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?

This Post Has 24 Comments

  1. I like to thank God each morning I wake up for giving me another day. Another chance to spend with my love ones and see the beauty he has created out loud. While looking up towards teh sky. I use to do this each day as a routine. I have not been doing it much lately. But have been trying to get back in the habit.

    I really enjoy posts. They always give me something to think about and reflect up on. Thank you for continuing to do that.

  2. I start my day with prayer and then I get out of bed. My husband always wonders why my alarm goes off at six but I stay in bed until 6:30.

  3. So that’s what happened! Well, if anything it’s definitely a good thing because traffic is increasing and lot more people are reading your posts. These are so inspiring and much needed for the start of the week, thank you!

  4. Wow congratulations hun, it must have been frustrating but its great to break your traffic record!

  5. I try to wake and clear my thoughts, set my daily goals, and I’d like to try meditation as well. I really hadn’t thought much about my time here, until I started having health issues; now I’m grateful for every day.

  6. Yup, that is a good thing and congratulations for having more visitors. I make it a point to pray everyday and thank Him for everything.

  7. I start my day grateful for the opportunity of having another day of health. And I’m happy you sort-of broke the Internet, Karen, especially in the wake of what your family has experienced recently. (You also have an awesome provider). Best wishes for a successful second half of the year.

  8. Well done, it sounds like your blog is a great success 🙂 I try to include some meditative time in my day.

  9. Ekk what a nightmare but also amazing thing to find so many people are visiting your lite space 🙂 x

  10. I have a check list to do every day. I start my mornings with a cold shower then some exercise then a shower before breakfast. I start my day veery early

  11. That is truly amazing how much traffic your blog is seeing. How awesome! I love reading your encouragement everyday. I don’t always do a quiet time but I do enjoy researching and looking into everything about a specific verse.

  12. Love this!!!! I use to struggle with priorities and these days I rock at things! I swear it’s all perspective! Chance your perspective, change your life 😉

  13. It’s definitely a great thing when you exceed bandwith. I had to move to a new site that wouldn’t freak out over viral posts when that happened to me.

  14. Exceeding bandwidth may sounds negative, but actually it means more people are visiting. So, congrats!

  15. This is a blogger’s nightmare when you exceed your bandwidth. But, this is also good for the business.

  16. I am so glad about the traffic on your blog. It is a nice thing though not being able to access your blog is annoying.

  17. That sounds very doable and spiritually rewarding. I wish more people would devote the best time of their days for some thanksgiving. And I’m sorry to hear about what happened with the bandwidth, happened to me too and that’s right after I left for a long trip without internet.

  18. I am just loving every bit of it. I agree we must be honest with ourselves in our priorities & make sure to adopt to changes to keep God in first place. Bandwidth issue may be irritating, but at the end of the day it means you are getting more visitors! Good luck & thanks for inspiring!

  19. The bandwidth overload sounds like a great blessing in disguise! Congratulations on breaking the internet. Double inspiration with this post today for me was great 🙂

  20. Prioritizing your life is definitely important. The way you map out your day can definitely have an impact on your mood and everything else.

  21. Congratulations on taking a bigger step into the blogging world!

  22. I think when we know our priorities in life, then we can plan and have peace of mind. It’s really important to set things in motion.

  23. Joyce Meyer is such an inspiration. I find that when I do start my day off with inspiration, I am reminded throughout the day of who I belong to. It helps set my day up!

  24. I started my day with preparing and cooking breakfast and school food for my boys and husband. Now that I am left at home, I have the time to check on the internet and of course, say my prayer. I would love to do some meditation as well. It feels good somehow to have the house by yourself and just feel its emptiness.

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