Wednesday, January 10, 2007

I Will Make Time

A friend of mine from Bible Study gave the following to me. It nicely put into words what I have been thinking and praying about lately. It is an except from Stan Toler:

Billy Graham reflected on his life with an unusual observation. He said if he had it to do over again, he would spend more time in prayer and Bible Study.

The New Year isn't just about new beginnings, it's about new priorities... putting first things first, from the very first. Time, talent, treasure: In word or deed, you will establish the "most important" in each of these areas.

"I will make time for God." Work on your devotions. Add an inspirational book to your Bible reading. Vary your devotional time with music, prayer, walking, or journaling.

"I will make time for my family." Make marriage and family a calendar priority. Utilize the answering machine, caller ID, text messaging, and e-mail to add quality time to family time.

"I will make time for myself." When you neglect DOWN time, you'll be more apt to get UP-set. Find a stress reliever and incorporate it into your planning. It's just what the Great Physician ordered (Mark 6:31).
-Stan Toler

So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Cor. 10:31) That is MY great wish and prayer for this year, and all my life.

That last "I will" seems seems to be the easiest, making time for myself. I have to remember where it lies in the whole priority spectrum - namely, after God and family!

But, speaking of my stress reliever, check out the progress on Eiffel. I've just finished the lace rib portion on the bottom. I am especially loving this project. The lace rib pattern is enjoyable, but VERY easy to memorize so it can go with me anywhere without my having to bring a pattern along. Also, I am VERY surprised how much I'm enjoying knitting with the Euroflax. In the skein it just feels like a bunch of stiff string - but it really is soothing to knit with.

Now I just have to put it down, and make it wait for it's "time."


At 10:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are good things to keep in mind while I start the New Year. I know whe I keep my priorities in order, life is much smoother. I just have to focus on keeping my priorities straight, rather than getting off focus.

At 10:29 AM, Anonymous Beth said...

Your project looks lovely!

I find it hard to stop wanting time for myself when I've had some. :)

At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So true! I wish I didn't need to be reminde of this daily!!

I'm impressed with your speedy progress in Eiffel!

At 12:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hadn't looked very closely at Eiffel before but I just realized that I have the Allhamp6 in my STASH! I started a tee with it that I'm not very crazy about. I thnk I'll modify Eiffel for a short sleeved version. (Just sharing my burst of excitement.)

At 12:24 PM, Anonymous ruth said...

succinctly put!! God-time and Me-time are always in conflict... thanks for the reminder! =)

At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lynda, Happy 2007! Thanks for being a godly (and knitterly) inspiration to all of us.

At 3:07 PM, Blogger miss88keys said...

Your Eiffel is coming along so quickly. I can't wait to see the progress as you knit along. I also noticed the ladybug is still on the move! GOOD FOR YOU!

Thanks for continually inspiring me to be a better person!

At 5:30 PM, Anonymous heather said...

Eiffel is looking good! I love the color too.

Good luck with your priorities! Those are good ones, I think. :)

At 7:26 PM, Blogger Mercy's Mama said...

What an awesome post. Such important words!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your Eiffel. I totally agree with you about the Euroflax linen. I made a shawl last year out of Euroflax linen and it was really a nice knit, though you would have thought it was going to be a shawl made out of twine!

At 9:06 PM, Blogger mary said...

It's looking great so far! I can't wait to see more progress soon.

At 4:12 AM, Blogger Kat said...

Lynda, Thank you for sharing such lovely and true words. You are a good inspiration to all of us.

Eiffel is looking marvelous! :-) Have an awesome day!

At 6:17 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Very good things to meditate on and think about. Eiffel looks amazing!

At 6:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are inspring to me. I love your sweet faith. It uplifts me so.

I'm in awe of your Eiffel progress. So fast.

At 7:12 AM, Anonymous Nery said...

Very well said. My motto for 2007: Matthew 6:33 “Keep on, then, seeking FIRST the kingdom and his righteousness, and all these [other] things will be added to YOU." Keeping in this mind, helps me to balance my responsabilities to God, family, and everything else.

BTW, I nice progress on the Eiffel!

At 10:18 AM, Blogger mrspao said...

Thank you. I do need to work on daily devotions this year so your message has just been the kick start I need.

At 1:24 PM, Anonymous Lynne said...

Perfect Truth.

At 2:02 AM, Blogger mrspao said...

Thank you. Your posting has just been what I needed remind me to focus on God.

At 6:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eiffel looks great. I can't wait to see you model it!

You inspire. Thank you.

At 6:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eiffel looks great. I can't wait to see you model it!

You inspire. Thank you.

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