Making the Switch from Paper to Digital

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But all things should be done decently and in order.

1 Corinthians 14:40

 

I don’t know about you, but I have had a long affair with planners, calendars and lists.  Several years ago, someone came into my office and counted 4 calendars. 

·         desk calendar

·         wall calendar

·         planner/agenda

·         computer calendar

She then asked, in a laughing manner, if I ever missed an appointment. 

 

I inwardly cringed because I had missed some.  You see, I had a personal calendar and a work calendar.  So if I were not in the office, I didn’t see appointments listed for work and if I were at work, I might miss the teacher meeting at school because it was in my personal calendar.

 

Needless to say, I got rid of all calendars but one and EVERYTHING went in it!  And that worked!  Some jobs required me to have daily type planners while others worked with a weekly type planner. But everything, and I mean everything, went into the same calendar.

 

In either case, I was always, ALWAYS a paper planner gal!  I love writing things down and CHECKING THINGS OFF!!  I just love it.  Maybe you can relate?

 

Many times over the years I have tried to switch to a digital calendar and FAILED! Until this year!  I have found what works for me. 

 

I now work from home (for a company) and have a lot of other irons in the fire. And I have finally made the switch from a paper planning system to a digital one!

 

I use Google calendar.  I can access it from all of my devices.  And I have multiple “calendars” set up so I can easily display EVERYTHING or just certain items.

·         1- Appointments – this “calendar” shows all the calls I need to be on and appointments that I need to keep

·         2- To Do list – this “calendar” tracks things that I need to get done on a certain day

·         3- Informational – this “calendar” shows birthdays, holidays and general things I need to be aware of

·         4- History- this “calendar” allows me to change past appointments or events with attachments or notes that I want to keep just in case

To view all of these at once, I leave each “calendar” checked.  If I don’t need to see one, like history, I just uncheck it and it comes off my displayed calendar.

 

The beauty of this is that I have my appointments with me at all times since I carry my phone everywhere.  I can add appointments, things to do or information regardless of where I am and I can know if I have a conflict immediately.

 

For those of you who have been using digital systems – kudos!  If you are still using a paper system and want to switch to digital, here’s some advice:

1.       Use a calendar that is accessible across all your devices

2.       Learn to maximize its use

3.       Find an app that you can use for notes/diary type information, if needed.

 

The applications that I use for these are:

1.       Google calendar   - as my planning system

2.       OneNote – to write notes and so much more

Perception

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“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”     -Chuck Swindoll

I don’t know about you, but I have definitely found that saying to be true.

When I started first grade, we had a male French teacher.  I was terrified of him.  He seemed larger than life, had a big nose and lots of black hair, and was tall and loud.  I was mortified to be in his presence.

I would cry and wind up in the office when it came time for French class. So one day my mother came to school for the French class.  She stayed with me and we met the French teacher.  I honestly don’t remember the specifics.  All I know is that after that day, I was no longer afraid of the Frenchman!

What changed?  My perception!  Once I knew my mom was ok with him, I was ok with him. 

Isn’t that true for most things?  Someone ignores you and you get your feelings hurt. They honestly didn’t see you but you perceive they slighted you. 

·         10% what happened- Someone did not acknowledge you.

·         90% how you reacted- You assume they purposefully ignored you so now your feelings are hurt.

No, the Frenchman did nothing to me, but I perceived that he was scary.  So until my perception of him changed, I was fearful.

James 3:17 tell us “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”

When we walk in wisdom from our Lord, we are less likely to overreact to the circumstances around us.

We begin to perceive things in a more biblical way:

·         pure,

·         peaceable,

·         gentle,

·         open to reason,

·         full of mercy and good fruits,

·         impartial and sincere.

 

7 Ways to Transform Your Thinking

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Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  Philippians 4:8

 

We all make choices in life.  We choose every day when we will get up; what we wear; who we will associate with.

Some things we don’t necessarily choose are various thoughts that we think, BUT we DO choose what to do with those thoughts.  We also choose what we watch or read that may contribute to those thoughts.

If you want to transform your thinking, here are 7 things you can do:

1.       Choose to read uplifting books, magazines, posts and/or topics.

2.       Choose to watch clean entertainment.

3.       Choose to be with people who encourage you and others.

4.       Spend time in the Bible.

5.       Pray, asking God to guide you in the above choices.

6.       Practice only saying positive and encouraging things to others.

7.       Focus on the Truth – Jesus.

We can consciously choose so much of what we give our minds access.  Paul cuts to the chase when he tells us to think on what’s true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable and excellent.

This is not “Pollyanna” thinking.  We all know bad things happen.  We all know that sometimes we are surprised by something we see or hear.  But the things we choose to mull over and meditate on are definitely of our choosing.  So, if and only if, it’s worthy of praise, thing on these things!

Helmet of Salvation

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We are in a war.  Not with flesh and blood but with principalities and powers of the air.  It seems to me that one of the devil’s ploys in this war is to mess with our heads.  If he can deceive us or get us off track, he can take a break because we then are off in the wrong direction.  NOT actively fighting the current battle.

Think about that.  When’s the last time you started chasing the proverbial rabbit only to “snap” out of it later and realize you missed some valuable time with those you love or doing something specific God had called you to do?

Therefore, we MUST put on the helmet of salvation!  We need the whole suit of armor if we are going to be able to withstand the wiles of the devil.  The helmet is used to protect one’s head.  That is a very important part of the body, wouldn’t you say?

You are not totally suited up without the helmet.  The helmet of salvation protects our brain.  When you are wearing that helmet, you feel the weight of it.  You know it’s there. And you are consciously guarding what comes at your head.

The helmet of salvation is there to guard:

  • What the eyes see
  • What the ears hear
  • What thoughts we meditate on
  • What comes out of our mouths

With that helmet on we begin to take notice of:

  • What we watch and/or read
  • What / who we let speak into us
  • What we are dwelling on in our thought life
  • What we say to ourselves and to others

I once heard an evangelist preach on the battleground of the Christian life.  He said it is most often fought between one’s ears.  It’s the battle for our minds.  WOW!  If we are so “open-minded” that we believe anything and everything we are not being true followers of Jesus.

Jesus taught very specifically that He is THE Way, THE Truth and THE Life.  NO ONE comes to the Father except through HIM, Jesus.

Put on your helmet of salvation as you suit up for this war we are in.  Suit up every day, being careful of what and who you choose to listen to and follow.  Our marching orders are to follow our KING JESUS.

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,          Ephesians 6:10-18