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Unwired Challenge

Ok.

Seriously.  I just found out about this but I’m so in. 

Living unplugged is a challenge I’d love to take on but given what I do it’s impossible.  I do spend a lot of time on writing and editing pictures. I also manage several pages on facebook.  Unplugging completely wouldn’t work for me.

Being intentional as to when I’m wired in is doable.

I’d love for you to join in the challenge.  It’s two weeks and I’m excited about it!  

All of the details are here.  Hop over and check it out. 

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Through ALL things {Into the Word Wednesday}

A few months ago I felt like the world around me was caving in.

I tried counting my blessings.  I tried just powering through everything. 

The truth is I didn’t really have anything to complain about other than the sheer amount of work I was doing.  No one in the family was ill.  Nothing catastrophic was happening. 

In my head though I wasn’t keeping up.  My mind and body were in shut down mode. I didn’t want to do anything. I was ready to quit everything and start from scratch. 

With another semester until hubby’s graduation, quitting was impossible. 

Then I heard this…

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Oh!  Through ALL things.  ALL things.

I was still very happy being a wife and a mom.  I simply wasn’t happy with the amount of work I had to do. 

Then I did the unthinkable. 

I volunteered my time.  Time I already felt I didn’t have. 

Volunteering.  Giving time away. 

With money tighter than ever (like when we were newlyweds and broker than broke), it seemed almost silly. I could be using that time to work more hours, clean my house more, relax even.  

The co-founder of the organization was overwhelmed when I met her.  A large group of us showed precisely when she needed us.  She had a lot of promises from a lot of people.  People I went though orientation with that fell off the face of the planet shortly after the meeting.

I’m not saying that volunteering solved my grumpiness but it certainly did put things in perspective. 

I was needed and it wasn’t ‘work.’  Well, I was still working but somehow it didn’t feel like work.  It felt like serving.  It was serving.  It was an example to my kids that it’s not always about the money.  I’ve explained to the oldest and even had him help out.

I feel I was led there.  I had thought about it for a few years and at a time when I thought I couldn’t handle another plate in the air…it all came together flawlessly. 

I started doing something new that I’m very passionate about at a time when I already felt overwhelmed. 

He can do amazing things.  By listening and doing as I was led, He filled my life in a new and amazing way!

Are you feeling a tug in a direction you are unsure of?  My advice?  Listen and follow!!  <—–  tweet

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Forced to unplug {Into the Word Wednesday}

I actually love these times.

This week I was forced to unplug.  The house where I was working didn’t have internet.  What?!?  Yes, you read that correctly.

Therefore my normal blogging / internet time was shut down.  Completely shut down!

I could have been angry and frustrated (which normally I probably would have been).  Instead I chose to embrace it as a blessing.  I felt peaceful even though I wasn’t getting anything done. Or so I thought.

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

– 2 Corinthians 1:2

Although I had so many things I needed to get done, it was nice.  I had my trusty Kindle so I could actually start reading one of the 412 books I have waiting for me.

The main one being my amazing Bible app which I had kinda, sorta forgotten all about.  Yikes!  That’s not good.

I played a little solitaire since I couldn’t play Words with Friends due to no connection.  It was peaceful.  It was serene.

I love that He knows exactly what I need when I need it. 

I needed the break.  I wouldn’t have taken it because it’s not in my personality to allow things to sit.  If there is something to do, I need to get it done.  No procrastination.  No delay.  It has to happen now so I can get satisfaction from crossing it off my forever-long to-do list. 

That isn’t always His plan. I need to remember that. 

Does anyone else need a huge kick in the butt to take a break? 

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Forced To Obey {Into the Word Wednesday}

So, if you follow along you know that the blog has been down for about two weeks.  It was mostly my fault for trying to correct something that I had no idea how to fix.  It’s all fixed up now and I’m back in the game.

At the moment I realized everything was gone, I almost panicked.  I was concerned about the numbers, followers, and most of all letting people down.  I link up with some other bloggers on a weekly basis.  I hated not being there to support and join in with them.

