Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Wrestling with Time

If you often find yourself wrestling with time, I like you. You remind me of me. Although I’ve authored a book on time management, I often struggle to manage my minutes and days, trying overcome the tyranny of too-much-to-do
And now that we're two weeks into 2018 and New Year's resolutions have probably been tossed out with the trash, we all need some cheer leading
Here are the three tips that help me most when I'm wrestling with time
Tune in to the Lord early in the day. The longer our to-do list, the more we need God’s input. When we make time to read the Bible and talk to our Heavenly Father, He supernaturally helps us manage the rest of our day.
Try saying “no” without apologizing. “NO” is not a four-letter word. If we’re stressed and worn out, it’s likely we’re overcommitted. When we say “no” to a new TV show or a project that won’t bear fruit, we are saying “Yes” to God’s plan for our lives—and more time!

     Tackle clutter. Most of us—myself included—have too much stuff.  Clutter control steals from our callings, our careers, our families, and our churches. The simpler our environment, the more time we have to do what matters most.

I believe we can win the wrestling match with time. After all, we have the finest coach in history: Jesus!

What are your biggest time challenges? Please write them in the comments and I'll make a special note to pray for you. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

How to live in joy

This Poem depicts how to live in joy, not only in 2018, but every day: 

Life goes by in the blink of an eye.
It's too short to live upset, angry, resentful or ungrateful.

If you look for the good, you'll find it. 
Choose to be happy, to be at peace. 
Decide that each day is going to be a great day
And grab each moment and make the best of it. 

Refuse to let negative thoughts take root in your mind
And refuse to let negative people and situations drag you down.

Trust your journey and know that if you make a mistake, it's okay.
See it as a lesson learned and keep moving forward.

Spend less time worrying and more time being grateful 
For those who love you and all life's goodness. 

Choose to live in joy!

--Charity M. Richey Bently

I hope your 2018 brims with joy!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Why I don't do New Year's Resolutions

I don't do New Year's Resolutions. I shatter them ten minutes into January 1st, then eat two cookies to try and drown my guilt. Then I can't zip my pants.
I set goals instead. They are gentler, kinder, and I can keep track of my progress on a paper tacked to my bedroom wall. Each time I put a check mark in a box next to a goal, I do the happy dance and eat a cookie to celebrate. With this method, I can still zip my pants up!

Do you, like me, say Phooey on New Year's Resolutions? Do you prefer them, or do you set goals? Please share one or two with us.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

When is it okay to criticize?

In his famous devotional booklet My Utmost for His Highest, author Oswald Chambers tells us when it's okay to criticize: NEVER. Ouch! I yield far too often to this habit, mostly in my thoughts. But Mr. Chamber’s words encourage me to repent:

              “Criticism is a part of the ordinary faculty of man; but in the spiritual domain nothing is accomplished by criticism. The effect of criticism is a dividing  up of the one criticized; the Holy Ghost is the only one in the true position to criticize, He alone is able to show what is wrong without hurting and wounding.”

              “It is impossible to enter into communion with God when you are in a critical temper; it makes you hard and vindictive and cruel, and leaves you with the flattering unction that you are a superior person.”

               “Stop having a measuring rod for other people. There is a always one fact more in every man’s case about which we know nothing . . . I have never met the man I could despair of after discerning what lies in me apart from the grace of God.”

               Instead of criticizing, I'd like to follow the words of Marvin Ashton, who says, "Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart, one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.

        I’d like to develop the better habit of complimenting others, and bring out the best in them.You, for instance:

        I appreciate you taking the time to visit here when you could be elsewhere.                                        
        I appreciate your words of encouragement.         

        I’m glad we’re friends. 
       You make my life better. 

                                          Thanks for being you! 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Christmas Greetings from the Levellies 2017