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This week we moved on to part 3 of our book, entitled The Practice of God’s Priorities. Isn’t that a powerful word? If you are like me, as soon as you hear “priority” you start to evaluate your life to see how you’re doing in that department. The sad thing is, a lot of times we are well aware when our priorities are out of whack, yet we knowingly continue the wrong way because we want to, it’s funner, it’s easier, it brings more immediate satisfaction, whatever the excuse is…we are all quite guilty of doing so. The author is obviously a very disciplined woman, writing out her day not once, but twice! Both before bed, and in the early morning. It was one of those tips that I read the first time around and thought, “good idea”, but never tried it out. The second time around however, I decided to try. I definitely love plans, and love having an idea about where my day is to head-to keep me focused and moving. I also love flexibility because a set in stone schedule gives me anxiety (I call it the stay at home mom complex), so I’m a huge advocate of scheduling in pencil. Once I tried writing out my day a couple of nights in a row and reevaluating it come morning time, I found much benefit to its rewards! Firstly, it doesn’t take near as much time as you may be imagining, and secondly, as sharp as you and I may think we are, we are well endowed to forget a thing or two, and if you jot it down at bedtime, there’s no panic come mid morning when you remember that you forgot! This was a very useful tip, and I urge you all to try it.
Praying over our day is also something that seems like another large duty on our ever growing list, but if you think about it, it shouldn’t take nearly as long as it sound either. We can even accomplish this while we are doing something else, like brushing our teeth, or drinking our coffee, instead of watching music videos on CMT or listening to the news.
I honestly feel like a broken record a bit here, because the author did such a straightforward job in this week’s readings laying out our unchanging list of priorities and how to keep them first. I really loved this week because it felt as if it tied everything together, like all of the puzzle pieces finally formed the bigger picture. It’s the daily plan for our lives that will make us fulfilled and Godly, and happier women.
I know that prayer and faith is a large part of understanding clearly and applying our priorities in our daily lives because weak character, penetrable by the devil, makes it easy to sway from our duties. It takes wisdom and strength to put things aside-even really fun ones-to take care of #1, #2, and #3. An example for me is the strong urge that I feel to provide this weekly post for all of you. It eats at me until it is live, and this morning, Hattie was on a big time book reading kick. I literally paused my writing a dozen times to read a book to her again and again and again, which meant I had to reread the paragraph that I had just written each time I returned to regain my thought process, so it ended up taking me hours to accomplish this simple post, but I prioritized, and it clearly wasn’t that difficult of a priority to make, but it was still an accomplishment for the day-and for a Monday, i’ll take it 🙂
1. Readings: Chapter 21 and 22 of our book (Pages 253-277): A Heart That Seeks First Things First & Following After God’s Heart.
2. Activity: Starting tonight, write out your plans for your day tomorrow (write it on loose leaf, in a notebook, in the notes section of your phone or ipad, or print it out pretty on the computer). Upon waking, reevaluate your schedule and add in times or change things up if need be. Spend at least 5 minutes praying over your day each morning as well. Use this week as a test to see if this tip works to help you organize things more effectively. If it’s not your thing-don ‘t worry about it. You may LOVE it though, so keep an open mind!
And while you’re at it, please water your plant too this week.
Verse for memorization: Psalm 33:11
The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
The plans of His heart to all generations.
(NKJ-New King James)
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I cannot tell you how many times I have heard someone excuse inadmissible behavior with the comment, “that’s from the Old Testament” or “times have changed”. It boggles my mind and really tests my ability to practice patience and compassion with that person’s mindset. God’s words, whether spoken in the Old or New Testament are His Words. They are guidelines and commandments for us to use to live our lives by. The problem with you and I and this world is that we like to have it our way, we like to choose our comfort zone, and conform our ideas and beliefs and morals to reflect how WE want to live our lives and what makes US comfortable. This is sinful and ignorant and devilish. We cannot pick and choose which mandates and instruction for the Lord to follow. We follow them all, we revere them all, they are all important. This verse reminds me of this, it reminds me that we are to live our lives with priorities because God has set those priorities and God does not change his mind. Looking for stability? Look no further folks. He is the epitome. We follow the plans of HIS heart, not ours.
This is our second to last lesson! Eek! Almost over! I feel like we should have a party! Is that virtually possible?
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