Faithful is our God
Hear me as I pray, oh Lord. Be merciful and answer me! My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, Lord, I am coming. Psalm 27:7-8 NLT
When I was a student nurse, one of the most important aspects of clinical practice was knowing how to prioritize patient care and the duties for that shift. The Nursing Instructor had carefully selected the appropriate patients according to our skill level and the area of the clinical rotation. At the beginning of Nursing 1, my focus was on administering physical care such as bathing, making the bed, and knowing the names of the medications along with the possible side effects for only one patient. By the end of the Nursing 1 semester, I was responsible for developing complete care plans and rendering care for three patients. Although I carefully planned my day, the challenge of constant change paved the way for me to use astute judgment in readjusting my duties throughout the shift.
The rigorous training and molding which occurred during my professional career should have been the gateway for the prioritizing of my personal life. Don’t get me wrong, organization, flexibility, and handling change are my strengths; but I did not apply prioritization to my spiritual journey with God. When I ceased clinical practice and worked a 9-5 schedule, I would awaken and say a quick prayer in the morning, and in the evening, I was so tired that I would relax by playing an online game or engaged in light reading. Prior to falling asleep, I always prayed and thanked God for His blessings. However, the time spent with God was so minimal that it became a routine instead of a time to cultivate a relationship and spiritual growth.
Serve the Lord with reverent fear and rejoice with trembling. Psalm 2:11
Last year while I was visiting my cousin in West Virginia, the Holy Spirit used her to teach me the importance of spending “quality and quantity” time with God. During our time of worship, we sang, prayed and studied God’s Word. There was no hurry, no rush, and no interruptions. We have become spiritual Sisters-in-Christ, always encouraging each other through tears, prayers, laughter, and discussions on God’s love, grace, and mercy.
I have learned the importance of prioritizing my spiritual life above and beyond all of my other duties. My mind is being molded as I learn more and more about who God really is. The time that I spend with God is my top priority. I have incorporated praise and worship throughout my entire day. At times, it is simply saying, “Thank you God” or lifting my voice in a praise song. Today, if I was asked to list my strengths, the spiritual component of my life would be first on the list. I heard His call and I said, “Lord, I am here.”
God desires for us to come and talk with Him. He has provided the tools-the Bible and prayer, for us to deepen our spiritual relationship. Prioritize your life to include time with God. I can promise you that when you respond to His call, your life will gain strength that you never imagined possible.
Prayer for today: Dear God, I have heard your call to spend time with you. Please help me to always place you first in my life. I need you to make my life complete. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz