Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A Woman After God's Own Heart ~ Chapter 21

A Heart That Seeks First Things First

Psalm 63:1 ~ O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is
  • God makes His will known as we read His Word, pray and seek counsel.
  • God's grace is always sufficient to the task (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)!
  • In fact, He has already given you everything you need to live your life in full godliness (2 Peter 1:3)
  • And you can do all things --you can be a woman after His heart--through the strength of Jesus (Philippians 4:13)
A Word About Priorities
  1. Loving God and following after Him with a whole heart
  2. Loving, helping and serving my husband
  3. Loving and teaching my children
  4. Loving and caring for my home in order to provide a quality life for my family
  5. Developing myself so that I have something to give to others
  6. Loving and serving God's people
Knowing what your priorities are -- and choosing to wear the right hat at the right time-- keeps you fully focused on the most important thing at hand at any given minute.

These priorities are offered to you not as a rigid guideline but to help you gain greater control over your life through knowledge, skills, and motivation as you follow after God.

A Word About Choices
  • The choices we make are key to the priorities we practice.
  • What you are today (based on the choices you're making) is what you are becoming.
  • You are today what you have been becoming (based on the choices you've already made).
  • Our choices, which reflect our priorities, will help us fulfill God's design for our lives.
  • Whether you are dealing with the next five minutes, the next hour, tomorrow, or forever, the choices you make make all the difference in the world!
A Word About Others
  • What about parents, brothers, sisters, extended family, jobs, friends, neighbors, hobbies, pastimes, social life, etc.
  • Simply add those "other" categories to the end of the list of the six priorities you've just looked at because those six don't change.
  • Our life situation may change, but God's Word never changes.
  • Pray, search scripture and seek wise counsel and God will reveal to you how to prioritize "others"
  • He will show you how to be a woman after His heart in every detail of your life! 
A Word About Waiting
  • As a general principle for practicing your priorities, know that it is safer to wait and do nothing than to rush in and do the wrong thing.
  • Proverbs 19:2 ~ Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
  • Wisdom Waits - Choosing to wait rather than acting impulsively is one way to gain or stay in control.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Open my eyes that I may see what my priorities should be right now during this season of my life.  May I be a blessing to others and may all I do be glorifying to You.
In Jesus Name,

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