Last time’s devo talked about comforting others even in our brokenness. This week’s devo is another challenging message that asks us to put God before ourselves, to change our priorities. Yes, ladies, this is where we pause a moment to talk about time management. (I’m shaking in my boots too.) It’s something almost all of us struggle with – I know I do! How do we find – no, make – time for God?
How to describe Amanda Pitcher? The picture that comes to mind is eclectic, classy, spunky, giving, and sweet rolled into one amazing woman. I met Amanda through her husband Jeff, who was one of my fellow music majors in undergrad. And let me tell you – the two of them are ADORABLE together! They play in their own band (“One Less Star” – check it out by clicking here! so fun to watch them play), have a big house with the coolest little closets and nooks and music room, and they love Jesus with all their hearts. Amanda is a junior/senior high vocal music teacher at Northville Central School, which is close enough to her house that she can walk to work in the morning. Get ready – her blog is challenging, and you’re going to want to make some changes in your life. So do it! Ladies, it is my privilege to bring you…Amanda Pitcher!
Favorite color: dark purple
Favorite food: my step-dad’s chicken fajitas
Describe yourself/life in 3 words: musician, wife, Trekkie
What you want to do with your life: full time music ministry with my band, One Less Star
One interesting fact about you: I used to stutter
Most dangerous thing you’ve ever done: walked through mid-town Albany, N.Y. alone at night
Favorite quote: “The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them away.” ~ Dorothy Day
Favorite Bible verse: “The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.” Romans 13:12
What is one secret to living life as a woman of God in today’s world? Don’t worry about what others think of you. Don’t put on any pretense. Be yourself and love it, knowing that you are God’s beautiful creation. And as long as you’re living in God’s will and obeying Him, you have nothing to fear. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added to you.” Matt. 6:33
“Time Management: Finding Making Time for God” by Amanda Pitcher
My husband, Jeff, and I just bought a house in my hometown in upstate New York. I am currently in my second year teaching music at my alma mater. I replaced my music teacher and am now teaching a lot of the courses I took as a high school student. I am directing my first musical this year, a musical that may very well merit its own discussion: Godspell. At the same time I am taking online courses for my master’s degree in music education, giving private guitar and piano lessons after school, fronting my band One Less Star, and somehow saving some time for my husband each evening, and more importantly, finding time for God each day.
Here is what I should tell you. I should tell you that if you have difficulty finding extra time like I do, suck it up and make the time for God. Get up earlier in the morning and read the Bible and pray. Not just ten minutes earlier, but maybe a whole hour earlier. I don’t mean to sound harsh or preachy, but this is an issue I have been dealing with a lot lately, and it has been getting harder to ignore (that’s when you know God’s really trying to tell you something). It’s a lesson I need to learn and get better at every day. Sometimes we just have to say ‘no’ to certain things when we get too much on our plate.
I wrote a song with my band, One Less Star, which talks a lot about waking up to life and living out each day for God. The chorus goes, “He is light, and He is love, and He is worth every moment of your time. He’s above and all around. It’s time to wake; the world does not revolve around you.” The song is humorously titled, “Daydream Believer”, which has nothing to do with The Monkees, but it was fitting for the content of our song. The point is, don’t just find the time; make the time… After all, we owe Him our lives.
I don’t feel like I have any other real solutions to this other than cutting out things in life (especially things that do not glorify God) and making the time to thank Him for His blessings. To be honest, most of my praying and “quality time” with God is in the shower every morning and evening. Now, for me, that’s only 25-30 minutes (2 showers) out of the whole day, but (and here’s the important part) supplementing that with a constant connection to Him throughout the day will enrich your relationship and spiritual well being. That constant connection is really like praying without ceasing, as it says in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. Keep an open line to God throughout the entire day. Say quick prayers, thank Him every once in a while for little things, hum a song that praises Him, and so on. The point is to keep in touch with God while you go about your day, keeping in mind to do everything for His glory. Now, of course this practice can’t stand alone without your quality God time, reading His word, and serving Him.
Again, I’m not saying that 25-30 minutes of “quality time” is enough. You’ll probably never feel like what you’re giving is enough. I certainly don’t. We could never give as much as God has given for us: His Son, Jesus. Time is the most valuable thing we have. In today’s world it’s easy to spread our time thin among many things. Don’t forget God. Of the time that you do have, give it to Him and you will be blessed. †
The Widow’s Offering
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts.
But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny.
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
For devo #12 by Allison Foster, click here!