Accountability, Bible Study, Focus, God, Growth/Maturity, Organization, Prayer, Time Management

Quality Time

On plenty of days I find myself saying if there were just one more day in a week or a few more hours in the day, I would be able to do all that I need to do.  As a single mother working full-time, my schedule on most days is jam packed from sun up to sun down with things to do.  My boys are involved in various sports and activities, and then of course there are my ladies’ nights, Bible Study, going to the gym and when I am lucky the occasional time to just do nothing.

Recently, I have recognized that it is the quality, not the quantity of time that I am spending doing things that matters most.  For example, I can spend two hours at the gym, but if I am simply walking at a slow pace on the treadmill the entire time it isn’t going to do much good for my weight loss efforts, or increase my endurance.  The same can be said about the time that we spend with God.  I try to start each morning in prayer and devotion, and I have to be honest there are plenty of mornings when I have fallen asleep praying, because I was too lazy to get out of the bed and get on my knees.  There are also mornings when I reach for my phone to play random games, see what I may have missed on Facebook the night before, or check emails and text messages before I thank God for waking me up to see another day.  There are also times when I am at Bible Study watching the clock because I have a meeting with the ladies immediately after dismissal. This means that I am not as focused on the lesson as I could be.  If the quality of my blessings were based on the quality of the time I spend with God, I can’t imagine what my life would be like!  If any of these are familiar to you, you can intentionally increase the quality of the time that you spend with God with these few things:

Disconnect – Disconnect from the television, computer, Kindle, cell phone, Ipod, Ipad and any other person, place or thing that distracts you or is taking your focus away from God during the time that is designated to be spent with Him. “ Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.  For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” (1 John 2:15-16 NIV)

Check your schedule – There are some things that we are putting our time, energy, money and faith into that are nothing but self-fulfilling, trendy, wasteful activities!  We are focused so much on our own ideas, thoughts and to-do lists that our time with and for God is limited, and His work is not being done. We have to give up those things that consume too much of our time.  There is nothing wrong with declining an invitation, or not participating in everything that comes your way. “Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.  You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it…Give careful thought to your ways.  Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the LORD.  “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the LORD Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.” (Haggai 1:5-9 NIV)

Redefine your time – There is nothing better than to have prayer, worship or Bible study with the ones you love, and you never know how your prayer may touch someone else, or how their’s might touch you!  “I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. (Romans 1:11-12 NIV) You can invite others to share in your quality time with the Lord.  Start a prayer call once a week, put together a Bible study with the ladies, or a monthly potluck to come together as prayer warriors for a cause.  God is more than pleased when we come together to honor and glorify Him! “For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them.” (Matthew 18:20 NIV)

Just as with any other relationship, time is of the essence when it comes to strengthening our bond with our Heavenly Father.  While we often assume the bare minimum is enough, we must begin to reevaluate how and with whom we spend our time, and give Him the time that He is so worthy of.  Our time is the one thing that once spent, we can never get back!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for being so patient with me as I struggle to remove those things that are keeping me from being in Your presence more often. Lord, I pray for an increased spirit of discernment that I might recognize when I am filling my time with people and activities that are not of You. I ask that You will continue to increase our time together each and every day, and that when You see fit You will add friends and family to enjoy our time together as well. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to be loosed from anything that is interfering with your quality time with God!  I EMPOWER you to disconnect, check your schedules and redefine your time so that He is your first priority from the beginning of the day through the end.

Read a related Empowermoment: Consider Your Ways

Is God pleased with your relationship? How do you think He would rate your quality time? Share with us in the comment section below.

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Ms. Tiffany Huff is the devoted mother of two boys, a blogger, lover of food and travel, and aspiring entrepreneur with a passion for helping others live out their purposes. She is looking forward to growing in her walk and honoring God through sharing her EmpowerMoments. One of her meditation scriptures is Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

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Anxiety, Co-Workers, Encouragement, Family, Inspirational, Prayer, Relationships, Spiritual Therapy, Stress, Time Management, Worry

It’s Too Heavy

Left Side: “I need to send that email.” Right side: “I can’t believe he hurt me like that.” On My Back: “What time does the store open I need to stop there before work.”  Left side: “I need to look for apartments for my client.” Right Side: “Lord, I need to say a prayer for my family.” On My Back: “My co- worker asked me to pray for her too.” Flip pillow over: “I have to fill out paperwork for my 2nd job”. Ring Ring Ring: It’s my alarm, but I have been up for hours tossing and turning from one side to another…

I can’t sleep.  Those who know me, know sleeping is one of my favorite things to do.  For some reason, lately no matter how bad I want to or how much I try, I just can’t.  I’m tired, frustrated, irritated, and disgusted.  I used to hear older people say, “Lord, give me peace of mind”, but I did not realize how important it was until I didn’t have it.  My spirit and mind were not at peace.

