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31 Days Unplugged – Day 25 – Working for God’s Glory

24 Mar

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If you know anything about me at all, you know that I am a stay-at-home-mom.  Since that is my life and it is what I know, that is the viewpoint with which I have approached this month of unplugging.  My sister pointed out to me that maybe I needed to keep people who work outside the home in mind, and then my Sunday school lesson last week directly addressed this problem, so I felt this post was meant to be!

According to Forbes, 64% of people spend time on non-work related websites while they are being paid to work.  That is almost unbelievable, isn’t it?

There are so many Bible verses that tell us that this is wrong:

Colossians 3:23 instructs is to “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”

2 Thessalonians 3: 6-9 really lays it out for believers, saying “And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from all believers who live idle lives and don’t follow the tradition they received from us. For you know that you ought to imitate us. We were not idle when we were with you.  We never accepted food from anyone without paying for it. We worked hard day and night so we would not be a burden to any of you.  We certainly had the right to ask you to feed us, but we wanted to give you an example to follow.”

It is not right to waste our time at work, guys, for a couple of reasons. First, it is a bad example to unbelievers.  God has placed us in whatever position we are in at the moment for a specific reason, and we need to always be aware of that. We need to always work for God’s glory.

Secondly, when we are at work, we are being paid to work.  Even if you aren’t being held accountable to the person who is paying you, you will be held accountable by God.

Challenge #19 – When you are on the clock at work, do not look at any websites that are not work-related.  Don’t do any online shopping, return a Facebook message, or quickly check your Twitter feed.  

While I won’t be personally completing this challenge (since I obviously don’t work outside of the home) I know that this will be really difficult, especially if you are in the habit of spending a lot of time online at your job.  I know that you will find it beneficial in the end, though.

Let me know how it goes!

 

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Busy-ness and Rest

11 Nov

I was talking to Casey on the phone today about how this week really snuck up on me.  We had a pretty lazy week last week, and I will be honest-I took a lot of naps! It was great, but a little boring, especially now that the time has changed and the days are so short.

Casey and I were supposed to get together one night this week for dinner, but it just isn’t happening.  I realized yesterday that we are having people over several days this week.  Not that I don’t love having friends over, but I may have over-scheduled us this week!  Add in Bible Study on Tuesday, a meeting at church on Wednesday, Story Time on Thursday, 2 wreath orders, a last-minute magazine article assignment, and the novel I am trying to write for NaNoWriMo, and I am a busy person.

So busy that I forgot until just a few minutes ago that I haven’t yet written my Monday Praises blog post.  Whaaaattttt? It is my favorite post to write all week!  How could I forget?

I had to think, What can I praise God for tonight? The answer popped right into my head: REST.

I am so thankful that I have plenty to do, and that I feel like doing it.  I am so thankful for good friends for me and my children and for a nice place for them to come to and for food to feed them.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,”  Colossians 3:23

I am also thankful that I can get into a nice warm bed at night and sit here with my laptop to type this up.  Even God rested, after all.

Genesis 2: 2-3 “And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.”

And I am thankful for not only physical rest, but for rest for my soul and heart and mind.  God has given me such peace in my life, even in the midst of the turmoil that is life.

Psalm 62:1-2 “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”

 

 

4 1/2 day weekend

22 Jan

I didn’t plan on taking a really long weekend but on Thursday my phone rang while I was sitting at my desk. I immediately recognized the number…….daycare. I figured they were just calling me to inform me that Emma had fallen down and bumped her head. Yes, they call every time she bumps her head or has green snot. I’ve never seen this elusive green snot but it appears at daycare from time to time. Back to the original story……apparently Emma had some kind of infectious diarrhea. This meant she had to go home and couldn’t come back to daycare for 24 hours. Thus began the 4 1/2 day weekend. I’m just going to point out that there are several reasons that I am not a stay-at-home mom.

1. We can’t afford it. We need two incomes. This just is what it is.

2. I love my job. I’m good at it. Not that I’m not good at being a mom but I’m not good enough to do it all day, every day.

3. I need a break. I need several 8-9 hour breaks, five days per week. I need these breaks to stay sane. I don’t just need these breaks from Emma. I need these breaks from John too.

Emma was fine except for the diarrhea so she was crawling around and playing and she expected me to do the same. I can’t handle this many days with no break. I’m tired. I need a nap. Emma doesn’t take naps. She won’t let me take a nap. What 10 month old doesn’t take naps??!!?!

I can’t even write anymore tonight. It is 9:30 and I’m going to bed. In the morning I’m going to wake up and go to work. It will be like taking a vacation.