The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent~Part 2

I gave up all social media for Lent so I can focus on my relationship with God and my family as well as make some remarkable changes in my life.

Read about it here

As you may recall, I wrote out my thoughts and priorities so I can keep track of the changes I wanted to make and the things I wanted to concentrate on.

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent (Click Here to Read!)

Here goes:  MY RESULTS

Priority #1 ~ God

Spend time seeking God and knowing Him better.  My relationship with God has been a priority since forever but I wanted to take it a step deeper during Lent.

Life gets busy and hectic and my focus sometimes gets blurred.  So I wanted my emphasis to be on Jesus Christ.  Since I felt a strong leading to change some things in my life, mainly strengthening my walk with the Lord, it seems like that was when turmoil decided to abound the most in my life.  Major issues significant enough to derail me.  It was the classic case of Murphy’s Law or “don’t get too comfortable and rely on your own strength” ~ which ever the case may be.

While my world seemed to crumble around me,  I battled with keeping my eyes on the Lord.  I almost quit writing.  I wanted to quit a lot of things. But I figured that expecting life to be roses and rainbows as a requirement for writing blogs was a bit unrealistic.

So here I am ~ surviving another day and telling about it.  I thought about giving up on these goals but I imagined that “giving up” and not trying to make these changes in my life would prove disappointing.  So I kept at it.  I also considered this to be a growing and strengthening process that I needed to go through so there will be exceptional changes in my life that draw me closer to God in the process.

I can’t control life but I can TRUST THE ONE WHO DOES!  

And that’s exactly what I did.

  1.  I read my bible every day.
  2.  I meditated on His Word.
  3.  I prayed without ceasing.
  4.  At night I would recite every verse I could remember.

Priority #2 ~ Study Habits

I wanted plenty of time to study and create homeschool curriculum.  This was entertaining for me to do and I was successful.  I was able to study what my children were going to learn, make curriculum, study guides, and  I enjoyed spending time with and teaching our children.  This isn’t something “new” I wanted to do because this is my life.  My responsibility.  What I’ve been doing for more than 18 years already.  But I don’t like feeling rushed.  I want to make sure I continue to be consistent in making plenty of time for this important and fun job.

Priority #3 ~ Healthy Attitudes

This was a little trickier.  We found ourselves tackling some attitude problems with a couple of our youngsters.  This frazzled me more than anything else but we had important break throughs with all situations and children involved.  The issues we faced were unrelated to each other but were serious and needed attention.  Thankfully, we were able to battle through with prayer, consistency and pure diligence, and we found success.  Moving a bedtime earlier…much earlier, really helped in one situation and just being there and caring over and over again, helped too.  WHEW!  The one thing that made the biggest difference than anything we could possibly do was to make sure we had a positive attitude ourselves.  As parents, we needed to show love and patience along with diligence and faithfulness.  Practice makes patience.  And practice patience, we did ~ with God’s help.  God used this situation to change me.  And I’m so glad He did.

Priority #4 ~ T1D

This is an ongoing commitment to the life and health of our youngest.  If you know someone with Type 1 Diabetes, you know the constant effort it takes to manage the blood sugar.  I write a little about it in two of my blogs:

The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent and How To Be A Perfect Mom

Priority #5 ~ Losing weight

The Whole30 Diet.  I write about it in my blogs titled:

4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life and The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent.

Although I completed the diet successfully and lost 25 pounds, it was a bit more of a distraction than what I needed during this time.  I’m glad I did it ~ as I learned that I can keep the weight off and stay healthy by making good choices everyday.  I have a lot of good eating habits but the bad habits that I also have seem to lead to my increase in weight each year.

Priority #6 ~ Declutter

This is a really big deal for me.  You can read my story in my previous blog.  I took the plunge and radically got rid of a lot of my clutter.  This was an extraordinary change for me because I have spent most of my life extremely attached to my stuff.  I finally got sick of constantly cleaning and never having a clean house.  I was also fed up with not ever being able to find anything.  I have so much more important things to do than to spend my days cleaning and looking for things.  I tackled this pretty quickly and purged my entire house in about two weeks time.  Just in time for the storm of the year to hit our household.  It helped me to be able to focus on the problems that surfaced without losing control of our household chores.  I could neglect my cleaning duties and still have a clean house. And I’ve been smacking my head ever since.

