With an active toddler at home, full-time work and a family to care for (including parents), it can get pretty hectic for us. This is why I start my day in prayer.
I have learned to balance work and life. It’s not perfect and that is okay. I accept that it will never be. Instead, I’ve learned to lean on God more and more each day. Without Him, I just couldn’t survive my daily schedule.
Granted, I’ve removed many activities from my schedule that I don’t have time for anymore or that didn’t edify my soul, such as sitting on the couch binge-watching movies. (I guess this is another blog post!)
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phillipians 4:8
My focus is to develop a deeper relationship with God. Once I spend more time with Him, I can hear His voice and He sets conviction upon my heart. As a result, I have made changes to my way of living. While not perfect, I slowly have begun to understand what His purpose for my life is. Aware that it will not happen overnight, I am patient (not easy!).
While there is no one-size-fits-all solution to work-life balance, I choose to do what works best for my family.
I begin my day in prayer.
One of the Commandments says to honor God and love Him with all our heart and all our soul. If we love Him as we say we do, then we act. Love is something you do, not something you say. For examples, I hear many people say they love God, but they never pray, visit His Holy temple, worship in spirit and in truth, or read the Bible.
But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul. Joshua 22:5
It’s simple, actions speak louder than words.
While I am not a perfect Christian, I’ve learned that honoring God first thing in the morning, in prayer, is important. Why?
I honor God by giving Him priority. He is first on my list. Not of a to-do list, but priority in the sense that He matters. He comes first in everything.
I build a relationship with God. A good relationship. He gets to know me– my inner thoughts and frustrations. And I get to know Him and His will for my life. It’s an investment that is worth it. One that has eternal consequences.
Prayer sets the mood for the day. He already knows what my day will be like, the challenges, frustrations and happy moments that I am going to experience. He desires to spend time with me so that I can go confidently about my business.
He provides the direction I need to face whatever the enemy is going to throw my way. God alerts me when something isn’t quite right. And I can confidently say, “no” to the enemy’s trap.
Even if my day appears to fall apart, God is right next to me giving me peace and comfort. He gently whispers, “I got this!”. I don’t have to worry because He’s got it all under control.
He gives me perspective. There’s nothing else in this world that’s more important than spending time with God. And there’s nothing that he cannot handle. Every so often, I hear, “Let go. Let God.”. I challenge you to try it.
Prayer changes everything. It’s changed me.
Let me share my first, real experience with prayer.
When I first became a Christian, I rarely prayed. It wasn’t a priority. Besides the times that I kneeled during a Catholic service, the first time I ever got down on my knees to pray was sometime in 2009 or 2010. My best friend’s father (whom I love dearly. He is like a father to me.) was very sick (heart condition and tumor) and he almost died. I got down on my knees, I prayed and cried. That’s when I learned that there is power in prayer. He made it out okay. He is still living today. Praise God!
God answered my prayer.
Through my “perfect storm”, I learned to pray. Isn’t that how it always seems to happen? God breaks us down and we surrender. God is good!
Since then, the Holy Spirit has led me and shown me things. He is my mentor, my guide, my everything. He continues to show me how to pray.
There is power in prayer.
I don’t know what you are facing, but whatever that is, give it to God in prayer.
I am an “imperfect Christian”. I make many mistakes. I don’t have a perfect prayer life, but I do have one. And yours is not perfect either, but make sure that you are staying in touch with our Heavenly Father, every day.
It’s one investment that should take priority in your life.
Let’s keep moving forward in our “walk with Jesus”!
Would you like to share your story? A prayer tip? Testimony? Please comment below.
I’d love to hear from you!
God bless you & yours,