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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Selective and Specific

I never have thought of myself as a visionary, but perhaps I am to some extent. Maybe it is that I like to have a plan and know where I am going. My thoughts have been on this coming year. I have a son that will be a senior starting next month. I realize that my time with him will be short before he leaves the nest and heads off to college. I really have been praying that I will be able to be very selective this year of the things that I choose to get involved in doing. I also want to be specific about the tasks that I do. I want to learn how to better use my time, to be more effective and to have more time that we can spend together as a family.

I know that this year will pass by at the speed of light and I don't want to blink and find that it is gone and that I have missed out on being there for my sons and husband. So that has become my prayer for this coming year.

I have been working through Donna Partow's book, Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be. Today was talking about Proverbs 31:13 which says, " She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands." A couple years ago I wrote about the Proverbs 31 woman and was curious to see how she handled this verse. I was surprised that she focused on the word selects. But yet it just happens to be where I am right now.

I thought about how I want to be selective for this next year so I can take advantage of every moment that I have with my oldest son, and not miss out. But then I feel that God wants me to take it a step further as well and apply it to all of my life. I think God often calls us to be selective and specific when it comes to our daily walk with Him. There are so many things that can distract us in today's society, but I think God often wants us to focus on that 'one' thing - our relationship with Him! How are you doing today with focusing on Him?


Marilyn said...

"Pearls"....savor every minute of this last year of high school with your oldest son! It has been TEN years now since our youngest graduated from homeschool! Where did the time go? At the time we were homeschooling our kids, I thought time was standing still but as I look back at it now I know it was flying!

God bless you!

Tracie Miles said...

Pearls - I love your blog, and especially loved this reminder and encouragement to be selective. I have had to make some selective choices this year myself, with 3 kids at home, one starting high school in the fall, so I want to focus on them as much as possible. They are my main priority, and my main ministry!

A special thank you too, for the sweet card you sent me a few weeks ago. I couldnt believe it when I received it, but if lifted my spirits and made my day to know you were thinking of me and praying for my family, even though you dont even know us personally. Thank you for being such a precious sister in Christ. God bless.