Friday, March 31, 2006
What's Black and Red All Over?
I pick up DD holding her away from my body and shoot upstairs to wash her off. My neice following seems to have a little bit of black on her hands but nothing major. I wash hands. Take off clothes. Notice that neice had paint on the bottow of her jammies. Put them both into the bath tub. Paint had found it's way into their hair.
I go back down to try to clean up. I sop up as much black ooze as I can. Thank God I still had the steam cleaner I am borrowing. I get that set up and plug it in...nothing. I call DH onto the scene and he takes over with the steam cleaner. I finish getting little girls cleaned up. Washing their hair. With them safely out of the tub. I resume clean-up. I took a box of baby wipes; wiping down chairs and table. Many, many wipes later. It was done.
Now I need to find the key to the art supply cabinet...that baby is going to be LOCKED.
Thursday, March 30, 2006
While Jaws places fear about this fascinating creature, my son and I have begun to respect them. Last night before bed we read a book about sharks. We have read it many times. Then this morning there was an article on Snopes about the picture above. At first glance it looks like yet another fabricated shark photo. This one is real! Read the Snopes report here. For those intersted in learning more about Great White sharks click this article here from the Africa Geographic(Sept 2005)r. This picture is from that magazine and the research they are doing.
We fear the unknown...so don't be ignorant...learn about that which you are afraid.
Photograph by Thomas P. Peschak
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Memorizing The Word
Phillipians 4: 6-7
6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving make known your request to God. 7And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Chist Jesus.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Taken By My Kids
"Me take pi-tur mom" -DD 2 years old
What's mom doing? Oh Yeah...she's at the computer. -DS
Isn't she cute? DS thinks so he took about 20 of her in a row.
Mom and little girl. Taken by DS age 4
Monday, March 27, 2006
Rockin Good Food
Saturday night with the ladies I had a gordita shell filled with beans, taco meat, lettuce, gaucamole, cheese, salsa and sour cream. Oh YES it was delish.
Sunday evening Orange chicken served over rice garnished with snow peas. So beautiful I should have taken a picture. And oh YES it was delish.
Tonight I made a reuben loaf. Bread dough filled with 1000 Island, corn beef, saurkrat and swiss cheese. Baked. And oh YES it was delish.
I am enjoying my food so much it can only mean one thiing. I am definately NOT pregnant.
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Brackets and Other Things Basketball
So both DH and my brackets are dead for this year. Dead; done. And I won. With a grand total of 36 whopping points.
My hubby and I enjoy the spirit of the tournament. Our favorite year was 2000. Michigan State was a number one seed. They were having a great showing. Then came a great oppurtunity. A friend got tickets to the final four. Two tickets. The tickets were actually a final four and final game package. And they were pricey. Our friend wanted one for the final game but needed to sell the others. He called me to see if my dear hubby would be interested. To which I knew he would be. But I didn't tell him about the offer. Instead I bought the ticket and told the friend it would be a total suprise. The morning of the game happened to be April Fools Day. I picked up a t-shirt from a corner vendor. Laid out the clothes then woke him up.
ME: Wake up
ME: Your going to the game.
DH: Whatever I am going back to bed
ME: No really your going to the game...wake up...get dressed ...he's going to be here soon
DH: Whatever...haha...April Fools
ME: Get dressed...he's going to be here any minute
DH: Who is he?
DH: Really??? (slight glimmer of hope)
DH: Whatever (still doesn't believe me)
ME: Call him...(throwing phone onto bed)
To which he called...and Mike confirmed the good news.
DH got dressed the whole time saying really, how, where did you get tickets, AM I REALLY GOING TO THE GAME??
He did indeed go to the game. The guys had a great time. Michigan State won and hubby was living it up. Exiting the game they found some tickets for sale from fans whose team had lost...ahhh so sad...no not really. He got a ticket and got to go to the big dance as well. History will tell you that in 2000 Michigan State won the NCAA tournament under the direction of our beloved Tom Izzo and led on the floor by Mateen Cleaves. I can still see Mateen doing his little hoppity dance on his injured ankle. And that SMILE.
That year I won the wife of the year award in the eyes of my man. Good times good times.
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Not Too Late
Dinner and a movie beginning at 5:30pm. Get ahold of me if you need more details.
Hope to see you here.
