A Fragrant Aroma: A Realization and A Confession

Our Grandchildren!

I keep thinking that life is getting in the way of writing. BUT. Life is what I’m called to live. Writing is simply an outlet to share our life with others. Somehow I think I’ve switched the two.

This is not good.

Maybe this is why it has been a difficult month for me. God is wanting to make sure my priorities stay where they should be. Here is a list of my priorities:

1. God

2. Spouse

3. Family

4. Church Life

5. Ministry i.e. The Romantic Vineyard

Ah! When I measure the past month in regards to my priorities I HAVE been living by them. But my heart has been drawn to put the blog third on the list. I’m grateful the Lord has shown this to me, and I’m even more grateful that my life is reflecting the proper order of priorities. So it’s a heart issue I need to go after.

The Bible says, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” But I also believe it applies to say, Out of the abundance of the heart the mind thinks!

God, please help me think right when it comes to my life. May I not make more of one aspect of my life than you want me to. This is why You desire me to prioritize my life and then live according to it. Thank you for being a God of order. May I learn to live this way.

In Jesus’ precious name,


How are you doing with your priorities? Do you enjoy them? Or do you grudgingly do them because it’s the right thing to do? May God help us do them WITH joy!

About Debi Walter

Face it, marriage is hard work. But when cultivated daily the fruit produced will satisfy for a lifetime. We're here to help with ideas and encouragement along the way. Having been married 40 years and counting, we share what we've learned with practical tips, Biblical Truths, Date night ideas to help you plow your own vineyard for God's glory.
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13 Responses to A Fragrant Aroma: A Realization and A Confession

  1. Anonymous says:

    Oh Debi, I hear you! This is why I finally had to set my blog aside and only write when I REALLY have something to say. I began to feel obligated to the blog and my readers – and while I do love the process of writing and those who read my blog – it hit me in the face that I was putting them ahead of my life and my family – and what sense does that make?? It’s wonderful (and sometimes painful) when God causes us to stop and reevaluate.


    • Debi Walter says:

      Yes, this is true. Although I don’t sense He is calling me to stop blogging daily at this point, just keep my focus on Him. The interruptions He sends my way are not to cause me to grumble. But to rejoice that I have a life!


  2. Timely post for me as well! I am taking a month-long Sabbatical from blogging and FB (though I am still leading a Help Meet study online) during the month of February. Thanks for sharing your heart here.


    • Debi Walter says:

      Wow, a whole month off! I’ve taken a couple of weeks before, but never a month – not for the past three years. And when I have taken time off I post ahead while I’m gone. Thanks for sharing, and it’s so good to meet you, Cheryl.


  3. Sharon O says:

    Wonderful picture of adorable little children. You are very blessed. I pray you continue to write and encourage as time allows, you really do make a difference and give us many things to think about.


    • Debi Walter says:

      Thank you, Sharon. You are such an encouragement to me. Yes, I agree that I do have adorable grandchildren. Can’t wait to meet #5 who will join our family sometime this summer. 🙂


  4. Anonymous says:

    OK I just love looking at the picture of your grand-kids!!! My mother in law says they are more fun than your own kids! Which I suppose would be the case since you don’t carry the full blunt of raising them!


    • Debi Walter says:

      Exactly, and my grandchildren love me for being me. There is nothing like the love of a grandchild for their Nana. It warms my heart.


  5. Oh Debi, thank you for your transparency here. We have not been able to really talk much this past month, but God is continuing to work on me in similar areas. I appreciate your encouragement.


  6. Scott says:

    This is a constant struggle for me, as it is a definite challenge to squeeze blogging and other writing in between my other, higher, priorities.

    And now, thanks to your encouragement, I’m squeezing my Facebook page in as well (just kidding).

    I know that God has called me to this, and so I just have to give myself grace when my posting frequency lags what I would like it to be. I just have to trust God to use whatever I’m able to produce for his glory and for the advancement of his heart for marriage.


    • Debi Walter says:

      Yes, keeping everything in its proper place is a constant battle, but God is sovereign, and He will make sure we post what we need to post we we need to post it. Ha! Say that fast 10 times! 🙂


  7. Great post (as always) Debi! My priorities are often out of whack – but I appreciate the reminder! BTW, tomorrow I’m featuring your friend Lori Lowe as part of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series. You recommended her to me a while back and she’s next in the queue. Thanks!


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