This week’s Blog post is NO TIME FOR GOD, KNOW GOD FOR TIME!
Bible mentions in Lev 23:9-14 that Israel was commanded to give God their first fruits. By doing so, they acknowledged that all good things come from God and that everything belongs to God. It was also a way of expressing trust in God's provision; just as He provided the first fruits, so He would provide the rest of the crops that were needed.
Look for a personal place which is quiet and comfortable where you will be less likely to be distracted or interrupted. Jesus has advised in Mathew 6:6 “But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”
HOW TO PRAY ?
THE FOUR ELEMENTS OF PRAYER:
Eg. Faithfulness (Psalms 36:5,2 Tim 2:13), Holiness(Hab 1:13,Rev 15:4), Sovereignty(Isa 46:8-10,Eph 1:11), Love (Jer 31:3,John 3:16) etc and for what He does (His works).You can also sing songs of Praise & Worship.
c) Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving is expressing our gratitude to the Lord for His abundant blessings in our life. A Gratitude Journal (mentioned in my post Attitude of Gratitude) can help you with this.
d) Supplication: refers to our petitions /prayer requests made to God. Intercession means speaking to God about the needs and concerns of others.(1Tim 2:1-3,Heb 5:7) Keeping a written record of prayer requests and ticking them off as the Lord answers them can be a great source of encouragement in our prayer life.
For regular study, you may either follow a Read through the Bible in 1 year card/a Daily devotional book or meditate on the Bible portion mentioned for the day. Meditation means reading the verses slowly and trying to understand what God is telling us through that portion. Try and apply the Word received in the situations you encounter that day. That will keep you positive and give you the right perspective and prevent you from wasting minutes worrying about what to do or speaking on the phone about our problems.
3) Keep the Sabbath Holy:
The Lord commands us to set apart one day for Rest and worship(Exodus 20:10)It is essential that we attend worship and fellowship with believers on this day set apart as it will encourage us in our spiritual walk and gives us the fuel we require for the week.
4) Get Tidy:
It is good to have a place for everything and everything in its place. That way we can avoid wasting the time we spend searching for misplaced things (For instance, having a key stand near the door can save us the many minutes we usually lose in searching for the keys.)
5) Jotters for TO- DO Lists & Post It Notes for Calls & Emails:
JOTTERS WITH TO DO LISTS, Goals, grocery lists etc are intelligent ways to remember to get things done. Also have telephone numbers & email ids stored in your Address book/Mobile. Don’t forget to keep reminders for appointments and important dates a day or two in advance so that you can plan your Schedule accordingly.
POST IT NOTES FOR SAVING TIME ON PHONE CALLS & EMAILS:
Instead of picking up the phone and making calls every now and then, keep 3 colored post it notes (say yellow for morning calls/pink for late afternoon calls/blue for evening calls) giving each color a time limit of say twenty minutes. Jot down the telephone numbers you intend to make as you progress during the day. Use the assigned time only for making/ returning calls. Keep conversation to the point, simple and brief. The same applies to checking /replying to emails. This is a very effective Time management technique that can be applied anywhere.
CAUTION! A warning here, especially for highly organized people (and I make this mistake often!) Don’t get so caught up in your To Do List that you forget that the List is made for you and you are not made for the List. In other words remember to Enjoy Life while crossing off the things on your checklist.
Prioritizing things and Filing on the basis of Urgency & Importance helps in eliminating the unimportant and not urgent and to ensure that the urgent and important get done on time. Use different colored markers/highlighters and label everything so that without opening the File itself you will know what it contains. It is however important to remember that the key is not to prioritize what is on our schedule, but to schedule our priorities. The picture below will well explain this point.
7) Be Punctual:
|PUNCTUALITY is showing esteem for others by doing the right thing at the right time|
8) Be Prepared:
(a) Reconfirm Appointments :
As nothing is 100% certain, it is always best to reconfirm appointments and timings.
(b)Try to kill as many birds with a single stone:
Plan to finish all the tasks you can on the way to your destination. For E.g. if you are on the way to the Dentist, shop for Grocery from the Supermarket nearby instead of driving all the way to the usual one.
(c)Always carry an Emergency Kit:
Be ready for emergencies or unexpected delays by carrying some water, loose change, tissues, hand sanitizer, biscuits, a good book, mobile & charger, plastic packet and of course your Things To Do Jotter and pen.
It is okay to say “No” when you are sure you cannot fit something into your schedule. People will then trust you when you say you will do something. However Say “No” politely to the project, not the person. Understand that you cannot do everything everyone asks you to do. Always say we will look into the matter later.
Wish you a blessed week!
Take Care, God bless,