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Some encouraging -and convicting- words from the pen of Elisabeth Elliot on the Discipline of Time:
"My times are in thy hand..." has become a part of my life. When the Lord has left me in agony of waiting over some decision, these words have put me a rest. His timing is always perfect, though it seldom seems to me, for my temperament longs for previews of coming attractions."
"There is always enough time to do the will of God. For that we can never say, "I don't have time." When we find ourselves frantic and frustrated, harried and harassed and "hassled," it is a sign that we are running on our own schedule, not on God's"
On our way too long to-do lists:
"But the lists must be reviewed daily with the Lord, asking Him to delete whatever is not on His list for us, so that before we go to bed it will be possible to say, "I have finished the work You gave me to do.""
Are you feeling frustrated and worried about your endless lists of things to accomplish and places to go? Maybe it will be a good idea to be reminded of these simple truths:
"Frustration is not the will of God. Of that we can be quite certain. There is time to do anything and everything that God wants us to do. Obedience fits smoothly into His given framework. One thing that most certainly will not fit into it is worry."
"Direct your time and energy into worry, and you will be deficient in things like singing with grace in your heart, praying with thanksgiving, listening to a child's account of his school day, inviting a lonely person to supper, sitting down to talk unhurriedly with wife or husband, writing a note to someone who needs it."
"People wish they had more leisure time. The problem is not too little of it, but too much of it poorly spent."
On our time spent with the Lord:
"Time management...begins for the Christian with time set aside for God. Other things cannot fall into a peaceful order if this is omitted."
All these quotes come from the book, Discipline: The Glad Surrender.