 “Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord. There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. I will lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:5-8 KJV)

Sometimes it is so easy to say let go and let God.  It’s not hard to utter the words. The difficult task comes in actually doing it.  Sometimes the load gets so heavy we just feel like we need to help God out a bit.  But God doesn’t need our assistance; He is God all by Himself.  At times we get so caught up in other people’s stuff, not just our own.  We take on tasks of trying to heal our family’s pain, mend our friends’ heart break, be our children’s personal encourager, and our co-workers’ project manager.  Ever feel like you are busy being everything to everybody, and there’s no one to be anything to you? That’s how I feel.  I pour out and I worry about everyone else and no one cares about ME…but God…

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and be deceitful men shall not live out half their days: but I will trust in thee.” (Psalm 55:22-23 KJV)

Trust in the Lord. Allow Him to have your burdens.  He has defeated all your enemies before the fight even began.  At times it is easy to be overwhelmed and feel that we have more than we can bear and too much on our plates.  You will continue to feel that way if you are unable to cast your cares on the Lord! I still feel this unrest in my spirit, but I have a better understanding of how to conquer it.

“Come onto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11: 28-30 KJV)

Dear Daddy,

 I come before You seeking peace.  I pray that You will allow me to give You the burdens that I carry for myself as well as everyone else.  Daddy, I thank You for making me the type of person that is concerned with all Your children, but give me the spirit of discernment so that I am not consumed by it. Daddy, I turn ALL the things that I cannot handle over to You.  I know that all things work according to Your will.  I take my hands off of my problems and replace them with Yours. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to know that God will take care of the all the problems you have. Whatever is keeping you up at night, turn it over to Him.  Put your trust in God that He will take care of you as he has always done. I EMPOWER you to encourage others to know God and allow Him to help them lighten their load.

Ms. Sherita Shelton currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Professional Counseling and is currently pursuing her counseling license.  Sherita works as a therapist and case manager for children as well as adults.  She facilitates groups for single women and offers mentoring and individual counseling for her clients.  Sherita’s favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lot not on your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Preparation, Stress, Time Management

Just Say NO!

The word “no” contains only two letters; yet, it is one of the hardest words for many of us to verbalize. I woke up excited about my vacation and relaxed because I planned out my to do list for the day. Everything was scheduled perfectly. I had some housework to do and then a 12:00pm appointment. The phone rung, “Ms. Lundy,” the small voice whispered “we can take you at 10:30am.” I looked at the clock and hesitated before I said, “Ok, but it’s 9:40 and it takes me at least 35 minutes to get there.” She was quiet as if she was giving me an opportunity to back out and just stick to my regular appointment but I didn’t. I reluctantly said, “Ok, I’ll be there.” All of a sudden, I was in panic mode. I was still in bed and needed to be at an appointment 35 minutes away. I jumped up, showered and threw on the first set of clothes I could find. Needless to say, I was rushing.

Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly. Proverbs 14:29 NIV

As fate would have it, I caught every single red light that separated me from the highway. The cars in front of me weren’t going fast enough and I was beginning to shout obscenities in the confines of my car. At first I chided myself for not being “ready” when the call came; however, as I continued to drive and feel my rage building at these drivers who obviously didn’t know that I was going to be late for an appointment, I realized that I brought this situation on myself. See, when the receptionist called me I could have said, “No, I will stick to my scheduled time.” She didn’t make me take the appointment. She merely let me know what was available to me. Because of my own reluctance to tell her no, I became a humungous ball of negative energy. This beauty appointment had now become a “burden.”

“…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” Hebrews 12:1 KJV

Have you found yourself here before? You have taken on extra burdens, although you know they aren’t a part of your plan. You realize that expending energy on these “weights” will throw you off course and now you get upset when you have to deal with the responsibilities. You have a short temperament and your patience is low because this wasn’t what God told you to do anyway. All of this started because you weren’t courageous enough to say, N-O. You find yourself losing sleep and having anxiety over a situation that has nothing to do with you. You find yourself in a financial bind because you couldn’t say no. You have so much on your plate and now you are taking it out on your loved ones all because you failed to say NO!

