Monday, April 20, 2009

Blocks of Time

April 20, 2009

I want to take a minute to thank all of you who have sent such encouraging email about my blog. I’m so glad it has been a blessing to you! A few weeks ago I posted about my personal conviction of how I’d been misusing my time. This apparently resonated with many of you because I received numerous emails and have heard several comments about how you relate to ‘wasting’ time.

I was sharing with one of my dearest friends over lunch that I find each day filled with ‘stuff’ but then I can never account for the ‘stuff’ that I did. I’m determined to overcome this problem in my life, so here’s my plan: I’m going to build my day using time blocks! So imagine those insanely large, brightly colored cardboard boxes that are shaped like Legos that little kids love to build with. Each block represents an hour and there are 24 of them total. There are tons of different colors that represent different activities. For example:
Black blocks = Sleep Red blocks = Scheduled Work
Green blocks = Meals Orange blocks = Time with God
Blue blocks = Appointments Yellow blocks = Chores
Purple blocks = Fellowship Brown blocks = Misc errands
Pink blocks = Girly stuff…whatever your thing is! (pedicure, manicure, reading a magazine, watching Desperate Housewives…)

Before each day begins I am going to arrange my time blocks in such a way that all 24 blocks are used and I have a plan for the day. We schedule our time around dentist appointments and classes, so why can’t we ‘schedule’ grocery shopping, laundry and a girls’ night out?? It’s a lot easier to do the ‘have tos’ in life when we know we’ll also have time for the ‘want tos’ as well!

I’m really looking forward to getting a little structure back in my time. I used to do this when my kiddos were little, but now that they’re teenagers, I think it’s this kind of scheduling is long overdue! Schedule your day as best you can but don’t forget to give it to God for His approval. The Holy Spirit may come knock down your Lego wall like an energetic 4 year old and that’s okay, be flexible! Allowing God to use us for His purpose is the heart of being a believer, so don’t be discouraged when things don’t work out the way you planned. Remember, tomorrow is another day!

Be blessed,

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1


Jennifer said...

I received this great comment that I wanted to share. My dear friend knew that when the battle seems too hard, call in some reinforcements!
"Thank you Jennifer for your blog. It came at the right time. As you said as well as many others, that we are on automatic pilot. Just going thru the motions. I too have been doing that. I am retreating again. And not looking at things and life the way I should be. By putting God first and talking to Him. I was getting deeper into The Word and feeling great! But then all kinds of bad things were happening, and kept coming one after another. When your trying just to breathe and get a break. And I have broke down. I am not looking at life the way I should or see the blessings I do have. I have to remind myself that satan doesn't like the good so he is doing a number on me this time. More than I ever felt before. I know its cause I was getting closer to God more than I ever have before. Urgh I would appreciate and NEED prayers please, cause I can't seem to muster up and do it myself. Thanks!"

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