A Second Touch

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Mark 8:22-26

22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.

23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.

24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.

25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.

26 And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.

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20 Tips For Redeeming Your Time

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One day I was listening to the radio, and heard a great message by “Kingdom Builders Ministry”.  I don’t know where the church is located or anything, but there were some great tips shared by the speaker.  It caught my attention, so I pulled my car over to a safe spot to write most of them out before I forgot them.  Am I the only one who does this at times?  Hopefully not.  I might be revealing my weird side right now. LOL.

Anyway, here are the tips I was able to remember and record on my phone’s note taking app in no particular order, and I hope it helps somebody else too.  I love, love, love all types of organization tips and learning from others to make my life simpler as a busy wife, mother, and teacher.  There is always something new we can learn from those around us no matter how old or how young they might be, how rich or poor, or how high or low (in the world’s estimation). Anyway, here’s a few tips for you to check out and implement as you choose.

(Please note, that I have taken the liberty to add to and reword as I deemed appropriate to make this list of 20 tips.)

  1. Don’t get distracted and realize too late that life has got away from you.
  2. Take the vacation. Stop talking about going on a cruise, going to Paris, etc. Just go do what you said you want to do before it’s too late. Go make memories with those you love!
  3. Don’t be too busy over working, watching tv, checking out Facebook and Instagram post, etc. that you miss the important while focusing on the mundane.
  4. Remember that man’s days are limited in the overall expanse of time.
  5. We all have a purpose and need to be busy doing all that God has called us to be.
  6. Don’t die without giving the best version of you and building the greatest legacy of what you have to give to those you will leave behind.
  7. Nobody knows how much time they will have left, so don’t waste your time! Don’t just dream, but do!
  8. Recharge your body so that you can do what God calls you to do physically and mentally.
  9. Listen so God can take you where He desires you to go, so that you don’t become anxious, frustrated, and too tired to do what He actually wants you to do.
  10. Schedule time to rest and relax.  Take a day to rest regularly for a moment of clarity and solitude.
  11. Maximize your time, instead of wasting time on tv, games, social media, etc. Focus on bible study, prayer, planning, relationship building, etc.
  12. Don’t hesitate to take a break when needed even Jesus took a nap and separated from the crowd at times.
  13. Don’t feel guilty for taking ownership of your time when you have numerous responsibilities, goals, and priorities.  Don’t allow anyone to guilt you in to fulfilling their personal desires at the expense of your own.
  14. Exercise. Make healthy eating choices.
  15. Don’t allow anyone to disrespect your time! Reclaim your time just like Maxine Waters. (Smile)
  16. Be intentional. Plan dedicated time blocks for what you need to accomplish and limit distractions.
  17. Say no to nonessentials. It’s okay to say no! Truly it is!
  18. List your goals out so you can plainly see where you are trying to go. Write that vision!
  19. List your priorities.  Plan, add, and subtract from your schedule accordingly.
  20. Acknowledge the Lord in all your ways and He will direct your path.

 

 

 

 

Isaiah 9:6-7

6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Lord we thank you for our family and friends near and far, our churches and neighborhoods, for being our strength when we are weak, for being a strong tower we can run to without fail, and for every provision you have blessed us with on today. We love you and we praise you for you are worthy Lord of all the honor and praise in Jesus name!!

John 7:37-38

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, if any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified. )

John 14:5-11
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

Growth Mindset

Are you growing in the things of God? If so, great! If not, why? Everything grows and thrives, or it simply dies. Plants and animals go through cycles as they change and grow. Humans go through stages too from a dependent baby, difficult toddler, inquisitive preschooler, fiesty teenager, and finally a mature adult. Hopefully! We should also be growing, learning, and changing in our spiritual walk just like in the natural as we become more and more like Christ! Children do not stay in elementary school forever and neither should we be stagnant and repeating the same things over and over again to little or no avail. We must push and press towards the mark of a higher calling as we grow in the things of God!

Verses To Stand On…

1 Peter 2:1-3

1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,

2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

Hebrews 5:12-14

12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

1 Corinthians 3:1-3

1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

Walk It Out…

What are one or two things you could commit to adding or removing from your daily schedule in order to grow in God? Are you learning more and more of the Word of God and applying it to your life? Are you repeating the same lessons over and over again? If so, it’s time to graduate and move forward!