I attended a Christian conference entitled She Speaks, put on by Proverbs 31 Ministries. I did not realize how dry my spirit had become. I am reminded any steps backward is a slow fade. It happens as we get busy with what we have to do every day.
If you’re a mother, a wife and you work outside the house. You find yourself planning around your work schedule: Laundry, groceries, cooking, doctors’ appointments, and church life and of course social media. Before you know it, you can look back over the weeks and months and wonder where the time went. You realize you haven’t opened your bible in a month. What has happened, you know you love Jesus, but why has life just passed by without opening the Bible?
We have to be intentional about pouring into our relationships. If it’s our relationship with the Lord, husband, children, friends. We can all be carried away with what we have to do instead of choosing what we want to do today. Doing what we want to do, this suggests we have a plan and that plan includes our relationships, primarily it starts with the Lord. Relationships take time; including taking time to hear from heaven by reading His Word and then spending time just being with him.
We have become human doings instead of human beings. The difference is being intentional about the effort we put towards our relationships. As human doings, we just let the next thing on our list dictate the order of our day.
As human beings we put our relationships first and our list of things falls in place. We recognize the times we need to stop the laundry and take time to play a game or just talk with the person on the phone or just be with someone.
As human beings, we take time out of our day to ask the Lord for wisdom and guidance, this will lead to recognizing the Holy Spirit nudges throughout the day. If this becomes our intentional routine we will pay more attention to people instead of things.
I am reminded of the song by Casting Crowns: It’s a slow fade when you give your heart away; it’s a slow fade when black and white has turned to gray, people never crumble in a day, and it’s a slow fade.