Feb 232011

I’ve heard that e-mail is on its way out. Younger people don’t even use it anymore. I guess I am officially “not young” because I get a lot of e-mail. I mean a lot.

You may be wondering why a homemaker like me gets so much e-mail. I haven’t done a statistical analysis or anything, but most of it I ask for. I’m in more Yahoo groups than I can count, Facebook e-mails me whenever someone comments on my status or comments on someone else’s status that I commented on, I get blog comments (though I’d sure love to get more of those!), promotional e-mails, and even a few e-mails from actual people!

I also get quite a few newsletters e-mailed to me from various ministries and homeschool organizations.

I’m going to be honest here.

Are you ready?

I don’t read all my e-mail!!!

Shocking, huh?

I have a little button on the top right corner of my keyboard that says “delete”. I use it quite a lot.

Why don’t I just unsubscribe from things I don’t read? I could do that, but I do skim through most things to see if it’s something I want to read. Most of the things I’ve signed up for have at least occasional merit, or else I wouldn’t have signed up in the first place.

As much as I like talking about organizing and time management, that is actually not what this post is about. It’s about an e-mail that I actually read. Specifically, it’s about Encouraging Moments from Eternal Encouragement Magazine.

Each issue of Encouraging Moments begins with a brief devotional note from Lorrie Flem. But don’t let the shortness fool you. There’s a lot of meat in her short message. Maybe they should have called it Convicting Moments!

Along with the note from Lorrie, you’ll find Drastic Discount Days which highlights the current specials at the Eternal Encouragement store, a portion of a Facebook conversation from the week, a Timely Tip, and a link to the weekly Chick Flick for Mom.

You may be wondering what a Chick Flick is. I know I was. Chick Flicks are short videos by Lorrie Flem that might provide a helpful parenting tip, spiritual encouragement for moms, or a useful illustration on marriage. I loved this week’s Flick where Lorrie shares a little poem written by another mom that can be used to help little children learn obedience. She also shares about the CRIJ acronym for obedience training. It stands for Completely, Respectfully, Immediately, and Joyfully. I have to confess that we often don’t see that kind of obedience in our home. I’m so happy that I have this tool now to help teach my children. I even shared it with my pastor’s wife on Sunday!


If you would like to receive Encouraging Moments in your inbox, be sure to visit www.HomemakingWithTEACH.com.  You can sign up at the top right hand corner of the page. I think you’ll find yourself reading it before using the delete key!

Disclaimer: I am reviewing Encouraging Moments as an official member of The Gabby Moms blogging program for Eternal Encouragement magazine.  I did not receive compensation for this post and all opinions are solely my own.