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Prayerful Steps to Stop Procrastinating

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.

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LUCYCAN7 7/24/2014 6:41PM

  We definetly need prayer in our lives everyday.God 1st always!!
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Purposeful Prayer

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.

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JUDITHANNIE 7/17/2014 11:23AM

    Thanks Pat enjoyed it emoticon

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DIBANANA 7/13/2014 12:59PM

  Thanks Pat

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    Prayer honors God,
Acknowledges His being,
Exalts His power,
Adores His providence,
Secures His aid.


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LADYVOLSFAN1954 7/11/2014 3:03PM

    Oh yes, prayer is so important. I may not devote a special time with prayer but I do pray as the day goes by. It's more like an ongoing conversation at times. Thanks for the reminder we need to spend time with God too. emoticon

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WINDSONG~ 7/11/2014 2:04AM

    I said a prayer for you today.

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Pat, Prayer should always be the number one priority in our lives!!! I love my time spent in prayers. God always listens and answers them according to his will and his plans for each of us.
Continued blessings and hugs,

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SLENDERELLA61 7/10/2014 8:46PM

    Thank you

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INFLATED 7/10/2014 8:19PM


I got up early one morning,
And rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish,
I didn’t have time to pray.

Troubles just tumbled about me,
And heavier came each task.
"Why doesn’t God help me?" I wondered.

He answered, "You didn’t ask."

I tried to come into God’s presence;
I used all my keys at the lock.
God gently and lovingly chided,
"Why, child, you didn’t knock."

I wanted to see joy and beauty,
But the day toiled on gray and bleak.
I wondered why God didn’t show me.
He said, "You didn’t seek."

I woke up early this morning,
And paused before entering the day.
I had so much to accomplish
That I had to take time to pray.

Ask, Seek and Knock-the first letters of each spell ASK. Luke 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

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JANIEWWJD 7/10/2014 7:29PM

    Prayer is very important to me!!! I pray everyday and it brings such joy into my life!!! God bless you my friend!!!
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LUCYCAN7 7/10/2014 4:24PM

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MSLZZY 7/10/2014 2:51PM

    A very mindful blog today. emoticon emoticon

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IAMWINNING 7/10/2014 2:23PM

    "Be still and know that I am God" Psalm 46:10 goes right along with this devotional. A great reminder to us to spend time with our Father - after all, that's why He made us......for fellowshipping with him.

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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!

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    You definitely made me smile today! Great blog! emoticon

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INFLATED 7/10/2014 8:13PM

    Come visit me while we are both in Sane!

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    Thank you, I loved it!!!

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  Thanks. Pat

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You know you have reached that age!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

I hate to say it, but I have reached that age where it seems like every time the phone rings it is not to bring good news but to tell us of another friend who is having a health crisis or has passed away.
How do we handle these situations? Are we relieved when one of our dear friends has passed that they are no longer suffering or are we sad that they have left us? When it is someone who has led a long and meaningful life does that made it easier than a young person who still has their life ahead of them. No, it is not any easier but it does bring comfort knowing they did have a full life.
In just the last 6 weeks we have lost 6 residents of our community. Of course, living in an over 55+ community, we have all passed a certain age and made it to the point of where we want to relax and enjoy our retirement. Still doesn't make it any easier to say our final goodbyes and especially when it is someone we were very close to.
Our dear friend, Tommy said he would not make it to July 5 and he went out with a bang on the 4th of July at 11:35 PM. RIP good friend. You are now with your beloved wife, Karen.

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INFLATED 7/7/2014 2:40PM

    I think it works both ways. If they trusted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, they are with Him and at peace. Those of us that remain, mourn the loss of our friends and loved ones. I cope with it better if I try to view their death as entering to be with the Lord forever and seeing it from that side. It doesn't mean that they will not be missed though.

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WINDSONG~ 7/6/2014 2:08AM

    I do believe the fireworks were meant for him.
So happy that he is with his dear wife.

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JANIEWWJD 7/6/2014 12:35AM

    I am so sorry for your loss, but keep in mind that he is now with our Savior!!! God bless him and God bless you, my friend. Remember, it is not the end, it is only the beginning of a beautiful new life!!!!
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MSLZZY 7/5/2014 10:33PM

    My deepest sympathy to his family and to you. Sadly, you have lost a friend but he has gained his eternal reward and is free from pain. He and Karen are together again. HUGS!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/5/2014 8:54PM

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Tommy...may he rest in peace!!! Glad he is no longer suffering and is now with his dear wife.
It always hurts when someone we know and care about passes away...age doesn't seem to matter in our hearts. Our hearts are broken but we need to remember the good times and keep their memories positive. They would want it that way.
Prayers, blessings and hugs,

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LUCYCAN7 7/5/2014 6:15PM

  Hate to hear about the loss of your Dear Friend may he RIP
It hurts so much when we lose those close and dear to us.
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Lifting Each Other Up in Prayer

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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IAMWINNING 7/1/2014 10:14AM

    I have lately been so wrapped up in myself and my problems that I haven't been allowing God to get through to me like I should. This devotional is the second one I've read this morning, that got right through to me. Thank you. And thank you again for praying for my concerns.

Many hugs.

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SLENDERELLA61 6/27/2014 2:23PM

    Thanks. You are so right.

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2BEHEALTHY2014 6/27/2014 11:20AM

    I know you have often prayed for me. I truly appreciate your friendship.

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WINDSONG~ 6/27/2014 2:13AM

    God bless you

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JANIEWWJD 6/27/2014 12:36AM

    God bless you in return, my friend. I, too, pray for you and all of my spark friends daily. Wishing you a fantastic day today!!!!
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MSLZZY 6/26/2014 11:39PM

    Praying that God continues to bless you and thanks for the uplifting message. HUGS!

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INFLATED 6/26/2014 9:13PM

    It is good to pray for one another. God can accomplish what humans can't if it is His will to do so.

Many have been the times when I could find no way out of a situation and God made a way. I have seen His healing power too.

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LUCYCAN7 6/26/2014 9:06PM

  You are so right about prayer,I definetly believe in the power of prayer.
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