- Grow up emotionally
- Think of my family and myself
I have. I am a planner by nature and love seeing things all written down nice and neatly. When I see it all written down and realize I have over-extended myself, I now call to cancel committments I have made. Since I have learned to pray about the committments I made, I find myself not writing them down so quickly and I have fewer regrets now. I don't have it all down yet, but I am learning!
Have you ever wondered if you should’ve said “yes” to one person and “no” to another and just weren’t sure what the best thing to do was?
Oh, absolutely! I learned to pray about it and seek my husband's counsel, also. That's helped immensely with my scheduling snafu's!
Who or what does your schedule represent? Does it represent you, your affinities, or your love for Christ?
I can confidently say that it represents my love for Christ. This hasn't always been true. Before I learned to pray, it represented "Laurie Ann". It was all about me! I had good intentions, but it represented my works, not the grace God offers. Now I try to pray about everything I schedule. And when decisions are made for me, such as schedules at the office that I don't have control over, I pray that God's grace will help me get through them. He always provides a way.
I encourage you to seek God before you plan or schedule anything. Whether you have to duck into a bathroom to pray over a committment you need to make at church or whether you need to spend a significant amount of time seeking Him before you write out your schedule for the next month, especially with the holiday's approaching, seek Him.
"My heart says of you, "Seek his face!" Your face, LORD, I will seek." ~ Psalm 27:8 (NIV)
The Hebrew word for seek used here is baqash. It means:
1) to seek, require, desire, exact, request
1) to seek to find
2) to seek to secure
3) to seek the face
4) to desire, demand
5) to require, exact
6) to ask, request
b) (Pual) to be sought
I honestly believe this is what God wants us to do, not only regarding our schedules, but our whole lives.
S - Submit your plans to God, then run them by your husband.
E - Equip yourself by reading God's Word.
E - Enable yourself to be able to say, "No," when it means you will be neglecting God, your family, yourself, or others who require you to be there for them first.
K - Keep in mind who your schedule represents - you or God?