Seek Him First

 

As moms and women we race out of bed for the really important stuff…

Big meeting…

Baby crying…

Getting the kids to school….

Just having to be somewhere important…

We rush everyone else out the door and we are off to a hurried and rushed pace trying our best to keep up. This life has gotten out of control, we rush everywhere, we think of ourselves first, we are wrapped up in getting things right now and then we wonder why the world is chaotic when we look around. We have forgotten the most important piece of the puzzle. We CANNOT do this thing “life” everyday without JESUS. In the end it won’t matter how fast we got everyone out the door or what your “hashtag” status is on Twitter or Facebook…none of that really matters. What matters in the end is your relationship with JESUS. Where is your hope at? Is your hope in a government that WILL FAIL YOU? Is it in friends that WILL FAIL YOU? Is it in your spouse that WILL FAIL YOU? Is it your phone, your computer, your children, your home, your job? All of the things of this world WILL FAIL YOU. They will leave you disappointed and still looking and longing for more than anything on this planet can ever offer you. JESUS will NEVER FAIL YOU. 

Our excuse lists are long…

But the justifications for our excuses don’t hold up…

His love for you is far greater than anything we can possibly wrap our heads around. As moms and women He gives us every ounce of what we need to slow down and be right where He wants us to be…He wants our time, He wants our talents, He wants all of us, but most of the time we are too busy to see that.

I never liked to get up early…and I very rarely got up before my children did…it always seemed like my day was chaos. I longed for time alone with God and never got it…I would lay down at night to read His word and would fall asleep from the pure exhaustion of the day. God knew my heart but was I really making an effort to give Him my best? Was I really trying to get into His word like He wants me to? I then started finding that my Bible was in the same place on Saturday night as it was when I got home from Church on Sunday. Over time it became a thought of well I will get to it later, or I am just to busy, it’s not a good time with my kids being little, I am really tired I just want that extra thirty minutes of sleep, or my classic..I will have time later during nap or before bed. The sad fact is I had an excuse for everything, as a mom I am pretty sure we have all used those excuses…but isn’t God worth WAY more than our excuses?

Two years ago when God brought me to some crazy low places I chose to listen…I chose to stop being so rushed and focus. God showed me something so incredible in that darkness…the darkness is a great time to turn on the light by the way; I longed to hear from Him and He showed me that it is impossible to hear from Him if His word always sat closed. If I never opened His word the silence would be unbearable. I threw the excuses away and made a new commitment to God and to His word, to study, to draw closer, to learn and lean fully on His word DAILY. So I wake up while it is still dark and the house is still quiet and I talk to Jesus, I read and absorb His word. Yes there are days when I am tired but God didn’t say it would be easy or comfortable…He said it would be worth it. It is worth it and I never regret the time I spend with Him in the morning. God gave us this life of being a mom, being a woman…but His love for us is personal and deep, He longs for time with us to speak peace into our hearts, comfort us, motivate us, and leave us feeling loved.

Our news feeds are filled with anxiety, fear, selfishness, ungodly, horrific, depressing, cruel, mean, heartless MESS. The sad fact is that it is usually our first stop when we wake up in the morning is checking out the daily news feed on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or even turning on the news channel. Why on earth do we want to fill our minds with all that before we fill our hearts and minds with the Word of the living and loving God? This world will always leave us disappointed. Jesus shows up for you at all times, let’s show up for Him. Let’s be moms and women of His word, let’s draw closer to Him…no more excuses. The excuse train has left the station. Jesus himself said “Seek FIRST his kingdom and his righteousness” Matthew 6: 33. Before the rest of the day begins seek after God; prayer, read His word, worship Him. Seek Him first, before we seek the world around us.

 

Michelle Rabon