Welcome to the New Reality


Chapter One

A few sentences that stood out to me from Chapter 1:

…”but those sparkling “somethings,” when combined, would suck us all into a vortex of mind-numbing information overload and clutter unknown to generations of women before us.”

“Life was simple back in the eighties.”

“What happened to simplicity?”

“My mind was trained to focus on one thing at a time, and there were very few interruptions in a normal day.”

“Information floods in from every direction, challenging me to process it, discard the unimportant and irrelevant, and save the important.  Without a solid filter for making those decisions, I find myself over-committed and on mental overload.”

“Many of us feel as if someone put us in the spin cycle of the washing machine – leaving us washed up and wrung out.  And then, as if that weren’t enough, we got put in the dryer so things would heat up a bit.”

Boy, do any of those hit home to you too?  Well, if you are young, then the one about the eighties isn’t going to mean anything to you!  I feel all of these and I get even more frustrated.  

When I have so many things spinning out of control I am reminded that I am trying to do too much.  I am trying to run my show on my terms and not always looking to what God has in store for me.  

It is a reminder and goes along with our verse for the week:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  – Romans 15:13

I need to seek Him above all else so that He will fill me and I can be strengthen by His power to get through my days.  I know that if I have not spent time in His word or shared my life with Him, my days can be treacherous.  I can be beaten down and waving my white flag high wanting to give it all up.

One thing I have learned in the past 6 months (yeah, it takes me awhile, I mean I am 46!) is that it is all good to spend my morning time with Jesus and get filled up and nourished from the ONLY one who can truly feed me, it is a whole other thing to seek Him throughout the day too.  In all decisions and in all tasks.  I am a big flunky in that area, although I am learning.  

I find myself seeking prayer more and more during the day.  Having small conversations in the midst of the hustle and bustle with Him.

As Glynnis shared at the end of the chapter, her prayer is that you will draw closer to God and discover HIS purpose for your life.  You are not meant to flop around in the midst of chaos, just surviving.  He wants you to Thrive!

“Finding order and peace is an ongoing process, because life keeps changing.”

Consider these questions, answer them in your journal, comment here or you can leave your comment on the private Facebook page.  Don’t be shy, something you say may just in fact spark something in someone else!

  • Have you prayed about the study and asked God to help you?  If you haven’t yet prayed, what is holding you back?
  • What hit’s closest to home for you in what Glynnis shares in Chapter 1?
  • What is your favorite quote out of Chapter 1?
  • Are you stuck in old patterns of organizing that just don’t work?
  • Technology is a big ‘time suck’ – how can you revise your current way of using technology to actually benefit you?
  • Glynnis says there is an organized person in you?  Do you believe her?  What is one step you can take right now to work toward revealing that person?

I will see you back here tomorrow, but of course, I will catch you throughout the day as you leave comments, I will be replying to each and every one – promise!



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