Thursday is Floor Day
Thursday is Floor Day
Each Thursday—Clean your floors—the hard finished floors: wood, laminate, tile, or linoleum.
Give special attention to the floors in your Area of Focus—the Kitchen.
To make a difference in your kitchen:
• Keep flat surfaces clear of clutter—the counters, the table and the top of your fridge.
• Keep the front 2/3 of your kitchen counters clear for food preparation. Keep décor and other items to the back 1/3 of your counter. Keep only appliances you use regularly on the counters. It is nigh unto impossible to cook in a kitchen where there is no clear work space.
• Keep your sink clean and clear of dishes. This habit by itself will make a difference in your kitchen.
My fridge
My fridge

• Empty your dishwasher as soon as you can after the cleaning cycle has been run. Then, load dirty dishes directly into the dishwasher instead leaving them on the counter or in the sink.
• When you begin cooking, fill the sink with soapy water and wash bowls, pots, pans and cooking utensils as you finish with them.
• In the same way, put away ingredients you are using to prepare food as you are finished with them. When you do this, you will find that when you have finished cooking your kitchen will be clean and orderly.
• Wipe up spills quickly wherever they happen, in the fridge, on the floor, on the counter. Remember that plain water might not be enough to clean spills that have sugar in them. The sticky residue will attract dirt.
My Beverage Center
My Beverage Center
• In your pantry and cupboards store items you use together in the same area—create centers such as a beverage center with all you need to make a cup of coffee or tea; baking center with bowls, measuring cups and spoons, mixer, and other items you need to put together a cake or pan of brownies; serving center with all your serving pieces stored together.
• Put new purchases in back of older items so that canned goods and other items will not go out of date. It takes a few extra minutes but will save you money.
• A friend in Alabama who was an inspiration to me, told me years ago that organized people did not have to do major reorganizations and cleanings because each time they opened a cupboard, drawer, cabinet, or closet they put anything that was out of place back where it belonged. Before she went shopping for groceries, Jean took a few minutes while checking for whatever supplies she needed to put her pantry and fridge in order and prepared to receive the groceries she was about to buy.
I talked yesterday about laying things out before the Lord and asking what to pick up again. I have known that I need to write my posts in the evenings so I can spend the mornings on Quiet Time and with my husband, chatting and having coffee. It is important to me that I keep my priorities in order and God and Roy come before all else. I love my husband on purpose. When I made my commitment to Christ, I was already married to Roy. This means that even when I’m in a less than stellar frame of mind, when Roy is grumpy, whatever happens Roy is the love of my life—no looking back, no looking around. I will not compare him with unfavorably other men. I will focus on his good qualities which are many, and recognize that his weaker points are no worse than my own. I will thank him and treat him with no less courtesy than I would anyone else. I am his booster, his best friend, and I will do him nothing but good all the days of my life even when he does not do what I want, think what I want, or say what I want. We have now been married more than 38 years. When we married they were taking bets at the Officers’ Club on how many weeks we would be married. God has made all the difference. God has wired men differently than He has wired women. We cannot be upset that they are not like us for that reason. Remember different is not always wrong, sometimes it is simply different. Give your husband grace, let him be wrong, let him do things differently, don’t criticize him to your family and friends. You do not have a choice in what happens to you, you do not have a choice about what is said about or to you, but you have a choice in the way you respond. Let love be your standard.
A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare. Proverbs 15:1 (NLT)
People are not our problem.
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (NLT) Ephesians 6:12
We have an enemy that wants to destroy us and our relationships. Put on God’s full armor and stand against the attacks of the enemy.
Note: If there is genuine abuse involved, put some physical space between you and any abusive person–don’t endanger yourself or others you love. God can and does transform people but while the Lord models unconditional love, trust, once lost, takes time to re-establish.
Hugs,
Mary

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