Self Potty Training
Now my girl. She is 29 months aka almost 2 1/2 years. I thought it would be awhile before she was really ready. But no. She woke up Tuesday requesting underwear. See post BigGirl?!! Wednesday I did not ask nor did she ask for underwear so the whole day she wore a diaper. Then Thursday she woke up and first thing asked for underwear. So I gave her a pair. With the understanding of one pair a day. We went out of the house that morning and I was nervous. She insisted on no diaper. So I grabbed a bag with a change of clothes and we went out the door. She stayed dry the whole time out. WooHoo. Then later had an accident and went back to a diaper. No fuss. Friday, same deal, one pair of underwear. This time I went out with my mom and half way to our destination realized I forgot the bag. Doh. We were out for 2 hours and we visited three different bathrooms; thankfully we arrived back home DRY. WooHoo. Yesterday she went 11 hours before she had an accident. I think she truly did not realize her warning sign for #2. Doh. We talked about it. She seemed to understand. Back to a diaper for the rest of the day. Today is a new day. She is wearing the underwear. We shall see how long she makes it today.
The thing I love is she is doing it on her own. As long as she is interested and wants to do it. We will. I do ask every so often when she is wearing her underwear if she needs to go. But she is not on a schedule for going to sit on it. Also last night wearing her diaper she took it off twice to go use the bathroom. Pretty cool. If she continues her interest for a couple more days I will take a more incentive approach. Stickers and such. So time will tell.
Friday, March 24, 2006
+ Fun & Games!
Sunday, March 26th, 2006
IM Sports West - MSU Campus
(next to the MSU Football Stadium)
Come and Enjoy.
-Kids Karaoke Singing!
-Jumping in the bounce house!
-Spartan Soul Dance Team Dance Clinic!
-Fun & Games!
Admission - $3/person
Bounce House is $1/child for one jumping session or $2/child for unlimited bouncing sessions
Concession items available for purchase!
Proceeds will go towards scholarships for students with children.
Free! West of the football stadium
Contact the Family Resource Center at 432-3745 x146
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Past Your Past
On the drive home I was reminded of a very clear moment in my healing process. I was a courier and spent many hours of my day inside a car transporting stuff from point A to point B. Needless to say I listened to the radio A LOT! At that time in my life I was listening to quite a bit of Family Life Radio. There were many days that ministered to me and I felt the exact words and songs were programmed JUST FOR ME. But there was one day that sticks out crystal clear.
The song that played was Past Your Past by Kirk Talley
A couple of the lines are as follow.
You can get past your past you can walk away from painful memories. Past your past you dont have to be alone. You can stand on the Word of God your yesterdays can be gone He will see you past your past and then you can go on.
That's from memory! I just found it and it played the chorus and that is it. Click that link and go listen to it. The whole song is incredible. I remember weeping. For there were parts of my past that I need to get past. People I needed to forgive. Things I blamed. I was still wounded. And this song really ministered to me. And it showed me a way to get through.
Healing comes in many ways and God uses some incredible things to guide us, teach us, minister to us in brokedness. And on that night it was a song on the radio. And it changed my life.
Beloved God is big enough to see you through whatever it is your facing. Be it present or past. He can heal you in your innermost being. I know...I've lived it. And today I am past my past. Halleluia!
Deal or No Deal
DS "What will it cost me?"
ME "Your whole piggy bank!"
DS "My whole piggy bank?"
He scampered off to think it over. A couple minutes later he handed it over.
ME "Do you really want to give mommy all the money from your piggy bank?"
DS "All but a penny"
Then he shook out the contents. A mound of riches.
DS "Maybe I will keep the quarters"
ME "All the money or back to bed"
DS "OK all but a penny"
DS "I can stay up?
I have not counted but it looks like I made off with somewhere between 5 and 10 dollars.
And I could have buckled for 17 cents.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Poem by Langston Hughes
Mother to Son
Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor --
But all the timeI'se been a-climbin' on,
And reachin' landin's,And turnin' corners,
And sometimes goin' in the dark
Where there ain't been no light.
So boy, don't you turn back.
Don't you set down on the steps'
Cause you finds it's kinder hard.
