woman in stressMy experience began in September 2011 and ended December 16, 2011 (Yes, I remember the exact day it ended). I was so busy doing the “work” of ministry, that I neglected the ministry that needed to take place within me. My first book, The Ministry Within, had just been published. My grandmother had just gone home to be with the Lord. I had several preaching engagements before the end of the year. I had responsibilities as an elder at my church. My job at community colleges had become unusually stressful and demanding. The holidays were approaching. Then of course, my duties as a wife, mom, daughter, sister and aunt did not stop. I had gotten to a point where I was physically tired and I did not have the physical strength to spend quality time with God.

Have you ever been so busy that you spiritual health goes lacking?

I was experiencing the scripture how the Word gives life and the flesh profits us nothing. I was experiencing how it felt when the life of the Word was not flowing in me as it should. My time with God is vital to my existence and when it was not flowing as it should, I was becoming spiritually sick.

I was developing “spiritual anemia.”

I had all the symptoms. I was weak in spirit. I was weak in health. I was weak in exercise. I was weak in resistance. I was getting progressively worse and I did not even realize it. It was not until mid December 2011 when I faced a major professional battle at work that I realized that I did not have the spiritual strength to fight.

Telling you about my professional battle is not necessary. I was in a battle that required major spiritual warfare. It was evident that I was not wrestling against flesh and blood. I was equipped with the whole armor of God, but I was not strong enough to carry it. So when those fiery darts came at me – they felt more like spears than darts – I didn’t have the strength to stand.

This experience taught me so many things that I will share in some upcoming articles.

What were my take-a-ways from this experience?

Your spiritual health is critical and needs to stay strong for the storms in life.

Don’t get so busy that you neglect your personal and intimate time with God. It is critical for your life. The Word is life.

If you are too busy then you will miss a harvest God has for you – personally and professionally.

Ask yourself these questions:

“How is my spiritual health?”

Is my life so busy that I am not giving the appropriate time with God?

Am I so busy at times that I don’t spend quality time with my husband and children?

If your answer to any of these is “yes,” then stay tuned. What God has given me and my lessons learned have helped me to find incredible balance in my life.