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If you call yourself a follower of Jesus Christ...you serve a BIG God. Big enough to cure and fix anything with the "snap" of a finger. A person wrecked by depression can go from being closed up in his home, not able to work to being free just like that.

God has usually not chosen to operate that way in my life. He usually has chosen the "slow and steady" route. Honestly, at times it drives me crazy!

My struggles with perfectionism and people pleasing have been a lifelong thing. There have been moments I've had big breakthroughs because of something a friend has shared with me or a word from a counselor, but overall the growth has been slow and steady.

During the times I get frustrated at the lack of dramatic change day to day, I have to remind myself to take a "big picture" look at what God has accomplished over the last 3, 5, or 20 years in my life. As the saying goes, we often can't see the forest for the trees.

Romans 5:3-5

"We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love."

I hope you'll join me in leaning into the work God is doing each day and remember He's with us through all the ups and downs. It's sometimes in the deepest valleys we can sense Him the closest.

 

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So simple...so unassuming...looks can be deceiving!

 

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When's the last time you did...nothing?

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I gave up TV for lent. But, not always so joyfully. Especially last night. I was going through some type of withdrawal and it was dragging me down. HARD. I needed to watch something. I'd had a bad day. My child has been sick. I deserved a little TV time! Right? And, I would've watched gleefully were it not for that pesky hubby of mine.

"You don't want to watch TV! You said you didn't. Let's just sit on the couch, eat our dinner, and talk."

Oh...Kay...I...guess! (Grrrr)

Of course, he was right. After dinner we spent a little time praying together for Alyssa and some other things going on in our lives at the moment. Then, I unloaded and loaded the dishwasher, did a load of towels for the radio station, folded and put away the clothes that had been in the dryer, bagged up all the garbage and put it right in front of the garage door for Jeremy to take out in the morning, and planned what I would wear today. Then I still had time to read some of the Chasing Mona Lisa novel on my iPhone, get ready, and actually get in bed at a decent hour so I could get up at a decent hour.

Yeah, nothing outrageous. But the difference was I did these things...at...a...leisurely...pace. What a difference! You know, instead of getting done with two hours (that I so deserved) of vegging in front of the tube and then realizing...oh, great, I still need to do the dishes, wash those towels, fold that laundry, and try to figure out what I'm going to wear in the morning! And then fall in to bed after staying up too late to get all that stuff done.

Hmmm...maybe there's something to this "no TV" thing after all.

As I was folding socks I looked at Jeremy and said, "Thank you for not letting me watch TV tonight. You were right. In fact, maybe I'll give it up COMPLETELY."

Sigh...Rolling Eyes..."Why do you always go to such extremes?" (He knows me too well, I think.)

It's just who I am, my love, it's just who I am!

What can you get done when you ditch TV?


TV-Free hugs & kisses,

Jill