Don't you fall now --
For I'se still goin', honey,
I'se still climbin',
And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
Langston Hughes, "Mother to Son" from Collected Poems
4 * 11
1. Baby Sitter
2. Pizza Flyers
3. Pizza Prep
Four movies you would watch over and over:
1. Midnight Madness
3. With Honors
4. Dreamer (It came out yesterday)
Four places you have lived:
1. Parents Home
3. Current Home
4. Summers at my Aunt's
I have only moved twice in my life. Hope to keep it that way.
Four TV shows you love to watch:
4.Extreme Home Makeover
Four places you have been on vacation:
Four of your favorite books:
2. Mitford Series
3. Purpose Driven Life
Four hot celebrities:
I am sure there out there. Just not paying much attention
Who would you would like to have lunch with (alive ordead):
2. Benjamin Franklin
3. Beth Moore
4. My Grandparents
Four websites you visit daily/a lot:
2. bloglines.com (this includes 20+ sites)
4. blogs, blogs and more blogs
Four of my favorite foods:
3. Orange Chicken
4. Hot Chocolate with vanilla creamer
Four places I would rather be right now:
1. Somewhere warm
Four friends I am tagging that I think will respond.....
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
decieded on her own to use the potty. She then proceeded to want underwear. So far she is still dry. She just told me "I am doin a great job!"
Here's hoping. Self-directed...it could work out today or be another 6 months. Time will tell. In the meantime I am excited for her. She IS doing a great job!
Update: It is almost 2pm and she is STILL DRY. so 5 hours in and woohoo.
Homemade Art Supplies
Age of Testing
The last week I have been aware of this simmering defiance. Last night I had to take a stand. Rudeness and disrespect had reared there ugly heads. After a request to straighten up. He did. For about two minutes. Then he hit his sister. My follow through was to go to bed early. To which he cried and screamed and pleaded. He even pulled out the sympathy card of "I only want to spend time with you." (SIGH) Then all was silent. Which we all know can mean one of two things. 1. He fell asleep 2. He is brewing some trouble. My motherly instinct said to check it out. As I approached his door he was trying to walk out. Then he laid it on thick. The I love you's, I want to be with you, I will be good, please let me stay up. Tell me you have been here people. With a breif hug I told him I loved him too. Then I followed through. He cried some more. But then he came to a point where I think he realized that I did mean it. Because I did.
This morning we cuddled on the couch. Today is going to be better.
One last thing: Pastor Brad shared this with us on Sunday
Delayed obedience is disobedience.
Monday, March 20, 2006
Who can you talk to?
Thanks Mindy for a wonderful day. I love ya!
Saturday, March 18, 2006
Quote to Ponder
"Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable."
Friday, March 17, 2006
Can Anyone Help?
DD can you please get the dishes? DS hears and says "I'll get them!" They both run to do it first. Cries and screams. Job gets done but with much fussing.
I like that they want to help. I want to teach them to be responsible. I want them to contribute to our home. I do not like the jelousy and competetion. It is a heart issue.
I do try to mix up my request evenly between them. Even so they choose to fight it out.
So can anyone help?
Sunday the message at church was about Deception. How satan lies to us and deceives us. After the message my sisters and I headed out to go to the funeral of a family member. He had commited suicide the week before. The funeral was emotional especially watching the widow and her children say good-bye. It was a beautiful service as I mentioned before. I see clearly the battle that occured in his life. The speaking of truth; the speaking of lies and how he listened to the lie that life was not worth living.
This week satan tried to speak lies to me as well. Not about life. But about my worth. You see the date had been set for me to share my testimony with about 100 women. See Awaiting Release for more on that. That date was this week. With the day approaching satan tried to discourage, annoy, place fear, steal joy and minimize me as a person. Sometimes it is crystal clear that it is him coming to steal, kill and destroy. Other times it creeps in. None the less he tried and tried to lessen God and his work in my life. The battle is real.
I am thankful I didn't go through this process alone. My girlfriend was prompted by the Holy Spirit to share her testimony the night before I was to share mine. Together we wrestled it out. God spoke truth into us and firmly established that yes this was his will and yes he was with us and yes his Holy Spirit would guide us; we were not alone.
Good solid biblical teaching helped affirm this to be true. The scripture speaks it. The battle wages. Yet did you know that there are armies of angels battling for us. God asks us to clothe ourselves with the full armor of God. Helmet of salvation, belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, sword of the spirit, SHEILD OF FAITH and feet clod with the good news of Christ. That part the sheild of faith came to mean more to me this week. It is our faith that covers us in battle. The sheild is used to extinguish flaming arrows of the evil one. You see the evil one is on attack. He is trying to shoot us with flaming arrows that will destroy. We need to stand up and stand with faith. That God is who he says he is, that he can do what he says he can do. To believe God.
