It’s not easy embracing a life of God’s Priorities when you’re hitting the grind everyday to make ends meet.
We became desperate for God, when we lost everything. When God is all you got, you find new and liberating ways to seek Him first. After all, who else was going to save us from this mess? Although we were desperate for God, we couldn’t spend all day in prayer, because we still had a family, work and a home to tend to. So we had to find the balance in waiting on Him, while maintaining His priorities.
Starting my morning with God wasn’t a problem. It was getting through the rest of the day without being anxious about what in our life was going wrong and what “I” needed to do to make something happen.
This is where I began to train myself to find peace in what I knew about God and what I learned about why His priorities were in their respective order. At that time, our current circumstance became an opportunity for us to apply what we were learning.
While the real estate business was slowing down, God called our former Pastors to start a church and we felt led to serve alongside of them. At that time, our business had decreased significantly. On the other hand, we had a lot more free time. So instead spending hours worrying and trying to figure out what we can make happen, we began to serve in our free time. It was no coincidence to God that at the same time our business was slowing down, we had time available to help our Pastors start a church.
Prior to becoming a realtor, I worked in the financial industry for over 10 years. And with that experience, I was asked to oversee the finances for our church. Not to mention, since at the time I was a realtor, I was also responsible for finding our church location as well as overseeing the remodel.
In the natural that looked crazy to an outsider looking in. Some people even told me, you’re not making any money in the real estate business, and while your kids are at school, you are volunteering time, when you need to figure out how you are going to pay your bills. Thank God, I wasn’t foolish to listen to that non-sense! That’s when I decided we were going to put action behind our faith in God.
I was giving God His time first, making my husband the next priority; I prepared my children for school and was home when they came home from school to help with homework. I knew my role in ministry and understood that as a new church we were in a season where more of our time would be needed to get it off the ground.
Regarding my work, I would make my calls and send emails to clients, and follow-up with any pending files but after that, what else was I suppose to do? Worry, freak out and figure out how “I’m” going to do something? No? I chose to serve God and rest in knowing that by honoring His priorities, He will reward me.
In the spirit that sounded and looked great, but keeping all things real, physically my body was not handling the stress well with all we were going through. One morning I woke up and my face was to the right of my body and my neck was to the left. When I looked in the mirror, I was horrified and drove to a chiropractor. While driving there I realized I had only 20 miles until empty in my gas tank, about $50 in our checking account, knowing that my co-pay was going to be at least that. So I just started to pray and reminded God what His word says. “That he who comes to God must first believe that he is and that he is a rewarded of those who diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) Because I had purposed to honor His priorities, I asked for His provision for whatever needed to be done.
As I was sitting in the doctor’s office I heard the chiropractor tell me I need to go for testing, come back three times a week, etc, etc, etc, and all I was thinking in my head was: I can’t afford to that. But when he finished speaking, I took a deep breath and said: “ok.”
As I went to check out, I pulled out my wallet to pay my co-pay and the receptionist said: “there is no charge today.” I said: “excuse me, yes there is, my co-pay is $50.” She said: “we know, but your co-pays have been covered by an anonymous person for any doctor visits you need.”
As I walked to my car tears just rolled down my face while I sang to myself: I am a friend of God, I am friend of God, He calls me friend. Then I turned on my car and my gas light came on. I just smiled and kept singing. Before I even pulled out of the parking lot, I got a phone call from a family friend who said they had just heard our family was going through a difficult time, and wanted to meet me somewhere to give us a love offering of $1,500. They told me, it’s not a loan, and they didn’t need to be thanked. They asked where I was and met me there. When they arrived they literally handed me an envelope and drove off with no conversation. Completely in awe of God’s goodness, I left the parking lot and was able to get gas and pick up some groceries on the way home.
This was just one of many miracles we experienced when we chose to embrace a lifestyle of living God’s priorities. Making His priorities ours! As we continued to make this lifestyle a reality, we realized it was no longer necessary to work so hard, neglecting our family, neglecting time with God, or using our busy scheduled as a reason for why we couldn’t serve in ministry.
During that particular time, I came to love this peace quote that we still have hanging in our home to this day.
It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work.
It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.
~ (Author Unknown)
This peace comes when we choose to rest in God! If your life circumstances seem overwhelming as if you can’t get caught up, feeling as if there is never enough time, feeling too tired to give God any time of your day because you have given your time to others, then we would encourage you to consider living your life Embracing God’s Priorities.
~ Timberley Gray