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Your Smart Phone

04/01/18

Just a few random notes about your smart phone-  most may know this but just in case…

If you’ve got an Android smart phone, you’ve got a built-in GPS system. Just type the address you’re looking for into Google Maps and ask for directions. Your phone will read the turn by turn directions to you. Your maps should automatically update when your phone software does, but if not, check your Play Store listings and update it automatically.

Like any other app it uses data- but it’s very nice not to have to have another device in your car. And as a side note, if you look up the address on another device (laptop, tablet, etc) that’s signed into the same account, it will automatically be in the search results, which makes it even easier!

Use your smart phone as the great tool it is!

Author: Beth R - Categories: Living an intentional life,time and money

It’s New Year’s again- so many folks making resolutions for this year… I’d like to share some of the best advice I ever got; maybe it will help you stay on track with your goals.
When my older daughter was born, her dad and I spent the first few days after the hospital at my folks’ house. All I had to do was take care of that precious baby and Mama took care of cooking, laundry, etc. She helped me learn how to give Mary Beth a bath, make sure her bottles were the right temperature, and everything else that came with taking care of a new baby.
Then when it was time to take her home, while Tommy and Mama packed the car, I sat in the porch swing with Daddy and held her. I started crying and Daddy wanted to know why – so I told him I was scared to death. I wasn’t sure I could do it- all the things that go with taking care of a baby! So many things to remember, so many things to be careful about- sticking her with diaper pins, having the milk too hot, diaper rashes… the list just went on and on.
So Daddy said, ‘What’s the very first thing you’re going to do when you get home?” I told him I would fix bottles for the next 24 hours; then he said, “then what?” so I said, “wash some diapers and get them ready.”
Then he said, “Don’t look past that- just get those two things done, and then figure out the next thing. Don’t think of everything you’ve got to do, just the next thing.”
And somehow that lifted the whole burden off me. I didn’t have a hundred things to do next, just one or two.
So as you’re working through the next few days, getting your goals in mind, don’t try to make yourself eat right, or study more, or work harder for the next 365 days. Just take today and do what you can today- and when tomorrow comes, do it again.
Happy New Year’s!

Smart Phone?

20/12/17

Are you getting the most out of your smart phone? I’m not very familiar with i-Phones, but I can tell you that Android-based phones have a lot of potential for saving time, being more organized and getting things done.

A couple of things I’d like to point out today:

  • photos- any photos you take on your Android phone or other device is not only stored there, it’s also stored online – on any computer or device, sign in to your Google account (the one associated with your phone) and then go to www.photos.google.com.  (This is NOT a public site, simply a place where all your photos are). Since I want to make sure I don’t run out of space, I regularly download pictures to my hard drive and then delete the ones I don’t want to display on my phone or tablet. Just remember, if you’re in your phone’s gallery and delete photos, they’re still on your account; you should also have a ‘photos’ app that shows all the pictures online. If you delete them through that app, they’ll be removed from all your devices. It may sound a little confusing- just remember the gallery only holds the photos for that specific device- photos holds all photos from all your devices.
  • contacts- when you enter new contacts into your phone, make sure you list them as a Google contact, rather than a phone contact. Then, no matter what computer or device you’re on, you can sign into your Google account and go to www.contacts.google.com and all your information is there. Then when you change phones, sign into your existing Google account and all your contacts are already there. There are a lot of features on Google’s contacts app- it will hold lots of information, and to me anyway, it’s a great online replacement for Windows Outlook app that everyone used to use.

I hope this will help! I’ll get someone who’s familiar with i-Phones to write a similar article for them.

Author: Beth R - Categories: getting things done,Living an intentional life

If you’ve got a smart phone, I hope you’re getting the most out of it that you can… I’d like to share about one of my favorite features.

Since I use an Android-based smart phone, I’ve got several apps built in from the Google universe. The one I use the most is my Google calendar. Besides having the app on your phone, you can also see it on your computer at www.calendar.google.com.

You’ve got an option to color code your events, which can be handy if you’re involved  with different groups.

One option I really like is sharing your calendar with others- I have mine shared with my husband so each of us can see what days he’s off, when events we attend are scheduled and I even have his payday as a reoccurring event.

I also have shared the calendar with my brother- since we share responsibility in getting her to doctor appointments, we can see easily when she’s got one coming up, and it keeps her from getting scheduled for two appointments at the same time.

The Google calendar is easy to learn, with lots of features- and since it’s available on any computer as well as my phone, it’s much easier for me to be where I’m supposed to!

Author: Beth R - Categories: getting things done,Living an intentional life

Transforming Minds by Larry D. Williams is a book of devotions that will transform the way you think about yourself and the life that God has given you to live. You have so much more power through Jesus Christ than you know! Take hold of that power and use it for the glory of God!

Transforming Minds is available on Amazon and other online bookstores and will soon be available as an ebook.

Do you ever get to the point where you’re involved in so many things you can’t decide if you’re coming or going?

You may have the same problem I have – knowing how to say “no, thank you”. When someone approaches me with a great idea that will help people, my first response is to say “Let’s do it!” The problem is, sometimes you are doing so many good things to help people, you’re not doing THE thing that you’re supposed to.

If you’re finding it difficult to get everything done because you’re over-committed, I’m going to do you a favor. I’m going to give you permission to say “No”.

One person can’t do it all- and if you’re trying to, you’re keeping someone else from getting a blessing by being involved.

Choose the things you KNOW you’re supposed to be doing – those things that God has given you a talent to do- and then find a way to excuse yourself from some of the commitments that have you overwhelmed.

I promise you, once you get lined back up where you’re supposed to be, you’ll feel better and you’ll be more productive.

Author: Beth R - Categories: getting things done,Living an intentional life

I found a quote on Facebook that bears repeating and considering.

“I’ve got to remember that I’m supposed to fly with the eagles, not sit on the fence with the buzzards waiting for something dead to show up.”

Author: Beth R - Categories: Living an intentional life

I had a friend comment on my newest Facebook profile picture (me in my motorcycle helmet, ready to ride), that she wished she’d learned to ride years ago. She seemed to think it was too late for her to learn- I hope my response assured her otherwise. Because until you can’t physically sit up on a bike, you can learn.  You might need a trike to do it, but you can do it.

It’s the same with any new thing you’re interested in… I have an 81 year young friend who has decided to learn how to use Photoshop to edit her pictures, add scriptures to them and print and mail to folks to encourage them. She’s made up her mind…. and that’s what it takes.

And if the good Lord has given you a story to tell… well I guess you best be about telling it. Write it down, record it on a tape recorder, share it on Facebook- tell it however you can. Someone else needs to hear it.

And if you decide it needs to be in book form- well, you can talk to me and we’ll see if we can’t figure out a way to make that happen, too.

Walking in Red Boots is for anyone who is struggling with addictions. Whether drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, pornography, gambling or anything else that will try to destroy your life because you can’t turn loose of it.

Amanda has come through the valley of the shadow, with the help of the Holy Spirit; this book shares a bit of her journey, but the best part of the book is that she shares how you too can put the addiction off of you, once and for all.

It’s currently available through Amazon at the link above, as well as other online bookstores in paperback, and will be available as an ebook in the next few days.

You know, God has a plan for each of us. He knows the talents and desires He’s placed in you, and He wants you to live the best life you can.

So get out there today, and walk in the life your Creator has set for you. As I tell my younger daughter, Be the Boss!

Author: Beth R - Categories: Living an intentional life
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