books, daily life, faith life, prayer

An Undivided Heart

A friend and I are working our way through Tony Reinke’s “12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You“. We started two weeks ago and the conviction has hit hard and fast. But I don’t want to be only convicted; I want to change. I know I am on my phone too much; I waste time on Twitter and Words with Friends. I do some texting but not a lot. I don’t have Facebook or Messenger on it, but I do have Instagram, which often turns a few minutes to “just check it” into many, many minutes of mindless scrolling.

After each of our sessions, I have purposed to make one change. Last week it was to use my phone less. According to Screen Time I was down 11%. I hope to continue that downward trend. At the end of Chapter One are ten diagnostic questions we can ask ourselves in the digital age. This week I am going to pray through and answer each of those questions. Tony Reinke says, “The questions sting, and they touch every area of life–God, spouse, family, friends, work, leisure, and self-projection. But this sting can lead us to make healthy changes.” (pg. 52)

Tony says, “Let’s be honest: our digital addictions….are welcomed addictions. The key is to move from being distracted on purpose to being less and less distracted with an eternal purpose.” (pg. 52)

My prayer is like David’s in Psalm 86: “Teach me Your way, O Lord, and I will walk in Your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name.” (v11)

And I ask that with the Lord’s empowering grace He will do this: “I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them.” (Jeremiah 32:39)

daily life, simple living

8 Gifts That Don’t Cost a Cent

The Gift of Listening: But you must really listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.

The Gift of Affection: Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back, handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

The Gift of Laughter: Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. These are fun to put inside a card or letter.

The Gift of a Written Note: It can be a simple “thanks for your help” note. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life!

The Gift of a Compliment: A simple and a sincere “you look great in red” or “you did a super job” or “that was a wonderful meal” can make someone’s day.

The Gift of a Kindness: Every day go out of your way to do something kind.

The Gift of Solitude: There are times when we want nothing better to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition: The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone. It’s not really hard to say “hello” or “thank you”.

crafts, daily life

A Productive Day

I worked on some children’s greeting cards today to send to Card Care Connection. They are an organization that gives cards to adults and children who are facing cancer and they take donations of homemade cards to give out to cancer patients. This will be my second package to them. You can read more information and how to donate at their website.

I first read about sending cards to hospitals and patients from the blog, Jess Crafts, where I learned to make cards using a 6×6 paper pad. I enjoy watching her videos and reading her posts because she is very easy to understand and very encouraging. These cards were made using the Dino Friends kit from Echo Park.

Dinosaur Cards

afternoon of life, beyond homeschooling, blogging, daily life, Grammie

Exciting News

Our first grandchild, a girl, was born almost a month ago.  We are thankful to the Lord for her safe delivery.  She is a tiny little thing, weighing in at 5.15 lbs.  Michael and I call her “The Bean”.  Ever since we saw the first ultrasound that has been her name.   Michael is Grandpa and I am Grammie.  I don’t know if those names will stick or if she will choose something of her own.  I’m fine either way.

Sleeping Aribelle

I’m thankful that she is close by!  My daughter-in-law is very sweet and sends me pictures several times a day.  I can’t get enough of that lovely face and I look forward to every visit I have with her.  It has been fun to see my son in the role of “dad”.  He is very gentle and loving with her as I knew he would be.

In other news, I’ve decided to bring this blog back to life as it first started out:  a journal of my life here at home.  When I first started, I was a stay-at-home homeschooling mom.  Now I’m a stay-at-home wife…and now a Grammie!  I’m no longer homeschooling but my days are full, although much quieter.

I hope you’ll join me as I try to be more consistent here.  I do miss writing and I feel like Facebook has really taken away a lot of what I used to do here.  So, Lord willing, I hope to visit here more often!