Sunday, September 12, 2010

{Scripture Challenge 2} Challenge Word #19, Priority

Challenge Word #19: Priority

Do you keep a ‘to-do’ list? Do you struggle getting through your list? Think about it—you have things you want to do, things you need to do, and things you should do. What comes first? How do you get through it all? And how about Mary and Martha? Luke 10:38-42 says As Jesus and His disciples were on their way, He came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, ‘Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’”

Look how Martha becomes distracted with all of the preparations. I know that certainly happens to me when I look at my ‘to-do’ list. I get distracted, overwhelmed, grumpy, you name it! Looking at what each of them did—Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet and Martha running and getting dinner ready for the family and guests—these are certainly all important tasks. BUT, which should be our first priority? John 15:5 says I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” We must keep Him our first priority in all things. As the scripture says “apart from Him we can do nothing.” Our lists will fail, our days will feel stressed, our attitudes will become less than desirable, etc. Remind yourself to pray before tackling that next task on your list. Pray before every task! Make both Him and prayer your priority, and see how much smoother everything in your life will become!

For my page, I chose the John 15:5 scripture. It’s just perfect for me, and I love the reminder that without Him I can do nothing. Nothing!! The papers, stamps, and pearls are all from Memory Box. I thought the stamp was perfect and looked a bit like vines which goes along with the scripture I chose. And for fun, I used a sketch from Magistical Memories. I thought it looked fun so I decided to use it.

Papers: Memory Box Enchanted, Memory Box robin's egg cs
Stamp Ink: Colorbox Fluid Chalk dark brown, SU creamy caramel
Stamp: Memory Box Budding Branch D1360
Embellishments: Memory Box frost blue pearls, sewing machine, 7Gypsies journaling card, Rose Moka letter stickers, Paper Trey Ink rustic twine, misc. twine, American Crafts buttons

So this week I hope you will look at that ‘to-do’ list and see what God would truly have you do. Is it something He really wants you to be doing at that moment, or is it something you have chosen on your own to do? Take one day at a time. Don’t worry about what you didn’t accomplish yesterday or what you have to do tomorrow. Seek Him, and do what He would have you accomplish today, right now. He is “. . . the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (Revelation 22:13). If we put Him first and seek Him in all things, everything else will fall into place.

When sharing your page for this challenge be sure to use Keyword SCRC210 when posting in galleries. Also, please leave a link to your creation here using Inlinkz! To see all of our previous lessons, please visit this post here. I will be back with another study on September 26th. Have a blessed week ahead!



A-M said...

Patter your words of wisdom are so appropriate for me right now. I have not really been putting the Lord first in my life. I have been trying to do things in my own strength.
I am just back from a little holiday and hope to do my little piece of digital art sometime today.
God Bless you for allowing Him to use you.

NickelNook said...

Hi Patter! Really love your page! Also, I appreciated your devotional on this! I put a link to it on my post. Thank you!...Nancy :o)
(btw...Priority isn't on your list yet)

Jonia said...

Patter, everytime I read your post I am so convicted. This challenge is definitely growing me and challenging me to do much better. Thanks for the hard work you put in these. Hopefully I will catch up soon.

Gwen said...

Thanks for the reminder to check out my priorities! How easy it is to get focused on other things than our Mighty God!

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