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2013_07_21 TV

For quite some time now Adonai has been dealing with me on using my time effectively and being mindful and discriminant about what I receive into my spirit both passively and actively. So I started cleaning up the feeds on my online profiles, un-following/un-friending people who were posting things that I didn’t need to see. I starting working with time journals and re-embracing my schedules to retrain myself in certain areas. I even went through my music collection and got rid of songs that I have grown away from {not a small task I assure you}.

Over the course of this process though, one particular leech kept showing up on my “naughty list”…the television! At first I cleaned up the shows I was watching {have any of you noticed how much more graphic the forensic shows have gotten}. Then I cleaned them up even more. I went through the channels on my kids’ TVs to make sure all the channels that were supposed to be locked were {my provider is always adding channels so I have to go through periodically and lock them}. I even went through my DVR and deleted things that I probably had no business ever recording to begin with.

Now the shear fact that I was going through all of this trying to hold on to my “TV life” was a testimony that I have a problem. Apparently though, it took me going through that entire process to figure that out. Now don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t sitting in front of the TV all day every day doing nothing. I would just “keep in on for background noise”, pause a few moments here and there to see what all the fuss was about, and catch a show or two in the evening before bed. But those few moments and time in the evening were causing breaks in my productivity for the Kingdom that have, over time, become a cost in life that I can no longer afford.

Please be assured, I’m not condemning TV. This is a matter of 1 Corinthians 6:12, “‘Everything is permissible for me’—but not everything is beneficial. ‘Everything is permissible for me’—but I will not be mastered by anything.” I have recognized that, while TV does have several benefits in my life, it is no longer beneficial to me or my children in its current “barely regulated” state. So my house is embarking on a journey to put TV in its proper place and make our usage of it be an accurate reflection of where it is supposed to be on our list of priorities.

I think that last part is the biggest part of all of this. It is said you can tell how a person’s priorities are ordered by the way they spend their money. I believe the same is true, if not even more so, about the way they spend their time. For me and my house, having the TV on in the background means that the TV is sharing the priority space with household management, child rearing, and a list of other duties given to me in the Word and I won’t have that. Adonai didn’t give many responsibilities specifically to women and I believe that it is because He knew just how much the ones He did give would entail and just how important they are to the Kingdom. So He didn’t want our attentions divided against them.

So I’m stripping my channels package down to a package that reflects family and education, assigning set times that the TVs can be on, and being proactive about ensuring our days are filled with things productive for the Kingdom and our growth within It. It will be a great exercise for the kids in effective time management and, in turn, a great exercise for me in patience and endurance ;). As we continue to transform from a household working and schooling outside of the home to one working and schooling from within the home, this is a necessary leap toward building proper boundaries and keeping priorities straight.

Sometimes I look over the journeys that he has taken me on and I am amazed at how much He cares and what He cares about! It is just such a blessing to be clay on His Potter’s Wheel! I pray you to allow Him to shape and mold you as He sees fit. It is a quite a revealing experience to say the least. Be blessed beloved!~

Surrendered to Him~

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