Sunday, August 31, 2014

Procrastination - A Sin???

I have the best Bible in the world. At least, I think so. It's called the Life Application Study Bible and it has proven to be invaluable to me. I feel like I always read the Bible but didn't always understand or have information that helped me get to the next "level." This Bible does just that. Usually, when I read a verse in church or during Bible study, I can go to the bottom of the page and the Bible gives me either a background on the story, a background on the verse and why it was written, or some additional information to consider - it just depends on the book and context.
 
Today, we read from Joshua. I happened to read a description on Joshua 18:3-6. The story was about Joshua and how he assigned land to seven individual tribes, but they procrastinated on taking possession of it. Taking possession would have been a boring, large, difficult task and the Israelites put it off. Joshua asked them, "How long are you going to wait before taking possession of the remaining land the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given to you?"
 
In the description, I read this: Joshua asked why some of the tribes were putting off the job of possessing the land. Often, we delay doing jobs that seem large, difficult, boring or disagreeable. But to continue putting them off shows lack of discipline, poor stewardship of time, and in some cases, disobedience to God. Jobs we don't enjoy require concentration, teamwork, twice as much time, lots of encouragement, and accountability. Remember this when you are tempted to procrastinate.
 
Well, I was convicted.
 
I would have never have thought to put together this verse about Joshua and procrastination. So, I appreciated that my Bible did just that.
 
Procrastination has ALWAYS been a struggle of mine. For many reasons, I put things off. And over the years, I have justified my procrastination with many excuses: "The rush of the deadline makes me work more efficiently." "That's just how I am, Jenna the late comer! Jenna, her room is always messy! Ha ha, isn't it funny?" "TV, or do the dishes. Hmmm..." But really, what it is, is me having a problem with being lazy and knowing I have an issue and defiantly refusing to fix it. Being married to someone who is NOT a procrastinator and having kids have changed this attribute quite a bit about my personality, but I still have my struggles with it. In my younger days, though, I put off everything - paying bills, cleaning my room, doing laundry. As a service manager of a restaurant, I would even put off making the schedule for the employees until the very last minute. It was kind of a joke, and in my defense I was an immature 23 year old, but still. It was pretty bad.
 
Over the years, and through my maturity as a Christian, I have come to realize a few things about my "old" ways and the way I should live now. First and foremost, the old way I lived, where people were inconvenienced by my procrastination (like my roommates who had to live in the same house I would keep messy, or companies who didn't get payment from me or the employees who had to wait for their schedules), it showed a complete lack of respect for them, their time, and their feelings. Secondly, it shows a complete lack of respect for the material things that God has given you to take care of. A house, for instance. That is a big blessing, one that I know some people take for granted, especially if it's a house they don't particularly love. But it's still a huge blessing God has provided and one that we should treat as such. Third, it shows a lack of respect for our relationship with God because we are not attempting to provide the care and discipline these responsibilities require of us.
 
I realize not all things are a priority in God's eyes. For example, I have six shelves sitting outside in my backyard, waiting to be redone. I started the project yesterday and don't know when I will get back to it. Well, I am sure God doesn't care if I rush out and paint them right now. I don't mean things like that, we all have things that should be done or that we've meaning to get to. But I do mean things like, procrastinating and getting the kids to school late regularly because you put off that snooze alarm just one more time. Or if you regularly put off housework that effects living conditions and the other people in your house. Or if you procrastinate projects at work because they are tedious and time consuming in favor of other, more fun ways to spend your time, whatever the case may be. I know that I feel that guilt when I have put something off for days upon end. I think that if you are walking closely with God, that guilt can be a huge conviction that maybe you have some things to work on. Especially if the thing you are procrastinating is your quiet time (guilty of that myself!)
 
Something else I thought about as I thought about this....I think so often, we Christians categorize sin in what we deem as most severe to least severe. I see things very differently - I think all sin is hated by God, no matter what it might be. It's a hard concept for us to understand as human beings because there are just some things that don't seem as serious as others. The point I am trying to make here is that if procrastination has been a point of contention in your life and has caused consequences, especially if you are convicted about it but haven't really don't much to change it, that is still a sin because it is separating you from the will of God for your life. If you find yourself saying, "I am such a procrastinator, ha ha! It's always been a struggle of mine..." you almost are saying, "That's just how God made me, oh well!" God wants you to grow and become spiritually mature - this is a great example of how one might do that - by developing discipline through doing the jobs that you might not like doing, but need doing, especially if God has entrusted those jobs to you.
 
I challenge you this week to give this some thought. My life has become a million times easier since I started changing my mindset. I don't really consider myself a full blown procrastinator anymore, but I still struggle with it. But this verse really made me want to try harder!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Campaign Furniture Set Redo - Jordan's Room

A few years ago, I went to an estate sale and found this beautiful campaign dresser. It actually came with a mirror as well, but I opted to just redo the dresser by itself.
 
 
I decided to do it hombre and put it in Jordan's room at our old rent house.
 
 
I really loved Jordan's room in this house - everything matched and it looked nice together.
 
