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 It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

While reflecting on certain times in my life, I’ve come to realize that many of those times I’ve acted a little less than perfect. Okay, a lot less. So in doing this I have to say that I put important matters on the back burner instead of tackling them head on. Procrastination. That sounds like such a dirty, ugly, horrid word. And it is, really. Putting things off until the last minute like I did only made for restlessness and anxiety for me, and gave others the idea that I wasn’t worthy of their trust. It also lead to being late, giving others around me the feeling I didn’t care.

I do care!

  My solution—1-2-3-Go!   

Eureka! (TV series)

This method helped me tremendously. I still fall victim to procrastination once in a while, but mostly I have managed to change that bad habit before any more damage was done–letting those I care about know they can rely on my word. What are we if our word is no good?

So, 1-2-3-Go! goes something like this:                                                                                                                                                                        

1 -FOCUS   —   on what needs to be done, write it down in order of importance if needed.

2 –PRAY  —   for the Holy Spirit to guide you and hold you accountable if the task is incomplete.

3 – TAKE ACTION   —    Get up! Seriously, stand up and move toward whatever it is that needs doing. By doing this you have already taken control. This is half the battle.

GO!   —   Just do it! Tackle the task now, and don’t forget to thank God for your new attitude of godliness. 

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day 280 - whew!

It will get easier. You may have devised your own method of avoiding procrastination. If so, that’s great. That means you’ve recognized this as a problem that needed to be combatted, and I give you props. Let me in on your method. C’mon, share.

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3 Ways To Tackle Your Procrastination Problem (fastcompany.com)

Procrastination Sucks! But what is it telling me? (kathyarchersblog.com)

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Beautiful landscape

Beautiful landscape (Photo credit: Kenny Teo (zoompict))

   Have you ever really pondered the notion that the maker of heaven and earth gave us all this myriad of colors and textures of nature? Also giving us the changing of seasons, and beauty of the skies, magnificent rainbows, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets to experience and enjoy?

Rainbows

How about when a certain situation you’ve stewed over that seems to have no positive outcome in sight–miraculously gets resolved after many prayerful tears and humbling of  yourself– giving the situation to God?

Ever ponder all the love a baby feels for a parent when that baby is held by someone  else close by, then suddenly the baby searches for that parent and the infant’s arms reach out to its mom or dad to hold and comfort?

Project Hope volunteer holds an infant during ...

Project Hope volunteer holds an infant during Continuing Promise 2011 (Photo credit: Official U.S. Navy Imagery)

  

 What about the feelings of a husband and wife after many years spent with each other sharing children, heartache, sickness, desperation, etc. The good and the bad. When asked to face each other and ponder the moments of their lives together without speaking–do you think you could begin to capture the special looks they give each other, and all that is in their hearts, along with all the love and blessings they’ve shared, having tackled everything–all aspects of life–together?

I was just thinking. Ever ponder things like this? Yeah, me neither.

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What is your mood today? Is your world falling apart? Is a friend or family member going through a terrible bout with Cancer? Maybe one has Alzheimer’s or another life-threatening disease. What about you–you have battles of your own to contend with, don’t you?

When others are used to seeing you happy, it’s unnerving to them if you have an emotionless, empty day. You tell yourself what the Apostle Paul said about being content in all circumstances (Philippians 4:11)  then you try to lift yourself up out of your grief because that’s what is expected of you as a christian. You know you’ll pray about the situation, just not yet. And anyway, God knows all about it, so He could fix this thing that has such a hold on you if He really wanted to, right?    

Rembrandt - Apostle Paul - WGA19120

Rembrandt – Apostle Paul – WGA19120 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NYC: Church of St Paul the Apostle

NYC: Church of St Paul the Apostle (Photo credit: wallyg)

This is the reason we are supposed to have fellowship with other believers, so they can lift us up in prayer. They can grieve with us and hold our hand through our turmoil. The bible states “where two or three are gathered in my name, I will be in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20). Letting someone know how you’re feeling so they can console you and lift you up in prayer is vitally important.  Anyone can lift your spirits with the right words, but only a fellow believer will offer to pray on your behalf. And that makes all the difference because you both know who will be your true comforter. God will also give you peace about the situation(Philippians 4:7). He loves you and doesn’t want you to worry(Luke 12:22-26). There’s nothing like true christian friendship. You know where your help lies. After prayer, you feel refreshed and ready to face the outcome of the situation. Don’t give Satan a foothold. Pray and look up, not down.

