Setting Priorities

Help Me to Prioritize

There are so many distractions, Lord,
That keep me from hearing You.
E-mail, Facebook, phone calls, housework…
Just to name a few.
All very time consuming.
Help me to prioritize and sit quietly
At Your feet with no distractions.
Then I will clearly hear Your still, small voice.

Read Exodus 18

What you are doing is not good…the work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. Exodus 18:17-18

I plugged in my coffeepot, put bread in the toaster, and started to open a can of fruit with my electric can opener. Suddenly the power went off. Fortunately, I saw the problem—too many appliances on one circuit.

I reset the circuit breaker and moved my toaster to another socket on the other side of the room. When the load was divided among several sockets, all of the appliances functioned as they were designed to, and I had a peaceful breakfast.

Like my electrical system, at times I also burn out. When I look at my schedule and see that it is overloaded with too many activities, I become physically and mentally exhausted before I even begin. When I try to do three things at once, Jesus reminds me that only one thing is really needed—time for Him.

Now when I feel overburdened, I reset my priorities. I seek the Lord in prayer and rearrange my schedule to make sure that I have included time for Him. When I do, I’m able to function as

God designed me to. Then, and only then, do I truly experience His peace that passes all understanding.

Your Turn

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What priorities do you struggle with?

by Frances Pasch

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Frances Gregory Pasch’s devotions and poetry have been published hundreds of times the past thirty years in different denominational Sunday school papers, magazines, and book compilations. Her book, Double Vision, Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry was released December 12, 2013, by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. It is a double eye-opener–two ways of looking at the same spiritual truth. Frances enjoys encouraging other writers, and she has been leading a women’s Christian writers’ group for the past 25 years. You can read some of her writing on her newly updated website: Also, check out her new Community Page, and follow her on Twitter @Frances Pasch.

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