Category Archives: Making the most of Time

What Stifles Your Creativity?

Work and PleasureThere are many days that I LOVE what I do. Being able to share my thoughts with the world in hopes to bring them closer to God and encourage them in their individual walks with Him. However, there are other days that I’m just not feeling like doing much of anything. Some days I run into a really big snag, wake up on the wrong side of the bed, feel down, discouraged, or just plain tired and grumpy. As a result I end up spending the vast majority of my time on worthless things (Facebook, music videos, vlogs, etc.).

I used to think that the time that I spent doing these worthless activities was just something I had to get over. It wasn’t really that big of a deal. I just couldn’t do those activities before or during work hours. But I noticed something today. Those worthless activities, the time that was wasted doesn’t just effect my mood or my thought processes; it also ZAPS my creativity.

Sometimes I can get SO caught up in living other people’s lives that I just forget about my own. I become so caught up in their joys and stresses and become blinded to the blessings and joys of my own life. I’ve noticed that even on the days that these worthless activities are done in abundance; even at the “right times” still have the power to zap my creativity.

Now, what do I mean when I say that they zap my creativity? I mean, that it causes me to feel far from God and I spend less time with Him as a result. Therefore, I am running on empty most of the time and just surviving instead of thriving. God wants us to live an abundant life (John 10:10). He wants us to be aware of how He is working in our lives and ways that we can love Him and others better.

I used to think that I just needed to find myself some sort of hobby. Something that I enjoyed so much I wouldn’t want to spend time on worthless things. But if I sit down and really think, I have plenty of hobbies; cooking/baking, coloring, taking pictures, reading, and spending time outdoors just to name a few. Getting a new hobby won’t make the desire to waste time on worthless things go away. Sure, that desire may lessen for a while until the “newness” of the hobby wears off but eventually I’ll be back in the same boat.

So, what’s the solution?

Training our thoughts and replacing the worthless with the worthy.

As Children of God we are commanded to think on “what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Philippians 4:8). If something that we are spending  our time on doesn’t fit those qualities we need to reevaluate if that is something we should really be doing.

Life is not easy. It’s stressful, and sad, and there are just plain hard days. But we need to make sure that even in the midst of the crazy we are taking time to fill ourselves up with good things. Spending time with God and reading His Word, and spending our time on things that encourage us and lift us up, not things that stifle our gifts and creativity.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

 

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New Month, New Attitude

“For I am about to do something new,
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”
~Isaiah 43:19

There’s something refreshing about a fresh start. The beginning of a new week or a new month always makes me want to make changes. Sometimes small changes like keeping up with chores and sometimes big changes like starting a new exercise routine. Either way I usually don’t get very far before I create an excuse and fall off the band wagon.

That’s why I was really not wanting to set official work hours and create an actual schedule. I was worried that I would put in a lot of work planning this only to see it fall through the cracks. Again.

My Work Hours

I typed out my hours using a word processor and then cut them out and decorated some card stock to place it on.

However at the insistence of my Mother and some encouragement from various books, bloggers, and friends I decided to give it a try. And guess what?? Mom was right again! (Sometimes I really wonder why I ever question her in the first place). I decided to splurge and buy a neat planner that had a weekly schedule included (I found it on sale for $5 at Wal-Mart) and get started.

Work BasketI gave myself the official title of CEO and wrote a job description. With Mom’s ingenuity I put together a binder that contains most of my important notes all neatly organized. I found a small basket upstairs that we weren’t using to house all of my office supplies. That way almost everything I would need in a day is contained at my finger tips. This basket is stored in my room and carried down to the dining room every work day.

My Daily Set UpI don’t have an official office at this time but I do make use of the really large dining room table. Since the Dining room is separated from the rest of the house (and has the best cell reception) it makes the best office space.

I started this new routine yesterday and was very happy with the results. I realized how much time I had been wasting on frivolous things that had no Eternal value. I saw just how many excuses I had been making to avoid the hard things. And I have decided that if this is what I really want to do with my life (which it is) then I need to rearrange a few things and put more time and effort into this. I have been skating by for too long.