That anxiety over the fact that I might be late to an appointment that I was actually going to early was ridiculous. The fact of the matter is that it was not a part of my course. Sometimes we have to sit back and ask God, before we say yes, “Is this what you want me to be doing, right now? Is this on my race course? Am I dragging weight onto the course, that doesn’t belong to me? Is this a part of my divine assignment?”

While the story of the beauty appointment may seem a bit extreme, it made me reflect on the many times that I have said Y-E-S, when I should’ve just said N-O.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for wisdom. Help me to recognize when to say yes and when to say no. Give me the courage to say NO, especially when my spirit feels that saying yes isn’t the right thing to do. Continue to guide me on the course that You have outlined for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today, I EMPOWER you to evaluate the things that are causing stress in your life. Are these things a part of your assignment or someone else’s? If you are being thrown off of your race, give it back and tell them NO. I EMPOWER you to just say NO! 

Merry Christmas Ladies! Remember that Jesus is the REASON for this season.

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Look at Me Now

Ms. Chancee` Lundy currently resides in Atlanta, GA and is a small business co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend, community servant, and child of God. She is passionate about causes that truly uplift the community. One of her favorite scriptures is Hebrews 11:6: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

Growth/Maturity, Motivation, Organization, Preparation, Procrastination, Self-Control, Time Management

The Longer You Wait…The Longer It Takes!

Tis the Season…for “Ms. Richard, what can I do to pass your class??”  Yes!  It’s the season of “Can I have some make up work and/or extra credit?”  In past years I have killed tons of trees and feverishly created and copied packets for students to complete over Christmas break…NOT THIS YEAR!! Instead, I used a workbook for my Constitution unit.  Back in October, I had the students purchase the workbook and have been assigning pages out of it since then.  Of course, some students did not purchase the workbook or bought it and never opened it to do any of the assignments.  Now that these students are failing or are close to failing, they want to know, “What can I do to pass?”  My response was, “Complete your workbook from cover to cover!”

I have never seen so many attitudes at one time!  “What you mean Ms. Richard?  This gonna take me all break to do this!”   I simply said, “the longer you wait, the longer it takes. If you had been doing the work all along, you wouldn’t have as much to do!”

Later on I was reflecting about all I have to get done.  I have to deep clean my house, finish shopping for the Christmas dinner I’m hosting, and go shopping for gifts.  This is in addition to life outside of the Christmas season; I need to grade and record several assignments, sit down and pay some bills, and the list goes on, and on, AND ON!!

Just then my words came back to me, “…the longer you wait, the longer it takes…”  Yes my students have an issue with procrastination but so do I!  Procrastination is “the act of willfully delaying the doing of something that should be done,” and in some people it is a habitual way of handling any task. There was so much I could have been getting done all along.  Instead of letting my students’ papers pile up, I could have graded an assignment or two everyday.  Christmas comes at the same time EVERY year so I could have been purchasing things throughout the year and had them ready.   Oh and my house–I wouldn’t have to do such a deep clean if I had been more diligent in weekly spot cleaning.

Now my attitude was rising, “WHY???? Why did I let this stuff pile up like this?”  Because I kept telling myself, “I’ll do it tomorrow, no rush, I’ll get to it!”

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” (Proverbs 27:1 NIV)

So here I am coming up with a plan TODAY so I can get everything done.  One cure for procrastination is more diligence, regardless of the task. We should be supremely motivated to be diligent in our work, since we are ultimately serving the Lord. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23 ESV). If we put our hearts into our work, as this verse says to do, we will probably find it difficult to procrastinate too much.  Yes, my weekend is pretty much shot but I will take this as a lesson to NOT procrastinate because, “the longer you wait, the longer it takes…”

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for giving us the ability and the strength to do all the things that we need to do.  Help us to be more diligent at getting tasks completed.  Give us wisdom to prioritize and manage our time efficiently and effectively so that we can complete every task You have laid before us.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to STOP PROCRASTINATING!!  There is so much we have to do in order to build the kingdom of God and reach the individual destinies we have for our lives.  We have no time to waste! 

  1. Pray and ask God for wisdom and guidance
  2.  Make a list of all the things you have to do
  3.  Write down a deadline date next to each task
  4. Prioritize how you will get each task done in an organized and timely fashion
  5.  Get to work!! 

