Scripture Reflection

“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way;” Psalm 37:23

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Devotion

When we're in a messy middle, one of the surest places to look to help you get back on track is your daily schedule. When we become too busy and take on things that we have no business doing, it causes us undue stress which often leads us to break our boundaries. That quickly spirals into feelings of overwhelm which continues the downward spiral.

We only have so much mental energy each day and when we're exerting our energy putting out fires, major in the minor, and running around like a chicken with our heads cut off, we've got no more mental space to help us make good rational decisions. That's when we start to seek after foods that are quick and easy which are not usually healthy choices.

In his book, The Purpose Driven Life, Pastor Rick Warren states that ‘You have just enough time to do God’s will. If you can’t get it all done, it means you’re trying to do more than God intended for you to do." Could that be your story? Are you trying to do too much? Or maybe you’re doing the wrong things. Many of us know that we need to prioritize our lives but do we trust God enough to really believe that He will order our steps and prioritize our schedules.

If you're ready to move through your messy middle, take some time today and do some reprioritizing.

1.  Spend time in prayer and understand your priorities.

2.  Schedule your priorities into your day before anything else. For example, schedule prayer time, exercise, and quality time with family BEFORE, laundry, returning calls, checking emails or Facebook. or watching T.V.

3.  Once you’ve completed your priorities, then move on to the other items on your list.

4.  Make your priorities non-negotiable. This will take much time and prayer, but your goal is to get to a place where you honor yourself enough to prioritize what’s important.

As you practice this new skill, you will learn to schedule your priorities instead of prioritizing your schedule. 

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Action

Yesterday, you wrote out your morning routine. If you have not already done so, you can do it here: Morning Routine. Today you're going to practice planning out one day prior to the start of the day—scheduling in your priorities first.

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Questions for Reflection 

  • How will you allow the Lord to establish your steps?
  • Is the amount of time you spend on other priorities in line with their level of priority? (e.g. Are you spending too much time on low priorities, instead of addressing high priorities?)
  • Look at priorities that take up a lot of your time. Are you confident that God has called you to spend your time on them?
  • Have you prayed about your workload and asked God to help you order your steps?
  • Do you feel like you are led by the Spirit and therefore work with ease, or do you constantly feel under pressure to get things done? Are you always behind?
  • Are you able to focus on your priorities instead of dealing with urgent matters (putting out fires)?
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Declarations

1.  I declare that my steps are ordered by God each day.

2.  I manage my time effectively each day as the Lord leads me.

3.  There is plenty of time each day to do what the Lord has called me to do. I am never in a rush.

4.  God's timing is always perfect.

5.  I'm only responsible for what God has called me to do.

6.  What does not get done today will get done tomorrow.

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Supplication 

Lord, I confess all too often that I let life’s distractions get in the way of keeping you number one in my life, and then I feel selfish for even thinking of making myself a priority! Thank you for your forgiveness, grace, and mercy! I pray that I will continue to reorder my priorities to be in line with you and your Word. Lord, give me strength so that I will soar on wings like eagles and find my rest in Your everlasting name. Revive and renew me. Encourage me as I move towards total health. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

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Meditation Scriptures

Psalm 37:23. "The steps of a man are established by the Lord when he delights in his way;"

Proverbs 16:9. "The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps."

Ps 119:133. "Direct my footsteps according to your Word; let no sin rule over me."

Matt 6:33. "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."

Rom 12:2. "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."

Lk 12:34. "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

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Share 

After spending time in prayer, share your plan for the day (scheduling in your priorities first.)

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Previous Lessons

Day 5 - Morning Routine

Day 4 - Take a Pause

Day 3 - Go North

Day 2 - Cultivating Clarity 

Day 1 - What is Messy in the Middle