2016 – A Midyear Review

It’s hard to believe that we’re already halfway through the year, but here we are in the middle of June! I know it’s been a while since I last wrote a post, however, if you’ve been following my blog, you already know that last month…I got married!

I do apologize for my absence, but I’ve been keeping pretty busy with wedding plans, and then trying to become accustomed to living with someone, which is a challenge in itself. I will say there will be plenty of new posts about marriage coming soon, but I won’t neglect my single readers, either. 😉

So much has happened within the first half of this year, in addition to our wedding. Four of my friends have had babies, my sister gave birth to my niece, and I recently found out that another friend has a baby on the way, as well. Needless to say, I haven’t had a lot of time to get to all those 2016 goals I raved about in my January post, although, I have started walking/running with the new hubby this week (i.e. exercise!) and I’ve started becoming slightly more involved in the worship ministry.

One of the things I’ve been struggling with this last month–one among many–is making sure I have time to read and think without interruption. I mean, how can I share things that I’ve been learning or that God has been revealing to me if I don’t have the quiet time that I need to reflect on such things? Lately, I’ve just barely had time to think and jot down a note here or there. Balancing home, work, church, and trying to take care of all those newly married details–such as changing your last name–have my head spinning. Nevertheless, you will not become my last priority, and I will learn to balance my time a little better.

So, married ladies, my question today is for those of you with full time jobs. How do you balance work, home and church (particularly if you’re an introvert, like me)?

Talk to you soon!

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Unplug

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-20, NLT)

I don’t talk too much about myself in these posts, because I’m very private, but I do like to get personal when I feel it may be beneficial to you. If you’d ever had the chance to meet me personally, you’d find that I’m very quiet. That’s because I’m a thinker. An observer. I’m an introvert, lol. There are a lot of articles about introverts, extroverts, and ambiverts floating around out there, but that’s not what I really want to discuss. I want to talk about learning to unplug.

As an introvert I get overwhelmed by being surrounded by people on a continual basis. This is why I often hide away at home to unwind, relax, and recuperate after a busy week(end) or day. A few months ago, I realized that my anxiety and exhaustion stemmed from more than just being surrounded by people, but from the constant flow of information via cellphone apps like Facebook and Twitter. Therefore, I made the decision to delete the apps from my phone. O.O (I see the look on your face, lol.)

For the next few days I continued to pick up my phone to scroll Facebook and Twitter, only to put it down when I remembered I no longer had the apps. It was like I was detoxing. Over time it got easier and I felt freer for not being so attached to my phone. I was no longer worrying about what everybody else was doing or saying. I was again, in control of what was filling up my time and thoughts, and what I was spending my energy on.

So, here I am, encouraging you to take some time to unplug. Whether you’re an introvert, extrovert, etc., it doesn’t matter, the fact remains: we need to unplug from the constant barrage of information transmitted through our handheld devices and televisions. We don’t have to be connected to everybody at all times and others don’t need a play-by-play of our day. Some things should be between just us and God (or between us and our intimate family and friends).

So take some time to think, write, pray, study God’s word, and soak in His presence. Often, it’s just what we need to realign our hearts and attitudes with His. Go ahead…unplug.