I believe God has done an incredible work in my life. I also believe God asks me to share that with others. I believe he takes the good, the bad and the ugly of my life and can use it for his glory. And I believe that satan does not want that to happen. For when we share our lives, others are encouraged. The Spirit of God moves and lives are changed.
Dear friends, do not be ignorant of the spiritual battle that is going on in your midst. And stand firm in faith. Fighting the good fight of the faith.
10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
I Am Free
Written by Jon Egan
Through you the blind will see Through you the mute will singThrough you the dead will rise Through you our hearts will praiseThrough you the darkness fleesThrough you my heart screams I am freeI am freeChorus: (2x)I am free to run(I am free to run)I am free to dance(I am free to dance)I am free to live for you(I am free to live for you)I am free(I am free)Yes, I am free(I am free)
This song has been speaking to me lately. It will be my next CD purchase.
I am free!
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
As we talked her son came home, she went to introduce us and it was an instant reunion. Her sons had been my buds ten years before. I had actually been in her home before and not realized it until that moment. God is cool. Then she recalled the circumstances under which I had been there. I had attended an Aquire the Fire conference with some kids from youth group. After we got back we decided we were going to get rid of junk in our lives that had no place in our homes. Such as ungodly music, books and the such...mostly music. We gathered all our "junk" together than met back at the church to destroy it. Destroy it we did. Placing it on a blue trap as to not destroy church property in the process, we stomped and smashed and if I recall correctly burned some as well. As it turns out she was there that night, supervising. I was there participating. After the destruction of the "junk" we then went to her home to talk and hang out. That was over 10 years ago.
Monday, March 13, 2006
DS: Mom you know what I pray when I have a bad dream?
DS: "Dear God please throw away that dream"
ME: That's a good prayer.
DS: "You know what God is doing right now?"
DS: "God is walking around my head telling people he loves me!"
A True Parable of Temptation
Sunday, March 12, 2006
I am exhausted. Time for bed. Remembering he is my hope today and forever.
Addition 3/13/06: I could not find this verse last night. Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit
