Managing My Minutes – A Review

This month’s Gabby Mom’s review was for Mrs. Lorrie Flem’s Managing My Minutes. Boy, this is something that hits home! I know this is an area of my life where I need some definite improvement!

There are days I end up at dinner time and wonder, “What did I get done today?” Now that doesn’t happen every day – thank goodness – but every once in a while is still too often. I need to learn how to better manage my time. Managing My Minutes just may help me to improve this part of my life – and maybe yours too!

Two things I loved about this was ‘asking for help’ and ‘giving God the glory’ – here’s where my sinful nature comes into play. I don’t like asking for help. I am getting better at asking for prayers; but asking for ~ and accepting ~ help is still very difficult for me. As for giving God the glory, I don’t have a problem with that; however, I am forgetful. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in what I’m doing that I forget where my help comes from in the first place; and then I forget to give credit where credit is due. I’m getting better, but Lorrie’s reminder is what I need sometimes.

I love how she weaves the story of Nehemiah through her book. It really helps to know that there’s someone else who’s traveled this road. I do not need to reinvent the wheel!  Being reminded of what Nehemiah did, and of his methods, helps to remind me that I am not alone in this – now that’s a good feeling!

Lorrie makes a really good case for implementing a schedule – even though it’s something I balk at using! I do have a basic home maintenance schedule; and I began making weekly schedules for the children’s schoolwork last year. Both are helpful. Perhaps it’s time to take the plunge and create a working schedule for the whole family.

How does your family plan or schedule its time?

“Managing My Minutes” is available here.

I was given an advanced copy as a member of the Gabby Moms team in exchange for my honest review.

Theme Songs

When I was pregnant with each of the children, I selected a song for each of them. I’m not sure what drove my decision to do this, but each song was personal to me at the time.  The interesting thing is that each song has turned out to represent them pretty well.

For LegoFan, I chose “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. There’s no way I could have known about his Asperger’s while pregnant; but I chose this song because I liked its message. I liked that it promoted keeping things simple; not chasing after the things of this world, and remembering God above. LegoFan is so simple in his love and his ways; and I don’t mean that to be a negative thing. He loves purely; and everything is matter-of-fact for him. He knows what he likes and that’s it; there’s no deterring him. He’s steadfast. He doesn’t care about dollar amounts or making things fair. He doesn’t seek out riches; and is not greedy. And his is a simple faith; yet it’s obviously there. He remembers the ‘rules’ and reminds us to pray. This is something I don’t take for granted. It is both a blessing and an accomplishment; and it makes this mother’s heart smile each time he reminds us that it’s time to pray.

Here’s the video:

And here are the lyrics:

Songwriters: VAN ZANT, RONNIE / ROSSINGTON, GARY ROBERT

 

(Gary Rossington – Ronnie VanZant)

Mama told me when I was young
Come sit beside me, my only son
And listen closely to what I say.
And if you do this
It’ll help you some sunny day. Oh Yah!
Oh, take your time… Don’t live too fast,
Troubles will come and they will pass.
You’ll find a woman, yea yea, you’ll find love,
And don’t forget son,
There is someone up above.

(Chorus)
And be a simple, kind of man.
Oh be something, you love and understand.
Baby be a simple, kind of man.
Oh, won’t you do this for me son,
If you can?

Forget your lust, for the rich man’s gold
All that you need, is in your soul,
And you can do this, oh baby, if you try.
All that I want for you my son,
Is to be satisfied.

(Chorus)

Boy, don’t you worry… you’ll find yourself.
Follow your heart, Lord, and nothing else.
And you can do this, oh baby, if you try.
All that I want for you my son,
Is to be satisfied.

(Chorus)

Baby be a simple, be a simple man.
Oh be something, you love and understand.
Baby be a simple, kind of man. (Fade out)

For Diva, I chose “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack. I am amazed by her sense of wonder; and as the song says, I hope Diva never loses hers. She absolutely loves life and jumps right in. She smiles and asks questions. She sings and dances; and never seems to worry about what anyone else thinks. She loves God and the beautiful world He created.

Here’s the video – with lyrics:

 

I love how the children’s lives have reflected the songs chosen before their births – God is amazing!