Devotional – Married to Life

1 Corinthians 7:34 …An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband.

So. True. How often do I find myself going twelve different directions in a vain attempt to get it all done? I want my house to be clean, I need to workout, Madison wants to play polly-pockets, Donovan wants to point out every “fruck” (truck) in a 30 yard radius of his body, dinner needs to be made, the laundry is now so wrinkled it really should be thrown back in the dryer, I should probably at least run a brush thru my hair so Zack recognizes me when he gets home and try to save some energy for actually being a wife…and on, and on, and on. Where does my devotion to the Lord fit in?

I’m so married to my life, that I forget that I’m the bride of Christ. That I should be much more concerned with how I present myself to Him than anything else. But it’s so difficult to prioritize the Lord when everything else seems so much more urgent. I love my husband. I adore my kids. My life has so many things in it all the time that I hardly have a chance to stop and think past what needs to get done right now, much less how I’m fitting in to God’s plans. I know that’s not how it should be, but sometimes – it’s just how it is.

So, how do I adjust my thinking? What can I do to intentionally revolve my world around the things that are eternal, instead of the strewn about toys, dirty dishes, overdue workouts, pending bills and meals to be made? I suppose it’s just forcing the issue. When things crowd in and I feel like what’s going to get pushed aside are the things of the Lord, I must choose to let go of some other “stuff”. Maybe I won’t be able to attend every single social event. Perhaps that super awesome dessert I was going to create will need to wait another couple of days. No doubt, shifting my focus is going to be a work-in-progress that will probably take a while. However, the effects of doing so will have a far more lasting impact than folding my endless loads of laundry.

God, help me not to have my attention divided away from you. Show me where I can carve out time to be devoted to your plans for me, and for the world around me.

PS: For those of you wondering about wives worrying about pleasing their husbands…and asking where the husband-pleasing-the-wife portion is? Check out verse 32-33…just before the one I focused on here. God’s got us ladies covered too.

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