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)

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Bible Journaling

I like the idea of Bible journaling…only not in my Bible.  I do write in my Bible (it’s a wide margin) and underline but I don’t want to do art work in it.  For the longest time I’ve kept a commonplace book; basically just a place to write down quotes that I have come across and want to keep.  Last year I started a prayer journal.  This isn’t a journal of prayer and praises (I have another for that) but a journal of quotes, Scripture, articles, etc., all having to do with prayer.

I am new to the world of mixed media but I thought my prayer journal would be the perfect place to try it.

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I also tried my hand at mail art.  I’ve done some before but mainly I use washi or just create an envelope out of scrapbook paper or old calendars.  Here’s a recent creation:

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I had fun putting it together.  The images are from an old calendar and then I used some stamps that I had.  I like the way it turned out!

And finally a birthday card and envelope that is heading out today:

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Bible study, faith life, homekeeping, prayer

Happy New Year

0b7fd-newyearIt’s that time of year when everyone is making resolutions.  I made some resolutions regarding my health and exercise.  I also made one about Target….not going there unless absolutely necessary.  I go in there to buy a few things and come out spending close to $100.  So this year, I’m on a Target-fast.  Most of the things I buy there, I can buy at Wal-Mart; although I hate going to Wal-Mart but I figure if I go during the day it won’t be so bad.

My main resolution is to be more consistent with my Bible reading and prayer.  I do well when I’m in a study but not so good otherwise.  I know the Word is the source of my strength and hope but sometimes I neglect it.  The same with prayer.  I spent so much time putting together a prayer journal but realized that I haven’t been praying as much as I should.  I love to get organized but I seem to fail at implementation.

Thankfully, there is this:  As you start this new year, your hope is not in what you will do for God, but in what He has already done for you. (Paul Tripp)

I’m ever thankful that He loves me even when I fail.