I’m actually excited to see what each new day holds and what things I am able to accomplish. With God on my side and a fresh attitude I know that I can conquer anything that the devil throws in my path.

What are some things you are looking forward to this month? Are there any new changes that you are hoping to stick to? Tell me in the comments below.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

PS. The official start of Autumn is 52 days away!! (:

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Giving 100%

Purple Bell Flower“Whatever you do,work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…You are serving the Lord Christ.”
Colossians 3:23,  24b

Over the years I’ve found out that I’m good at doing things partway. For years I’ve done just enough to get by… Do one complete load of laundry just to say that I did laundry even though there’s still three loads piled on the floor, cleaning out the cat litter maybe three days a week and racking my brain for  blog post ideas instead of writing them down as they come to mind.

Something that I’ve realized is that God wants more of me. He doesn’t want me to just skate through life by the seat of my pants, making excuses to avoid the tasks I don’t like. He wants me to give Him 100%. We don’t do things in this life to gain recognition or money. We do them because we love God and want to follow Him and do what He says.

“And the King said to them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'”
Matthew 25:40

Let’s remember that no matter what we do, big or small; we’re doing it to bring glory and honor to God (Matthew 5:16) and to serve Him not man.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

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Taking the Time…

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you…” James 4:8a

Open Bible with pocket watch and flowersHow often do we take the time to really talk or spend time with Jesus? I have to be honest here: I’m not very good at this. I usually try to read a verse or two everyday; and end my nights with a short little prayer before I fall asleep. If I’m lucky.

I used to have a really good routine I’d wake up and pray and then do some sort of Bible study. Here lately, I’ve fallen off the wagon a little bit (or maybe a lot). I think that we as humans tend to trick oursleves into thinking that we can handle life on our own. It’s sort of a pride thing. How far can we go before we really need God?

The truth is we can’t do anything without Him; not even take a breath (Isaiah 42:5). God created humanity to need Him. We each have a God-sized hole in our hearts that can only HE can fill.

Spending time in prayer and reading His word is the only way that this hole can be filled. Nothing on this planet can ever come close to fulfilling us the way that God can. We need to give Him the chance to do what only He can.

How exactly do we give Him the chance to fill us up in the crazy life? We make time for Him. We carve out time that is just for spending with Him. Whatever time it is that works best for you–He’s waiting patiently for you. He wants to spend time with you. We put our foot down and QUIT making 1,000 excuses as to why we can’t do it and start remembering all the reasons we should be spending time with Jesus. Remember that being in the Presence of God is a privilege that Jesus died to give us.

Let’s start giving God a little bit of our time. The privilege wasn’t something that was easily won; it was a fight to the finish. He wants to hear from us–to share in each and every moment of our lives. Let’s invite Him in.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Making the Best Use of Time…

“…Making the best use of the time…” ~Colossians 4:5b

WatchesSo, it’s offically February. That means that Spring is around the corner, and snow will become a thing of the past. For some reason Ohio has been blessed by a lack of snow. I would usually consider that a good thing pretty much any year but this year and here’s why…

It was mid December and it was snowing one of those perfect Christmas snows. All light and fluffy and soft. I knew that I should probably go out and get a few pictures but I didn’t. I kept tellng myself that it was early December after all and there would be more snow. You know winter hadn’t even started yet…so I’d be fine. I could get those pictures later.

I was DEAD WRONG. There would be no more pefect fluffy Christmas snow in 2016 or even all of January 2017. In fact the weather has been quite the opposite. It’s been into the 50’s; and even close the 60 many of the winter days recently. When we do get snow it’s the hard snow–the one that is almost like sleet… it stays for a day or so and then melts. It’s not really the pretty picture perfect snow that fell that December day.

So what exactly was I doing that day that was SO important I couldn’t go out and get a few pictures?? I was wasting time on the internet–living vicariously through others. Yes, even after I learned a very important lesson about staying off the internet and living the life that God has for us; I was on the internet and not outside where I should have been.

