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5 Ways to Simplify your Work Life

To Simplify isn’t Easy, you know

Today on Five Minute Friday the prompt is SIMPLIFY.


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Write for 5 minutes. Setting the Timer: Go

I totally agree with Kate when she wrote about over doing it. I have done that before. I think there are 5 major things we can do to simplify our lives.

Start with God

Always start with God in the morning. Sit down with Him. He is your coach. See what He says about the day. Read His Word. Pray. Listen.

Psalm 143:8, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”

Review your Life

Look at your life every once in a while. Check that what you are doing is what God has planned for you. Say NO to things that are not on His path.

 “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.” Psalm 118:8

Watch your Time While You Work

Use your time wisely. I podcasted this week about social media as a trap for me (it will be available next Tuesday on Hope Stream radio). I recently uploaded an app called Pomadoro, which is a timer with breaks. I have set it for 30 minute work sessions and then a couple of 5 minute breaks and then a 15 minute break. So far it is working very well to simplify my writing and my art.

Colossians 4:5 “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.”

Where are you spending that Time?

Look at activities that you do. Are you watching TV that is not uplifting? Are they time wasters? I have watched much TV for the last 5 years.  Are you going to things that you feel you have to go to but really are not benefiting your heart and soul? Choose wisely.

Isaiah 40:31 The Message “But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
    They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
    they walk and don’t lag behind.”

Are you Cluttering Your Mind with your Stuff?

Look around you. Are you looking at too much stuff? Is that making your head not clear? Cleaning up my desk is something that really frees my mind. Clutter can cloud our thinking. Gett rid of stuff routinely.

Romans 12:2 ESV  “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Those are the 5 ways I have learned to simplify my life (at least that  I can get down in 5 minutes.)

What about you? What do you do to simplify your life?


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Five Minute Fridays – What to Choose?

Five Minute Fridays – What to Choose?

Linking with Lisa Jo where we take only 5 minutes to write – #FMFParty. No editing. Just getting our thoughts and words on paper (computer).

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What to Choose?


So much to choose from. God gives me such wonderful ideas. I get excited and I am off. But sometimes there are just too many things to choose.

Today my slate said (after prayer and devotionals):

        • tap dance
        • laundry
        • make cabbage rolls in slow cooker (I have to omit the sugar)
        • start making more stuffed Tadeos for the fair (and someone ordered one too)



So needless to say I am in the middle of everything. But I stop every once in a while to pray. Because I believe connecting with God keeps me going. I believe He knows everything that is on my heart. And if He would rather me choose something else He is going to make it very clear. (But only if I am listening.)

The pause in between choices is the most important thing.

Never get so rattled with all that is before you that you can’t do anything.

Pause – pray and ask for direction. God always comes through – gives peace and productivity can continue.

Upcoming choices:

      • my first newsletter
      • expanding Under the Cover of Prayer by producing an ebook or short groups of topics together
      • One Day at a Time – will this be an ebook, softcover, devotional or Bible study?
      • two children’s books that need my artwork

But – each moment of each day is special to God. I look to Him for timing, for inspiration and for energy. And of course the best choice I ever made was choosing to follow Jesus.

Time’s up. Got to take the laundry out of the washer.

Your turn. Join us at Lisa Jo Baker’s Five Minute Fridays.


The best choice I ever made was choosing to follow Jesus. (tweet this)

The pause in between choices is the most important thing. (tweet this)

Five-Minute Fridays

Five-Minute Fridays

Want to join Lisa Jo. Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.


CAN I TAKE A RISK? – Five-Minute Friday

Can I take a Risk?

When my husband decided he wanted to start his own business in 1987 I encouraged him to try it. I also helped him to incorporate, buy furniture, a computer, computer software and a telex system on the computer (yup that’s what we used back then). I learned how to do accounts payable, receivable and take orders. I went back to teaching to give us a solid footing for a few years.

Was it worth it?– positively!

We decided on the old philosophy – nothing ventured – nothing gained. Any what ifs we had, we put them aside. We said things like, “Well we can both go back to work – selling and teaching.” “ We can downsize and buy a townhouse or condominium.”

We sold this company in 2001 and took early retirement. Not content to just lay around, we opened a bed and breakfast and enjoyed that for 4 years.

This year it is my turn to take a risk. I have written and illustrated a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle.

Tadeo Turtle - Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

Tadeo Turtle – Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

(That is pronounced TAHD-ay-OH.) Now I have found a publisher/marketer – Word Alive. I signed the contract today.

Do I wonder what will happen? YES.

Do I wonder, “What if it fails?” YES.

But I know this is what I am supposed to do.

I woke up last night after many days of praying, talking it out with God and my husband. I heard clearly in complete sentences – not thoughts as I usually hear them in my head.

“Jan, I have given you the words and the pictures. I have prepared you for this moment. You know I will be with you every step of the way. Take your story Tadeo Turtle and go with Word Alive and make this story known to children.”

Risk is good – it means taking a step forward.

On Facebook this morning I saw this beautiful wall hanging. I can’t find anyone who claims it as theirs.

Choose to use Your Wings

Choose to use Your Wings

The word choose has been in my vocabulary this week as studied Grace Fox’s Bible study, Moving From Fear to Freedom. One strategy that she gives is, WE NEED TO CHOOSE, and in this case I choose to believe that this is what God wants me to do.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 KJV).

I am linking to the Gypsy Mama again this week. I can’t believe how the words she chooses fit into exactly what is happening in my life.

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