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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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Clear the Clutter in Your Homeschool • Podcast Ep 42

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 Hearts and Home:

Clear the Clutter in Your Homeschool

 

It’s that time of year. We are spring cleaning our homes and definitely our homeschools. How many of us vow every spring, while looking back at a no-so-stellar year, that next year will be different? Next year will be the year where you get it right and have the best curriculum and the best schedule?

We all do.

Truth is, right now is all we have. So, let’s talk about how we can clear the clutter in our homeschools (physical and mental) and make the most of every moment. From books to supplies, to endless piles of stuff, let’s get in there and clear the clutter. I am sharing all about how we keep homeschool clutter to a minimum, how to know what “stuff” to keep and what to purge, and most importantly, how to focus on what matters most. The more we seek Jesus, the less stuff we find we need cluttering up our homeschool and our life.

 

 

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Cleaning Up For Company?

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!

Say the word, “friends coming over,” and I’ve been known to get my house in tip-top shape. I remember years ago, early on in my home keeping years, that was the motivation for many house projects.

It all started when we moved into our first home a month prior to my daughter’s 1st birthday. If that doesn’t get you unpacking quickly and working on projects, then I don’t know what will 😉 I remember that month we were in full blown decorating and project mode to prepare for our first party in our new home. The trouble is, looking back I realize my focus was on how things looked (or perhaps impressing my guests) rather than who was visiting my home.

As the years went on, I remember we’d have a playgroup weekly in our home or family gatherings, or Bible studies. It always seemed to be the motivator to make my house “look” just right. I remember many last minute trips to Home Goods because I wanted things just so.

Sigh.

I look back at those times and realize how wrong my mindset was. Cleaning up for company is not a life I want to live. 

I want to show my family that we always should strive for order and neatness and not just when company is coming. Furthermore, decorating binges on the eve of family gathering, so everything looks picture perfect, is really just putting up a facade.

I want my life to be real and authentic. I want my home to show its imperfections if need be, because the truth is I am not a decorator (nor do I really want to be. 😉 ) I don’t want the illusion that I have it all together when the truth is if you open a closet, things are falling apart.

I now live with the mindset that my home should look and feel comfortable for the people who live here everyday and not just for those visiting. I make it a point to pick up throughout the day, out of respect for those who live here. Sometimes I even try to set the table special at dinner with the good cloth napkins and matching plates and glasses, even if I don’t have to, just because going that extra step makes those who live here know they are worth the extra effort.

I also know that days come when I can’t keep up with the piles, or the dishes sit in the sink, or the laundry is not put away, or we’ve eaten on paper plates in the living room, and frankly, if someone stops by, so be it. This is real life. I don’t want to put up a facade in my home or in my life. I believe whole heartedly in being 100% real with all those I come in contact with. Even if it means someone stops over and I haven’t cleared the dust bunnies.

Cleaning up for company is not a way of life. I am much more relaxed when I do little jobs often, rather than one big cleaning job weekly. The house is presentable at all times, and it also tells my family that we respect our home and I respect them.

Do you find you clean up for company more than for those who live in your home? Choose today to change your mindset. Stay on top of little tasks, and let those who live in your home know they are just as important as comany.

And next time you you have a big gathering, focus on how people feel in your home, rather than how it looks. People and relationships over stuff wins every time.

People and relationships over stuff, win every time.

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

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