I started with under my bathroom sink to get used to the idea of removing stuff from our house.  I figured that it shouldn’t be too traumatic for me since I’m not attached to anything under my bathroom sink.  Then I tackled my hot spots on my counters, dressers, and desk.  After this I went from room to room and worked quickly to clean out our desk drawers, cupboards, and any other drawer we have in our living room and kitchen. The kids worked on their own rooms and I pretty much let them do their own thing.  They’re not the “hoarders” in our home ~ that would be me ~ so I let them do what they wanted.

The last thing I did was purge our closet, our dressers and under our bed. This is where I store all of our school books and all of our other important stuff.  Books that I’ve bought and collected over the last 18+ years of homeschooling.  I was brutal and relentless but since I already did everything else in the house, I had momentum and did a great job (if I don’t say so myself haha!)  I was so proud that I even got rid of school books that I know I won’t be using again.  I made a huge dent and our room and closet look amazing.  And we have zero school books under the bed.  I won’t throw myself under the bus to tell you what under the bed looked like but there’s nothing there now!

2 things:

~ MY HOUSE IS ALWAYS CLEAN AND IF IT HAPPENS TO BE A DISASTER, IT ONLY TAKES AN HOUR TOPS TO GET IT CLEAN!

~ SO FAR, I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FIND THE STUFF I NEED!  

Sorry about the yelling.  This was the best thing I’ve done by far!  It’s so worth it.  And it only took me 2 weeks (10 hours.)  I kept moving, gained momentum and made it a priority.  I was determined to get this done and it paid off.  It keeps paying off.

Conclusion ~

I have to admit that this was a bit much to take on all at once.  I got rid of some distractions only to replace them with others.  These were very important areas for me to change and I’m glad that I did them ~ but still distracting.  We had a few mishaps that threatened our home that were unexpected ~ stuff that I didn’t mention at all here.  Things that are considered high stress and that I would consider attacks on our family.  It’s like everything hit all at once.  Keeping my focus on God and purging and cleaning my house before any of these things hit really helped so so so much!  Losing 25 pounds didn’t hurt my feelings either.

It was incredible for me to make hard changes so quickly.  One thing I haven’t talked about that has drastically changed me was taking a break from all social media.  During this time, my blogs were a little more passionate than I had planned so I ended up posting them on all my social media sites even though I originally wasn’t going to do this.  But I was able to do so without wasting time ~ mostly.

WHAT I LEARNED:  I learned that social media isn’t important in my life *GASP* (Did I just say that out loud?!)  Without even realizing it ~ I had Facebook as a significant part of my life which was taking away from the best part of my life ~ God and my family!

My priority is my family and nothing should take me away from them.  I’m not shaming Facebook or social media, or even going to quit these things completely ~ all I’m saying is that in my life, I stepped away for a time, and decided to be more intentional with how I spend my time online.  I realize that I get too distracted too often to make social media a priority.

So long, Distractions!

Read part one of this blog:  The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent


Thank you so much for walking this journey with me.  It’s not what I was expecting but I’m glad I did it.  Please share your story.  I’d love to hear from you.

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The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent

I technically gave it up the Sunday before lent and stopped Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In stalking and posting.  A well needed break from the distraction of all these sites were essential as I was knee-deep, no, drowning in my responsibilities at home.  There had to be a way for me to stay on top of my life without feeling like I was in survival mode all the time.  This list sounds more like a new year’s resolution but since lent was just around the corner, I decided to use that as a timeline to get my life back on track.

In addition, writing this blog has been a dream of mine for sometime and it’s a blast for me to stay on top of my articles.  But I didn’t want my weekly post to become a stress for me and my family.  So I took a break from that too.  (Well ~ sort of ~ still wrote ~ just wrote differently to make it easier.)

So what will happen when I unplug and take a break?  Will I figure out my life?  Why am I treading water at this time in my existence anyway?  There are times when life’s challenges launch me into survival mode but I shouldn’t be feeling like that all the time.  Definitely time for me to be on my knees in prayer.  Here’s a peek inside my thoughts to see if I can determine the cause of my chaos and find the secret to successful living.

~ Reflection ~

Priority #1:  I have a lot on my plate and I want to make sure my focus stays on God no matter what season I am in life or what I have going on.  An important priority for me is to put God first.  Focus on God, spend time with Him, read the bible, pray without ceasing and listen!  This is my number one priority.  God can help me and lead me in these changes I’m desperate to make right now.

