Doing Things Differently

The way I have been doing things has not been working. It has been getting me by, but I’m tired of just getting by. I want to do better. The only way I can do that is to do things differently.

Have you ever felt this way? Things are okay, but you know they could be much better. I want the abundant life in Christ and I just can’t seem to reach it. 

The first thing I am going to do differently is to stop doing things my way and start doing the God’s way. And what better place to begin than getting out of bed. 

There was a time I got up an hour earlier than the rest of my family to spend time with the Lord. I haven’t stopped spending time with Him, but I have stopped getting up the hour earlier. This is causing me to get a late start each day. That causes me to feel behind all day. I don’t like feeling behind. 

So, an hour earlier it is.

The next thing that is going to change is how I do my quiet time.

quiet time Honestly, I have no idea what changes I am going to make. I’m asking the Lord to show me that. I do feel like I do a lot more of the talking than I let God do. Maybe I need to be quick to listen and much slower to speak. Maybe I need to listen more (read more of His word) and pray for others more and about them less. 

Many changes to my day and the blog are hopefully going to be made this year. 

scheduleThe first change will be spending time in prayer for the blog and all of you before I begin planning for the day, week and month. This has always been my intention, but for some reason have never been consistent with it. That reason being either A.D.D. or my fly by the seat of my pants way of doing things.

Wait…flying by the seat of my pants IS A.D.D.. 

I need  a routine. I do better when I have a routine. A “To Do List” is fine, but not enough. 

Being a S.A.H.E.N. (Stay At Home Empty Nester) I have a tendency to dress more comfy.

Okay, more like a slob. Sweats, tee shirts, shorts and flip-flops. Nothing wrong with these on some days, like when I’m painting a room or out in the garden, but not everyday. 

I’m going to start dressing for success. 

selfie Not a suit or dress, but not always a tee-shirt an shorts. Or sweats in the winter.

The flip-flops stay! I love my flip-flops! 

Just not in the winter. In the winter I wear socks around the house. My feet get cold. 

By the way, how do you like my new camera! Gift from MM! Now to learn how to use it! 

I am going to take better care of myself this year. Starting today, I am going to walk 4 times a week. Even if I have to walk inside my house (bad weather) I’m going to walk. 

walking I hope to put enough miles on these shoes by the end of March to get a new pair. Only 200 more miles to go. 

Hopefully, you will be seeing a design change in the blog. I have talked MM into letting me use some of our (hopefully) little, bitty tax return to hire a web designer. Any suggestions on who I should use? 

One of the biggest changes you will see is me getting real with you. Over the past few years of blogging I have tried to be like other bloggers. Hey, it worked for them. But that’s why it worked for them. They were being themselves. 

So, no more hiding things from you. Here are a couple of things that just ain’t purdy! 

realOur deck and future patio. It’s where our above ground pool used to be. Right now it is just a muddy mess. Has been for about two years now. 

DSCN0150Having 2 boys, I was expecting a broken window at some point. They were trying to throw baseballs over our house. And it wasn’t one of the boys that broke it. It was my daughter. And this didn’t just happen. It was broken 10 years ago. Yes…you read that right. 10 years ago. And of course it is a front window. 

Just wait till you see some of the other not so purdy things I have to show you. These two are nothing. And it’s not just the house that ain’t so purdy. There is a lot about me I’m going to share. It won’t be easy, but God has some cleaning He wants to do and wants me to share it with you. 

So, here’s to different and doing things differently. I would love to hear what you think of the changes. I always love hearing from you! 


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About Jayne

I am a housewife desperate to give my heart and home to the Lord. I like to share with others what the Lord has taught to me. Taking care of my family and home are my passion. I like to craft and decorate and to share the ideas I come across with others. I try to find ways to incorporate crafting and decorating with sharing my faith in Jesus.
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3 Responses to Doing Things Differently

  1. Lisa W says:

    So glad I ran across you on IG! We have much in common, it appears. Thanks for being real and encouraging! ~God Bless your day! Lisa

  2. pattisj says:

    We have our share of projects that aren’t purdy, either! Love your sweater, hope you enjoy your new camera!

    • Jayne says:

      haha I think everyone has some of those! Thank you! I got the sweater at Goodwill. I get more compliments on my thrift store or yard sale or even free clothes than those things I spend more on. I am loving my new camera! I just wish I was as gifted at taking pictures as my daughter is.

Hearing from you makes my day!