James 3:17 “But the wisdom that comes from God is first of all pure, then peaceful, gentle, and easy to please. This wisdom is always ready to help those who are troubled and to do good for others. It is always fair and honest.”
Have you ever started your day with the best of intentions and you come to the close of your day with those intentions forgotten?
Maybe you woke up saying you will spend more time with God, you will make the call, get that done around the home… As your day begins suddenly those good intentions might get forgotten as your children require this or that, a phone call derails your routine, maybe something on T.V. catches your attention and you want to watch it. So many things in a day can take the best intentions from each of us.
Therefore, sometimes lists come in handy. Your shopping list, to-do list, honey do-list, errands list. Lists help us stay on track and help keep little distractions at bay. This includes God in our daily timetable. We might wake up ready to glorify Him but suddenly we find ourselves at the end of the day realizing we gave Him very little time or none at all.
If we want to include God in our daily lives, we need to live intentionally and wisely. As the scripture says we need to ‘set our mind’, ‘purpose in our heart’. ‘order our way’. In other words, we need to make up our minds, plan ahead, stick to a routine and get into the habit of spending time with God every day.
Now that you have a plan start with research. Make scripture your go to if you want to spend time with God and live for God. Make your list and stick to it. 1. Take time to pray. 2. Open the Bible and learn a new verse or story. Find out what pleases God. 3. Listen to God. 4. Obey God. 5. Live for God.
The best verse I found that teaches us to live for God daily is in Philippians 4:8 “ Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
A good study plan can also be found in Proverbs. The verses are chuck full of ways God teaches us to be wise and not foolish. I like to call them Bible fortune cookies.
Our lives will get busy and the more we add to them the busier they become. From the moment we wake up to the time we close our eyes our minds will run a mile a minute. So, to keep God in our lives and thoughts we must be wise with our time and choices and live intentionally. Keep God in your routine. Like lists you make so you don’t forget anything, make a list or routine with God. Even if it’s only five minutes to begin with. The more time you spend with God and set your mind to things above, the easier it will become to increase those minutes and once the routine is set the habit is formed and you won’t think twice of those distractions. Above all, don’t do this alone. Ask God to help you live intentionally for Him and He will help keep those distractions at bay.
Luci Swindoll says, “When we ask for wisdom, all kinds of things begin to happen. This we hadn’t planned on. God comes in like a flood, altering our world- changing the things we once valued, reconstructing relationships, taking away this desire and adding that one, putting our priorities in a new alignment. God grows us up!”
Today add to your lists, talk it out with God and see what works for you in your busy life. Today live intentionally.
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