Seek first the kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and He will give you everything you need.  Matthew 6:33

Priority #2:  From my homeschooling perspective, life is a piece of cake (comparatively speaking, of course.)  I’ve had my fill of homeschooling two in high school, two elementary, while having a baby, at the same time as teaching four ballet classes in our home and one class at our homeschool group.  Now that I only have 3 homeschooling children which makes teaching less demanding, my homeschooling challenge at the moment is to make sure I have plenty of time to study and make curriculum for my kids. Tons of fun but takes awhile to complete ~ so definitely a priority for me.

Priority #3:  Time consuming attitude issues are a concern in the kid sector right now so I’m needing to be creative and clever with “out-stubborning” my offspring.  (You know it’s rough when one uses “stubborn” as a verb!)  I feel like my creative juices are lacking in the “young human problem solving” department.  I should be a pro by now with all my kid raising experience (HAHA!) but no ~ I am at a loss.  Love, consistency and trust in the Lord is all I have to offer the dilemma currently taking over our household.  This is both time consuming and exhausting.  As we continue to work on this, we’re already seeing some improvement.  See what a little love, focus, diligence, consistency and a lot of prayer can accomplish?  Goodbye distractions!  I’ve got important work to do!

Priority #4:  Another time consuming struggle is managing our 6-year old’s diabetes (well, I guess he’s 7 now, having a birthday after writing this). It’s like trying to manage body temperature if the body is broken and won’t regulate the temperature anymore.  Giving medicine to prevent it from going too high and treating it if it goes too low.  And having to take into account, the weather, temperature, what their wearing, and how they’re feeling before calculating the medicine, plus constantly taking their temperature to make sure it’s in the safe zone 24/7.  That’s how it is with taking care of Type 1 Diabetes except it is managing his blood sugar. Checking blood sugars, calculating carbs, figuring out insulin dose, giving insulin shots, treating low blood sugar, inserting his sensor, and doctor appointments are a constant for us ~ 24/7.  It’s hard but we’re getting the hang of it and managing it well.  This will always be a huge part of our lives and a massive priority to stay on top of it correctly. Thankfully, we have our whole family taking part in handling this including our 7-year old who is a master at keeping an eye on his blood sugar and detecting lows before his Dexcom sensor does.

Priority #5:  I also decided to do the Whole30 diet from March 1- 30.  I did this diet last year and felt amazing. (Read about it here.)  My main objective is to lose the 25 pounds I keep gaining.  I’m not really feeling enthusiastic about doing this diet because that’s a long time to neglect my chocolate addiction. But that extra 25 pound thing is really pestering me so I’m going to suffer  push through it.

Last But Not Least ~ Priority #6: Probably the biggest obstacle in my life right now that has been an ongoing relentless process for years is ~ PURGING.  My problem is that although I have taken decluttering more seriously recently than I have in long time, I still struggle with trying to organize my mess instead of doing a significant amount of clearing out my stuff.  About 3/4 of our belongings are being stored ~ unused ~ which makes it nearly impossible to find the 1/4 of the things we use most of the time because of the clutter.  But where do I start and what do I do?

I have serious difficulty with getting rid of things.  I can talk myself into keeping anything better than a young child with his blankie.  I’m an expert with over 40 years of experience in justifying my junk.  I’m surprised I’m not a hoarder.  (Well~ Actually ~ I am secretly and it’s hidden in the depths of my closet and in each cupboard which continuously spills into the rest of our home.)

When it comes to true purging to make my life easier ~ I hit a brick wall every time.  I end up cleaning and organizing but it’s not making my workload lighter in the long-run because the stuff is still there.  So purging is a necessity and overcoming my mental block is a must.

I’ve challenged myself to purge, get rid of, clear out, clean up ~ whatever it takes ~ before Easter!  I’m the only “hoarder” in my home so I don’t have to worry about any meltdowns from my family.  ONLY ME!

 


~ Conclusion ~

Priority #1 ~ Spend time seeking God and knowing Him better.
Priority #2 ~ Making sure I have plenty of time for creating homeschooling curriculum.
Priority #3 ~ Promote positive attitudes in our home.
Priority #4 ~ Stay ahead of diabetes.  This life-threatening matter is an urgent priority that will be a part of our lives forever!
Priority #5 ~ Stick with the whole30 diet for 30 days so I will lose 25 pounds.  (Chocolate will be waiting for me when I’m finished ~ with boundaries, of course!)
Priority #6 ~ P U R G E & O R G A N I Z E our home.

