Fast Wednesdays: Week of May 18, 2016 – Procrastinating on Our Purpose

Greetings Beloved!

Food for thought…I was so busy last week, I neglected to post on this subject…a friend shared with me “Procrastination will Destroy your Destiny!”

Can I get an amen on that one. Any comments/reflections/etc. welcomed! (Was I busy or procrastinating…only the Lord knows for certain…smile).

SCRIPTURE:
Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

All share a common destiny—the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not. As it is with the good, so with the sinful; as it is with those who take oaths, so with those who are afraid to take them.

QUOTES:

I’d be more frightened by not using whatever abilities I’d been given. I’d be more frightened by procrastination and laziness. Denzel Washington

I swing between procrastination and being really thorough so either way things aren’t getting done quickly. Freema Agyeman

Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin. Victor Kiam

Praying to Overcome Procrastination

http://www.prayerideas.org/wp/praying_for_needs/praying-to-overcome-procrastination/

Posted onSeptember 2, 2012 by Karen Barber — Here’s a prayer for you to help overcome procrastination.  Procrastination is defined as voluntarily spending time doing low priority tasks and putting off the higher priority ones to a later time even though we’ll be worse off trying to make up for lost time when the deadline comes. All of us procrastinate for different reasons on different tasks.  Experts have estimated that between 10 and 15% of us have a serious problem with procrastination.  Other studies say that 95% of all college students procrastinate in their studies and that over half of all college students say they need help with overcoming procrastination.

Prayer for God’s Help to Overcome Procrastination

Dear Heavenly Father,

I come to you asking for help with my tendency to procrastinate and put off important tasks, studies, projects and serious personal conversations until the last minute.  Thank you for all of the times you  rescued me from my own bad habits when I really didn’t deserve it because I didn’t work and plan ahead.

Here are the specific things I always find myself putting off until they absolutely have to get done…

I confess my faults and offer my guilt, my stress and the loss of personal productivity to you, asking for your helping presence.

I pray that you will give me self-knowledge into the reasons and into the root causes of why I put things off.

Is it avoidance because of fear of failure, anxiety over whether I can do the job that keeps me from starting or finishing?

Is it that I am too easily distracted by things I really like doing?

Is it because I have been running on the false assumption that I work better under pressure?

Is there something else going on that you’d like to show me?

I ask that you give me a greater appreciation of the preciousness of time.  I thank you that you are the Lord of order, of creation and of history.  You have created seasons, months and days, sleep and wake, life and growth.  I am grateful that even though you live outside of time in eternity, you understand how I feel because your son Jesus had to make decisions and take action about what things he should make a priority.  Help me to define my priorities and then follow the example of how Jesus got up early before sunrise and went off to lonely places to pray because it was on his priority list and he knew if he put it off till later, it wouldn’t get done.  (see Mark 1:35)

I pray that you will guide me.  Please help me set good time priorities and stick with them.  Give me self discipline.  Empower me to ask others for help when I don’t know how to get started or how to finish up.   Give me confidence in my ability to do big tasks.  Help me to overcome the temptation to do other things that I’d rather be doing that are less important.  I know that you want me to live a healthy, productive life.  Help me learn how to break this habit.  Empower me in my weakness.  Bring me back when I stray.  Focus me.  Organize me.  Remind me.  Energize me.  Amen.

Love, Joy and Peace,  

Debra J. Ellis

Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters (and some brothers) in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us, for various reasons, participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the blog continues to grow!

The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord, both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.”  Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (djf52055@gmail.com), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog in Word Press: https://fastwednesdays.wordpress.com

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