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Day #22 – 30 Day Challenge

c21After the last few days of focusing on the passions that the Lord has for us, it seems a good time to remember that being His handmaiden doesn’t imply constant busyness.

It especially doesn’t mean that I don’t spend time with Him in prayer or reading His Word.

That’s what this 30-day challenge has all been about. I decided that I needed a strong habit of scripture study and prayer time. That begins with a simple devotion. If I’m so stressed out that I can’t be still for a few minutes before the Lord, then I’m way too busy.

That’s when the layers of what I must do separate from what I need to do, should do, and want to do.

And let me tell you, spending some time before the King every day is a must do, not a need to do.

That concept had to really take root. Before, when I would attempt to get up early for prayer and Bible study, I’d think “I should do that.” But that should-thinking is usually reserved for the tasks that I’ll do when I find time.

Guess what. Time’s not something we can find. I just is. What we have to find is a way to live within it’s limitations. Took me almost fifty years to figure that out.

But now I realize that I must put those things that are priorities in my life, like my relationship with the Lord, into first position. Those are the must-doos that will get done, right along with taking my girls to their next volleyball game, getting gas for my car and groceries for my family, and letting my dog out.

It must be that important in order to become the life-style habit that I want to develop.

Your turn: Are there any items in your should-do or need-to-do categories that you need to move to your must-do pile? Are there things mired in the must-do that aren’t really must-doos?

I hope you’ll come back tomorrow when we shift gears a little and discuss the “Waves of Life” article from Thirty Days of Devotion.


Priority: Narelle Atkins

I’m so happy to welcome Narelle Atkins to Faith Driven Fiction to share how her priorities fit into her daily life.

Narelle2Setting Priorities in a Busy Schedule

What is a typical day like in your life? Is your schedule crazy, with a to-do list that seems to grow longer no matter how hard you work to tick items off the list?

I’m a wife, mother, author, and I have a part-time day job. My main writing priority at the moment is to write proposals for my next contract.

During the week, my early morning routine is focused on ensuring Continue reading


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Priority: Jodie Bailey

JodieBailey2014My series on priorities – Taking up your cross daily to follow Christ – has spread to a number of different authors. I’m loving getting to meet new people and learning how the Lord is working in their lives.

Today’s post is from Jodie Bailey, author of newly released, Quilted for Christmas

This time last year, God let me know clearly I was to Continue reading


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Daily Grind

crosswalkAnd He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. Luke 9:23

In focusing on this verse, I started contemplating how I spend my days. I’m to take up the Lord’s “yoke” (Matthew 11:29-30) everyday. I’m to be “burdened” by those things to which He leads me. That’s what following is about. The disciples shed the Continue reading