Thursday, July 24, 2014
Use these tips and Scripture from the Guideposts Daily Planner to put an end to putting things off.
By Elizabeth Sherrill, Hingham, Massachusetts
Five ways to help you get things done with the help of God's Word.
1. Where to start.
A good prayer to begin the day is “God, You have given me life, strength, will, and this day in which to use them. Help me remember that the hours come from You so that I do not return Your gift empty.”
2. How to find God’s time.
Make a habit of saying: “This one thing I do” (Philippians 3:13). Because Paul looked to God’s guidance for every action, he perceived his life not as a clutter of conflicting demands but as a unity.
3. Set up your never file.
Take a fresh look at the things you’ve been putting off. Ask God if you are truly intended to do them. If God shows you that something does not “belong to your peace,” commit it crisply to your never file.
4. Use the appointment approach.
The procrastinator’s favorite word is sometime. The easiest and quickest cure is to do it right now, which we cannot always do. Most of the enterprises have to wait for the future. But make sure it’s a definite future: at four o’clock this afternoon on Tuesday.
5. Ask God’s help.
If you slip back into the old pattern, pray: “God, make me more aware of what matters most so that my life may come into harmony with Your times and seasons.”
This article is excerpted from Guideposts Daily Planner 2015.
Whether it is weight loss, organizing things in your home or just helping to get things done that you keep putting off, I think these 5 steps will help give you a clear picture of how you can achieve your goal.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Early in the morning, well before sunrise, Jesus rose and went to a deserted place where he could be alone in prayer. Mark 1:35 (The Daily Life Bible)
Jesus had only three years to accomplish His life’s purpose. His days were filled with activities such as healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind, and preaching in the synagogue. He taught to the masses, fed thousands, dined with society’s outcasts, ministered to individuals, comforted the grieving, and raised their dead to life.
Jesus had much work and little time. He could have crammed activity into every spare moment, but no. He made time for prayer, and He made it a priority.
Scripture tells us that Jesus spent time alone in prayer very early in the morning. He got up, left the house, and withdrew to a solitary place, where He conversed with His heavenly Father. He did so at night too.
Martin Luther said, “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” Seems he understood Jesus’ heart and the importance of seeking God’s help for the tasks on his to-do list.
Do we value prayer, or are we so bent on completing our work that we’re too busy to withdraw for conversations with the Father? Our life’s work is important, but prayer is the real work. Engaging in it invites our Father to direct our steps, guide our conversations, and make divine connections. It ensures we stay on task and thereby accomplish the work He’s given us to do.
Faith step: Purpose to spend ﬁve minutes in speciﬁc prayer each day and track the results.
By Grace Fox
This devotion is excerpted from Mornings with Jesus.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
I have been in many places, but I've never been in Kahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Kahoots with someone. I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there. I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my children, friends, family and work.
I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore. I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often. I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.
Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older. One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!
Life is too short for negative drama and petty things. So laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly!
Hope this brought a big smile to your face-it certainly made me laugh today!
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The apostles often met together and prayed with a single purpose in mind… Acts 1:14 (CEV)
Depression is a fierce enemy, making it a struggle just to stand up, get dressed and walk around. In living with it, the name of the game is to look and act ordinary. So while I was waiting for my treatment, I decided to go to church.
St. Bartholomew’s Church on New York City’s Park Avenue is a beautiful building, always full of life, children, music and people from every corner of a great city. The opening hymn, “O Sacred Head Sore Wounded,” about Jesus’ Crucifixion, made me feel ashamed to feel so wretched, to be suffering while clothed, fed, and surrounded by loving family and friends. Phrases from my down-to-earth English childhood came back to me: “Snap out of it, dear. Pull yourself together.”
I am trying, Lord, I would say to myself.
And then the service moved on to the Prayers of the People, asking for help for the hungry, poor and oppressed of the world, the sick and suffering, “and those we name now.” And the names rolled out, none familiar to me, but each carrying a hidden history. And then, “Brigitte Weeks,” said the lay minister.
They are praying for me. All those strangers, row upon row, are praying for me.
We hear so much about the power of prayer. Now I felt it wrapping around me, easing the stress in my shoulders, unclenching my hands. The depression wasn’t gone–there was no miracle cure–but a day that before had been cold and gray was now soft and warm.
Thank You, Lord, for that caring congregation that lifted my spirit with their prayers.
By Brigitte Weeks
This devotion is excerpted from Daily Guideposts.
I know so often many of us here on Spark People request prayers from our fellow Sparkers, myself included. I have felt the love coming from all over the country because of those prayers. Thank all of you for always being there when the request goes out. I return this as my early morning walks are my prayer time and I never forget my Spark friends. May God bless each and every one of you.
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