“Take Back Your Time,” by Morgan Tyree

“Take Back Your Time,” by Morgan Tyree, promises to “identify your priorities, decrease stress, and increase productivity.” In nine, quick to read chapters, Tyree helps to sift the most manic of schedules into seasons of organized chaos. Encouraging readers to embrace the season they are, she provides easily attainable, everyday life disciplines to organize life to enjoy it, not to become stressed out about organizing life!

There is Scripture weaved throughout the book, but it is not Bible study heavy. The inspirational quotes at the beginning of each chapter set a nice tone. From categorizing our clutter to breaking our time into zones, Tyree’s book is hands on and sensible. Sometimes, books on this topic can cause further confusion. This one doesn’t. It comes alongside readers, meeting them in the crazy of every day life. 

“Self-care is a fundamental need we often overlook, which then leads to burnout,” Tyree explains in Chapter Six, “If you want to become a more productive person, you must become comfortable wearing your Nurturing Lady hat.” I particularly like the balanced lifestyle Tyree illustrates. Jesus let a life of balance, and we are to follow His lead. 

I recommend this book to those going through busy seasons of life, in which the enjoyability of it can be lost in disorganization, causing us to be anxious and overloaded. “Goals should be self-serving and others-serving. This is where the true blessing of achieving your goals will be recognized.” Morgan Tyree, “Take Back Your Time.”

(I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.)

Click here to purchase your copy of “Take Back Your Time.”

The Times (#jammed daily devo, day 256)

September #jammed: Free Grace.

Day 256: Grace in time.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

“I can’t tell time,” my nine-year-old stated. day 256

She typically doesn’t have study much at all to maintain straight A’s. So, when she runs into something that doesn’t come naturally, she’s not sure how to swim through the effort it takes most everyone else to learn things. Telling time doesn’t come naturally to her, so she’s alluded by it a little. But time isn’t going away.

“There’s no out-running time,” I explained, “eventually you have to be able to show up for work on time, plan how long it takes you to get to dance, and to know when things open and close …how long it takes to complete things …it’s not going away.” (eye roll.)

Today’s verse seconds that motion, doesn’t it? The entity of time isn’t going away, and our ability to tell it is pretty crucial. Though God doesn’t reveal the mysterious exact time that Christ will come again …we know He will. We anticipate it and recognize the passing of days.

 His timing is our very existence.

“There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

There was a time for Christ to walk this earth. A time to witness His miracles. A time for His death on the cross. A time for our grace. Each life walks the earth in His time.

Each of us have something that seems a little too hard to conquer in our lives. The key to sailing over our hurdles is to allow Christ to lift us over them. The magic of understanding why comes in letting Him have control.

#jammed click to tweet jun:jul:aug

Father, Praise You for time. Thank You for the way You organize each day and stretch the minutes of our lives. We confess that we don’t always take the time to thank You for the day we are living in, and pray that You allow us to cherish life in Your time. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Timing,

Megs

Get the #jammed Daily Devo sent straight to your inbox each morning, by subscribing to Sunny&80. 

The 31 Squares (#jammed daily devo day 19)

January #jammed : Grace in Life’s Face

Day 19: Lend Grace Our Calendar

“There Jesus grew up, maturing is physical strength and increasing in wisdom, and the grace of God rested on Him.” Luke 2:40 (VOICE)

The number of minutes in a month’s block cannot encompass our expectations, but God’s jammed-19crafted each day with enough time to accomplish His will. I want to shed a self-pitiful tear ever time I see a calendar square that’s so full I have to click to see the rest of it.

God took thirty years’ worth of days to prepare and equip His Son, but human nature caters to the rush. Jesus’ ministry didn’t begin until His thirties. Failure to prepare is like trying to squeeze a hot glue gun before it has warmed up. Nothing we rush ever sticks.

I love that today’s verse says that” God’s grace rested on Him.”  Motherhood has taught me the value of resting in God’s grace. When we seek God’s will through prayer and study of His Word, He will busy our lives with purposeful activity.

