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”
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.
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”
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.
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?