That was the verse the widow choose for the sermon at the service
Saturday, March 11, 2006
First Ride of the Year
Friday, March 10, 2006
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
100 Things about me
1. I accepted Christ my senior year of high school
2. Best thing I ever did
3.I got married at 20
4. I met my husband at a Christian Night Club
5. The first thing he said to me was "Do you want to be my foosball partner?"
6. I said "Yes."
7. He thought I was 12
8. I was 18 almost 19
9. He proposed in front of his jeep, dancing in the snow
10. The ring was pinned inside his shirt.
11. I said "Yes"
12. He did ask my dad for permission
13. He too said "Yes"
14. We honeymooned in Florida
15. We went Deep Sea Fishing with some Grumpy Old Men
16. Dave got seasick
17. I got lots of fish
18. We are still married. YEAH!!
19. The first year was the hardest
20. Divorce is not an option for us
21. My parents are still married
22. I have 3 siblings
23. I am the "baby"
24. I like being the "baby"
25. Why? My parents learned to be parents on the other 3
26. I once collected Garbage Pail Kids....ew
27. I think they are still in a hidden drawer in my parents home.
28. I wonder what else may be hidden there
29. My Cabbage Patch lost her arm I played with her so much
30. Someone sewed it back on
31. I had an outrageously messy room as a child
32. I mean OUTRAGEOUSLY MESSY
33. I still have a hard time keeping things clean
34. My husband likes things clean
35. As a child I loved to climb trees
36. I climbed when I was upset....for peace and quiet
I still like heights
37. I could tell the time by the position of the sun
38. I am very oreinted. Dont get lost easily
39. Also like to hike
40. I was suppose to go on a big backpacking trip
41. But found out I was pregnant...had to cancel
42. I have terrible morning sickness with pregnancy
43. I threw up 100 times with my first
44. Yes I counted
45. I threw up 101 with my second
46. Again yes I counted
47. I have thrown up in some embarressing places
48. Taco Bell (just outside the door)
49. People walking in turned around and walked out
50. Second trimester is my favorite time of pregnancy
51. I have had kidney stones and gall stones
52. I used to think I had the wolrds best bladder
53. Now I think I have lived life dehydrated
54. I don't like to shave my legs
55. So I rarely do
56. I DO shave my armpits
57. I marched flute and piccolo in high school
58. I was section leader
59. I was in gymnastics in high school
60. I was a team captain
61. In track I did hurdles and high jump
62. I did NOT like long distance running
63. My first job was solicating pizza flyers in college dorms
64. Girls floors smell better than boys
65. I love to sing
66. I am not trying out for American Idol
67. Favorite TV show: Survivor
68. I am not trying out for Survivor
69. My first time in an airplane.....I jumped out
70. It was one of the most peaceful moments of my life
71. I have been white water rafting twice
72. I did the Bungee Drop at an amusement park
73. I pretended I was flying like Peter Pan
74. I once broke my arm doing a trick on the playground bars
75. It required surgery and two metal pins
76. I was awake when they took the pins out.
77. I once was sat on and held down by a big fat nurse
78. I no longer fight when having blood drawn
79. I have had a miscarriage
80. Hemmoraging is NOT fun...pretty scary
81. At that hospital I set a record for the number of paps in one day -6
82. The nurse made me an award
83. Friends are great
84. Especially when they bring ice cream and sprinkles
85. I like Mexican and Italian food
86. I was a vegeterian for 2 years
87. Before that time I hated green vegtables
88. I gave birth to both my babies at home
89. On purpose...with attending midwives
90. I am a stay-at-home mom
91. It is the hardest job I have ever had
92. And the most rewarding
93. We homeschool our kids
94. I am competitive
95. I especially like word games
96. Speak easily in front of crowds
97. I enjoy blogging
98. Truth is important to me
99. I have THE cutest kids
100. and THE cutest husband
Ladies Night Rescheduled!!
Hopefully this reschedule will mean more will be able to join us.
Utterly Bad News
Crankiness and Fevers
DS dear son DD dear daughter DH dear husband
A Message to the Conference Room
Praises, joys and concerns welcome. Please keep your request about you or directly affecting you. I love you all.
This Spoke To Me
But as surely as God is Faithful, our message to you is not "Yes" and "No." For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by me and Silas and Timothy, was not "Yes" and "No," but in him it has always been "Yes." For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He annointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, gaurenteeing what is to come.
Stand firm, he has annointed you and His spirit is within you.
How does this verse speak to you?
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
What is it that we meditate? What is meditation? It is that which we mull over in our minds. That which we think about and allow to consume our minds. Are you thinking on his Word? Or the worries of this day?
Matthew 6 has some stuff to say about worry. It tells us not to worry about our life, God will take care of our needs. Don't worry about tomorrow.
So what to do? Keys to success?
Joshua 1:8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Be in the Word and let his Word dwell with you all day. Let it replace your worry. In doing so you will prosper and have success. Sounds like a good plan to me.
Monday, March 06, 2006
What Did This Weekend Mean To Me?
My name is ....... and I sat at the table Kjaerlighet. (Love in Norweign) pronouced char-lee-het.
This weekend was awesome in many ways. I sat at a table with some incredible, beautiful ladies. Together we listened to talks on the Christian Faith, we sang, we laughed and we prayed. We opened our hearts. Our joys, our hurts and hang-ups. We broke down walls and let go of things that have been holding us back from a fuller relationship with Christ.
For me this weekend meant living by the spirit and following his leading. He called me for a very specific purpose for THIS weekend. There were things I needed to say, things I needed to do and looks I needed to give. Prayers prayed, hugs offered. Even dances to be danced (though my calfs are crying out to me today AHHHH) When the spirit leads we have a choice. We can obey and do what it is that he is calling us to do OR we can look away and say no Lord...not gonna do it. How blessed I have been in obedience. Sometimes we never know to whom or for what reason God calls us to do something. Yet everything that is done in his name...bears fruit! I was blessed many times over the weekend with a "thanks...that was for me" and it is nice having that affrimation. That yes it was what you were suppose to do or say. i may never know (this side of heaven) how God used me. But I know He did. It was Him working through me...for His Glory.
Laugh with those that rejoice. Weep with those that mourn.
