I don’t know about you, but there are seasons in my life where I feel like there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. It’s becoming pretty clear to me that the pace of life is not getting any slower, and I know that I’m not the only one who has to deal with elevated levels of stress.
We’ve all said at one point or another that we wish there were just one (or ten) more hours in our day so that we can do what’s needed and enjoy some down time with those we love. But unfortunately, we can’t slow time down or add a single second to the day.
Have you ever had days like this? You forget to set your alarm and then you sleep in, rush through getting ready, skip breakfast, get stuck in traffic, and end up five minutes late to work…To be able to bring change to this area of our life, let’s start with what we know we can affect, and that’s our ability to manage our time.
When time is mishandled, we’re bound to incur stress. Life shouldn’t be about bouncing and ricocheting from one busy task to the next. How amazing would it be, to be able to take a moment every now and then to simply decompress and relax and take a deep breath.
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27
God has designed a beautiful life for you, one that doesn’t include stress, fear, or anxiety! He desires for you to walk in the rest and peace that He has provided for you, to enjoy the desires of your heart and to recognize His goodness in your life.
Time management is key to bringing our daily lives into Gods alignment and to help relieve stress. The first principle to achieve this is stewardship. Stewardship is interesting because it says that while you don’t own something, you are responsible for its development in your life. The great news is YOU have the power to be responsible for your seconds, minutes, hours, and days.
I want to share with you a few principles that I apply in my own life that help me manage my time and ultimately trust the Lord when stress takes hold.
1. Praise God.
Do you know that praising God is the best thing to do first before anything else? Have you ever been in a situation that you feel all alone? Or have you encountered a difficult situation in your life and you don’t know what to do, like losing your job or suffering the loss of someone very close to your heart? Consider the good times, such as when you receive a raise from your boss or earn high marks at school. What do you usually do during these moments? Praising God makes every circumstance of our lives complete, essential, and eminently worthwhile. When we praise God verbally, it’s like spraying the most expensive perfume or cologne; it goes up to heaven and creates an aroma that gets God’s attention. Praise is more than making a noise. When you praise Him, you invite the presence of God, the calm of God, and the serenity of God into your life.
“Therefore, by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” — Hebrews 13:15
2. Start your day with a plan.
It will help you to know how to organize what’s important and how to structure the time in your day. Having a hit list of the items that need to be tackled will help you to feel accomplished when you are able to cross them off your list. Proverbs 16:3 tells us, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
3. Keep God at the center! — Let’s pray.
God wants to be the center of your life: the center of your conversation, the center of your entertainment, and the center of your relationships. Prayer keeps Him in the center of all you do. I pray every time I see or feel a need. I pray while driving. I pray while working, and while relaxing. I cast my cares on Him and say, “Lord, I am not going to worry about anything today; I am giving it to You.” Prayer should be like breathing, natural to do anywhere you are. Philippians 4:6 tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Take some time to evaluate what brings stress to your life and take action to bring it under control. You’ll be amazed at the difference you see in your life, both short- and long-term.
And remember, God is for you, so let nothing stop you!
“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” — Romans 16:20
As a special thank you, I want to offer you a free audio download of my CD, “Living an Extraordinary Life.” No matter what’s happened to you or where you’ve come from, everything can change and improve when you know and embrace God’s unconditional love. The extraordinary life is within you, because God designed you to be amazing!
It’s time to bring your life from ordinary to extraordinary!
Winning with you,