Wednesday, May 18, 2016

This and That...Things I Do Daily

What's Routine With You?

Everyone has daily routines in their schedule that they like to do or have to do. I'm no different. Today, I'm sharing some things that you can pretty much find me doing every day. 

Having Devotional Time
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If at all possible, I like to have devotions in the morning before I leave for work. It's that quiet time at the beginning of the day, before things get hectic trying to head out the door to work, when I am able to read scripture, pray and set a positive tone to begin my day.  I often use devotional books as part of this morning ritual such as Jesus Calling by Sarah Young or Upper Room Devotionals. I also like using the online version of Alive Now Magazine which is part of Upper Room ministries. If the morning is especially hectic or I oversleep, then my devotional time will come later in the day after work. 

Washing Dishes
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Can't say I love this chore, but it has to be done, right?  Although we own and use a dishwasher, I frequently hand wash dishes. I like the warmth of the sudsy water and find it a quiet time for thinking and reflecting on my day. And frankly, sometimes it just seems quicker to hand wash the dishes than to empty the dishwasher and then load the dishwasher. Maybe I'm just lazy....

Oh my goodness, friends, this computer has taken over my life since I started blogging!! Every day I can't wait to see if I got comments and find out how many folks have visited my blog. I check out my favorite blogs to keep up with my "bloggy" friends and try to post comments to others as well as responding to folks who have left comments on my posts. And, of course, I am planning and/or writing new posts, taking pics, downloading pics, watermarking my pics, and finding linky parties to link my posts. I never realized how time consuming blogging can be. But....I absolutely LOVE it!!!  I am thrilled that at this point in my life, I have found something that I am passionate about and that connects me with such lovely people all around the world! 


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Those of you who follow my blog know that I have taught for 35+ years. Almost 30 of those years have been in public school. I have also taught preschool and private music lessons. I knew from the time that I was a young child that I wanted to be a teacher. I always loved working with children and helping them to learn. I can remember as far back as Junior High, using part of my lunchtime to teach a friend violin lessons in an empty classroom. Teaching is as much a part of me as breathing and I know that even when I retire from public school teaching that I will continue to teach in some way. I just can't imagine not being a teacher. A blessing in my life has also been to teach adult women's Sunday School classes at my church. I started a short term three week class for women last Sunday using material that I wrote on the topic of Faith, Hope and Love. The scriptural basis for my material came from I Corinthians 13. This is the first time I have used my own writing for a Sunday School class and I feel blessed that the six women in my class have joined in this study with me! 

Drinking Tea

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OK, this may sound strange to include tea drinking as part of my routine, but.....I happen to LOVE tea!  I'm strictly a Lipton Tea girl and I enjoy a cup of hot tea in the morning and then drink iced tea throughout the day. I gave up sweet tea years ago and drink unsweet now, but do add sweetener. Caffeine started bothering me more as I aged, so I use half decaf and half caf tea bags now to brew my tea. My husband calls me a "tea connoisseur" as I have been known to send back iced tea at a restaurant if it is not fresh. Yuck....I hate tea that has been made and let sit in a vat all day and is not fresh!!

Reading Books

I have to admit that the computer has infringed on this part of my routine a bit....after all there are only so many hours in a day...but I dearly love to read and I try to fit in some time for reading. Right now I'm re-reading some of my beloved Miss Read books from the Thrush Green series and enjoying it so much. Reading helps me to relax at any time of day, but especially at bedtime. 


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Not a day goes by that I don't talk with the Lord. I share with Him my thoughts, my fears, my troubles, my joys. I remember my family in prayer and lift to the Lord their needs. I ask for guidance and forgiveness. I strive to "pray without ceasing" remembering that God is as near as my very breath. In my daily walk with the Lord I am reminded of my imperfection and Christ's perfection in my life. Prayer is my lifeline to the Lord and I can't imagine not having prayer as part of my life and daily routine.

*************************************************** about you?  What is a must in your daily routine?  Hope you'll take a moment to share. And thanks so much for spending part of your day with me. I appreciate you!  Remember the "Between the Lines" series for over 50 bloggers is still ongoing hosted by Katherine of Katherines Corner. Hope you'll stop by and visit the series. 

Until Next Time,

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Karen said...

A lot of similarities! Devotions before work is a must or my day feels "off." My plan is to do this out on the patio if it ever warms up! Work all day, and I walk with my good friend Pat at lunch. I try to set aside time to read in the evening. Catch up on email briefly. I pray myself to sleep every night! Lift up my family and talk to Jesus about what's going on in my life, needs of others, just anything until I fall asleep. Fridays I make pizza and stay up late, ushering in a weekend. Love the weekends. I enjoyed learning more about you as I am fairly new to your blog!

Debbie Styles Life said...

Yes, it sure sounds like we have similarities, Karen! I like that idea of pizza on Friday evenings. Hope you enjoy yours this evening and have a great weekend ahead!

julie Wunder said...

So glad you've grown to love blogging so much! I feel the same way about being tied to the computer, but I get so much joy out of the blog I stick with it.