Posted by: jcwillyams | November 21, 2009

A Stressful Week

I can’t tell you the full details of this less-then-awesome week, but let me just say…it has been a little stressful.

Last Thursday the HOPE team switched from having a weekly prayer and share meeting to having Triads.  Instead of all six of us meeting together, the guys meet with the guys and the girls meet with the girls.  This is a chance to go deeper in sharing our struggles, and keep each other accountable.  It was great.  We really connected and came up with some great base questions to ask each other every week.

One major piece of accountability I came up with for myself was time management.  I am in desperate need of finding a balance in my time that will allow for personal devotion, reading, studying scripture, blogging, developing relationships, and getting all of my work done.  To me it sounds somewhat impossible, but I know there is a way to get it all in there.  I NEED to get it all in there.  I am dry without spending time in the word and devotion with God.  I have to get my required reading done.  My entire purpose here is to develop relationships, and of course I need to get my work done.

Unfortunately, God has been getting the backseat.  Whatsup with that?  It seems like that is a common theme in many of our lives.  When we get busy – God takes the backseat.  I try to pray during the day, but that’s kind of like trying to have a conversation with someone while on the phone with someone else…you don’t really get the full message.

Anyways, right after this revelation – this new commitment to time management, our whole week was simply turned upside down.  We’ve been painting in our room and have been staying at the house of a very kind brother in Christ.  We will probably be there the rest of the week while finish up.  That means much of my afternoon is eaten away with the actual work of getting the painting job done.  We have limited time and limited energy for a job that needs time and energy.  It has been a stress inducing combination.

But where there is stress, God is there to lean on.  While this week has been dry, it has also taught me to lean on Christ.  It has revealed to me the stress inducing, anxiety infested effects of a life not founded upon Him.  It has revealed to me that when I get busy – I still need to put God first.  He can provide what I need for later – I just need to give myself to Him now.  Today is the Day, right?  This is the moment.  God wants me now.

So please be in prayer.

I attended a good friend’s Work-Life networking event.  The topic of this Christian networking was putting God first in your day.  It was about His miraculous ability to allow you to get everything done when you simply lean on Him to do it.  That was last Friday..maybe I should have listened better then…I think God likes to teach us through experience, that way it sticks in our thick stubborn heads!

Thank you all for your support – be on the look out for some video blogs soon…I hope :p


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