Sunday, January 17, 2016

Priority Planning

As women of faith, we should desire to live out intentional lives. 

"Teach us to number our days, And let us bring the heart to wisdom."
Psalms 90:12 ISR98

TEACH:  ( common, ידע/ y.d.ah) Translation: KNOW (V)Definition: To have an intimate and personal understanding;

NUMBER:  ( common, מנה/ m.n.h) Translation: RECKON (V)Definition: To appoint, assign, count or number a set of things or people.

DAYS:  ( masc., יום/ yom) Translation: DAYDefinition: The time of light between one dusk and the next one. Usually in the context of daylight hours but may also refer to the entire day or even a season.

BRING/APPLY:   This comes from a root word in Hebrew that means (בוא) Definition: To come or go into a space is to fill it. A void within oneself that desires to be filled.  In relation to its context in this verse, it means to fill a void by entering it.

HEART:  This organ is also seen as the seat of thought and emotion, the mind.

WISDOM:  ( fem., חכמה / hhakh-mah ) Translation: SKILL Definition: The ability to decide or discern between good and bad, right and wrong; A deep understanding of a craft.

Something that is counted is of more value than an innumerable mass where there is no thought given to how much is lost or gained.  Today is the first day of the week by Hebrew reckoning and since the day begins at dusk,  it's already half over.   Wastefulness is not a habit that wise women have because once time has passed, it cannot be recovered.  

Take some time to jot down some plans for the week using our priorities as a guide.

1.  Our relationship with Yehovah:  Do you schedule in your time of prayer? (Psalm 55:17)   Do you have a Bible reading plan?  (Proverbs 28:9)

2.  Our relationships with our husbands:  How are you PLANNING to do him good and not evil all the days of this week?   (Proverbs 31:12)  Do you know your husband’s love language?  Plan something that he will especially perceive as an act of love.  (Titus 2:4)

3.  Our relationships with our children:  Do you know each of your children's love languages?   Plan something that each of them will especially perceive as an act of love.  (Titus 2:4)

4.  Our home:   Do you have a plan for bringing order to an area or room in your home that naturally lends itself to chaos?  Cleaning is one way to demonstrate our thankfulness for what our Father has provided.   There are about 18 meals that will be eaten between now and the Sabbath.  Do you have a plan for each of those meals? 

5.  Yourself:  What are your workout goals for this week?   (Proverbs 31:17)  Do you have some unfinished crafts?  (Proverbs 31:13)  If you work outside the home, are your clothes ready?   (Proverbs 31:25)

6.  Ministry:  What can you do for someone else this week?  (Proverbs 31:20) 

We often use the excuse, "I don't have time."  The truth is that we don’t always use our time wisely.   Let's rectify that today.