So, why am I telling you all this? For a couple of reasons. 1) To let you know that I’m not perfect. I’m just a girl trying to live the life that God has called me to live. 2) To tell you to make the best use of the time that you have each day. Don’t sit inside and wait on life to come to you. Get out there and embrace life. Run to Jesus and the life that He offers you. Ask Him to help you where you are weak. Ask for His guidence as you go about each day and thank Him for all that He has done.

I have now decided that the next time I see a picture perfect snow I’m going to grab my camera and run outside and get those pictures. (:

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

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What I Learned Spending Less time on the Internet

simple-sunsetLet me tell you a secret: I went one whole week without the internet and enjoyed it!

Yep, that’s true, I actually enjoyed not having the internet. I will say I did feel bad about not being able to chat with all of you lovely people; but I learned something very valuable during that time that I want to share with you.

I learned that life is SO much better without the internet.

Now, I wasn’t completly in the dark for an entire week I just had to truly monitor my time online so as not to go over the data limit on our phones. I checked social media maybe once a day; and some days, not at all.

One of the things that I loved about not having internet access for a week is that I truly felt better. I was actually doing something during the day instead of sitting around scrolling through newsfeeds and watching vidoes. Another thing that I gained from not being on the internet was a sense of happiness and peace.

You see, when I’m scrolling through various feeds I’m usually comparing my life to the lives of others in my feed. I don’t realize that I’m doing it but the feelings of Inadequacy show their ugly head the longer I’m online. Limiting myself to getting on maybe once a day helped me to see all that I have been blessed with and spend less time playing the comparison game.

I find that the more time I spend online the less I remember the simple yet profound truth that God made me and loves me just the way that I am. I am made in His image. He has given me a story to share and all I need to do is focus my eyes on Him and not those in my feed.

“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” ~Hebrews 12:2a

I encourage you this Christmas season to spend a little less time online and a little more time communicating with the ones you love. You will never be able to fully realize how good of a life God has blessed you with if you keep looking at someone else’s.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

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Redeeming The Time

**This post was originally written 4/14/16 and edited on 9/14/16. Since I needed some practice writing for other people to read I decided (with the help of my Mom) to start journaling as if I was writing for my blog. This “journal” was cleverly titled a blournal—a combination of the words blog and journal.**

clock-with-hebrew-138In April of this year I was presented with an opportunity to follow where I believed God was leading me; to start this blog and eventually sell some of my pictures online. I still struggle with making the best use of time, but each day I try to manage it better. I am constantly reminded that God’s grace has no end and His love for us endures forever.

I graduated high school in May of 2015 then attended a community college that fall. Due to some very strong differing opinions and discovering what my true goals were for my future I decided that it would be better to not go back. I was originally going to look for a job after convention season but I was presented with the opportunity to babysit and then child sit for a wedding in June, so I was going to start looking for a job on Tuesday.  But as of Monday I was presented with an amazing opportunity that most people my age never get to experience.

I’m able to take a year and really dive into my dream and take HUGE steps to actually make it become a reality. God answered some really big prayers recently and I’m very thankful. I was praying that I would have direction on where to go for a job and where to apply. On Sunday after lunch with a friend; one of the places that I kept trying to avoid working at actually seemed like a really good idea. I felt a sort of peace with the idea of working outside the home.

Then Monday I was presented with the idea to not work an official job (We do some side jobs for neighbors that pay some) and really dive into my dream of turning this blournal into reality and opening a small online store I was hesitant. The last time we attempted something of this nature I totally bombed it! I didn’t put effort into it and was basically of the belief that my parents were ruining my social life that really didn’t exist at the time.

But after some prayer and thought I realized that I would be really stupid to not jump at this opportunity. I don’t know of many 19 year olds that don’t have to get a job and that can work solely on making their dreams a reality. So, I took it.

My goal now is to redeem this year that God has given me. To make the most of it.  Continually learning and growing as a Daughter of God , as a photographer and writer. I’m hoping and praying that I’ll be able to use the time that God has given me with wisdom “…redeeming the time because the days are evil.”

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

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