Hey friends! Good to be back and hope to be more consistent blogging from now on. My grandmother-ing schedule is a little different this semester and will give me more big chunks of time to return to some things I have let go and visit some things I would like to learn and do.

By the way, to my heart's delight we just got back from a delightful trip to the ocean or the "big water" as our granddaughter calls it. I will blog about that soon.

In the last week I have heard two lessons on the same scripture and feel very convicted that God is highlighting something I need to work on and ponder.  I have read this verse numerous times in the past but two different people talked this week about examining what it actually means to deny yourself for God.

Matthew 16:24-26

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

My first response was that I'm a pretty good person and feel like I walk a fairly good path with God. As I pondered more I can see some very selfish ways that I am entrenched in and want to see what it would mean and how it would draw me closer to God if I actually denied myself of those things.

We are such followers of each other. What ever is popular we want to be a part of it even if it seems a bit contrary to being a Jesus follower.  Maybe even those things I do like what books I read or what movies I watch or what instagram accounts I follow really do matter.  I have come to learn as I age that no matter how bulletproof I think I am that I am really stupid to think that what I put in my mind does not come out of my heart and my mouth.  These things also put walls up in between my God and myself.  They may seem trivial but to me and my heart and mind they are not.

One thing I am determined to struggle with along with what I watch and read is putting boundaries in my life on how much I stay on my phone.  I have become accustomed to scrolling and liking when ever I even have a spare moment. Sheesh.  I want to end this merry-go-round.  I deleted my facebook app on my phone and that has really helped but I need to take it further.  I read these rules on phone and media use by Jefferson Bethke and I really love how thoughtful they are especially for families with little ones.

I love the 1-1-1 rule. I think I will just work on that really hard.

I also am convicted about getting back into reading like I used to. I have let the phone steal away the time that I used to give to reading and learning that way.
So, for the next month I am working on these disciplines.
I will read instead of scroll. I will do the 1-1-1 rule and the other principles he states above.
I will give myself 30 minutes to scroll late in the day and that will be it for the month.
I will read. I will be present.
Here is a photo of a stack of books I am starting on.

Join me in this discipline? Please? I need good company and accountability would be awesome too.

Blessings! Amy


Wa Wa Waughs said…
Those look like good books! I think I'm not so bad with the mindless scrolling but probably if the truth was known i'd be shocked. I keep thinking I should just set a timer when I start and limit myself, but I never do it. Several good suggestions in the list you gave, thanks!

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