by Aliene Thompson

Prioritize and plan your day focusing on God’s unique direction for your life through the filter of prayer. You were not created to do it all, and Jesus does not expect you to do it all. Live with intention by living led by the Holy Spirit day by day.   

Pause treasured one, and pray to find direction and live with intention as you become the woman God created you to be.   

Jesus knows what it feels like to be pulled in many different directions. While he was here on earth there were so many under his care, so many wanting him and needing him. People pressed in to meet Jesus. Sick people, broken people, and needy people wanting to find relief. With so many needing him, Jesus still paused to pull away in prayer with the Father.   

“Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Later Simon and the others went out to find him. When they found him, they said, ‘Everyone is looking for you.’ But Jesus replied, ‘We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.’ So he traveled throughout the region of Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and casting out demons.” (Mark 1:35-39) 

Jesus received clarity for where to travel after his time in prayer. He depended on God for direction to accomplish sharing the gospel. 

Likewise, spending time in prayer gives clarity of direction and next steps for our journey to become the woman God created us to be. God-ordained direction diffuses distractions to make us more productive by living with intention.  

Find confidence to say “no” to distractions that can leave you overwhelmed and drawn away from your true course in life. 

  • Pray to find your unique direction for your life and for each day. 

  • Uncover the difference between a “good work” and “God’s work” by seeking God. 

  • Live with intention knowing God has your best intentions for you and those you love. 

  • Guard your time to give yourself fully to God’s work for your life.   

Your life’s vision or calling may remain the same, but often the Lord wants to change your direction. Daily time with him is vital to keeping in step with the Spirit. When we find the time to fix our eyes on Jesus, he will keep us on his perfect course for our lives. 

The Bible tells us it is only after we renew our minds that we can “test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2). Keeping in step with the Spirit can save us from striving and taking extra steps that are not part of God’s plan for our lives. When the Lord brings clear focus into our day, our priorities come into place with his perfect will, and we can let go of any responsibilities he is not asking us to bear (Matthew 11:28-29). 

The temptation to get involved in many “good things” can distract us from our calling. As we become sensitive to his leading, simplicity and focus come into our day. Our priorities fall into place, and we learn we can stop and take time for the meaningful relationships in our lives. Seek the Lord for simplicity and focus. Ask him to show you his will for your life. Know that adding anything else to our plate, however good it may be, can rob our joy and rob others of opportunities meant for them.   

Jesus knows how much we can handle. Wise women live with intention by living led by the Holy Spirit. Prayer is a filter that helps us determine God’s priorities so that we live with focus each day. 

Nourish Scripture: Luke 10:1-20 

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