Friday, January 17, 2014


Does anyone else like the "Unsubscribe" feature on newsletters?

In this season of my life, when I feel not only the desire but the necessity to simplify, I LOVE what that little unsubscribe link can offer me at the bottom of the email.

Confession: I used to be a subscription junkie. In order to not miss out on any upcoming deals at my favorite stores, or any encouraging blog posts, or whatever, I would subscribe to just about anything.

This is not a good thing to do when you consider your inbox a type of to-do list, by the way. Good to know yourself and your tendencies.

SO, I am turning it around! Now I get a wonderful little high, a new a wonderful sense of accomplishment from unloading a lot of this unneeded distractions and time-sucks from my life.

Unsubscribe? Why yes, thank you. (check)
Unsubscribe to all? Yes, definitely. (check, check)

It's the little things.

But it has also encouraged me to take a longer look at other aspects of my life as well.

Where have I started subscribing to things that aren't necessary for me right now? What have I allowed in my life, in my head, in my heart, that doesn't line up with what the Lord is doing? What voices? What influences? What activities that drain my time and energy?

(In light of my past experiences, my current circumstances, and my future hopes and dreams...)

So, I'm asking myself today what I need to unsubscribe from?

Lord, help me identify the things in my life that speak things that don't foster what You are speaking to me, what You are doing in my life. And then help me to intentionally choose to no longer allow them the high ground in my life in which they current take up real estate. Help me create new habits where old ones need to be demolished. Help me see things that aren't beneficial to where You have me now and where I am going with You. Help me to say "yes" to the things that bring life and encouragement to me, my family, and those around me. And help me to say "no" to the things that don't. I need Your wisdom. Thank you, God, that not only hear me when I pray, but pursue my heart and prompt me to pray in the first place. Thank You for loving me and not allowing me to stay where I am, but constantly calling me forward, after You. Amen.

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