Several months ago as I was praying, I believed I heard God say, “Priorities, priorities. Get your priorities straight.” Every time I prayed about something in my life, all I could hear was “Priorities, priorities. Get your priorities straight.” This went on . . . for longer than I care to admit, until I finally decided that God wanted me to get my priorities straight. I began to think about what that meant and I realized that I had so much on my plate–so much going on in my life–that I had to empty my plate before I could even determine what my priorities were.
To make a very long story a little shorter, I determined what I could not give up (wife, mother, nana, job) and what was left was the book I was currently writing and my editing company, Monarch Writing Services. I put the book on the back burner and contacted my clients to let them know I would be on hiatus for an undefined period of time.
I began to wait to hear the voice of God. Where was he leading me? What did He want me to do? I waited. And waited. And waited some more. While waiting, I realized I don’t know how to wait. The Bible says, “Be still and know that I am God.” I can’t be still. I find myself looking for things to do to fill up each of the 86,400 seconds of every day. I’m as antsy as a kid on Christmas morning.
Although it may seem to be a small thing when we look at everything going on in our lives and the world around us, I believe my first priority from God is to learn to be still. To sit quietly before Him. To listen to Him speak as He shares the next priority.
What about you? Do you have a quiet time each day where you sit and wait to hear from the Lord? Do you play soft music? Have your Bible and journal close by? I would love to hear from you and perhaps glean some ideas from you on developing my own quiet time.