THE WEEKEND WORD

WEEKLY WORD | Back in His Presence

July 13, 2013

Women's Devotional // Back in His Presence | The Feisty HouseI feel like I’ve been on “go, go, go” mode for the past few weeks. I go to bed at midnight and wake up at 6:00 AM so that I can fit everything in. I have my street wear line, Feisty Society Clothing Company, set to launch on August 30th. I’m hosting a natural hair event at BaubleBar’s pop-up in Soho on August 5th. Quentin and I are going to Jamaica from July 20th – July 27th, which is great, but means I essentially lose a week of working on my other projects. And then of course, I work full-time M-F. There truly aren’t enough hours in the day, and my spiritual life has definitely suffered, although I hadn’t noticed. I mean, I say a quick “thank You” to God when I wake up in the mornings, but then it’s straight to the computer, or I’m on my phone checking email. And I used to listen to my Daily Audio Bible app at nights, but by the midnight or 1:00 AM rolls around, all I want to do is sleep, so I say a quick “goodnight” to Jesus and it’s off to bed.

This morning though, I opened the Bible (yes, the actual book, not an app), and I got chills. Seriously, I had goosebumps. I had missed being in the Word so much, and I didn’t even realize it until today. There’s just something I love about being in God’s presence, about being in His Word, and I’ve been missing that intimate connection with the Lord. My excuse for not indulging in my relationship with God was that I was too busy doing all things I needed to do. But the Bible says we’re to seek a relationship with God first, before we think of what we need (Matthew 6:24-33). Instead of neglecting my relationship with God because I’m “too busy,” I should be discussing my plans with him (Jeremiah 29:11), asking Him for guidance (Isaiah 28:29), and allowing Him to do even more than I could do on my own (Ephesians 3:20-21). Because really…there’s no way for me to get ALL of these things done in such a short time without God.

If you’re on a deadline–studying for the bar or for your boards, or under pressure to finish a thesis or project at work–I challenge you to take time out of your busy schedule and spend some uninterrupted time in the Word. I promise, you’ll feel more refreshed, and you’ll be even more productive than going it alone. Don’t leave God out of your plans or your day-to-day life. He gave you these amazing opportunities, and He wants to be there to help you every step of the way. Let’s put God first and watch Him do amazing things in our lives!

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  • NiKute Williams

    really glad i read this~ was a recent reminder for me as well

  • Shainna

    I needed to read this. scripture can work wonders. Thanks for posting it.

  • Monique S

    Love this! Thank you for sharing this truth! Stay encouraged! Ask God for a burning desire to seek Him daily to help you with being able to consistently be in the Word.

  • Thanks for this reminder. I caught this revelation a few weeks ago. It was like the Still Small Voice whispered while I was stressing over something “Matthew 6:33.” It really did send a chill up my body. And when I decided to take this literally…daily in Word and not ceasing in prayer and engaging in community…I saw my perspective change. It was amazing!

  • OYINDOUBARA

    Hi Krystal, I really understand how you felt… sometimes, we are on the fast lane for so long that we tend to let certain things slide & sadly that includes the things of God… We have all been at that point & I rejoice with you, that you were able to slow down and get back to the thing that matters the most, which is our relationship with God. My fav verse is “Commit your ways to the Lord, trust Him & he will act on your behalf” ~ Ps 37:5 It’s my own little reminder as I live everyday 🙂

    Also, I am falling in love with your blog… 🙂 Keep up the good work & thanks for posting this.

    OYINDOUBARA

    http://oyindoubara.wordpress.com

  • 🙂

  • Jasmine Sydney

    Amen Krystal!

  • Amen, ladies!!! I’m really glad this post helped you like it helped me!