Session 2

Are our priorities in the right place?

From Win at Home: A 14-Day Devotional

There are two great indicators about where someone’s priorities lie: their schedule and their budget. Money and time are both finite resources, so where we spend them says a lot about what matters to us.

When we make a budget, we’re doing more than setting aside money to pay bills. We’re deciding what matters to our families and designating our money accordingly. This why Jesus tells us to pay attention to where we spend our money. Because where our treasure is, there our hearts will be also (Matthew 6:21).

God gives us everything we need to do what He’s put in our hearts to do. When we say, “I can’t afford to,” often what we mean is, “I haven’t prioritized that.” But if we’ll align our budget with His plans for our lives, we’ll find we always have enough (Matthew 6:31-34).

The same is true of our time. We will run ourselves ragged saying yes take every opportunity that comes our way. God doesn’t want that for us (Matthew 11:28-30).

If you fill a bowl with sand then try to cram in a few big rocks, it won’t all fit. But, if you add put the big rocks in first then pour the sand on top, the sand will fill in the cracks and suddenly, everything fits.

In the same way, when we schedule the things God tells us are important first, and then fill the gaps, we’ll be surprised by how full our lives can be.

Romans 12:1-2 says, “Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life — and place it before God as an offering... Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking” (MSG).

When we align our priorities with God’s, our lives will look different. And that’s a good thing! It means our priorities are aligned with our heavenly Father’s priorities, and our lives are pointing people to Him.

Reflect:
  • Are you satisfied with how you are currently prioritizing your life? Why or why not?
  • What’s a step you can take today to better align your time and money with God’s plan for your life?








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Session 1

We don’t win at home alone

Have you ever had one of those days where everything that could go wrong, went wrong?If you’ve ever experienced tears of frustration and ...

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Session 2

Are our priorities in the right place?

There are two great indicators about where someone’s priorities lie: their schedule and their budget. Money and time are both finite reso...

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Session 3

Being present is more important than being perfect

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Session 4

God knows more about what your people need than you do

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Session 5

Are you putting off what you desperately need?

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Session 6

What changes when we trust God

The news bombards us with possible dangers, from phone scams to burglaries to hackers on social media. No matter our age or stage of life...

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Session 7

Is the Holy Spirit leading our hospitality?

In Luke 19:1-10, a tax collector wanted to see Jesus. He was too small to see over the crowds, so he climbed up a tree to get a better lo...

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Session 8

Generosity always wins the day

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Session 9

Be ready to give a reason for your hope

The word “evangelism” can be intimidating. We imagine knocking on doors or preaching on a soapbox on the streetcorner.But what if evangel...

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Session 10

If we want to win, we have to forgive

The assumption is that a good marriage is one where you always agree. A happy family is one where no one loses their temper or gets on an...

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Session 11

Why it’s important to reconcile, not just forgive and forget

Ever notice how the morning after a big fight nothing feels quite right? It doesn’t matter who you blew up at — your roommate, your spous...

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Session 12

The battle for your home is as much a battle for your mind

I don’t have what it takes to be a good parent.I doubt anyone would come to a group in my home.God can’t use me because of what I’ve done...

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Session 13

Winning often doesn’t look the way we think

Some wins don’t result in trophies or medals. Just ask the mom who had three hours of sleep, but still got everyone to school on time. Or...

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Session 14

When you win, so do those around you

We are taught that to win, someone has to lose. We see this in sports, business, and entertainment. One person’s victory is another’s def...

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