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Rebuke the 7 Dwarfs

Ms. Katrina Richard is an up and coming professional residing in Chicago, Illinois.  She strives to incorporate knowledge and life-skills to teenagers in her profession as a high school history teacher.  Katrina is very active in her church community where she serves in the prayer ministry as well as in the nursery.  She has a passion for serving in the lesser known areas of ministry because she believes every facet of ministry is important to kingdom building and spiritual development of the believers. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

God's Mercy, Growth/Maturity, Self-Control, Sin, Time Management

Tick…Tock

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 NIV

I remember having a conversation with friends while in college about premarital sex. I distinctively remember a friend saying, “God will have to come down off the clouds himself in order for me to stop having sex.” We laughed in agreement because after all, it wasn’t holiness that kept some of us from fornicating, it was “worse” things like becoming a parent or catching a disease. Surely God didn’t mind a little “testing of the waters” here or there, right? One of the ladies in the group stood her ground and said in a soft voice, “but God is a just God and He may not wait on you for too long.” Many of us in the group ignored her, but her comment struck a nerve in me. “What did she mean He many not wait long?”  Peter reminds, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 NIV. What he is explaining is that although you don’t see what God promised to you now because of your disobedience, don’t mistake Him for being slow in judgment. Instead, He is a God who loves you and wants to see you to repentance. God is love, and love is patient.

There are so many of us out there playing the “clock” game of getting it right. We think we have more time. But Peter goes on to remind us that no man knows the day nor the hour when God’s judgment will come. Now this is not to scare you, but to urge you to take a look at your life. Are there things that God has told you to “stop or start” doing but you are allowing procrastination to set in? Has he told you to refrain from fornication, alcohol, gossiping, homosexuality, grudge-holding, but yet you think you have time? Time running out doesn’t necessarily mean the wrath of God is coming, but what about missed opportunity? He may be telling you to refrain from fornication because the next encounter will give you a “package” that you can’t get rid of. What if He is telling you to watch your mouth and your gossiping habit because your next “Ooh girl, let me tell you convo” could cost you your job or hurt someone you love? Has He told you to deal with your sin of gluttony and lack of self-control for food? I urge you to listen to His voice, the number one killer of women is heart disease, often linked to bad diets.

Peter shared about the ending of world, but I have been enlightened to share with you about the right now. God is being patient with us because He wants us to repent and move forward into a life of abundance through Him, in which we lack nothing. But we can’t move forward if the sins that we “know” are present are not dealt with.

Dear Daddy,

Where would I be without Your Son Jesus? I am overwhelmed at your sacrifice and am indebted to You for shedding His blood to cover my sins. Lord, I know that there are some things that I need to deal with. I have some attitudes and actions that do not reflect You at all. Lord, please forgive me for taking Your covering, patience, and love for granted and not acting on the things that I should. Lord, please forgive me for not heeding to Your spirit in a timely fashion. Lord, I humbly ask that You give me a clean heart, renew in me a right spirit, and teach me Your ways so that I may live in the abundance You have promised me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you today not to wait until January 1st to set your resolution of self-betterment, but to start today. I do not know when God will decide to bring forth judgment, but what I do know is until then, I can be a better person, sister, wife, mother, girlfriend, confidant, and most of all a better Christian. I know what I need to do and stop doing. It’s time to stop playing the “waiting game” of waiting to get caught.

As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV) She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Khalilah resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter. They attend St. Luke Christian ChurchCheck out Khalilah’s Christian weight loss blog here.

Attitude, Growth/Maturity, Patience, Spiritual Warfare, Submission/Surrendering, Time Management, Trusting God

The Process of the Promise

This time every year all the members of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee get overly excited.  We anticipate the last weekend in August because we know that it is filled with powerful preaching and bountiful blessings.  To jump start the festivities, Bishop Walker declared the Friday evening service as “A Night of Miracles and Manifestation.”  The title of the event was enough for me to commit to attending weeks in advance. 

It seemed as if the enemy was attacking my time management skills more than usual on that Friday.  Each task that I set out to complete took longer than expected, thus causing a domino effect on my schedule.  Before I knew it, my designated departure time had come and gone and I hadn’t even made it home with my groceries yet.  Finally, thirty minutes before the service began, we headed out the door to begin the twenty minute drive to the church.

We were smooth sailing down the expressway until we approached the exit and were stuck in standstill traffic for an additional forty minutes.  As we inched our way along, a spirit inched into the vehicle with us.  All three of us were becoming aggravated at the idea of going through all of this for church!  Once we were able to turn off the ramp, the reality of going to a mega church hit us again…We had to run for a shuttle bus to get from the overflow parking lot to the building. Are you serious God? I don’t run unless I’m being chased!!  By then I was livid at the whole experience and I had not even made it to the doors of the church. 

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9 NIV)

Five minutes into the service my mood was instantly changed. My hands were in the air and my voice shrieked with praises for God.  The entire time I couldn’t stay in my seat.  Everything that was said spoke life into every situation I had been battling.  By the end of the sermon, I had a firm understanding that things I pray for may not happen overnight but I must thank God that I am able to maintain.

