Using Our Time Wisely

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This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:14-16

“Do not squander time, for it is the stuff life is made of.” -Benjamin Franklin

 

  • The most important part of your day is upon you. Make it count!  Grab your Bible, a journal, a pen, and a mug of something yummy.  Come with an expectant heart.  Every day the Lord has something to teach us; we need only to sit at His feet and listen.
  • Read Ephesians 5:14-16. Write verse 15 on an index card and read it throughout the day. Commit it to memory.

Using Our Time Wisely

It is now officially the new year and how are you feeling?  Overwhelmed and stressed?  Or are you ready to conquer this year with new goals and extra productivity?  Today I would like to address the topic of time. Remember that every minute of every day is either wasted or wisely invested.  There is no in-between or gray area.  That statement is defining my new year!  I have been learning that the Lord cares deeply how we spend our time, and He also cares what we are invested in.

God created time and gives it to us as stewards.  If we don’t wisely use our time, we will find we have little left over to do what is important. Time is a precious gift, and we each have a responsibility for how we spend the time God has given us.  We should all echo Moses’ prayer to God in Psalm 90:12 as he cries out, “teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

If we use our time inappropriately or ineffectively, that time is lost forever and cannot be reclaimed.  Time that is used unwisely reveals our weaknesses and also reveals what is truly important to us.  After all, we always make time for what we enjoy doing the most!  But what should be the most important to us and how can we manage our time better and use it more wisely?

Set Priorities – Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us, “There is time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.”  In essence, we either set our life priorities or allow circumstances and other people to set them. Making a list and setting the priorities or new goals is the first critical step.

Schedule Priorities – There is a right time and a right way to carry out our priorities.  Ecclesiastes 8:5-6 warns, “For a wise heart knows the proper time and procedure.  For there is a proper time and procedure for every delight.”  We must schedule time for solitude every day, spending time in God’s Word and in prayer. This should be our top priority every single day!  Doesn’t God deserve our very best?  The answer is yes.

Stick to Priorities – We already read in Ephesians 5:16, “Make the most of every opportunity.”  Every challenge we face will either affirm or destroy our priorities.  Right priorities will stand firm in the face of change.  You will know in your heart if an activity or time commitment is good for you family.  If it is good, then stick with it.  A common struggle is to give up or become fearful of a commitment.  If something is healthy and a great opportunity, then we should jump in and stick to it!

Precious mamas, I encourage and invite you to examine you and your family’s time.  Initiate schedule changes that honor God. Commit this year to invest your time wisely and pray for God’s wisdom to live a balanced life.

Questions to Ponder

Are you feeling convicted right now?  How and why?  If you answered yes, that is great!  This is a very difficult subject for me personally and everything I wrote here I’m learning right alongside you.  I would also like to add that the Lord has pressed upon my heart for everyone reading this not to feel bad about themselves, or compare how their time is spent to anyone else’s time!  We all have our own puzzle, and the Lord knows exactly where we all are at.

Faith-Filled Idea

Carve out an hour or two after the kids go to bed this week to seek the Lord in prayer regarding your time. Pray specifically for the year ahead and what activities and relationships your family is going to invest in. Write out some family goals and a few personal goals.  Also, pray about a goal or something to focus on for each one of your children this year. Do this with your husband or share your ideas with him afterward.  It is critical that the two of you are on the same page.

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Rachel Jones

Hi! My name is Rachel Jones and I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have three wonderful daughters. We are also expecting a little boy this June. I am originally from Phoenix, AZ and have been in Colorado Springs for eight years now. I enjoy large cups of coffee, reading, cooking, and homeschooling my children. I am a big fan of anything British and love watching Downton Abbey. Jesus is my rock, my redeemer, and my comforter. I yearn to live radically for Him every day of my life! My favorite verse is Proverbs 31:30.

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8 Comments on “Using Our Time Wisely”

  1. I love the encouragement to spend some solitary time praying and seeking God- his plan for my day and our family! I am an introvert and savor quiet, still time in God’s Word . However, sometimes I can feel guilty filling up but then I am better able to pour out when I’m filled up!

    1. I am so glad you were encouraged. My husband is also an introvert and that time is so very special and important to him! As an extrovert, it is harder for me to quiet myself. Praise the Lord Jesus is patient with me.?

  2. I’ve been micro bullet journaling to see how I spend my day and it’s helped me to focus. This might stress people out, but for me, it’s helped me to not goof off as much because I’m not jumping from one thing to the next. I say to myself, “Oh, I’m focusing on this one thing for 15 minutes, I can wait a little longer to do something else” and this includes spending time with the Lord.

    1. I love that idea. It is incredible how many 15 min chunks of time can appear in our day when we are focused and intentional. ?

  3. Great study. This is something I’m working on- letting the unimportant things fall away so I can focus on what calling is calling me to do.

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