by Patti Brown
While we’ve been focused on planning this month, it’s important to remember that all the planning in the world is of no use unless you actually implement it!
Following through with my plans has been a major issue for me. You see, while I am by nature a detail-oriented person, and can juggle a large amount of minutiae and responsibilities, I am absolutely terrible at keeping track of time. And not getting things done when they need to be done makes my detail management abilities pretty much useless.
Because I have so much trouble being aware of the passage of time, I have come to rely heavily on the alarms on my phone. I often set alarms to remind me of small, one-time tasks – like moving the laundry to the dryer, or stirring a pot.
But most important are the alarms I have set to go off every single day. Wake up, check in with my HelloMornings group, cook breakfast for the family, eat… all of these are alarms that go off every day to help keep me on track.
Now here’s a confession: I don’t always want to do what I need to do, when I need to do it. Anyone else? So when those alarms go off, it is mighty easy for me to just turn them off and continue on with my day.
At a friend’s suggestion, I decided to tap into the power of persuasion… from the Word of God. To each alarm, I have added an associated scripture.
Here are some typical activities from my day, and scriptures that complement them:
- Wake up:
“Joy comes with the morning!” Psalm 30:5
- Bible time:
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
- HelloMornings Check In:
“not neglecting to meet together… but encouraging one another” Hebrews 10:25
- Planning time:
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3
“She girds herself with strength and makes her arms strong.” Proverbs 31:17
- Wake kids, start breakfast:
“She rises also while it is still night and gives food to her household.” Proverbs 31:15
- Eat breakfast:
“Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” John 21:12
“She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:26
“..whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
- Clean up time:
“She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Proverbs 31:27
“Give us this day our daily bread,” Matthew 6:11
- Bed time:
“It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.” Psalm 127:2
I’ll confess I do still ignore those alarms sometimes and just keep doing what I want to do. But the scriptures definitely make this less frequent. Progress, not perfection, right?
I have assigned certain alarms a special ringtone so that I can recognize them by sound. My children helped me select the ringtone for “Clean Up Time” so that as soon as it goes off, they already know what I am going to say. Just a sneaky mama trick.
Put your technology to work for you – you just might find HelloPlanning goes more smoothly!
Do you have other regular activities for which you’d like to create a scripture alarm, besides those listed above? Leave a comment and I’ll bet we can come up with a scripture for you!