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Setting Priorities with Time

E.L. Davis

 

Ecclesiastes 3:1-9 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5. A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6. A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7. A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8. A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

The Scriptures teach us that there is a time for everything. In today's fast paced society there doesnít seem to be enough of time to accomplish all that we have to do. People actually get agitated because the microwave oven is taking to long.

The pressures that people deal with on a daily basics has people pulling at their hair and popping Rolaids and Tums; who hasnít heard of road rage? Much of the problem is due to a lack of time management and proper priorities.

I would like to share how the Lord helped me, as a single parent, to take care of the responsibilities of the home.

Using a military term that I picked up in the USMC, I tried to keep things squared away but quickly learned that raising two daughters as a single parent, took me beyond limits that the Marines never did. I found myself often swamped by managing the house hold, it was an ever ending task.

1 Timothy 5:14 Therefore I desire that the younger widows marry, bear children, manage the house, give no opportunity to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

In answer to prayer, the Lord revealed to me some of the reasons that I was having problems keeping up with the household duties. The root of the problem was the area of being disciplined. I would put things off, which resulted in things piling up on me. Some of the reasons that I got behind on housework were as follows:

1. TV - The one eyed monster stole much of my time.
2. Entertainment - fishing, friends etc.
3. Being lazy
4. Procrastination

Proverbs 18:9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

Proverbs 20:13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

Proverbs 24:30-34 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
31. And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
32. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.
33. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
34. So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.

I didn't like housework and the things that I liked doing were my priority. God began to deal with me about my priorities and what was truly important in my life.

First and foremost was God, I needed to maintain my daily walk with Him. Second was my children, I needed to provide the proper home environment for them. The results of God's work in these areas of my life was:

More of self had to die.
Did I love God?
Did I love my children? More then myself?

I found that if I would start my day off seeking God, things went a lot smoother. Each and every morning I began my day by praying and asking for God's help, His provision for that day.

After my daughters would leave for school I spent a couple of hours in Bible study and prayer. Immediately following that I would do house chores, I found that after I was disciplined to do this every day, that by noon I had every thing done.

Procrastination: means to put things off; not getting around to it.

This was much of my problem, by putting things off they would build up.

If you are having problems in the area of keeping up with household duties etc, examine your daily activities and be willing to sacrifice personal enjoyments such as TV, extra sleep, friends, hobbies etc. Start your day by giving God some time and you will find His strength available to you. Consider what is truly of value in your life.

Before your day starts, seek the Lord and ask for his grace and strength for your day.

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Psalms 63:1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Psalms 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Psalms 29:11 The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.