Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Week Four Devotional -- ON TIME THIS WEEK!!!

We are each responsible for our own conduct. Galatians 6:5 (NLT)

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Your choices control your calendar and, as a result, your lifestyle. Your choices are far more powerful than your circumstances. You may not like how complicated your life has become yet, with very few exceptions, no one is forcing you to keep your life complicated.

You have the power to simplify your life.

The Bible teaches, “We are each responsible for our own conduct” (Galatians 6:5 NLT). To me, that means God expects us to assume responsibility for our lives and to carefully choose how we spend our time.

That’s why I’ve spent years teaching people to discover why God placed them on this planet: What is your purpose for being here?

Ultimately, it will be the donation of your life that will count far more than the duration.

In other words, it’s not how long you live – or even how much you cram into how long you live – it’s really about how you live.

Here are three essential steps to simplify your life:

· First, figure out your purpose, and then let your purpose guide the goals of your life.

· Second, organize your activities based upon your purpose.

· Finally, harmonize your schedule with your purpose; that is, bring your activities into agreement with your goals.

You have just enough time to do God's will while you’re here on earth. You’ve been given just enough time to fulfill your purpose. When you try to do more than God planned for you, it’s only natural that you’ll find yourself constantly out of time or stressed over your schedule.

If it doesn’t fit the purpose of your life, God doesn’t want you doing it. In fact, he may be overjoyed that you finally got the message and stopped doing meaningless activities. He may even want you to add “rest” or “have fun” to your to-do list.

My prayer for you is that you will find relief from stress and a new sense of satisfaction as you do only the things God created you to do.

PS:  For those that it seems to bother and hide under anonymous, this devotional was done By: Rick Warren.

But as Rick Warren would normally like to say, "he doesn't want the credit, he doesn't care that I posted that devotional on my blog and didn't add his name to it. He would rather see it said "BY GOD".  

I am not writing my own devotional each week, never claimed to do that.  Which tells me that you must not read the books by Beth Moore or you may have known that my first two devotionals were by her.  :) 

However, lets all be adults and stick to the point.  The point is letting Gods word, no matter if I wrote it, post it, or if Beth Moore or Rick Warren wrote it.  Just as my daily quotes, I never put who said them. That is not the important part and I am not trying to take claim for anything I didn't do.  I am simply sharing and spreading the "GOOD NEWS" as God has called his children to do. So lets stick to just that please.  In the future, comments like I have received from "no namers".....will never be posted or seen by any other than me, and I will just delete them and be on with my day.

For everyone else..... I am glad you are enjoying these devotionals and I am sure that you were not victimized because you didn't know that devotional was written by Rick Warren.  

3 Personal Thoughts:

Brendon said...

Hi Misty!

Your topic for this devotional is like it was written just for me... this past week has been a real eye opener and Gods way of getting my attention yet again! "We are each responsible for our own conduct. Galations 6:5" sums up the situtation i'm going threw at the moment. Not taking responsiblity and getting off track to what my real purpose in life is, has left me in a real mess.... in fact i've been off track for so long I'm having a hard time defining what my purpose is.All I know for sure is that if your not on the right path God has a way of telling you so! (no matter what you do you just don't seem to have any peace,or your always looking for that next thing or person that will bring you happiness but it never lasts!) Gods in this mercy has been showing me this in a big way lately. I've been praying deeply for direction and purpose and boy be careful what you pray for, God just might answer it!! Refiners Fire!!! It's been hard but I know God is preparing me for a new journey. One that is focused on him and not me!

Thanks Misty! See God truely has used you again(as he does everyday even if we don't see it!) in a very special way

Praying for you and your family
God Bless

Brendon :))

ChristmasQueen said...

Love to read your blog and love the devotionals! Makes my work day better!!

Melanie said...

Hi Misty,
Hope all is well... I have awarded you a blog award on my blog below! Thanks for being such an inspiring Sister in Christ. God bless you and your beautiful family!

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