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Shireen

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How important is your devotional life in this troubled times? How do you manage your time so that the most important things are never missed in your day?

http://cordsofhislove.blogspot.com.au/2009/03/time-management-where-does-our-daily.html

One day an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget. As he stood in front of the group of high-powered overachievers he said, Okay, time for a quiz.

Then he pulled out a one-gallon, wide mouth mason jar and set it on the table in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, Is this jar full? Everyone in the class said, Yes.

Then he said, Really? He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the space between the big rocks. Then he asked the group once more, Is the jar full? By this time the class was on to him. Probably not, one of them answered.

Good he replied. He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in the jar and it went into all of the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, Is this jar full? No the class shouted.

In these troubled times, it would seem that we need our devotional time more than ever. Please share how you manage your time so that your top priorities

http://cordsofhislove.blogspot.com.au/2009/03/time-management-where-does-our-daily.html

Once again he said, Good. Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked at the class and asked, What is the point of this illustration? One eager beaver raised his hand and said, The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard you can always fit some more things in it.

No, the speaker replied, thats not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is: If you dont put the big rocks in first, youll never get them in at all.

What are the big rocks in your life? Time with your loved ones? faith, education, your dreams? A worthy cause? Teaching or mentoring others? Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or youll never get them in at all.

So, tonight, or in the morning, when you are reflecting on this short story, ask yourself this question: What are the big rocks in my life?

Then, put those in your jar first.

 

P/S: Is spending time with God one of those big rocks?



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Putting in the big rocks first is more likely to break the jar....biggrin



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Anonymous

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webmaster wrote:

Putting in the big rocks first is more likely to break the jar....biggrin


 I guess it's important to choose wisely so that our 'big rocks' (priorities/tasks) aren't damaging. aww



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Shireen

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That's my comment above.



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"Please share how you manage your time so that your top priorities"

 First thing in the morning:  prayer, praises, thanks, confessions, petitions, contemplations, questions, etc.

Second:  reading devotionals for that day... I happen to read 7 of them on a good day...

Third:  bible reading, usually a chapter a day and contemplation

this takes me about 2 hours....

then, off the to races...  in my car I have scripture set to music and I listen to that when driving 

if time allows, prayer in the afternoon

then prayer at night just before bed

fall to sleep listening to a sermon usually...

How about you?



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Who is anonymous?



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Shireen

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Thank you Anonymous for sharing how you prioritize your devotional life. I admire your discipline and dedication.

I would be interested to understand more e.g. what do you mean by devotionals?

I assume "off to the races" is not to be taken literally.

My devotional life leaves so much to be desired that I do not wish to share my routine (actually lack of routine) at the moment. It is something I urgently wish to change.

A major obstacle to overcome is my husband's perception. We both come from fanatical Adventist backgrounds. If I perform too much spiritual activity in front of him, he gets concerned at what mental state I am in because my tendency is still towards fanaticism. It is a balancing act. I'm currently 'getting away' with a personal appearance that is much more conservative than anyone around me. I've recently improved my diet (moving towards vegan). I must be careful and sensitive because too much would be too much. If I followed your devotional schedule it might 'rock the boat' at the moment. hmm

However, I'm sure if I gave more thought to the matter, there are lots of things that I could quietly improve. confuse

I'm sure you understand that living together involves balancing values. To give you an example, my husband values listening to country music in the car. If I insisted on scripture set to music, this would be uncomfortable. The compromise is that I get to listen to classical music some of the time. This is just an example of balancing. Having said that, I guess I could ask to listen to scripture set to music while driving to church (instead of country gospel). He could listen to his country gospel on the way home. smile

Again, many thanks for sharing. aww

 

 



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Shireen

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Having read through your devotional routine again, I see that it fits into some simple categories: 1) communicating with God, 2) reading God's words, 3) listening to God's words.

Today, I commit to more time praying, reading God's words and listening to God's words.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

 



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Shireen

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Please share more about contemplation as this is a controversial word these days (e.g. spiritual formation controversy).

Do not study yourself; look away from self to Jesus.

http://whiteestate.org/message/gods_word_assurance.asp



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Shireen wrote:

Thank you Anonymous for sharing how you prioritize your devotional life. I admire your discipline and dedication.

sorry Shireen, that was me, NB

I would be interested to understand more e.g. what do you mean by devotionals?

EGW devotionals...  my favs are Our High Calling and This Day with God

I assume "off to the races" is not to be taken literally.

It means, the rat race of this world....  so hard to live a sanctified life and do all the right things when we are thrown into the mix...driving in traffic, hearing bad music at the stores we have to buy groceries from, etc.

My devotional life leaves so much to be desired that I do not wish to share my routine (actually lack of routine) at the moment. It is something I urgently wish to change.

A major obstacle to overcome is my husband's perception. We both come from fanatical Adventist backgrounds. If I perform too much spiritual activity in front of him, he gets concerned at what mental state I am in because my tendency is still towards fanaticism. It is a balancing act. I'm currently 'getting away' with a personal appearance that is much more conservative than anyone around me. I've recently improved my diet (moving towards vegan). I must be careful and sensitive because too much would be too much. If I followed your devotional schedule it might 'rock the boat' at the moment. hmm

 

often we are called legalists/fanatics but this is others thinking that they can read our hearts and they cannot.... it is always best to do the right thing and it will not be in vain if we constantly seek Him first and pray and ask for the indwelling Spirit of God to change our hearts/minds.

However, I'm sure if I gave more thought to the matter, there are lots of things that I could quietly improve. confuse

 

Yes, me too... always room for improvement.  

I'm sure you understand that living together involves balancing values. To give you an example, my husband values listening to country music in the car. If I insisted on scripture set to music, this would be uncomfortable. The compromise is that I get to listen to classical music some of the time. This is just an example of balancing. Having said that, I guess I could ask to listen to scripture set to music while driving to church (instead of country gospel). He could listen to his country gospel on the way home. smile

 

Classical music is great.  do the scripture songs when you are alone...

Again, many thanks for sharing. aww

 

 


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Shireen wrote:

Please share more about contemplation as this is a controversial word these days (e.g. spiritual formation controversy).

 sorry for the confusion... and yes, we have to be careful as Satan has a counterfeit for everything that God has given us... by contemplation or meditation on scripture simply means that I try and think carefully about certain passages that impress my mind and think of application to my life and try and think of the lesson throughout the day...  right now I'm reading about the many things that Elisha did... wonderful !!

Do not study yourself; look away from self to Jesus.

http://whiteestate.org/message/gods_word_assurance.asp


 



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sorry that was me again...



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Shireen

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Many thanks for sharing. I'm very grateful for this information. It's really hard to get an insight into correct spirituality when so many around me are following other paths or are not openly spiritual. Blessings as you abide in Jesus.

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