Does your day start off like a race against time as you maneuver through a long to-do list and unexpected obstacles? “I need to call Mom, pick up Dave’s dry cleaning, take Melinda to the dentist, stop by the bank, then go to that parent-teacher conference at 4:00.” If this list reminds you of your own schedule, take out your planner and see what’s slated for tomorrow.
Planning Your Day
If you’re rushing in all directions at once, stop. Breathe. Have you included any time with God? When your priorities are out of whack, you end up going through your days with guilt and frustration, and rarely with a sense of accomplishment and purpose.
Put God in your planner—as the first thing. A wise woman puts God first, so include one very practical decision in your schedule every day: read something out of God’s Word. After all, He’s the source of the wisdom and calm you’re looking for. And He’s revealed it in His Word. Before the day gets out of hand, curl up in some cozy place and read your Bible. Fill your mind with God’s mind. Beginning each day with God will change your priorities.
Praying for Your Day
What do you lift up to God in your quiet time? “That’s easy. My husband and children and that we can pay the bills this month!” Those are worthy things, but we also need to be sure to pray for the one thing that will help everything in your life.
One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 2:3. It says, “Cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding.” That covers a lot of ground. How strenuously are you seeking understanding? Do you seek it as though you are searching for hidden treasure, with a heart of passion, anticipation, and hopefulness? Are you searching the Scriptures?
I leave you with this encouragement from James 1:5: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” Now that’s a promise you can take to heart that will help fill your day with peace and calm.
Lord, I need discernment. Help me to understand the riches of Your Word. I want to pursue the treasures of Your promises so that my prayers, decisions, and dreams come from a right understanding of Your will and Your way. Amen.
Get up 30 minutes earlier tomorrow. Begin your day with God, and you’ll start discovering a rich reward. Oh, you’ll be tired. Count on it. But you’ll also discover fulfillment and refreshment because you are walking with God.
Live your days according to God’s top two priorities: God first, others second. It’s an incredible formula to draw you closer to God’s heart.