a matter of priority.
A Matter of Priority
This past week we were out of town enjoying a visit with dear friends while traveling on a cruise together in the Western Caribbean. It felt great to spend time with my husband while enjoying great conversation and memorable moments on the ship or on shore with our friends.
This opportunity to recharge and reconnect together was needed. I treasured the memories we shared together having fun, laughing and sharing stories from the past. I caught up on sleep, enjoyed a change of pace and appreciated not being so connected to the laptop computer.
Anyone who knows me well knows I normally have long, full days and nights at work and with ministry commitments. It is not uncommon to have only a few moments with my husband at night before he heads off to bed and then I am up working another couple hours on lessons while seeking God in prayer. I feel called to this life and I appreciate a husband who supports me and encourages me each step of the way.
I have discovered what brings balance to this season I am at right now. Making time for my husband is a matter of prioritizing my schedule to create balance and rhythm that works best for us. We enjoy our weekly date nights, but there are moments I know I need to throttle completely back and give our relationship the focus it deserves.
What matters most is fulfilling my God-given calling in my home and in the lives of my husband, family and friends. I don’t want to give them the leftovers of my time and attention. I want to invest my heart and best efforts in these priceless lives God has given me.
So creative prioritizing gives my husband especially the attention this relationship deserves. It helps to be intentional in cultivating time, effort and focus in keeping our relationship strong. I want our relationship to continue to thrive and enjoy cherished memories together.
Proverbs 14:1 reminds me that a wise woman builds her home and Proverbs 24:3 (AMPC) says that through wisdom a house (a life, a home, a family) is built and by understanding it is established on a good foundation.
I have discovered that no matter what my circumstances or season of life I might find myself, home still matters. My impact at work, in ministry and in the community is able to succeed when I stay true to being a keeper of my home.
I discovered I have plenty of energy when I choose not to eat the bread of idleness, gossip, discontent and self-pity (see Proverbs 31:27 AMPC). I draw on God’s strength; might and power to complete my tasks (see Proverbs 31:17). I seek God’s wisdom and allow Him to give me a vision for how to be a keeper of my home. I choose to not be lazy and celebrate the worth of my labor (see Proverbs 31:18 MSG). I put my heart and soul into every activity I do as though I am doing it for God and not merely for others (see Colossians 3:23 TPT).
When we make relationships a priority, we realize we are creating a home where they can feel welcomed, loved, and cherished. We are able to experience purpose fulfilled and wholeness.
A woman who honors God has learned the value to prioritize what matter most. She “lives in the wonder, awe, and fear of God and she will be praised throughout eternity” (see Proverbs 31:30).
Join me in keeping what matters most a priority. Let’s hold each other accountable to be a good steward of these precious gifts God has given us.