Ladies, the devil wanted my patience to grow thin during the commute because there was a word that I needed to hear and I almost got cheated out of it.  The enemy’s schemes kept trying to convince me that I was wasting my time going because I was already late and the traffic seemed unbearable.   However, God knew the blessing that was in store for me and the process of getting there made it even more worth the while.  Just like life, I had to endure trials in order to reach my destiny!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for keeping me focused through the devil’s trickery.  Forgive me for complaining about the process because I understand that it is directly connected to the blessing.  Help me to clearly discern the enemy’s voice from Yours that I might always be walking in Your will.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

I strongly recommend that we EMPOWER each other to embrace the process to reach the promise.  The blessing is right around the corner but are you willing to sit in traffic for it?  I did!  Have a safe and blessed holiday weekend!  🙂

Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management.  She resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she is a faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.  Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn” Isaiah 54:17

Gifts/Talents, Motivation, Procrastination, Self-Control, Time Management

Addicted!

No matter where I am or what I am doing I have to take a hit. Someone can be talking to me and I will sit right in their face and get my fix. Even while I am working and trying to meet critical deadlines, I’ll take hours to indulge. At the dinner table, at the restaurant or driving in my car, I take a quick hit. Church and airplanes are really the only spaces that are safe.

I am ashamed to admit it but my name is Chanceé Lundy and I am addicted to Facebook. I don’t think that I am a hardcore addict. I am not forsaking other real duties and responsibilities to peruse what I call the “weapon of mass distraction” but I am a functioning addict. My addiction creeps in when I really could be using my time and my mind for something else. Lately, I found that I could not go a day without logging in.  As a matter of fact, I am not sure if I went more than an hour. For years I wouldn’t add the mobile application because it was my way of taking a break from the social network when I wasn’t at a computer. However, that ended over a year ago when I installed it on my phone. Bad decision! Now I take my drug of choice everywhere.

What’s worse is that I don’t play Facebook games like Farmville, Mafia or anything of that sort. As a matter of fact, I often turn my nose up at people who do. “Don’t they have better things to do with their time? I can’t believe people would waste all of their time playing games on here.” Meanwhile, my countless hours of clicking through thousands of photos of people is just as bad, if not worse. At least they are competing; I am wasting hours of productivity and losing sleep looking at pictures trying to figure out how people are connected.

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12 KJV) Our time is our most precious asset and once it is gone it cannot be replaced. We have all heard the phrase “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” For many, Facebook has allowed them the opportunity to create stories based on other people’s status updates, pictures or writing on someone’s wall. All too common is the question, “Well how did you find out?” and the response is, “I saw it on Facebook.” It’s an alternate world that feeds into true reality. Often when those worlds collide, disaster ensues. There are the breakups, divorces, fights, and rumors caused by misuse of a social media tool that merely allows us to make connections with people that we otherwise would not interact with.

While your vice may not be Facebook, there may be other things that have captured your imagination that cause you to lose productivity because of your secret addiction. “How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.” (Proverbs 6: 9-11 NIV) While continuing to ask God to do things in our life, it is unfortunate that we would consume ourselves with things that get us no closer to our harvest or to kingdom building.

Am I anti-Facebook? Of course not. But, I have realized there is a stark difference when I take intentional “breaks” and not let it consume me. As a matter of fact, I am noticing the number of deactivated accounts of people that I know and when I ask them why, their response is that it was wasting too much of their time. We are bombarded with so much technology that it is easy to see how we become distracted by constantly talking on our cell phones, texting, emailing, internet browsing, playing  games and much more. While all of these things are purposeful in our life, we have to remember their intended use and not let them become our addiction.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for showing us the error of our ways. Help us to recognize the addictions that we have in our life and send us through a spiritual rehabilitation. While You have equipped us with many methods to stay in touch and fellowship, help us to realize that these are not our talents and our time should not be wasted on things that don’t uplift. You have provided us with the gift of time; remind us when we are not using it wisely. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to seek out those things that are separating you from God’s promises. As you make your requests known to God, ask Him to reveal areas in your life where you can spend more time focusing on Him. Allow Him to break addictions and be obedient when He tells you to let certain things go. Don’t let an idle mind keep you from your harvest!

Ms. Chancee` Lundy currently resides in Atlanta, GA and is a small business co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend, community servant, and child of God. She is passionate about causes that truly uplift the community. One of her favorite scriptures is Hebrews 11:6: And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.