Every Sunday night, I look at the week ahead and ask God for wisdom. Moses, one of my Old Testament heroes, wrote one of my favorite Psalms. He wrote these words, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 91:12). Wowza! I need a heart of wisdom, don’t you? How do we order our days and weeks correctly so that we are attentive to the things that matter? As I’ve been reflecting on this, I’ve come up with a few questions that will guide how I spend my time.
How will I prioritize time with God this week? God met with Moses, face to face, as though He was conversing with an intimate friend. (Exodus 33:11) I need Face-time with God every day so that I can know Him more intimately. The way I figure, I will spend eternity with Christ and I don’t want to spend eternity with a stranger. I want to know Him as well as I possibly can so that death is a natural transition into eternity with my BFF – Jesus Christ. That means each week I need to carve out intentional time to meet with God face-to-face. Talking with Him, learning more about Him through the Bible, praising Him, and listening for His voice. My time with Him will influence how I spend my hours each day.
Which relationships will I prioritize this week? Relationships are so important to me. I want to nurture intimacy with my husband, close relationship with my kids, tender relationships with my grandkids, deep friendship with my friends, and life giving care to acquaintances. I want to honor those who have poured into my life. In addition, I want to be alert and in tune with the Holy Spirit so that when He asks me to share Jesus or serve others as Jesus would, I am obedient. When I intentionally ask myself, which relationships need to be prioritized at the beginning of the week, I find I am more intentional about loving others. It’s too easy to get caught up in a “me mindset”. I find it helps so much to ask this question so that I train myself to think outwardly.
What needs to be accomplished this week in the realm of my job? For me, this question is essential because I don’t report into work. I write, speak and lead women towards hope for a living. That’s my job. That kind of makes me an entrepreneur. Crazy huh? I know! That word kind of scares me and so I need to be disciplined about figuring out how to spend my hours so that I am giving attention to the work that God has called me to do.
Moses wrote, “May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands” (Psalm 90:17). If we’re going to ask for God’s favor on our work we need to be disciplined and intentional about making our work an offering to the Lord. How might God want to use your work this week as an offering?
I want the way I use my time this week to bring honor to God. I’m sure you do too. Why don’t we help each other out? Choose one of these questions. Leave a comment and let me know what you’re prioritizing this week. In return, I’ll pray that God pours out blessing on your life, relationships and work? And I haven’t given away a book for a while, so I’ll choose one comment tomorrow, and I’ll give away a free copy of The 30 Day Praise Challenge. But, you must live in the United States to receive this because I’m having trouble sending things overseas right now.