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Simplify Your Life: Time Wasters

We live in a day and age where we have so many conveniences. We don’t have to spend all day cooking and preparing in order to serve a warm supper. We don’t have to hunt and gather our food. We don’t have to go anywhere to fetch water. We don’t have to bring our clothes down to a water source to wash. The list goes on and on.

And at our fingertips, we have all the information we could ever need, plus lots we probably don’t even really want!

So then why, why oh why, do we all run around so busy declaring, “we just don’t have time!”

I recently asked my facebook readers what they thought the biggest thing is that eats up their time. The results were definitely in agreement, one of the biggest time wasters is the Intenet. (are you surprised? 😉 )

Why is that we live in a time in history that life is truly easier than any of our ancestors, yet we all run around being busy and wishing for more hours in the day?

With the ease of life these days we should have more time, not less. Therefore, I conclude that we are spending, or perhaps, “wasting” time in all the wrong places.

Clearly, one of the biggest time wasters these days is the Internet. At any moment of the day, we can see what all of our friends and family (plus perhaps that girl from math class in high school ) are doing. We can see pictures of their children, what they are eating for lunch, and where they are going on vacation. Now don’t get me wrong. I love the Internet! It connects me with so many people that I would not be in contact otherwise. I work on the Internet! It has opened doors in my life beyond my imagination. I don’t want to live without it and the truth is I don’t have to.

The problem doesn’t lie within the Internet itself. It is purely a matter of being a good steward of our time.

Would you spend hours in a coffee shop knowing you had other things to do? Or hours watching TV in front of your children? I’m guessing not. So then why does it seem we can be on the Internet for so much time each day? Or worse, while we should be tending to our families, home, etc.

We are all only allotted 24 hours in each day. Same as it’s always been. Our ancestors had the same amount of time. (Doing all those things I listed above mind you.)

So, what we do with our time matters. As someone who works on the Internet, I know the struggle. It’s real. The articles call you. The Instagram feed is entertaining. The facebook page gives us an escape from reality. And because it is so easily accessible, it almost is more difficult to resist. 

But I have a solution I think anyone can benefit from.

Set hours to be online (or minutes.) I set time for myself before school time (after my personal Bible time, and NEVER before.) I try to be strict with this. My biggest downfall can be the alerts on my phone. I am a work in progress and know that I need to turn those off. Just keeping it real here.

Let’s hold ourselves accountable. Find a friend that can truly hold you accountable if they see you on the Internet at times other than those you have set for yourself. Find friends you can trust. We all need each other to help us and not condemn us!

Schedule your Internet time like anything else. Set a time limit and stick to it.

These things sound so easy, but yet many of us still have may have an issue. This is where we move from being good stewards of our time to practicing self-control. 

Self-control is a fruit of the spirit, so if we are lacking in this area, then our spirit may need tending to. If we truly can’t stay within the boundaries set for the Internet, then we need to go to the Word, pray, and spend even more time with the Lord. 

 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

Once we are controlled by the Sprit, we desire the things of this world less. We are also able to practice self-control when we are filled with His truths. So if we say we just “can’t” control our time wasters, it may be time to evaluate your spirit and fill your mind with truths instead of time wasted on the Internet.

 

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Looking Through the Lens of Jesus: Simplify So You Can See More Clearly

Recently I had an eye exam because my reading glasses weren’t really helping that much anymore. I noticed that things looked fuzzier when I was reading or if I was using the computer. The eye doctor said it was the usual vision changes that come from aging (sigh) and wrote me a prescription for stronger lenses. 

I noticed when she was doing the eye exam just how blurry things had been.  First, she examined me using my current prescription and then added a different lens.

“How’s that?” she asked.

Suddenly, everything was so much clearer. I hadn’t realized just how bad the problem was until she added those new lenses. 

Our life is just like that. We sort of get used to the daily living and don’t realize how much we aren’t seeing clearly, until it gets bad enough for us to question it.

When we start to get rid of distractions in our life, whether it is physical or mental clutter, we start to see so much more clearly. Our vision becomes sharper. All of a sudden we can focus again–on things that matter.

