3 May 2010

The Old and the New

Time flies by so quickly. And there are many, many battles to fight.

This world would like you to think it’s a playground. But it’s not. It’s a battleground. We don’t have time to waste our lives on frivolities (although sometimes we may try to convince ourselves that we do).

There is a long list of cultural battles that we can take part in overcoming for God’s glory, by His grace, and for the expansion of His kingdom. At times I am overwhelmed when thinking about the many things needing to be accomplished and taken captive to the obedience of Christ . . . especially when it seems there is so “little” time to do them all.

Yes, life is short, but . . .

Tulip From Below

God gave us twenty-four hour days for a reason. If I don’t think there’s enough time in a day, that problem lies with how I’m spending my time. It’s a battle we all face.

Maybe I’ve spent time doing something that really didn’t need to be done. Maybe I could’ve been doing something better with my time. Time is a blessed gift from the Lord that He has given us stewardship over. My lifetime is short and the time I have on this earth lasts just for the moment in all of eternity.

By God’s grace I can change and correct.

Correcting these areas is not always an easy task—it includes weeding out things in my life and schedule that are unnecessary and take up valuable time that can be used for working not just on the good things, but on the best things!

Would you like to join me?

  1. 14 Responses to “Picking the battles . . . and correcting.”

  2. Gabrielle Renee on May 3, 2010 said:

    I would love to join you! It is so much harder than it sounds… I have been trying to work on it in my life for a couple weeks now. I always feel so much better when I do not spend my time idly and wake up earlier than I usually do.

    Love in Christ,

  3. Kate on May 3, 2010 said:

    Thanks for sharing this Emily! I had just determined last night that I would begin fresh this morning at looking how I spend my time. So you can imagine how amazed I was when I read this post. :) It’s so easy to get caught up in things that really are “good things”, but I have to be constantly evaluating if they are the best things- as you said.


  4. Miss. Antoinette on May 3, 2010 said:

    This post was by God’s devine providence perfect timeing for me! I have been thinking as of late, what am I doing with my time that is not fulfilling my roll as a woman of god in the way God would have me use my time and he showed me a few things. I would love to join you in your journey (and share mine) with you! Yes, it might be troublesome at times, but God is our strength and he will give us the strength to “weed out” certain things in our lives that hinder us from His Sovereign word.

    Many blessings in Christ,

    Miss Antoinette

    *1 Corinthians 10:31*

  5. Allison on May 3, 2010 said:

    Thank-you! What a blessing you posted this! I have been thinking of how much of my time is wasted, how much of it could be used to bless others and honor my Lord. I’d love to join you on your journey!

    God bless You!


  6. Anne-Julie on May 3, 2010 said:

    I’m joining you! Shakers had a phrase ”Hands to Work, Hearts to God” and since I’ve heard it, every day I do my best to apply it.

    With you on your journey,


  7. Elena Marques on May 3, 2010 said:

    Amen sister! Thank you very much for posting these thoughts. It is so easy for me to get caught up in simply filling my time instead of investing in things that are worthwhile. Thank you for encouraging me to redeem my time. One of my favorite verses on this topic is from Psalms 90, “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” May God continue to give us grace as we live day by day.

    God bless you sister,


  8. Hannah Mendenhall on May 4, 2010 said:

    Emily Rose,

    Although I am an extremely practical person the fact that we are on a battlefield and not a playground is a truth that I constantly need to hear. Since I heard it later in life I am all the more careful with redeeming the time God has given me, but at the same time keeping Ecclesiastes in perspective : )


  9. Jessica on May 4, 2010 said:

    I’d love to join you! That being said, I need to get off the internet and continue with my morning routine!

    It’s a challenge though – to find what the best things are, and then to do them!

  10. amy on May 5, 2010 said:

    HI! I just came across the paper dolls site and found your blog, here! Completely lovely..someday, this is what I want MY own blog to look like, as it’s been a vision of mine to eventually keep blogging better. These days, it’s like weeks before I blog! Anyways, beautiful writings and PHOTOS and thank you for the lovely inspiration. I so want to try making a bag like that,in the post below!!! God bless you! ~AMY

  11. Victoria / Justice Pirate on May 5, 2010 said:

    Your blog and how you voice things is just so beautiful. I love it.

  12. Jennifer @ Her Southern Charm on May 6, 2010 said:

    Oh wow. You have no idea how much I need this in my life right now! I’d so love to join you!!!

  13. Tracy on May 7, 2010 said:

    Emily, I’m wondering if you design blogs for others. I’ve searched your site for a way to contact you, but didn’t find, so I’m leaving this comment. I’m hoping to start a new blog, and was wondering about your prices for designing and such. Thanks for your consideration!

  14. Angelia in TX on May 13, 2010 said:

    Yes, I want to join you. Such beautiful wisdom from a young lady. My heart desires to do so many things I am not doing. I do not want to waist anymore time Emily. God bless you as you encourage and inspire in His name. By faith I will follow making the BEST Use of my days. Smiles, Angelia in TX

  15. Sarah K. on May 24, 2010 said:

    Amen! I’m so glad I found your blog.
    It’s beautiful,and so are your words!

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