Shifting through blouses and dresses in my closet, I slowly begin to fill my large suitcase. My husband will always ask “do you really need all of that? We are going away for the weekend.” You may laugh because I know many of you girls reading this are guilty of this! We have a bag for our clothes, makeup and all of our beauty products and then by the time we get to the shoes, well that’s a whole other story right? Hence, why we carry a separate bag just for SHOES!!
We of course have to be prepared for every weather situation, any shoe or bra malfunction etc. If you’re going on a trip with girlfriends we always call each other and ask “what are you taking to wear for Saturday night? Are you wearing pants or a dress?” We then pack 3-4 choices for that ONE dinner. I know some can relate to this madness! I am Guilty as charged! All in all we struggle carrying our luggage just so that we could have 50 just in case outfits that we won’t even have the time to wear!
Oh how this screams LIFE!!!! Our Hearts are like the suitcase that is meant to hold all of our beautiful treasures, but yet when it is unedited and we have no clear direction or purpose of what we need to pack, we tend to fill that “suitcase” with tons of extras that we do not need to carry. In the same way, We fill our hearts with worry, stress, anxiety, hate, bitterness, fear, jealousy love, passions, desires and then we fill what is left with a little God, and a little church now and then.
As women we do it all! We have dinner dates catching up with old friends. We are always throwing a baby/bridal/bachelorette/birthday/dinner Party etc! You name it, were on it! We work full time, are mothers, (kudos go out to all the full time working mothers) wives, girlfriends, daughters, sisters, friends, leaders etc. I am exhausted just thinking of the things we pack into our schedules. Our hearts get heavy, we get burdened and we get burnt out. Why do we carry so much?
Often times our hearts are so heavy with cares and Life that we have no time for ourselves or God! We have the excuse I don’t have time to read the word of God, I don’t have time to go to church, I don’t have time……. I thought once upon a time I had no time for any of this either. How on earth could I wake up an hour earlier to spend time in the Lords presence, or add another commitment to a jam packed schedule?
I find a way to pack my shoes when my suitcase is full, don’t I? (Point Proven)
We make time for things that we love! It is amazing how when we really want to do something how we women find a way! I am convinced I can’t afford not spend time in the word of God. My day is different, my heart is different and when he has no room in my heart, my priorities are out of whack. I feel the stress and anxiety creep in. When God is first in your mind/heart all else that you add to your life will be somehow directed by him. You will be filled with his peace, love and unexplainable joy that you can not contain!
Packing your suitcase with Jesus is seriously like throwing a sundress, flip flops and swimsuit in a bag and calling it a day!! Simple and Joyful!