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Striving for Peace, Establishing Priorities, and Making Plans for 2017

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Can you believe it? Only 4 days left of 2016! I’ve been reflecting on this past year, and thinking ahead to 2017. I’m endeavoring to strive for peace, establish priorities, and make plans for 2017.

 

 

Here’s some relevant inspiration ….

 

“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, Tuesday, December 27 – closing in on the end of 2016 – I’ve been thinking a lot about plans for the new 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 some additional 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”

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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?

1 Comment

  1. Alana

    I tend to be more reactive in my life than proactive. But, yes, I start my day with som calm – and hope that it continues past me walking out my door!
    Alana recently posted..Winter Wonders – May the Force Be With Her

    28 . Dec . 2016

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