A Light for My Path Devotional

My To-Do List

PSALM 46:10 (KJV)
Be still, and know that I am God.

Ugh! Right now I’m feeling pulled in so many directions. It seems that no matter where I look, there are things that need to be done and each one is labeled “URGENT”. Thankfully I know that this too shall pass and this intensity won’t last forever. Whew! That’s a relief. But how do I get through each day when my list is long and my time is short?

The first step is to make sure that I don’t give up my quiet time with the Lord in the morning. It’s so easy to tell myself, “I don’t have time,” and go on my way, but I need to make the time to center my thoughts and heart on the only One who can truly help and guide me. So I sit down and ask the Lord to calm my mind and body enough to read His Word and allow His Spirit to speak to me in those moments together.

Making a list of things that need to be done helps me to set aside those thoughts so I can concentrate on what God has to say to me. Later, in my prayer time, that list also helps me see and remember what I’m facing that day so I can bring those concerns to the Lord. (Actually, I usually make my list the night before. It helps me sleep better because I don’t keep going over it in my head all night trying to remember everything. If other things come to mind in the morning, I just add them to the list.)

As I conclude my prayer time, I take my list and review it asking God to help me discern what truly needs to be done that day, and what is the most important. Often I number the items and try to estimate how long each one will take. That’s the really hard part because it seems nothing is ever as easy as I think it will be!

Then once more I look over the list and prayerfully turn it all over to the Lord. When I’m finished, I no longer carry the burden for getting it all done. It rests in the hands of my dear Savior, and my day is much lighter. See what I would miss if I failed to take the time to spend with Him first thing in the morning?

Heavenly Father, I need Your help! Thank You that when I feel overwhelmed, I can rely on You to help me discern and set priorities, and help me handle the interruptions that come my way. Give me strength, wisdom, and supplies to accomplish all that You desire to or me to achieve in this day—and let me peacefully lay aside all the unnecessary things on my list.,

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By Ann Shorb
©Copyright Ann Shorb, 2012

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