Peace, Priorities, and Plans – June 26-27 Inspiration


So apparently my blog “broke the Internet” over the weekend. OK, not really, but an error page popped up saying “bandwidth exceeded” and my blog was inaccessible to anyone (including me) for about a day and a half. My blog host told me that since my blog has had more traffic and comments this month than in the history of my blog (actually a good thing, and I thank you all!), it exceeded its monthly allotted bandwidth. She increased it for this final week of June into July, and will monitor it in July and adjust as needed! So now you’ll get a double post to make up for missing yesterday.

 

 

So my intended post and inspiration for Sunday, June 26 was about priorities and peace…

 

“To stay in perfect peace,

we should give God the best

of our time and our goods.

We must be honest with ourselves

about what our priorities really are

and start making changes

to keep God in first place.

Don’t give God your leftovers;

don’t give Him the part of your day

when you’re worn out

and you  can’t think straight

or hardly keep your eyes open.

Give God the first fruits of your attention.

Give Him the best part of your day.

That’s where your real priorities will be found.

Talk to God as you go about your day,

asking Him to direct you

in the choices you are making

and to empower you for the jobs

you need to get done.

As you acknowledge that God is always with you,

you will keep Him first

in everything you set out to do,

and He will show you a direct path

that will lead you to peace.

Following the moment-by-moment

leading of the Holy Spirit

will cause you to enjoy every day of your life.”

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”

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And for today, Monday, June 27 – closing in on the end of the first half of 2016 – I’ve been thinking a lot about plans for the second half of the year. This naturally also incorporates the idea of establishing priorities and maintaining peace while carrying out those tasks necessary to accomplish goals. I think the concept of transformation is also woven within prioritizing and reaching goals, because taking these actions requires us to change how we’re presently doing (or not doing) something.

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So here’s today’s inspiration…

“I believe that one of the reasons

people lose their peace

and fail to have the things they want

is because they get their priorities out of line.

There are only so many projects

to which people can give their time and attention.

Yet even good things

can get our priorities all messed up.

So we have to be careful that we don’t

just do what everybody else is doing.

We need to do what God is leading us

individually to do.

When setting our priorities,

it’s important to understand

that Jesus is the holding power

of all that is good in our lives.

That is why He should always be our first priority.

Jesus holds everything together…

if Jesus is not first in our lives,

then we need to rearrange our priorities.”

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”

My reflections:

I have been making an effort to do this daily, prioritizing my prayer time/quiet time for first thing in the morning. Sometimes, if possible, even before I get out of bed, I spend some time praying; if not then, at least very soon after getting up and around. It is true, too, these days turn out to be more peaceful and generally run more smoothly than those days  I don’t start my daily routine that way.

 I like the admonition to remember that even GOOD things can interfere with our priorities, because we really can’t do everything.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you start your day with some kind of quiet time or meditation?

Have you noticed a difference when you do versus when you don’t?

Are you good at setting and KEEPING your priorities straight?


Cast Your Cares and Let God Carry Them – June 25 Inspiration


Cast your cares and let God carry them, because He cares for you. Sometimes this is easier said than done. We tend to want to hold onto our “cares” and problems, perhaps feeling like if we let go, we are not in control. But I think that’s the point: we need to recognize when we’re struggling and overwhelmed, we really are NOT in control and need to allow God to take the reins, because He truly cares for us and knows best how to resolve our problems. It really is NOT our “job” to worry!

 

letting-go

 

Here is your Saturday inspiration…

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“Do you know God wants to take care of you?

It’s true. He wants you to give Him

all your cares, your problems, your failures–

and in exchange, He will give you beauty.

Many people want God to take care of them,

but they continue worrying

or trying to figure out the answers

to their problems instead of waiting

for His direction.

It’s a great privilege to be cared for

by the King of kings,

so give up your worries and concerns to Him

and enjoy His protection,

stability, and fullness of joy.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”

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My reflections:

I just really needed to read this today! I was feeling especially overwhelmed and discouraged with the weight of grief due to our family tragedy, and then I read this devotional! It was like a personal word from God!

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you find it easy or difficult to “let go and let God” be in control?

Have you ever experienced the peace that comes from casting your cares on God instead of trying to carry them yourself?

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Kindness, Grace, and Favor – June 24 Inspiration

Kindness, grace, and favor.  Kindness is something we need for ourselves, as well as to extend to others. Grace, in relation to God, is His unmerited divine assistance and power. Favor is a friendly gesture, gracious kindness, or a special privilege. Definitely things we need in our lives everyday!

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Here’s your inspiration for this Friday…

 

“Grace is God’s power coming to us free of charge

to help us do with ease

what we could never accomplish on our own.

Grace is freeing!

I cannot make myself acceptable to all people,

and neither can you,

but we can believe God will give us favor

with the people He wants us involved with.

Sometimes we try to have relationships with people

God does not even want us to be associated with.

Know who we are in Christ sets us free

from the need to impress others.

Once we know who we are and accept ourselves,

we no longer have anything to prove.

If God is for you, who can be against you?”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”

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My reflections:

Extending kindness is such a simple gesture, yet typically reaps great rewards.

I know I usually pray everyday thanking God for His grace, mercy, love, and forgiveness.

And I pray for His divine favor on a regular basis, because I’ve experienced answers to prayer that have no other explanation than being God’s grace and favor.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Have you had experiences that are obviously results of someone’s grace or favor?

Do you try to extend grace and favor to others?

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