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Take Back Your Time Book Review

There is so much organizational information in Morgan Tyree’s Take Back Your Time it’s difficult to know where to begin. First off, this is not a book to rush through. It is a book to read, put into practice, read again, repeat.

Morgan discusses scheduling time to prioritize your priorities, organizing your day for maximum productivity, applying your strengths according to who you are, managing your calendar, setting goals which signal your intention, and breaking your time into three zones: green, yellow, and red.

The first three chapters encourage you to record where you spend most of your time and identify your priorities. The next three chapters build on what you recorded.

In the green zone, she suggests you focus on your productivity chart and work on your top three priorities with total focus. The yellow zone allows for interruptions and a little flexibility as you work while continuing to be productive. The red zone is time dedicated to recharging.

Morgan provides charts to fill out and follow while giving examples of her own schedules to see how she implements them.

If this seems like a lot of work, it is. That’s why I said it’s not a book you can rush through. Take Back Your Time is for those genuinely serious about becoming super organized, redeeming their time, and accomplishing their priorities.

Full confession…I am nowhere close to being organized.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

I wish you well.

Sandy

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

Christ’s Perfect Eraser

In the days before overhead projectors and smart boards, how many of you ever asked your teacher if you could erase the blackboard?

Oh, yeah. My hand’s raised.

It was a feeling of accomplishment wasn’t it? You pushed that black felt eraser back and forth, obliterating the words dear teacher scrawled all over the board.

Only no matter how hard you scrubbed, a trace of the written word remained on the board until it was washed clean with water.

Then I switched places and became the teacher erasing blackboards. Realizing how truly awful the task was, I welcomed the opportunity to delegate the job to eager little hands.

Chalk dust got all over the place. Even dustless chalk. It got on my hands. Particles flew through the air, and made me sneeze. Dust settled on my clothes. Residue rested in the dust tray, which I inevitably leaned against, leaving chalk streaks across my backside.

Not pretty.

Fortunately, I found an amazing new eraser made of foam or rubber of some sort instead of the usual black felt. This thing was the best. I loved, loved, loved it. This amazing eraser took away ALL the dust. It didn’t leave any residue behind. It was perfect.

Nothing remained of what once marred the board. Everything was erased. Everything was forgotten. Everything was washed clean.

So, I’m thinking…Christ has an amazing eraser like that, doesn’t he?

When our sins are erased through the shed blood of Jesus on the cross, no residue remains. No faint reminder of our sins shows. Everything that once stained and marred us is gone.

Erased.

Forgotten.

Washed clean.

Satan’s not real happy with the fact Christ forgives and removes sin as far as the east is from the west. The Deceiver wants us to use the black felt eraser. He wants the residue of our sins to remain. He wants us to stay guilty and feel condemned. Satan wants us to walk around with chalk lines on our backside as reminders of all the times we tried and failed.

Jesus took all our sins upon his perfect sinless self. He nailed our sins to the cross through his tortured body. When we name Jesus LORD and King of our life, we don’t need to keep dredging up the past and its sins.

Jesus has an eraser that’s far superior to the foam one I used. Christ’s perfect eraser stretches from one scarred hand to the other.

Hanging on to past sins? Talk to Jesus. Let him forgive and make you whiter than snow.

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As high as the sky is above the earth, so great is his love for those who honor him. As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our sins from us. Psalm 103:11-12

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Finding Lady Enderly Book Review

Set in 1871 England, Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano is a must read for lovers of historical romance, mystery, and plot twists which keep you guessing until the last page.

Joanna pulls the reader in with rich details, fast paced story telling, danger, and characters who may or may not be who them seem to be.

Taken from her impoverished life as a rag woman to a world of luxury by a handsome stranger, Raina struggles to perform the charade she’s called to live at Rothburne Abbey. Especially when someone from her past arrives who could identify her for who she truly is.

Loyalties are tested and difficult choices are made. In a world full of secrets and deception, knowing who to trust can be a matter of life or death.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

I wish you well.

