I am in danger every day of getting sucked into a vortex which succeeds in pulling me under and releases me hours later, numb and feeling less-than accomplished. This vortex has a couple of entry points: my laptop and my cell phone. And if I am not careful, I can ruin what could have been a productive day in my home (and in my business, this blog) simply by turning on the portal to this vortex: Facebook. Please, tell me I am not the only one! I know I can’t be!
Well I have decided I am taking back my time and my productivity from this fiendish Facebook! And I have a number of simple things I do to make myself more productive on Facebook in less time! Since I have a strong feeling I am not alone in the Facebook trap, I thought I would share with you how to be more productive on Facebook.
My name is Leah and I write about meaningful homemaking without fussiness at Simple.Home.Blessings. And I am NOT an expert on Facebook, but I have learned a lot about it because of my business. These tips are for those who consider themselves experts on Facebook and for those who haven’t quite figured it out yet. They are simple step-by-step strategies to get a hold of your time on Facebook.
We have been working our way through a series called, You DO have Time for Bible Study in the past few weeks. And I am almost ready to talk about the real deal stuff of doing Bible study. These past few posts have dealt with the logistics for starting a lifelong Bible study habit. And I have a post for you next week with a simple way to choose a worthy Bible study, but I feel a pressing on my heart to talk about today’s topic.
Last week I told you about picking a time for Bible study and praying for God’s protection of that time. I told you God will do tiny miracles in your life so you can sit at His feet and learn from His Word. And I know this to be true from experience. But today I want to talk about the language associated with a Christian’s time. I want to examine our language and decide if it can pass the very first test of Philippians 4:8: “whatever is true.”
I was over at a fellow mama’s house the other day. We have very similar families (eerily similar families). She is a wonderful mama to her kids and loves her husband just like she did when they got married. We have similar outlooks on lots of parenting questions. We both love the Lord. Truly, we are incredibly similar. And yet, as I was stepping out the door to leave, she said something to me I certainly didn’t agree with.
We were talking about Bible study. And she said she really loves to do Bible study and loves being involved in a good study with others, but she really doesn’t have the time to do a study at this season in her life.
It made me stop short. And I didn’t have anything to say for a moment.
Honestly, it is really hard to say these things, but these are the things I wish I had said in that moment.
Nobody does. And…
As I continued to think about this, I realized devotion to real Bible studies (not bite-sized “inspirations”, not Facebook-liking some Bible quote) is getting more and more rare in the business of our lives. We have Bible study on our list of to-dos, but it is at the bottom, almost an afterthought. We have convinced ourselves there is a season in which we will have the time to sit at the feet of Jesus and soak up the goodness of His words. And what’s more, we have convinced ourselves this season (whatever season we are in) is not it. Continue Reading
One of my favorite organizing blogs I Heart Organizing is challenging her readers to finally get organized in their lives, instead of putting it off…again! Each week for four weeks, she is focusing on ONE area of organization in our lives that will make a big impact, but that we have likely been putting off. And she wisely is starting with a more internal organizing challenge: time management. This is the one that almost everyone struggles with. And I am no exception! And though I am not really planning on working through her printable Time Management worksheets – not because they are not useful, but because I have already done them in the past and know what I should be doing with my time; I am planning on getting back on track with what I have already been feeling convicted lately of concerning my time.
A few weeks ago, I went to a conference (blog/business related) and the most major takeaway for me was this statement:
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Alright, let’s get real here:
Last week I was definitely, definitely in survival mode. I woke up Monday morning with a stiff neck and I just chalked it up to sleeping wrong. It continued throughout the day and by the end of the day, I couldn’t move my neck without big pain. I woke up Tuesday morning at 4:20 to get ready for Bible study and I still had the neck problem. Thankfully, I got through leading our discussion (and I could move my neck so I could write on the board!). But in the evening it got immensely worse and my entire neck and shoulder tightened up to the point where I could no longer move without intense pain. I couldn’t get comfortable and nothing I was doing was making it better. Continue Reading