Use Your Time WISELY

It feels like I've been cramming more and more into each day lately. I love every single project that I'm working on, but if there were 26 hours in every day it would be a little easier. Now don't tell me you can't relate!

So what would happen if we looked at the way we use our time through God's eyes instead of our human reasoning. The Bible is very clear about the wisdom needed to be successful in our lives - it's God's wisdom. He has the best plans for

W: With Wisdom.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are in vain. Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours. (1 Corinthians 3:19-21)

We can decide as individual women what our schedule will be for the day, week or month. This is the privilege of free will. However, if we want the most out of life and those things that are for our greater good, we'll talk to God about what He wants.

There are so many options for activities, work, hobbies, fellowship and relaxation that we can easily get overwhelmed and make selfish choices. The only sure way to plan and live your life is to start the day in prayer and find out exactly what the Lord has planned for your time.

I: Intently.
For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know I shall not be ashamed. (Isaiah 50:7)

When we've devoted our lives, time and energy to the Lord and His will, we have to then set our face as a flint, setting out to do what He would have us do, never wavering. Many things will happen in the upcoming week that will challenge that resolution, but with God's strength we can accomplish anything.

So whatever comes up in your schedule this week, remember that this is the way the Lord has planned it, and then resolve to follow through with all your heart. Intensity can be a great virtue with all the bombardments from the world.

S: Steadfastly.
When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left off speaking to her. (Ruth 1:18)

I'll be the first to admit that I'm easily distracted. While doing something in one room, I suddenly remember something else elsewhere. So I go start to take care of that, and then I'll think of something else that can be done quickly. Soon I have a handful of partially-completed projects and nothing to show for them.

It is with a steadfast heart that we accomplish God's will for our lives. The desire to be pleasing and honoring to Him keeps us focused and progressing through the day. It is a conscious decision to put the things of God first, but the benefits outweigh any rewards we could try to give ourselves.

E: Enthusiastically.
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

It would be so easy to plan our day around the fun stuff - eating, crafting, reading, talking on the phone and playing on the computer. But those are all the human responses to seeing a whole day spread before us.

Scripture says that whatever we choose to do, it should always bring glory to God. Every activity we plan, every chore we take on and every errand we run has to be part of God's plan or we'll never get the most out of our time. It's time to take ourselves out of the equation and give our all to the things that honor the Lord.


L: Looking.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him. (Luke 10:33)

Even after we've prayed and scheduled and planned, we can still get thrown for a loop during the day. Emergencies happen, accidents happen and the layout of the day has to change completely. A flexible woman can handle this easily, but some of us turn change into anxiety.

But just like us, the Samaritan wasn't looking for a beaten man in the middle of the road. It may have been a strain on his schedule and a change in his plan, but he was placed where he was for a reason. We should be looking just as closely for ways that we can help and encourage regardless of what it does to our precious schedule.

Y: Yearn.
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby. (1 Peter 2:2)

The number of things getting written into our planners for the week may be daunting already. There is much to do and often little time to do it in. But the most important things we can do this week is yearn - yearn for time with God in prayer, yearn for wisdom from our Bible study and yearn for direction in our daily living.

While this isn't something that can be penciled in for each day, it is a way to spend our time diligently seeking God's voice. Yes, things have to be done and many others will come up as each day passes, but the joy of the Lord comes while we're yearning for His presence.

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