Jesus came to earth as a funny, patient, and kind man. He performed miracles, yet He simply walked most everywhere He went. He prayed to His Father before, throughout, and after every circumstance. He leaned on the truth in God’s living Word as the basis for all He did.

jammed-tweet-blueThe path to more fulfilling calendar squares is to walk with Christ.

Father, You are powerful to know our purpose, and just in how You lead us there. Thank you for sending Your Son Jesus to earth, so that we may look to His steps as proof of Your grace and direction of our hope. Forgive us for skipping over Your preparation, and thank You for always being there with a re-do. Never forsaking us, always loving us. We pray for Your help to obey and grow in maturity. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

What square of your life is jammed too full to hear God’s voice? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Planning!

Megs

Get the #jammed Daily Devo sent straight to your inbox each morning, by subscribing to Sunny&80. 

The Times (#jammed daily devo, day 256)

September #jammed: Free Grace.

Day 256: Grace in time.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

“I can’t tell time,” my nine-year-old stated. day 256

She typically doesn’t have study much at all to maintain straight A’s. So, when she runs into something that doesn’t come naturally, she’s not sure how to swim through the effort it takes most everyone else to learn things. Telling time doesn’t come naturally to her, so she’s alluded by it a little. But time isn’t going away.

“There’s no out-running time,” I explained, “eventually you have to be able to show up for work on time, plan how long it takes you to get to dance, and to know when things open and close …how long it takes to complete things …it’s not going away.” (eye roll.)

Today’s verse seconds that motion, doesn’t it? The entity of time isn’t going away, and our ability to tell it is pretty crucial. Though God doesn’t reveal the mysterious exact time that Christ will come again …we know He will. We anticipate it and recognize the passing of days.

 His timing is our very existence.

“There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

There was a time for Christ to walk this earth. A time to witness His miracles. A time for His death on the cross. A time for our grace. Each life walks the earth in His time.

Each of us have something that seems a little too hard to conquer in our lives. The key to sailing over our hurdles is to allow Christ to lift us over them. The magic of understanding why comes in letting Him have control.

#jammed click to tweet jun:jul:aug

Father, Praise You for time. Thank You for the way You organize each day and stretch the minutes of our lives. We confess that we don’t always take the time to thank You for the day we are living in, and pray that You allow us to cherish life in Your time. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Timing,

Megs

Get the #jammed Daily Devo sent straight to your inbox each morning, by subscribing to Sunny&80. 

The 31 Squares (#jammed daily devo day 19)

January #jammed : Grace in Life’s Face

Day 19: Lend Grace Our Calendar

“There Jesus grew up, maturing is physical strength and increasing in wisdom, and the grace of God rested on Him.” Luke 2:40 (VOICE)

The number of minutes in a month’s block cannot encompass our expectations, but God’s jammed-19crafted each day with enough time to accomplish His will. I want to shed a self-pitiful tear ever time I see a calendar square that’s so full I have to click to see the rest of it.

God took thirty years’ worth of days to prepare and equip His Son, but human nature caters to the rush. Jesus’ ministry didn’t begin until His thirties. Failure to prepare is like trying to squeeze a hot glue gun before it has warmed up. Nothing we rush ever sticks.

I love that today’s verse says that” God’s grace rested on Him.”  Motherhood has taught me the value of resting in God’s grace. When we seek God’s will through prayer and study of His Word, He will busy our lives with purposeful activity.

Jesus came to earth as a funny, patient, and kind man. He performed miracles, yet He simply walked most everywhere He went. He prayed to His Father before, throughout, and after every circumstance. He leaned on the truth in God’s living Word as the basis for all He did.

jammed-tweet-blueThe path to more fulfilling calendar squares is to walk with Christ.

Father, You are powerful to know our purpose, and just in how You lead us there. Thank you for sending Your Son Jesus to earth, so that we may look to His steps as proof of Your grace and direction of our hope. Forgive us for skipping over Your preparation, and thank You for always being there with a re-do. Never forsaking us, always loving us. We pray for Your help to obey and grow in maturity. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

What square of your life is jammed too full to hear God’s voice? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Planning!

Megs

Get the #jammed Daily Devo sent straight to your inbox each morning, by subscribing to Sunny&80.