I think we can all agree that life can be very, very busy. As young women in the 21st century, we may be juggling jobs, school, ministry, family, hobbies, friends and more. Finding the time to slow down, pray and be in God’s word can be difficult or nearly impossible. However, we should never allow the crazy busyness of life to rob us of our passion for seeking God’s presence.
At one point in my life, I was working a part-time, thirty hours a week job that required me to travel to different sites every day. Some of these locations were more than an hour away from home. I was also on my last semester to finish by Bachelor’s degree (which was brutal). One of my classes required me to write a twenty-page paper analyzing a company’s financial statements (sounds fun, right!).
If this wasn’t keeping me busy enough, I was responsible for leading a youth Bible class once a week, leading worship at several weekly services and keeping up with my own personal prayer life. It was madness!
Because of all the pressure I had (or better yet, I placed on myself) I struggled deeply with anxiety. I actually suffered a slight panic attack during the last couple of hours left to finish my final assignment before I graduated college the following day. I am not exaggerating!
To say the least, I did not feel like praying or reading the Bible. I was in a constant state of exhaustion.
These two things took a backseat to all the other demands of my young life. How was I supposed to put aside my schoolwork and job to pray? Ain’t nobody got time for that!
However, I realized that not taking time to pray and study the Bible was actually causing me to become weary and burdened. I thought of prayer as yet another thing to put on my to do list.
By thinking of quiet time with God as another demand on our busy lives, we miss the opportunity to connect intimately with God!
As the months of business kept going by, I found myself losing my passion and my spiritual life grew dull. I didn’t feel like going to church, my worship was less joyful and serving became a burden instead of a passion.
I didn’t want to get up early on Sunday morning to go to worship practice at church. I was too tired! I just wanted to lay in bed all day, binge watch Netflix and eat buckets of ice cream. I no longer felt the same passion for prayer or scripture that I once felt.
I was walking in a spiritual haze and suffering from spiritual apathy. I didn’t feel as connected to God as I was before. The spiritual dryness that I was feeling was a direct result of my unwillingness to fight for the passion in my heart to stay alive.
Listen up, no matter how crazy life gets, we can never take our relationship with God and put it in the back burner.
No matter what demands come our way, pursuing a passionate relationship with God actually gives us the strength to face life head on, not drain us of our energy. A vibrant, private life with God is what supplies us with the necessary power to confront all that life is throwing our way. We have to fight to stay passionate for the presence of God!
Life doesn’t slow down or get any easier.
I would love to say that my life today is less busy and more manageable than when I was in college. I would love to say that life got easier. However, that is certainly not the case!
Even though I finished college and no longer have the pressure of assignment deadlines, I still have to deal with the responsibilities of being a young adult. Here is a snapshot of my life now:
I am pastoring an emerging church with my family. I work full time (40 hours a week), I am enrolled in my fourth year of Bible institute, I am in the process of applying to become a licensed minister and doing all this while leading a youth group and dance team. Along with these responsibilities, I also have to worry about paying my car bill, saving for my future and having a personal and social life (c’mon, I gotta have some fun, right?).
The older I get, I realize that life doesn’t seem to slow down. If I’m this busy now, imagine when I get married and have kids. Things will only get more hectic!
In this crazy life, all we can do is continue pursuing Jesus passionately no matter our life’s circumstances. If you are feeling tired and losing your passion, my advice to you is to pray as if nothing and no one else existed. Take time out to be at the feet of Jesus and soak in His companionship.
Maybe right now, you are feeling spiritually dry. You feel the same way I used to feel. Life may be demanding more from you than you feel you can give. I totally understand, sister!
But listen, you don’t have to let life stop you from being passionate about Jesus! We have a very real enemy that wants us to walk in spiritual complacency, only praying when we have to and never pushing for more. This is not God’s best for us!
Here is my advice to you!
- Take time out to be alone with God every day, no matter what.
I encourage you, if you are feeling spiritually dry, to sit down sometime tonight in a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted. Turn up your worship music and crack open your Bible. Ask God to fill up your weary soul with His Word. Allow Him to pour His love over you.
You don’t have to do this for hours and hours. Even just a few minutes of quiet time with God can make all the difference!
- Receive the love and grace of God that refreshes your soul.
You don’t have to strive to feel God like you used to. He hasn’t stopped caring about you. When you go into your secret place, open your heart! Don’t allow guilt to overwhelm you. The key to having a vibrant prayer life is to submit your thoughts to God and to know what thoughts come from Him and what thoughts come from the enemy of your soul.
- Submit your flesh, girl!
I would highly encourage you to fast and become intentional about setting time aside to pray and read your Bible. This doesn’t have to be two or three hours of your day. Just thirty minutes can make all the difference.
You might not feel like disciplining yourself to pray and read the Bible, but the momentary discomfort is nothing in comparison with the long-term benefits of a devotional life with God. Training your flesh to seek God, my friend, is a powerful way to defeat lust, pride and fear and develop a deep passion!
Listen beauty, if you want to live passionately for Christ once again, you’re gonna have to fight for it. We live in a world that is pulling our attention in a million different directions, but you have to be intentional about pulling your focus towards Christ daily.
I know you’re tired and you feel like giving up. I know you think that maybe God has forgotten about you. Life is overwhelming you, but hang in there, God’s got you. He won’t leave you nor forsake you. This is only a season.
Our names are Paola and Carla. And yes…we are identical twins! We are pastors, ministers and young women who are absolutely in love with Christ. Our passion is to empower other young women through the message of Jesus Christ to fulfill their live’s purpose.
Although we are young (23 years old if you’re wondering😉) we have been preaching, teaching and serving in ministry for almost ten years. We hope that through our writing you may be encouraged and empowered to step into the calling that God has over YOUR life.
Thanks for reading, sis!
Always praying for you,