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Friday, August 16, 2013—Wrap Up the Week and Take Care of Yourself
Each Friday:
• Clean out your car
• Clean out your purse, backpack, diaper bag, computer case or whatever you carry with you
• Vacuum the traffic areas
The Area of Focus is our Bedroom, En Suite Bathroom and Closet. Have you done a declutter in this area recently? Begin near the door and going around the room, deal with each item as you come to it.
• Does it belong in this room? Put it away.
• Does it belong elsewhere in the house? Put it near the door to be taken home at the end of your decluttering session.
• Is it trash? Throw it out
• Do you need it, want it, love it? If not let it go to someone who will—donate it or give it away.
• You room should be a room of things you really like—get rid of the stuff that frustrates you and makes you miserable. No, I do not mean any family members. God gave them to you to love and to shape you into the person He wants you to be.
I heard a story a long time ago about a sculptor. A visitor to his studio asked about a large chunk of marble taking up the space in the center of the studio. The sculptor replied, “That is a horse.”
“How are you going to make that into a horse,” asked the visitor.
“I just take my hammer and chisel and knock off anything that doesn’t look like a horse.”
Well, God takes the hammer and chisel of life and relationships, and knocks off anything that doesn’t look like Jesus in us.
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Take care of yourself—each morning:
• Brush your teeth and use mouthwash
• Wash your face and moisturize
• If you like put on a little blush and mascara
• If you are not showering and shampooing, at least touch up your hair with a curling iron.
• Get dressed to the shoes in something appropriate for what you are doing. I am wearing a cute ¾ length sleeved hot pink top and some denim capris. I am taking care of children and cleaning house today but if something comes up, I can head right out the door.
In an airplane when they explain about the masks that drop down, they tell you that if you are taking care of someone on the flight to put on your mask first. This isn’t selfish. This is practical because if you don’t take care of yourself first, you may not be able to take care of anyone else. Same principle, take care of yourself so you can take care of others.
Hugs,
Mary

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