This weekend also meant remembering. Rembering where I have been, how far I have come. You see I took my flight 11 years ago. I was a Senior in high school. I was broken, empty, alone and ashamed. That weekend 11 years ago...was my setting free. I remembered the things I nailed to the cross. The talks with Spiritual leaders. The snot that poured from my nose as I cried and cried. I remembered thinking...this is good...I need to get this junk out. I remembered the kindness of my table leader. The fellowship with those girls... the acceptance. I remembered my candle light. How my mom had come from over an hour away. This was signficant in that when I left for the weekend she was in the hospital. She had been released and she had come...just for me! God used that to show me the expectations I placed on myself and the burdens I carried from my mom being sick. I let it go. I remember at the time I was afraid she would not live to see me graduate. Let alone see me marry and have my babies. She is still alive..and well. She plays such an important role in my life and the life on my kids. Needless to say I am thankful. I also remembered the closing. The words I said. How I had followed up on those words of what I said my next steps would be. I said I was going to go home and sponser someone for the flight. I was going to take what I learned and apply. To live my life for Christ. And that is what I did. I have been challenged. Sometimes I fell short. But this faith journey over the last 11 years has been incredible. How great is our God! He has taken me from a person that didn't even love herself to one that is able to love all. He has healed me, forgiven and set me free. And so I remember and live for him.
One other thing I learned was that I am not just a mom. I left my kids at home for those three days with their daddy. It was a time to be me. Not a mom or a wife but me. That was a good thing. Sometimes I forget.
Upon returning home I have a deeper admiration for my hubby. You see while I was enjoying life, he was stuck in our home. The kids both had the flu. high fevers and other unplesantries. Whining, crying and crankiness. He prayed for our kids, he met their needs. My kids learned that their daddy could take care of them. Today they are still emotional (but hey so am I) and needy. Welcome back to the world.
There you have it. That's what I have learned.
Those of you that were on the weekend. You have your own stories. Some of you shared. Others for whatever reason did not. Feel free to comment here! Remain anonymous if you like. Come up with a code name or "whatever" but please refrain from using your last name...for your safety.
I love you all!
For my new friends. This weekend you have been covered in prayer. You have been lifted up by people you know, people you may never meet this side of heaven, both near and across the world. You have been prayed for BY NAME! And it continues still today. Some of you I know pieces of your struggles, others I know little. Yet God knows you intimately, every detail. I have prayed for your boldnesss as you step back into the world. Be it school, work, with your friends or your family. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid of discouraged for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9) I pray that you continue to Let Go and Let God. Be free! Stand firm. Be blessed!
God Loves You and So Do I
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Organizing 101: Simplify…Simplify…Simplify
- Prior to de-cluttering and organizing your house, begin by talking to "the author of order" – GOD. Ask for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and help. Pray that you will be able to bless your family by simplifying your life and also bless others with your excess (i.e. giving to others).
- Adopt the philosophy that "less really is better". The less you have the less you have to maintain, clean, organize, and put back into its place later.
- Determine what you will keep, give away or throw away! If you haven’t used something in 6 months, you probably don’t need it any longer and can then determine if it is trash or treasure for someone else. If you are struggling with getting rid of something, use the value approach. Evaluate the item based on the dollar value and assess what it would cost to buy in the event that later you determined that you needed it. If the value is nominal and could be easily replaced, simply get rid of it and don’t look back. Chances are…you will never miss it.
- Remember that EVERYTHING has its own place in the house. This will help you big time in the future. No more searching and searching for anything – a huge time saver. Also, by getting the entire household involved, everyone can find and replace things themselves!!
- When you start a project (or a room to organize), pull everything off the shelves and put into the middle of the floor. Not only does this give you perspective on what you have and the excess, you will also have a chance to clean in spots you never knew existed.
- Remember that it is OK (and actually better) to NOT use all your shelves, storage bins and closets. Don’t justify keeping something just because there is "space". Even though it is in a box, it could still be clutter and something unnecessary to keep.
- Once a room is completed and organized discipline yourself to keep things in their place. This may be some hard work initially, but if you continue to do it, it will become a habit. You will become very efficient in picking up your house in the future.
- Celebrate the "little" victories along the way. Each completed room is one room closer to an organized home. Take before and after pictures so you can share your "recovery" someday with someone who may be in the exact shoes (or house) you are in right now.
- Remember "with God all things are possible!"