1) I owe thanks to this first one to Your Care Guide: 25 Point Manifesto for Sanity in 2013 on A Holy Experience by Ann Voskamp. This a 25 point plan to care for yourself, stay sane, and have a life that glorifies God. All great points, but 25 things are a bit overwhelming for me. I have, though, implemented a few, and maybe a few more are in progress. The one I want to talk about now is her #4...
|Your Care Guide: |
25 Point Manifesto for Sanity in 2013
(She also has printable graphics available)
Your work is art: it needs a soundtrack.
Find your music.
Play your music.
Sing your music. This is profound.
As early in the morning as I remember - Usually after Hubby and the school-schooled kids are out the door - I start up Pandora on my station that plays inspirational worship and praise music. (This station was seeded by The Revelation Song as a start. From that suggestion, Pandora, a free internet music site, plays many, many similar songs for me.) It fills me, encourages me, and cheers me... And reminds me that all I have is God's, all I do is for God, and He had me and my life in His hands. It ministers to me in my fatigue, my fear, and my discouragement, which also has to be a blessing to those around me!
2) Every night I tuck Prince CuddleBunny into bed. After we say prayers together, he likes me to sit with him awhile as he falls asleep. I quickly learned that if I don't do something to keep myself alert, I'll wake up about 3 in the morning, still next to him. So, in the past, I've done things like play Scrabble on a Nintendo DS, or more recently, play Angry Birds, word games, or gem-swapping games on my 7" Samsung Galaxy tablet.
|Bible Gateway Mobile App|
It finally occurred to me that there must be Bible study apps or Bible knowledge games available for the tablet, too.
Sure enough. I now have a Bible verse on my Home screen, and enjoy the app for a daily Bible reading from Bible Gateway.
There is also a game called Bible or Not Bible?, in which I am shown a quote and must determine whether it came from the Bible or elsewhere. It's additionally challenging to guess where in the Bible a verse is from, because after I choose "Bible," if that's correct, it gives me the verse's 'address'... it's book, chapter, and verse number.