Finally:  I will reveal my progress in each of these areas next week.  So~ how did I do?  What did I learn?  What did I accomplish?  Am I still treading water, sailing or somewhere in between?  Do I have time for the important things in my life?  Did I diminish in size or did chocolate distract me from completing my diet? What about my clutter?  Whew! I’m tired just writing this!  I’ll let you know how it all went next week.  Stay tuned!


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4 Negative Emotions Moms Should Avoid

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4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Change Your Life

4 Things to Remember When Things Don’t Go As Planned

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Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 2)

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The Power of His Resurrection

The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, He will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Romans 8:11


Happy Good Friday!  I pray blessings for you this weekend as you celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

I will be returning to my regular blog writing next Friday.  During this season of lent, I gave up a lot and made some changes in my life.  It’s strange that as soon as I started these things ~ drama and chaos happened.  Perhaps it was a spiritual attack or maybe it was just life but I’m thankful things have simmered down a bit, for now.  I don’t want to give anything away but in the next couple of weeks, I will be writing about what I did and what happened during lent.


All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by His great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation and we have a priceless inheritance.  1 Peter 1:3-4


ALSO:  Some exciting news regarding our youngest ~ who also turned seven years old yesterday (April 13) ~ on Easter morning at church ~ he is going to be baptized.  He is the youngest of 5 and the last one to obey the Lord by publicly acknowledging his trust in Christ as his Savior.  Our four older children were also baptized on Easter ~ 9 years ago!  How awesome is that?!


Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because He raised Christ from the dead and gave Him great glory. 1 Peter 1:21

In the spirit of Easter, I thought I would write a devotional on the power of His resurrection.  Jesus is the reason for life and the reason we have eternal life.  His resurrection is the greatest event in history.  Having lived a perfect life ~ Jesus ~ the Son of God ~ came to die for the sins of the world.  Throughout His life, He claimed to be the Son of God, which is why the religious leaders sought to put Him to death.  They didn’t realize that they were helping Him fulfill God’s purpose, not stop Him.  He was raised from the dead which is proof that He truly is the Son of God.  Not only did He come back to life but it was prophesied that He would do so.

If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  Romans 10:9

His resurrection is evidence that everything He said is true.  He lived a sinless life, died and paid the penalty of sin.  God is satisfied and accepted the sacrifices of the cross as payment for our trespasses.  Anyone who believes and receives this gift will have eternal life and a fulfilling life that comes with having a relationship with God.

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.  John 14:6

After salvation, we now have the Holy Spirit living in us and we are made alive.  Able to enjoy a relationship with God and serve Him, we can spread the Gospel to those around us.  The promises and blessings of God are for us.

I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead. I want to suffer with Him, sharing in His death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead.  Philippians 3:10-11

The Old Testament Law was given to point people to Christ because no one could obey the law perfectly.  When Jesus came He didn’t get rid of the law but fulfilled it (Matthew 5:17). He raised the bar for obedience which isn’t bad for us because He is the One working in our lives.  Have faith and rely on God to complete the work He is doing.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.  Galatians 2:20

Having been reconciled with God, we are to die to our old self daily and follow Jesus.  Christ lives in us and we have life and hope for the future. We don’t need to strive to please God ~ because of Christ’s death ~burial~ and resurrection ~ He is already pleased with us and wants us to look to Him daily, set aside our “self,” and follow Him. Bringing us to Himself and working in us to bless others is His job.  All we need to do is abide in Christ.  Without Him, we can do nothing but He can do amazing things through us with His power.  He has proven that through His resurrection.

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me.”  Matthew 16:24

 

As we celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ let’s remember what Yeshua the Messiah did for us and why.  He died on the cross for our sins so we can not only have eternal life but so we can experience His love and grace in growing closer to Him and knowing Him.

I am the resurrection and the life.  Anyone who believes in Me will live, even after dying.  Everyone who lives in Me and believes in Me will never ever die.  John 11:25-26


HAPPY ~ EASTER ~ EVERYONE!

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Dearly Devoted

During this time of lent, I am getting rid of the distractions in my life and focusing on my relationship with God.  It’s messy and imperfect but I’m doing it.  I want to devote myself to God and I sometimes wonder what that looks like as a busy mom and wife.  Before I uncover how we can be devoted to God, I want to show you just how much God is devoted to us.


