I was recently asked how to organize/prioritize our lives. I want to start with this disclaimer: I am NOT an organized person by nature. I am GROWING in being more organized by practice, but this is not a strength in my life. People always think that having 8 children and homeschooling and discipling other women makes me a WHIZ at organization. I only wish it were true!
Now, there have been many many things I’ve learned over the years. Most of it, I’m afraid, by some serious trial and (mostly) error – as well as some discipline from the Lord!
The thing that I’ve learned more than anything else: those helpful books are nice, but they only help once we set our priorities BEFORE THE LORD! Otherwise we are trying to accomplish supernatural work through the flesh.
Setting priorities: Did you hear that?
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Now, you may be thinking, “What in the world does being organized and prioritized in my life have to do with supernatural work?” The answer: EVERYTHING!
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. 1 Cor 6:19-20
We are not creatures with sacred and secular compartment to our lives. We (who are believers) are spiritual beings and everything in our lives is part of our supernatural lives. More often than not, we don’t live in that supernatural world. We often still think of our lives as MINE and GOD’S and we divvy things up as we see fit. This is NOT how God ordained our lives.
Everything we do belongs to God. SO we must start with Him.
Before I begin any new venture, or before I start to revamp an existing one, I take it to the Lord in prayer. Generally I will write out all the things that are on MY agenda – the things I think I need to be doing: daily, weekly, monthly, etc. I will often rank them by what I feel should be their priority. Many of us stop there, but this is just the beginning.
Then I will designate the next week to prayer. If it is important enough, I will even spend time fasting and praying. If it is feeling like my life is out of control in all areas (and I have been there, and will be there again, MANY times), I will often do a 1 day fast with prayer.
I pray for God’s direction. For Him to re-order my List – or to do whatever He wants to with it. There have been times when He has tossed it out altogether and given me just 1 or 2 things to concentrate on. The point is, we MUST take our direction from the One who owns our lives.
So, I would love for anyone who is looking to make some changes or seeking to find a way to get some order in their lives to spend the next week in prayer. Ask for His direction and guidance and next week I’ll touch on some things that you can do to help work through what the Lord has shown you.
Blessings to you and may your ears be open to hear His Spirit speak into your heart!
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