When It’s Not A Priority
I haven’t blogged for 3 weeks. Granted, one of those weeks I was attending a conference, and the following week I was laid flat by another 3-day migraine….but still, it’s been a while. In fact, before I went to the Declare Conference (which I cannot recommend highly enough if you write, blog, speak, podcast, or whatever format you use to share the message God has given you), I was struggling to come up with something to write. Y’all, let me be honest: I never have to “work” at writing. I have this uncanny ability to sit down and write about any given topic. Seriously…..words just start flowing. But my heart hasn’t in it for a while now, so every time I tried to write, I drew a blank. I felt like I should blog, but I also didn’t want to put slap something up on my website just to have something new up there. You deserve better than that….and God deserves better than that.
You know what I realized on my week away? Grace and Sass is a priority for me, but blogging is not. As much as I love writing, I have to be honest and say that my heart hasn’t been in blogging lately. This just isn’t my season for writing, I guess, and I’m okay with that. That just means God has something else in mind….and that’s exciting! I just have to figure out what that is. 😉
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven….” – Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV)
Everything Can’t Be A Priority
Our feeble minds are easily overwhelmed, so everything can’t be a priority. I really felt God hammering that idea into my wore-out brain during the conference….and in the podcasts I listened to while driving the 25 hours to Dallas and back home. We can only really focus on one thing at a time, so we have to choose wisely what that will be. We do no one any good – especially God – if we over-extend ourselves. It’s best to get clear on what God wants our priorities to be and then do those things to the best of our ability.
I knew this whole “It’s time to re-prioritize message” was from God because it brought me peace, not regret or guilt. When we take the time to listen for God’s voice – when we quiet our minds and tune-in to what He is whispering in our soul – that’s when we learn what our next steps should be. And we save ourselves a lot of heartache and hand-wringing in the process. *wink*
Wherever You Are, Start There
So if you are like me and feel it’s time to re-prioritize, wherever you are….start there. For me, it helps to draw prayer circles. Maybe that’s not your thing; that’s cool. However you best connect with Jesus, just do that.
I also find it best to not make my questions (okay…my problems) the focus of my prayers. When we approach God with a heart of worship and absolute surrender to whatever He’s going to reveal to us, things usually go much smoother, and much faster.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. – Romans 12:1
Don’t Get Distracted By The Details
Another important thing to remember is not to get distracted by the details of where you are versus where you’re “supposed to be.” Just live in your now, totally committed to Jesus. You know how when you can’t think of someone’s name and you stop thinking about it suddenly comes to you? It works the same with our problems. When we stop focusing on our problems and instead focus on God, that’s when His answers will come. God wants our full attention. When He is more important than we, that’s when we’re ready. Besides, it’s never about us; it’s always about Jesus.When He is more important than we, that's when we're ready. - Kimberly Sutor Click To Tweet
Keep Your Eraser Handy
I always draw my prayer circles in pencil and keep my eraser handy. Sometimes I erase nearly everything after just a day or two of praying over them. I take that as a good sign. It doesn’t mean I was totally off-base; it just means God is fine-tuning my focus…..real quick. And I always like when I can get out of my uncertain place sooner rather than later. How about you? 😉
Stay Where You Are
My advice? However long it takes, until you feel peace with your next step, stay where you are. Stay in prayer, and wait on God to lead. I know that’s not always easy, but it sure beats beating your head against a brick wall you’re not meant to go through. Staying focused on God and not on our problems is always a good place to be. After all, the goal is to let them go, right?
What I Heard
So you know what I heard God telling me? I’m not supposed to be hung up on blogging right now. I’m just supposed to blog when I feel led to blog, and be “hung up” on Jesus. Now it’s time to focus on other things. Remember what I talked about on my 1st anniversary: Vision board workshops, GF retreats, Listen To My Life life map workshops? I believe God is behind those things, so that’s what I’m going to work on now. Don’t you love when you feel peace about your next steps? What a relief!! 🙂
So, I think we’re caught up now. And I’m guessing I’m not the only one who’s been wrestling with “what’s next” lately. Maybe it’s the change of seasons. Whatever the reason, we are in this together, gf. I am committed to helping you make the most of your midlife…with Grace and Sass. And I believe that begins when we are centered firmly in God’s purpose for our life….in this season. And, as always, remember….
Extend grace. Receive grace.