Monday, March 30, 2009

Choosing how to spend my time

March 30, 2009

I’m proud to claim that as of last week I am free from a personal addiction that has robbed me of numerous hours… Yoville on Facebook! My addiction began innocently just a few months ago as I was exploring the countless options on my Facebook homepage. I’ve come to love the community found in my new Facebook home as I have the opportunity to catch up with friends old and new as they give me a little glimpse into their day. We share about our families, our daily lives and even engage in the occasional pillow fight. So who would have thought that such a heinous trap would be lying in wait in the midst of all the fun?

For those of you who have steered clear of the Facebook phenomenon, let me tell you a little about the land of Yoville. Yoville is a virtual world where you can interact with people as you earn bright shiny YoCoins for participating in work, games and other activities. While striving to earn money and badges, you soon find that the virtual world is demanding time from your real world schedule. By the time you realize what has happened, it’s too late…you’re hooked!

I hope by now you realize that I say all of this very ‘tongue in cheek’ as I have purposely made this molehill into a mountain. But the point is still the same… whether its work, play, computers, addictions or just laziness, it is so easy to mess up the list of priorities in our lives. Can you relate to this? What things do you prioritize above those which are more important? Whatever it is that we do with our time each day, we need to do it for the sole purpose of bringing glory to God. So when I took a look at my day, I realized that I was doing this activity for me, not for Him. Perhaps you need to do a quick evaluation of how you are spending your time too. Allowing God to direct your day not only helps you get more accomplished but also produces more eternal fruit.

Be blessed!
Jennifer

“Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.” Titus 3:14

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Submitting to Submission

March 22, 2009

I’ve been promising myself (and my marketing rep) that I would start sharing a weekly blog. I had intended to start one at the first of the year but the more I thought about it, the more nervous I would get and the easier it was to be ‘too busy’ to write one. ‘What would I write about?’ ‘What messages did I have to share week after week, month after month?’ ‘Who would even care enough to read it?’ I spent so much time asking myself useless questions and wrestling with my own doubts that I became exhausted at the thought of it all so I decided to put it off…again.

I was thankful for the distraction of family time as we headed to Fort Worth to watch our friend, Mary, compete in a dressage event. She and her horse were judged on the elegance and precision of the horse’s movements. Mary has trained horses in dressage for years but this was the first time we had the opportunity to see her compete. I was excited to watch her canter in on Federalea, a beautiful Arabian with a braided mane of jet black hair that looked like he had just stepped off of a carousel. I was amazed that such a powerful animal was in complete submission to his rider’s instruction. When Mary instructed him to trot, he trotted. When she instructed him to turn, he’d turn. No matter what the command was, he responded to her with complete obedience. She knew what Federalea was capable of and how to draw it out of him to win the competition.

I started thinking about this whole blogging thing as I watched this beautiful animal performing in total submission to Mary’s authority. God has been so faithful in directing my path, so why should I doubt Him in this? My role is to bow to His authority and trust that He knows how to draw out the best in me by infusing me with His strength. I’m now excited about taking this journey with Him and I’m praying for all of you who will be walking along with us…I hope you’ll be blessed!
Jennifer

“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11