Splat! I dropped one of the eggs I was “juggling”—at least that’s what it felt like I was doing. Now, I had to clean up the mess.
You see, not only had I dropped an egg, I let go of priorities. I was juggling a day job, a family, and writing a book. Therefore, my house was in disarray. Something had to give….
Perhaps you know the feeling. You are doing too many things for an extended period of time and it becomes obvious you can’t do it all. Something had to suffer. In my case, it was a clean, well-kept home.
In recent months, my novel had become my ministry. My biggest desire was to have teenage readers come to know Christ as they read it. What is more important than that?
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
~Colossians 3:23-24 NIV
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Just like the egg on the floor was begging to be cleaned up, the things I neglected haunted me. I viewed them as constant reminders of how I failed; how I can’t do it all.
I needed to remember to give thanks to Jesus, and prioritize.
As a result of life’s demands, some things got set aside that I should prioritize. I felt the neglect, and it bogged me down. I was becoming resentful of the mundane tasks—even ministry responsibilities that tore me away from other important matters, such as God and family. I needed to remember to give thanks and prioritize my Best Friend, Jesus Christ. Is it this way with you as well, friend?
Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
~Colossians 3:17 NIV
Take a minute to recharge your faith.
Figure out what loose ends need to be tied up. Show those things you once neglected some attention, so they will no longer nag you.
You’ve got this! As you prioritize your relationship with Jesus, the puzzle pieces of life become a beautiful array rather than an unrecognizable mess…
Help us. You’ve got us!
Name your favorite way of re-centering your thoughts on Jesus.
Heavenly Father, Thank You for being available. Sometimes I get caught up in my ministry so much that I let go of other important matters. Give me the discernment to prioritize You so I’ll know how to manage the rest of my responsibilities. Help me to clean up those messes, so I can be effective in ministry, family, and matters of faith. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
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Maria T. Henriksen is the author of the novel, Not Again. As a mother of boy/girl teenage twins and a substitute of all ages, Maria is immersed in shaping the lives of young adults for Christ. During the revisions of her novel, Maria experienced tremendous amounts of physical pain and stress. As a result, she included coping mechanisms she learned into her novel. Not Again is a page-turner that draws the secular teen reader into the story-line, and then immerses the teen in the transforming power of God found in Jesus Christ by sharing biblical values and Scriptures towards the close of the book.
About Not Again: Christina De Rosa holds a deadly secret–she has been the victim of sexual assault. She searches for ways to function as a “normal” teenager, but she is riddled with guilt, shame, and subsequent nightmares. A chance encounter with her longtime crush, Avery Evans, sparks a fire she cannot extinguish. He offers the security Christina craves. In her quest for internal peace, she must make decisions: Will she be able to overcome the assault? What are safe, moral boundaries she must set with Avery Evans? Find out if true love triumphs in this edgy, faith-based, young adult page-turner, set in the 1980s. Not Again is not your typical Christian coming of age story. Fierce faith does not come without a fight. Prepare for heartache, self-harm, traumatic events, real romance, as well as Scripture within its pages.
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