Brittany had to have a few tests run while pregnant. Her extreme fatigue was causing concern. She was tired and was wearing herself down with all the time and energy she was putting into being a homeschool mother, wife, homemaker and work-at-home mom. She was neglecting her health and living on little sleep.
What is needed here? Slow down. Take care of yourself. Rest. Relax. Simplify your schedule. Eat healthy. Exercise. Possibly find more “me” time? This all makes perfect sense and you will not hear me argue with any of the above.
Many books would stop there: Rest. Relax. Simplify. Take time for yourself. The answer often is put on ourselves. You just do all of the above and that will take care of it.
In Putting God First: How to Make God the #1 Priority in Every Area of Your Life, Brittany does not stop there. This could be hard to admit, but she realized that the extreme fatigue was not all pregnancy induced. Her real issue was that her life got out of balance and out of focus as she let her goals and ambitions take the center stage of her life. She was on her own mission and neglected to make her Savior her number one priority. She admitted that her time in God’s Word was non-existent and her prayer life was self-centered.
For me, it wasn’t simply a matter of sleeping a little more or eating a little better (though those things did help). For me, the real issue was a life that had gotten dreadfully out of balance and out of focus when I stopped focusing on God and let myself get distracted by all of the other things I thought were so important instead. Things that really weren’t that important at all. ~ Putting God First
I do feel that rest and taking care of our bodies is important. Taking time for ourselves is beneficial. I started waking up early because I want time alone before my girls get up. I do enjoy alone time and feel that it has great benefits!
But…we cannot hope to find rest and refreshment by focusing solely on ourselves. When we feel worn down, we cannot find the answer in looking at our temporary earthly needs.
We can only find rest in our Savior. We can only find joy and peace through Him. We can only see the blessings of this life through Him. With our Savior at the center of our lives, He can guide our lives and our decisions.
It was refreshing to read a book where the author reminds us of the importance of making sure that God is the center of our lives. When He is not at the center, we often get lost and focus on our earthly ambitions. We focus on ourselves. The answer is not “more ME time”. The answer is more time in Him.
If you know you want to spend more time with the Lord, but are distracted and push it off, Putting God First is full of suggestions to help put your focus on your Savior. He needs to be front and center in your life, decisions, and earthly relationships.
If you do not see the importance or don’t understand why it’s important to put God first, skip to chapter three. The author expands on WHY we should put God first.
Among other reasons, He sent His Son to save us from eternal damnation. He loves us and promises to be with us always. He gives us peace and gives us reason to have joy in everything. How can we not want to spend time with our Savior who loves us and promises heaven to ALL who believe?
Get Putting God First here.
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