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SATAN SAYS
SATAN SAYS (Photo credit: rafaelm)

You’d think we would have a clear view of satanic behaviors. Things of Satan are taboo or forbidden, right? Wrong. Well, they are, but there’s more to it than that. Satan is alive and well in our daily patterns of life, too. What? Yeah,  in our daily activities we, a lot of times put God on the back burner. We have a “to do list” for today, or we take a day off from household drudgery. We work out, watch the tube, or catch up on emails or Facebook. In any of these things, does time with God come into the equation? Did we thank Him for another day, or another opportunity to serve Him? Did we say grace at mealtime? 

English: Minnesota state photograph "Grac...

English: Minnesota state photograph “Grace” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  There are so many people going hungry on a daily basis. Did we thank Him that we’re not one of them? Did we set aside time with our maker today to praise Him and thank Him for never leaving or forsaking us?(Hebrews 13:4) For giving us His son, Jesus, so that we can have eternal life? (John 3:16) The bible says to pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17) So throughout the day we should be praying. When someone pops into our head, we should pray for him/her at that moment. We should be thankful in all circumstances. Good and bad. (1Thes. 5:18)  Why? Because we serve a risen Savior. Jesus Christ is the name above every name, (Philippians 2:9) and Satan is the father of all lies. (John 8:44) God wants us to know and depend on Him for all our needs. He is worthy of all honor and praise. And we need to know that through faith, obedience, and trust in Him our needs will be met. So… do we surf the net or grab our bible and meet with our Lord for breakfast and some godly wisdom from His Holy Word?

Words have a power all their own

Words have a power all their own (Photo credit: Lynne Hand)

He gives us choices all through our lives. We mess things up and He forgives us. Time with God is time well-spent. And, Hey! We just may be able to do some of those other things we planned — later. Satan will try all kinds of tricks, and use tools to take our time away from prayer and reading our bibles. He knows how powerful God’s Word is. How does he know? Because Satan knows the bible cover to cover. He used to be God’s top angel, you know. He fell from grace when he thought himself higher than God. Time spent in prayer and bible study will give you a peace that passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:7) Peace that will allow you to sleep and heal your spirit. So — which is it? Peace like a river (Isaiah 48:18, 66:12) or the chaos that the devil devises? The choice is ours.

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The question is how much? As much as you love yourself, the bible tells us. But hey, can we really do this?  I mean, pretty much of us think the world revolves around us, don’t we? So how do we have the capacity to love our neighbors? This particular group of people don’t just live next door to us. They’re all around us. All people are our neighbors. And God has given us the uncanny ability to love others as He loves us. Everybody. All races, colors, and creeds. And all we need to do is ask Him in prayer  

I wish you

and He will deliver. We have an awesome God. One who listens and forgives us everything. All we have to do is ask in our personal time with Him, and get to know God and his son better each day. The rest is easy because God molds us into what He wants us to be. And we should pray that our thoughts will be aligned with His thoughts. The pneumonic for JOY is

Jesus, Others & You. When we put things in this godly order we will learn to be kinder, and more helpful to those around us…our neighbors. I know what you’re thinking. I’m last? Yes. Jesus, our prime example, put himself last when He died a horrible death on the cross for us all. By doing this, Jesus put us first. So if we give ourselves as a loving sacrifice, the way Jesus did (Romans 12:1) it will be less of a struggle to do this. Put others ahead of ourselves, I mean. Sometimes it’s tough. There are some mean and angry people out there. But, if we stay committed to this change in our behavior, it will get easier. And it will make a tremendous difference in how your neighbors will respond to you. You’ll see. Trust me.

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English: I took photo with Canon camera in Lub...

English: I took photo with Canon camera in Lubbock, TX. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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