I was busy. I hadn’t set aside time to read my Bible all week… maybe even all month. Between life as a mother of four, volunteer work, book deadlines, and a million other things on my calendar, I just didn’t have the time.
We all know how that works. Life as a woman in the 21st century is busy. We simply don’t have time. We rush around trying to do everything and stress about all the things we still aren’t getting done.
That’s where I was. The thing I was stressing about missing was my quiet time. I knew it was important, I wanted to do it, but I just never made it.
God didn’t let it go though. While I didn’t make time for Him, He still made time for me. I could feel Him pulling at my heart to step away and come to Him.
The truth was, I was turning productivity into an idol, and I knew it. I knew it was wrong, but it still drove me. I have a to-do list longer than a Texas summer and I didn’t want to fall behind.
Writing the words, I know just how wrong it is. We all do. But we still do it, or at least I do. I still get my priorities mixed up. I prioritize the good things, and forget the best thing. But what God has shown me is that even things that are worthy of our time, things that we do for His glory, can still become idols if we aren’t careful.
We all get just 24 hours a day to do what needs to be done. And we will all accomplish the tasks we value the most. It’s not a matter of time or resources, it’s a matter of value and priorities.
I learned that lesson the hard way when I was a child. Someone I loved told me they couldn’t afford to come see me. The gas cost too much. But when someone else took me to go see them, the person who couldn’t afford to come see me bought candy bars for everyone in our group. I knew enough to know that the cost of gas would have been more than covered by what they spent on candy in that one trip to the store (remember when gas was that cheap?). The lesson I learned that day was that I wasn’t as important as their candy bars, and it broke my childhood heart.
God brought me back to that this week. It’s not that I don’t have time to spend with Him, it’s that I don’t value time with Him as much as I value the other things on my list. And that realization broke my grown up heart. Probably just as much as the candy bar incident did when I was little.
What it comes down to is this: We won’t have time, find time, or even make time for God’s Word if we don’t value it enough to invest time into it.
Jesus once said to a woman named Martha, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 20:41-42).
I have been a Mary my whole life. If I must choose between the dishes and my Bible, I’ll choose Jesus hands down (and the state of my home will testify to that)… Or at least I use to. Something has happened this Fall where I have just become too busy. To anxious and troubled about many things. And because of that busyness, I have forgotten the one thing that is necessary. I have forgotten to invest time in my relationship with Jesus.
So in all of my brokenness, I wondered: What makes us want to invest in our quiet time with Jesus? What pulls us to our Bibles when the dishes need washed, the kids need fed, and that blog post needs to be written?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments, but I also want to share one thing that helped me this past week.
I was blessed with the opportunity to review the Bible Journaling Kit by Ellie Claire, and I knew that by reviewing it I would have to use it, which would drive me to my Bible.
Almost two years ago, I purchased an ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, and I love it. I don’t use it for drawing pictures and artsy stuff like some of you probably do, I use it to take notes and record thoughts. So, when I opened it up to start putting in the stickers and tabs, I was confronted with all of these notes God had spoken to my heart through His Word.
I knew my notes were there, but I hadn’t taken the time to just flip through and read them for quite some time. And when I did I was so blessed. I was reminded of how amazing our God is and how powerful His Word is.
The Bible Journaling Kit most certainly drove me back to God’s Word, but it was His words that kept me there. Seeing my notes and reading the passages that went them, I could have sat there all day with my Jesus just reminiscing about times gone by. I think all relationships need that from time to time.
Do you remember the last time you sat with a friend and said, “do you remember when…?” What about with Jesus? Do you ever just sit and reminisce with Him? If not, I absolutely recommend it. If you have struggled to prioritize your quiet time, flip back through your Bible, journal, notes, or whatever and see how He has moved during those times.
And if you need a little encouragement like I did, I scored a free Bible Journaling Kit for one of our readers.
About the Bible Journaling Kit
Create a work of art on the pages of your favorite Bible. Draw, color, or journal your thoughts, dreams, and prayers. Highlight your favorite verses or the encouragements that speak to your heart with pencils, stickers, and tabs. Kit includes:
- 4 sheets of word stickers
- 4 sheets of alphabet stickers
- 24 tab stickers
- 1 journaling pen
- 8 colored pencil twists
- 1 pouch with adjustable strap to fit Bibles of all sizes
- 1 ruled page protector mat with tracing lines
Note: Journaling Bible not included.
A Few Notes From My Review
I absolutely love this Bible Journaling Kit. The colored pencil twists remind me a lot of the twist-able crayons my kids had a few years back. They seem much softer than a pencil. I’m a little concerned that the journaling pen might bleed through thinner Bible pages. It looked like it came close a few times on mine, but it never did, so maybe not.
The pouch that goes on your Bible holds everything from the kit except for the page protector mat. And it fit nicely on my Bible cover (again, I have the ESV Journaling Bible and it has a hard cover. If you have a soft back Bible I would not recommend attaching it). I was a little concerned about the metal parts that make the strap adjustable, but they didn’t seem to hold the Bible cover up very high at all, and didn’t damage it when I put the Bible’s own elastic strap around it to keep it closed.
So all in all, I would definitely recommend this kit and am thinking about purchasing one to give as a Christmas gift. But, you don’t have to wait until Christmas. You can buy your own, or enter to win a free kit below!
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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Guidelines: Open to Continental US residents only. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
Giveaway open now through Sunday, November 2oth, 2016.
You can also download several free coloring pages and enter to win one of the 5 kits being given away by the publisher here:
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