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”
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.
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?