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Prioritizing and Choosing Peace – July 3 Inspiration

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Prioritizing and choosing peace…yes, my priorities today were to get our house back in order after a busy week and time out of town for my brother-in-law’s funeral and memorial service. From refilling bird feeders outside to  clearing out some clutter and catching up on household chores–the result of taking care of all those priorities was peace!  The theme that came to mind was completion…and completion of priorities resulted in peace.

 

 

So today’s devotional thought is on this topic of 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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My reflections:

I have been making an effort to do this daily, having my prayer time/quiet time 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.

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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 do not?

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7 Comments

  1. Maria

    I try to do prayerful meditation everyday but don’t always succeed at this. Yes, it does a lot of difference when I get to meditate. Way to go!

    04 . Jul . 2016
  2. Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor

    Don’t pray or meditate, but a huge believer in the day will be what you want it to be, so for me it always starts with positive thoughts on how it will pan out

    04 . Jul . 2016
  3. Bibi Van Heerden

    Inspirational, thank you. Especially “… change your priorities.”

    04 . Jul . 2016
  4. Enricoh Alfonzo

    I used to start with meditation or saying my affirmation cars/doing a gratitude list but I found that I was either too rushed or would forget completely. So now I’ve taken to doing them somewhere in the day when I’m more relaxed. Great post

    04 . Jul . 2016
  5. Ken Weliever

    Thanks for sharing your insights. Your blog is very encouraging. As a regular blogger and full time preacher, I begin every day with a cup of coffee and my meditation as I craft the thoughts for the day’s post.

    Looking forward to reading more of your post during the UBC.

    04 . Jul . 2016
  6. peppylady (Dora)

    you can only change your self. You can’t change anyone and you might mot care for the result.
    Coffee is on

    11 . Jul . 2016
  7. Alana

    I start the day with quiet blogging. It relaxes me, and I then get ready for work with a feeling of peace. I’ve done what I love to do.

    12 . Jul . 2016

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