Sandy

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

God’s Grace Is Sufficient

When we are weak, God’s grace, provision, is sufficient. God’s power inside us becomes stronger when we face problems and troubles we can’t handle on our own. Have you experienced that in your life? I sure have. The key, I believe, is to acknowledge we are not as strong as we think we are. To borrow a line from Rich Mullins.

In our world weakness is not something we go around boasting about. Our world strives for self-sufficiency. But Jesus tells us to bring our burdens and cares to him for he cares for us. He promises to help us carry the weight of the things which weigh us down.

Often we buy into the lie it’s all on us to fix, solve, restore, provide…forgetting those are things God in his grace promises to do for us when we trust him. God’s power shows up in our weakness. Our job is to humbly admit we’re weak and accept what he offers. He gives grace for each day to complete what needs completed in his power and strength.

The apostle Paul begged God to take away his “thorn in the flesh.” We aren’t told what the thorn was, but God didn’t remove it. What God did was enable Paul to carry the burden through God’s power working in Paul.

Because of that, Paul cheerfully made up his mind to boast in his weakness so others would know anything he accomplished was through the power of God.

How have you experienced God’s grace in your weakness?

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Three times I begged the Lord for it to leave me, but his reply has been, “My grace is enough for you: for where there is weakness, my power is shown the more completely.” Therefore, I have cheerfully made up my mind to be proud of my weaknesses, because they mean a deeper experience of the power of Christ. 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (Phillips)

Or as the Hawai‘i Pidgin says: “I do plenny good tings fo you, an dass all you need. My power mo strong inside you wen you no can handle trouble yoa own self.”

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Toxic

Several weeks ago when I walked down the hall and entered my writing office, I noticed a burning electrical smell.

We’d had lightning strikes nearby so I pulled down the attic ladder to investigate if our roof had been hit. I entered the attic, but there was no electrical smell.

I went outside and checked the perimeter of the house. Nothing seemed to be on fire.

As I walked back toward my office, once again the closer I got to it the stronger the odor.

I checked all the electrical plugs and ran my hand over the walls looking for unexplained heat in any area.

Everything seemed fine.

As I prayed, asking God to show me where the problem was, he directed me to the Mr. Coffee mug warmer on my desk I use to keep my tea hot.

Taa-daa. Culprit found.

The warmer was fried and emitted a powerful electrical burn odor.

My fault.

No. I didn’t leave it on too long.

I foolishly placed a glass of water on the warmer. Even though the warmer was off, condensation from the glass seeped into the heating element, shorting it out.

Yeah. Don’t do that.

As soon as I unplugged the warmer and threw it away, the toxic electrical odor disappeared.

I’m extremely grateful I was home when the warmer shorted and didn’t return home to find the house consumed in flames. I’m grateful I was persistent in seeking out the problem. I’m grateful God pointed me in the right direction to discover the cause of the problem. I’m grateful I was able to unplug the warmer and throw it away.

So after buying a new tea warmer, I thought about how God often alerts us to toxic situations in our life. It may not be as obvious as the odor emanating from a fried tea warmer, but he gives us signs to avert toxic situations which can cause grave consequences, if we’d only pay attention.

Toxic relationships? Unplug and throw away.

Toxic social media, computer, or television viewing? Unplug and throw away.

Toxic life habits that are killing us? Unplug and throw away.

I’m convinced if we pray and ask God to point out the toxic problems in our lives he will. After that, our job is to listen, do the hard work to root out the problem, unplug from it, and throw it far, far away.

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 You people who live in Jerusalem will not weep any more. The Lord is compassionate, and when you cry to him for help, he will answer you. The Lord will make you go through hard times, but he himself will be there to teach you, and you will not have to search for him any more.  If you wander off the road to the right or the left, you will hear his voice behind you saying, “Here is the road. Follow it.” You will take your idols plated with silver and your idols covered with gold, and will throw them away like filth, shouting, “Out of my sight!” Isaiah 30:19-22 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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