Peace in a World of Chaos? We must SIMPLIFY our lives as often as it deems necessary! Keep a calendar. Make lists. Share responsibilities. Learn to say No. Take time for yourself and your health. Get plenty of rest. Take a vacation (even mini getaways) Get organized. And most importantly, have quiet time with God and Pray for his daily direction. HE speaks to us in many ways, but we have to slow down, quiet the noise, and be willing to Listen!!!
More to come.... Blessings!