Ironically, it was at that estate sale that we first saw our new house that we live in now. They were only selling the dresser at that time, and I had no idea that it was actually part of a whole set.
 
Imagine my surprise this summer when I look at the yard of our now-across-the-street neighbors, who we originally bought the dresser from for $10, and see the matching chest of drawers and nightstand. I made a beeline across the street and they sold me both pieces for $15. It was a great day.
 
The hombre just wasn't working for me anymore - after the move, the paint had a lot of chips in it and it just looked cheap. Jordan picked out a new bedspread for his room, so I decided to redo all of the furniture to match, and wanted to really showcase the campaign pieces and their coolest feature, the metal finishes.
 
This is what I came up with! (excuse the pano view)
 
 



 
I am just in love with how it all turned out. Since he will be a teenager next year, I really wanted something that didn't look little boy-ish anymore and could last a while into his teen years. He hasn't even seen all of the pieces finished yet - he's been asking me for a month now when I am going to be done. (Yes, it was a good day when I found everything but it took me a while to get up the motivation to get it all done!)
 
I ended up buying a pint size can of glossy black paint. It would have easily taken me 15 cans of spray paint to do all of this, and I hate spray painting anything that long. Since it's so hot outside, it only took me two days because the paint dried so fast. I prefer to paint with sponge brushes - I hate regular paint brushes. Once I finish with them, I just throw them away. I think I bought a can of Rustoleum Glossy Black for like, $10, and three new sponge brushes for $2. I already had a can of poly from another project (that has lasted me forever). That's the one thing I didn't do with the dresser last time and I regretted it, so this time, I had to seal it with something. So, I guess, if you want to include the original dresser purchase, the new pieces, the black can of paint and the brushes, we got a brand new bedroom set for $37. The bedspread set and sheets cost more than the furniture did!
 
I love it when I check something off of my to-do list! Now, on to MY room!
 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Our Day At the Zoo!

We got invited to go to the Dallas Zoo with our friends this week - I was so glad we got to go because it's Avery first visit to the zoo this year. We haven't been to the Dallas Zoo in years. I just always assumed Fort Worth was better, but I have to say, the Dallas Zoo was amazing. It was really hot, but we got there early in the day and were able to see a lot. They also have a lot of air conditioned areas that have been remodeled. We had such an amazing time. All of the animals were out and interactive!
 
 
The giraffes were literally right up to the fence and we got to feed them! They are such beautiful animals.


 
 
We also got to see the predator encounter, which let us see the lions up close. They are huge animals!!


 
Even though snakes are always behind glass, they still always creep me out!! This snake somehow reminded me of Harry Potter... 
 
 
We were about to leave and decided to see if we could see the gorillas. This one was right by the glass. I don't know why, but he made me sad. I could look right in his eyes and there was just something oddly human about the way he looked at us. I am still glad Avery got to see them all.

 
Just another week and Avery gets to start school!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Year Ago...

At the end of this month, it will be one year since I said goodbye to working an 8 - 5 job and hello to a new job of staying at home and being a Realtor. If you'd have said this would have been a place I would have been at in my life, I would have told you that you were nuts.
 
Looking back on this year, I am so grateful for God's blessings on our life and the ability for me to spend more time with my daughter. These months have been absolutely precious to me. I have gotten to know Avery so much more, watched her progress, watched her personality unfold and become her very best friend. We've done so many wonderful things together and it's time that I am so grateful for.
 
I watched Avery go two days a week to a big kid school back in November.... 
 
 
and in a little over a week, she will start a new, four day a week, pre-school. This summer, she's been home with me completely full time. While I have loved to spend that much with her, she and I both ready for her to be back into a structured weekly routine. I am ready to focus more energy on work and have some time away from each other. I am ready for her to learn some great new things and meet some new friends this year. Just a few more days....
 
Here is a look at the past year and some things Avery got to do!
 
She got to eat donuts with Daddy at her school...
 
 
Avery got to eat a Thanksgiving feast at school...
 
 
Avery got her picture made...
 
 
Avery turned 3 at her superhero birthday party...
 
 
Avery got to go to San Antonio for Thanksgiving with her Nawnie and Poppy...
 
 
She got to do some sledding when it iced here...
 
 
She got to see how much she loves performing in front of people...
 
 
While having a captivated audience...
 
 
She got to spend time with her cousins for Christmas....
 
 
 
And her family...
 
 
 
She got to have slumber parties with Colbi...
 
 
She got her picture taken, again...
 
 
She got to by my Valentine...
 
 
We went out to eat a lot together...
 
 
She got to spend Easter with her family...
 
 
She spent some time learning to swim...
 
 
I got to celebrate being a mom with her...
 
 
She got to swim in Gigi and Pops pool...
 
 
She got to spend time with her sister...
 
 
Did a lot of dressing up...
 
 
She got to go on a trip to see the Grand Canyon...
 
 
She's got to help mommy at work..
 
 
And they got to spend lots and lots of time together.
 
 
I am looking forward to making the most of this last week, then it's school time!!