Life, Thoughts

Lies We Learn

This week I’ve spent a lot of time with 7 & 8 year old children learning about music and playing a simplified version of a brass instrument. During these hours, I’ve felt the frustration creeping over me as children rufuse to play, complain about being tired (at 10am), or complain that they don’t understand and don’t want to try anymore.

This time has made me consider some of the lies I realize I believed about myself becasue of things adults or teachers said to me in moments of frustration.

“You still don’t understand this?”

I’m stupid.

“You’re crying again?”

I’m overly emotional.

“You should do something else.”

I’m worthless.

I pray that God shows me how to be a force of encouragement and love in the life of a child, so that no matter what lies they learn about themselves from the adults and peers they encounter, they have one memory of someone who said they are worth everything in His eyes.

Just a thought.

Rachael-2

 

Health, Life, Spiritual Walk

Why I Gave Up Television

(But only for a week!)

Earlier this year, I was preparing for the Lenten season and I had an clear conviction of what I was supposed to give up for 40 days: television. Now, I’m not talking about just live TV–I’m talking network television, Hulu, Netflix, Optimum online, AMC.

I was beginning to notice a trend in myself: get home from work at 4:15PM, turn on Channel 2 and watch Judge Judy until 5. Keep the news on and listen/peek at the TV while I made dinner. Watch TV through dinner, then depending on whether or not my husband was home would determine which shows were next. We watch Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune on weeknights, so the news stays on until they start at 7. If he isn’t home, at 6:30 or so I usually lay down on the couch, with my big fluffy blanket, and watch Hulu.

Rarely would I concentrate on my writing, blogging, or just read a book. Even rarer would I want to get up to clean the kitchen, or go to the gym to work out, nevermind try to workout at home. Once I was on the couch, comfy and happy, I only had the energy for that, and maybe some Facebook or Pinterest while I watched.

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