Then within about ten minutes I realized it was out of my control.  Once I calmed down and accepted that this had happened, I realized something.

I had been pushing, pushing, pushing.  I’ve been so busy lately with the kids, school, both jobs, the blog, photography, and a few other projects I’m working on.

The night the blog went down it all hit me.

It was time to slow down.  I’ve been stretched too thin and for far too long.

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I had been thinking I was doing too much for a while.  Yet, when each opportunity presented itself, I pushed on.  I continued to do what I thought was best rather than paying attention to what was being asked of me. 

Then a few days after the blog went down, it hit me.  This is my cue to make a change.  Actually it was less of a cue and more of a smack in the face and I needed it.  I was being forced to obey and it was exactly what I needed.

In the past two weeks this has happened:

  • I’ve rearranged my schedule at my part time day job.  I made the decision that I could do the days/times that worked for me and if I wasn’t needed in the management position then so be it.  Well, I’m still there because they don’t want to lose me and have the schedule I need to make my life work.  
  • I’ve picked up a few extra days at the night job here and there which will help pay for a few upcoming vacations. 
  • I’ve instituted ‘family Thursday’ which is our one full day per week that we will utilize for activities such as the zoo, museum, parks, or anything else that we feel like doing. 
  • I’ve gotten organized when it comes to blogging.  I remembered that I started this for me.  If I don’t feel like blogging multiple times per week to keep up with the professionals, then I won’t.  I’m not getting caught up in the numbers when I’m still so new to this. 
  • I’ve been more intentional with my family time.  It’s sacred and I’m not willing to give it up for a few extra dollars.  It’s not worth it.  I won’t get these years back and the kids almost seem to have grown several years over the past few weeks. 
  • I’ve become less stressed and more relaxed.  I’ve been able to enjoy my time off instead of dreading the next time I had to be at work.

Won’t you join me in taking a step back so we can hear what we are being asked to do? 

This life we are living needs to be the best one because it’s the only one.  It took the blog meltdown to catch my attention.  Oh, there were other signs but this one was out of my control because I could not fix it on my own. 

What has it taken for you to realize you weren’t being obedient? 

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Why We Shouldn’t Keep Score {Matrimonial Monday}

I talked just a few weeks ago about making sure our husbands have time to spend with their friends.

When I say making sure, I don’t mean forcing it if he doesn’t want to or even scheduling it for him.  I mean not grumbling about it.  He shouldn’t feel bad about spending some time with friends.

I strongly believe they shouldn’t owe us something in return.

Let me ask you this.  Do you keep score in your marriage?

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I’ve experienced a few conversations with women that expect this exact thing. 

Let’s say your husband spends four hours at a baseball game with a friend.  Do you expect him to provide you with four hours of free time (outside the house, no kids)? 

I personally think this type of score keeping can lead to no good in a marriage. 

Let’s say I tallied up the number of hours my husband spent with his friends in a month.  Then took a look at how much time I spend that month. I see that he has spent four hours at a ball game, 3 hours golfing with his dad, 8 hours at guys night, and on, and on. 

Then I see that my list consists of a few trips to the grocery store by myself.

I’d slowly start to resent that I’m not receiving as much me time.  I’d start grumbling each time he has new plans.  I could make it an argument each time there is something he wants to do. 

You might be asking ‘who does this?’ 

Keeping an actual written tally?  Probably no one. 

Keeping a mental tally?  I think a lot of people do this.  Husbands and wives. 

If your husband has a few more opportunities than you do in a month, consider it a seed.  It’s a seed sown into your marriage.  It will come back to you.  It might not be now but in time your gracious and generous attitude will be rewarded. 

Next time, try to remember that your husband will come back renewed, relaxed, and less stressed.  This is good for all!  He’ll be more attentive and appreciative.  He’ll be more helpful with the kids. 

Most of all, he’ll realize he has the most wonderful wife in the world! 

Now, show of hands…

Who doesn’t want to be the world’s most wonderful wife?!? 

 

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