Dear Busy Schedule…

I see post all the time that start off like, “How to Prioritize a Busy Schedule,” “How to Manage Your Time Wisely,” or my favorite as a blogger, “10 Tips for Blogging on a Busy Schedule.”

Okay lets just press the pause button on this for a moment. Can I be transparent with you all? So I have successfully completed my second semester at my school and now I am back home for the break and might I add with no job and no vehicle. My friends work all day and I’m stuck at home. So of course I got the stuck home blues where I started to become discontent and wishing I was back at school. I thought to myself, “When I’m at school I can always find something to do, someone to hang out with, or someone to talk to. Now I’m at home and there is literally no one.”

During our school’s chapel service last week our First Lady, Ms. Joni Parsley ministered to us. I can’t say that once that service was over I became so convicted! She was talking about how our generation is so entertainment oriented and how we literally are always saying we don’t have time. Well she bust our bubbles real quick. She said, “You have time to post on Instagram and scroll down Facebook.” For me personally I am an avid Hulu binger. I love catching up on my favorite shows and once I start it is so hard for me to stop. Before coming home I made a vow that I would give up something so that I could start feeding myself or feeding my spirit something other than the stuff I watch on Hulu. Nothing is wrong with giving yourself a mental break sometimes, but I literally made more time for that at the end of a long day than doing something productive such as reading my Word.

“Salvation is free, but for the anointing, there will be some additional fees that will apply.” – Bishop Orin Pullings Sr.

Personally I want more from God. Ms. Joni talked about people who cry out to God all the time saying, “Oh God, I want an anointing.” But are we really showing ourselves to be worthy of such an anointing or are we filling ourselves with other things that we are not willing to put in that extra work or that extra attention that an anointing requires. You want an anointing? Learn to sit at the feet of the Father.

I cried out to God telling Him that I was at my best when I was serving. I love being busy for the Kingdom of God. I love doing His Will and doing His Work. Well He came right on in and checked me real quick. Today I decided to unplug and not get on social media or busy myself in watching any programs on television. I tried to get around it. I will not lie to you. After spending some time on the phone with a friend (which was definitely God ordained), I finally sat down and finished reading a book that I started in the beginning of the semester. I was so discouraged when I woke up and telling God I do not know what to do with my day if I do not busy myself with other things or with serving. So I sat and finished my book, but something strange happened. I just wanted to soak more in the Father’s presence. He actually gave me the title of this post about 2 hours before I started writing it.

You want an anointing? Learn to sit at the feet of the Father.

In my time of worship I told Him, “God I just want to sit at your feet.” He led me to Luke 10:38-42, the story of Jesus visiting Martha and Mary.

 As they went, He entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to His teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she came to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Then tell her to help me.”  Jesus answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed. And Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken from her.

Can I tell you that He really checked me after reading this passage.

The Amplified Bible says that Mary sat continually at the feet of Jesus. Continually means repeatedly frequently in the same way; regularly; without interruption; constantly. Martha however busied herself. Busy is defined as keeping occupied; occupied with or concentrating on a particular activity or object of attention. She was distracted in her pursuit to serve Jesus. It is so easy to become preoccupied trying to do the will of the Father so much so that we lose focus of what is most important. Sitting and the feet of the Father. Jesus told Martha only one thing in that moment was necessary and that was to learn from Him.

We often become so eager to serve the Lord that we forget what is most important. Spending intimate time with Him in His presence. We forget to spend time with our Heavenly Father. How else can we expect to pour out to others in the different ministries that we serve in. It is not wrong to be eager to serve. In fact Romans 12:11 in the Common English Bible says, “Don’t hesitate to be enthusiastic—be on fire in the Spirit as you serve the Lord!” The Lord desires for us to serve and to have the true heart of a servant, but in order to be a servant and allow Him to give us a servant’s heart we need to sit in His presence and become equipped by Him.

But one thing is needed. Luke 10:42

Allow God to equip you for the journey that is ahead. Make time to spend with Him. Don’t be a Martha and become anxious and worried about the next task at hand. Don’t become distracted by the busyness of the world that you are not making time for your Father in heaven. If you make time for Him, He will even equip you to complete the tasks in your day. God loves you and He truly is crazy faithful.

Until next time!

Ebony XOXOXO

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