~ HE DIED FOR US ~


Because Adam sinned and it was passed onto us, we are all born sinners. And because sin separates us from God ~ He sent His son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins, to be buried and raised from the dead. (1 Corinthians 15:3-8)

But God demonstrates His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~Romans~5:8~

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.  ~1 Peter 3:18~

 All through out scripture, God talks about sending a Savior to take away our sins.  That was His plan from the beginning.

God saved us!


~ HE WOOS US ~


The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. ~ 2 Peter 3:9 ~

The invitation to come and partake in the salvation is for all and the Lord wants everyone to hear His gracious invitation.  Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Christ (John 14:6.)  There is only one way to God and to salvation, but the call is for all people.

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. ~Revelation 22:17~

He woos us!


~ HE IS PURSUING US ~


Surely Your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.  ~Psalm 23:6~

All good things are from God and given to us.  His goodness and unfailing, steadfast love will pursue us all the days of our lives.  We are secure and protected forever.  We didn’t do anything to deserve His love ~ He gives it freely because He is holy, righteous and perfect.

Psalm 139 is an amazing chapter of the bible which makes it clear just how much God loves us ~ knows us ~ and pursues us.

Certainly You made my mind and heart; You wove me together in my mother’s womb.  I will give You thanks because your deeds are awesome and amazing.  You knew me thoroughly; my bones were not hidden from you, when I was made in secret and sewed together in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw me when I was inside the womb,  all the days ordained for me were recorded in Your scroll before one of them came into existence.  ~Psalm 139:13-16~

Since conception, God knew us and planned out our lives.  He’s been pursuing us since before we were born.  We’re important to Him and He made us wonderful.  He created us to have a relationship with Him.

I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself. ~Jeremiah 31:3~

He pursues us!


 ~ HE DOESN’T HOLD ANYTHING BACK FROM US ~


For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly. ~Psalm~84:11~

God is our sun so we don’t have to walk in darkness and our shield to protect us from danger. God will give us everything we need to walk with Him and live for Him.  Focusing our attention on Him and walking in obedience is all that is required.

God will meet all our needs! (Philippians 4:19)


~ HE IS WHOLEHEARTEDLY DEVOTED TO US ~


God never holds back or keeps anything from us and He has desired to have a relationship with us since the beginning of time.  He is devoted to us, He seeks us (Ezekiel 34:11),  He pursues us, He loves us!

For the LORD takes delight in His people; He exalts the oppressed by delivering them.  ~Psalm 149:4~

The LORD your God is in your midst; He is a warrior who can deliver.  He takes great delight in you; He renews you by His love; He shouts for joy over you.  ~Zephaniah 3:17~

We are created in His image.  And everything He made, He made for us. We are His, we belong to Him, He died for us so that sin didn’t get in the way of us having a relationship with Him.  He is the almighty God, the creator of the heavens and the earth.  He is the only reason why we exist, why we have all the blessings and good things in our lives.  He is the only reason for hope.

Nothing can change the fact that He is 100% devoted to us!


~ DEVOTED TO GOD ~


It is sin to cut ourselves off from the fellowship of God by seeking other ways to fulfill our lives.  While it’s senseless to do so we often find ourselves doing the opposite of seeking God.

It would be completely and utterly foolish not to be devoted to God.  Who wouldn’t want to be?

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.  ~Colossians~4:2~

The prayers of the upright are His delight.  ~Proverbs 15:8~

How we can be devoted to God with all the distractions and disruptions that come with a busy life?

  1. Get up early to have a quiet time with God.
  2. Ask God to help you be more devoted to Him each day.  
  3. Do one thing at a time.  One step at a time.
  4. Read the bible and meditate on His word.
  5. Apply God’s word to your life everyday.
  6. Take time to pray several times a day.  
  7. Be intentional about living a life of obedience to God and serving others.
  8. Be gracious and be generous.

If we’re used to being busy and rushed without having the extra time to spend with God, then it might seem overwhelming to dive into some of these habits all at once.  Take one thing at a time and focus on that first, then add something every week or every month until it’s a habit.  Start slow and steady but keep it up.

In Daniel 6:10 ~ Daniel made quite an impression when he got down on his knees and prayed three times a day, giving thanks to his God, even after finding out that by doing so would land him in the lion’s den.  Now that’s an example of faithfulness!

God gives everyone a choice to repent and choose Christ as their Savior.  And then as Christians, we also have an option to walk with God, devoting ourselves to Him or stay as we are without growth.  Let’s choose perfectly.

Let’s be devoted to God!


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