Happy Monday my friends! With summer coming to and end, and the hustle and bustle of the real world kicking back in, I thought it would be the perfect time to share this with you!
Being intentional with my close family and friends is very important to me, but also something that I struggle with quite often. When life gets busy, it is so hard to get my priorities straight, and make sure that the time I spend with people is intentional. I have noticed in myself as well as others that even when we are spending time together whether it be going for dinner or just catching up, that we are often pre occupied by things around us. I have recently been trying to be aware of what I am doing, and give others my undivided attention, so that my time with others is time well spent.
I am going to share with you a few ways that I like to do so!
One of my favorite ways to stay close with my friends that are near and far is to write them. My friends and I love to find the sweetest little cards and send them to each other as often as possible. Our letters are not the only times we talk of course, but getting that extra little something is so fun and lets you know that someone is thinking of you!
No matter how old I am, I think it will always make my day to get something special in the mail!
Although I find it so important to keep up with my friendships and be a positive influence on my friends and family, this is not the only place that I often struggle to be intentional. Just as I feel about time spent with my friends, being intentional in my walk with Christ is the same way. As much as I would like to say that I get a chance to be in the word every day, it doesn’t always happen. Between school, work, planning a wedding and squeezing everything else in whatever minutes are left in each day, it can be hard to make sure I am focusing my energy in the right places.
I am sure that many of you struggle with this too, because we all have busy days and busy seasons of life, but we cannot let that me an excuse. One of my dearest friends and I recently started using the She Reads Truth app to read through the Bible in a year. No, I don't get to read my passages every day like I hoped to, but I am so lucky to have people in my life that will hold me accountable for things like this, push me to be the best me, and make sure that even on the busy days, I am making time for what is most important.
Having someone to hold you accountable in any area of your life, is a great way to accomplish your goals and not have to do them alone! The biggest thing that has helped me so much lately, is waking up early. Even though you aren't getting that little bit of extra sleep, getting up early is actually so refreshing and leaves me with more energy than I expected.
I have never been a morning person, and sometimes I’m still not ha ha, so typically you would never catch me waking up any earlier than I have to, but I have recently learned to love mornings. The combination of the quiet morning, with the sun beaming through my windows, and the smell of freshly brewed coffee is unlike any other and has very quickly become my favorite time of the day.
I have found that this is the best time for me to get into the word, and spend quality time with my God without all the distractions!
Waking up just a few minutes earlier each morning, allows me to be still, reflect, and spend time in prayer. Doing my quiet time in the morning has been a game changer, because spending my first few moments awake with Jesus has completely changed my perspective over the entire day and everyone I encounter! Those sweet, simple moments are all you need to turn your day around! Jesus Calling + She Reads Truth are two of my favorite devotionals that I use each morning. They are both extremely relatable and hit so close to home with every read.
I will link them both below so you can check them out!
So this week, I challenge you to set your alarms a little earlier, send a note to someone you love, and be intentional with whomever you come in contact with!