The Bible is like those prescription lenses. When I look through the lens of Jesus, everything changes. What I thought was clear, really wasn’t. It becomes so much clearer when I fill my mind with His Word! When I look at everything through the lens of the Bible, the rest of the world and the things I thought were so important, sort of fade into the background.

And Jesus becomes my focus.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Oh, to know that truth and hold tightly to it. The more we look to Him, the less we seek after the things of this world.

That is my purpose in living a more simple life. It is not merely just to live with less, but it is to live with more Jesus.

Won’t you join me on this journey to seek Him wholeheartedly? To live more simply, so we can clearly see? To let Him fill our every need. To find contentment in Him alone.

Let’s turn our eyes upon Jesus.

 

The theme for our Simply Living for Him summer retreat is Turn You Eyes Upon Jesus and we will spend time focusing on Him alone. We will learn to seek His face so the things of this world will naturally fade away. 

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Spring Cleaning Hearts and Home Series: Simple Homemade Cleaners: Purify Hearts and Home

Simple Homemade Cleaners

 

Welcome to my Spring Cleaning Hearts and Home Series! For the next several weeks I will have special blog posts, videos, and podcast episodes related to this topic. Be sure to subscribe here and stay updated!

Spring Cleaning Our Homes

I have used vinegar and water to clean for years. It’s super cheap, non-toxic, and naturally cleans. I use it in a spray bottle mixed with water and sometimes a few drops of essential oils (lemon or thieves) and I am good to go.

I use this mixture for my countertops, sink, kitchen appliances, windows, and floors. I love it!

I also use it on the bathroom sink and counter and for daily spraying down the shower and toilet. I use a traditional cleaner in the bathroom every so often (maybe weekly) but for daily use, I spray everything down with my good ol‘ spray bottle of vinegar and water!

I also use this as a dusting spray. I don’t have many pieces of furniture or knick knacks, but this works well when sprayed on a rag for dusting.

As I prepare to get my house in order and do some Spring cleaning, I am making sure to have plenty of this cleaner on hand. It is extremely inexpensive and really works. My Spring cleaning involves putting screens back in windows, cleaning inside and outside of all windows, slider doors, etc., and this does a fantastic job.

Vinegar and Water Homemade Cleaner

Mix half water and half white vinegar in spray bottle. Add a few drops of essential oils for extra cleaning power and fragrance! (lemon, lavender, thieves, etc.)

TIP: I buy the large gallon of vinegar at Sams Club for about $2 a bottle and it lasts me awhile.

Spring Cleaning Our Hearts

Anyone who has followed me awhile knows that simple living is about so much more than just decluttering and getting rid of stuff. I truly believe when we accumulate stuff it is often a  heart issue, and being able to live with less often takes an evaluation of our hearts. So I will always try and relate simplifying beyond the externals. (Read about the remedy to clutter and chaos here. Or visit my YouTube channel and watch my workshop: The Remedy to Clutter and Chaos).

Preparing to Spring Clean our homes is a good time to also refresh our hearts and evaluate our spiritual life.

As I was preparing the post, my mind turned to how does this relate to our hearts? I realized very quickly, it relates quite the same! I try to use as little chemicals and junk as possible when cleaning because of the effects that it can have on us physically, so when evaluating “cleaning” our hearts and getting rid of the clutter that may fill up our minds, keep in mind that we should use the best, most efficient, non-toxic cleaner there is. And you know what that is…The Bible! 

So quickly we can junk up our minds with toxic thoughts and our hearts with junk. Let’s vow this spring to stay fixed on His pure thoughts and His pure words. Let’s keep it simple by going to His Word before any other thought. Let’s pore over His Word more than ever and get our spirit renewed and refreshed. No extra fancy or junk “chemicals” needed. Just His pure words overflowing in our hearts and minds.

The best way to purify ourselves is to remind us of His truths. God’s promises and His Word can truly cleanse us from the inside out.

What are your simple tips for Spring Cleaning? Are you preparing your heart as much as your home?
Share below!

For other posts in this series click here—>SPRING CLEANING SERIES

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