It’s so easy for me to be distracted. To let my eyes wander, to get sucked in and not even know it until it’s 9pm at night and not feeling accomplished. In our world of constant media it’s a fight and a challenge to keep our eyes on this above, or even just things that are life-giving. Instead of life-sucking.
I love the verses in the bible about light and darkness. I know they mean really big things but I also see how practical they are as well. This verse especially.
Matthew 6:22-23 22 “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!
For me darkness doesn’t always lie in scary dark alleys. Sometimes darkness enters my eyes through TV shows. Through hours on social media. Through comparison. Through weariness during challenges.
Since Cal was born I have tried to find simple and actionable tools to help keep my eyes on Jesus and less of what the world wants or “expects” from me. I thought I would share them if they would help you at all in your day to day. PS. None of these people are sponsoring me, I just love these resources so I want to share.
These are my go-to during the day when I need something to help break up the laundry, editing or unloading the dishwasher again! (it never stops right?!) I also turn these on when I want to watch another Scandal or Nashville episode. (Now don’t get me wrong I get sucked into those drama’s, but I always feel unsettled after them, so I choose to watch these more often) I try to really limit screen time for our little, but I feel like learning from these amazing women make it totally worth it.
With every class you take you get the recording or you can purchase past classes, I rarely make a class live these days, but love hooking my computer up to my tv and hearing TRUTH on a whole bunch of topics! My favorite classes so far? This & This. I have a membership and I get a free class per month and my membership is only $10 a month. Win. WIN. Their podcast channel is free and I just love those too. A favorite of mine is Shauna Niequist’s. Listen to around 14-15 min and on especially! I LOVE.
I subscribe to IF:Equip and it’s totally free. I love this because I get it every morning and it reminds me in the midst of my work that Jesus is first! I also love this because we read the BIBLE the actual verses, and then watch a quick 2min video discussing it and then engage in comments below. It’s a great community to be a part of!! Check it out.
Quick uplifting and funny reads
Devotionals, which I will talk about in a second. But the books that have caught me by surprise and filled my heart so much are these short reads about motherhood and Jesus. Loving the Little Years, Out of the Spin Cycle, Diaper Bags and Church shoes & Mom enough. All of these books made hard moments laughable or validated and or right at the feet of Jesus.
Other devotionals that I am or have worked through in the past month. Naptime Diary, These two other seasonal devotionals, (but you could do anytime of the year, as I didn’t do them during the season.) Advent Devotional & the Lent devotional that I had the amazing opportunity to contribute in. I also am reading through Savor daily right now as well. I will be starting the Prayer for the Dreamer and Doer 31 day study in June! This book is so great and I feel honored I was asked to write one of the prayers/chapters in this book!
Y’all!! I love Rev Well! and the sweet Alisa Keeton! For this momma who hasn’t been able to do much of any working out due to milk supply being affected. The few times I have been able to tune into working out my heart and mind are worshipping. I am not in the, I hate my body zone while working out. I am hearing truth and it’s been so powerful! I am SO stinkin’ excited to add this to my daily routine when Cal turns one! There are tons of free videos online, but I love the VIP TV and the sweet community that is there. I hope to become an instructor someday! I will also be doing her WLFM workbook as a devotional this summer also!
I really have noticed that having scripture in front of my face whether it’s on my wall or desktop screen it keeps my heart focused. So I have strategically placed scripture prints or canvases in the areas that I spend the most time in. There are so many great vendors so far our house displays Naptime Diaries, Lindsay Letters and Lara Casey.
Powersheets are always a favorite of mine. When I am feeling all out of sorts I can peek at my tending list and get one thing checked off at a time. I love that this set of papers helps me remember what matters most in my life. I often get refocused and motivated to action. Now fully honesty, I haven’t filled in my May sheets and I definitely have noticed more frustration in my everyday! So excited to get reset for June! I also love using the program Things to keep just 3-4 to do’s in front of my brain a day, but have the rest of the to-do’s scheduled and ready to go.
Win a $10 gift card to be spent on an Influence Class, copy of Prayer for the Dreamer and Doer 31 day devotional by Well Studio, Making It Happen by Lara Casey , The sold out Lent Devotional by Naptime Diaries and a surprise extra gift that I will choose just for you!
To enter just leave a blog comment about what is your biggest distraction from keeping your eyes on Jesus or what works for you in to keep your eyes on what matters during your everyday?
Winner is Laura D!! I will email you with more information.