Those Grace-Filled Days

Around my desk, I like to keep little faith reminders, post it quotes of inspiration and Scripture, cards, mementos, and photographs posted up in various spots where I can easily see them. Every day, they help shift my focus to something above the myriad of tasks, to do lists, and emails set before me. And this is good for someone like me who buries myself a little easily under the tasks at hand and loses sight of the overall goal and bigger purpose each day.
Today, I found my eyes wandering over to an old email printout I keep posted up near my computer screen. I have no idea who the author was, but whoever you are, thank you for this and for generously sharing it. It helps remind me to stay focused on the more important things and also reminds me to keep trusting God every second, every minute, every hour even on the days I don't want to.

I am far from perfect and believe me, there are days I could have lived better - but thankfully, every day is a new slate, filled with grace and new chances.

Happy Thursday, everyone!

  1. Pray.
  2. Go to bed on time.
  3. Get up on time so you can start the day un-rushed.
  4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
  5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
  6. Simplify and declutter your life.
  7. Less is more.
  8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
  9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
  10. Take one day at a time.
  11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.
  12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
  13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
  14. K.M.S. - Keep Mouth Shut. This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
  15. Do something for the kid in you everyday.
  16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
  17. Get enough rest.
  18. Eat right.
  19. Get organized so everything has its place.
  20. Listen to something while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
  21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
  22. Every day, find time to be alone.
  23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
  24. Make friends with Godly people.
  25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
  26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good 'Thank you, Jesus.'
  27. Laugh.
  28. Laugh some more.
  29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
  30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
  31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
  32. Sit on your ego.
  33. Talk less; listen more.
  34. Slow down.
  35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
  36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before. God has a way of turning things around for you.