See that coffee??
It's what I'm drinking......morning, late afternoon, and sometimes evening.
Because life is so darn crazy busy right now...........this week, this month, this school year. And I need to keep plugging away at work (kindergarten is very busy in the month of December!), and with my daughter's ballet schedule, and with small group leading, and time with husband, and shopping for gifts, and wrapping, and managing the house. Meanwhile...........
I need to take a blogging break for a bit...........probably just until the weekend............
After my small group discussion last evening (our chapter was about idols in place of God), I realized that I have many idols in my life right now: books, "me" time, blogging (although I really haven't done much of that at all!), social media (i.e. Facebook...the ultimate time waster), buying, wrapping, cooking, cleaning, decorating, hiking..........and the list goes on.
Oh yes. I read the Word each morning. And I read the Scriptures at night, or on my break at work. I fill my mind with worship songs from cds in the car, or the Christian radio stations. But.........
Am I spending quality time with my Savior?? I think not.
So, I'm putting aside scrolling down the infamous home page on FB, I'm saying NO to sending out 40+ Christmas cards, I am saying NO to baking a dozen different kinds of cookies, I'm saying NO to shopping for the needy school families (we are already doing this for church!), and I'm saying NO to certain social events or get togethers.
Rather, I'm saying Yes to spending more time alone with God..........whether it's on a walk, or just sitting near my Christmas tree.
I'm saying Yes to praying WITH my husband and daughters, rather than just FOR them.
I'm saying Yes to serving in the music ministry for Christmas Eve.........because it's basically just 3 rehearsals plus 3 services :)
I'm saying Yes to embracing the Reason for the Season (Corny as that may sound). I'm saying Yes to more quiet time because my soul needs it.
Social media is a great tool....but not at the expense of my spiritual walk with Christ. I won't go into it, but some of the stuff I see on there, even from Believers, brings up negative emotions or thoughts. And I don't want to fill my mind with those things.
I need to be intentional about the quality of time I spend for "quiet time"...for "prayer time".......and I need to get back to journaling that has some depth.
so..............good-bye for now but please know I will be back after this spiritual retreat (too bad I can't take a retreat from work!!)..........I'm looking forward to some productive evenings when it's just me and my Bible.
Have a blessed week everyone!!