Tuesday, October 1, 2013

 

Look back at Monday’s blog to be reminded of Tuesday’s task and the new Area of Focus.

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An early effort with Pic Collage–our coat closet. I use a shoe bag on the door to corral hats, scarves, and gloves, as well as other odd items–a lint roller, exercise bands, essential oils to refresh the scent of the rooms. Small children can use the lower pockets and work your way up to mom and dad. You can label the pockets or put pictures on them for little ones to know what goes where.

One Small Area a Day–My Coat Closet

This month I am going to try to do one small area a day. I’ve had fun playing at decorating on my front porch and entry the past few days. Today, I will check—The Dreaded Coat Closet.  Try to reserve space for friends coats and keep some extra hangers. Now that my children are up and out I hang my placemats, and one or two tablecloths in my coat closet. I save a place for my purse on a shelf. Move rarely worn out of season coats to a more remote closet. You may want to put hooks labeled with your family member’s names near the door to the garage for backpacks and jackets they wear daily.

 Review Your Day the Night Before

As I turn my bed down each evening, I am reviewing the next day. What do I have to do? When do I have to do it? If I have something outside our home, what time will I need to be ready to leave? What do I need to take with me?

 

Today I have Prayer Shawl—this lovely group of women provides handmade caps for NICU, washcloths for people in impoverished countries, caps for women in cancer treatment, blankets and shawls for people in crisis. These items are lovingly crocheted or knit to the glory of God. AND it isn’t a gossip session, the women share their talents with each other—the experienced teaching the newbies. Conversation is godly and the atmosphere is glorious. This is how we are to live and gather—to the glory of God.

 

I am riding to prayer shawl with an incredible neighbor with the sweetest heart for God and other women. She is a leader in the group and gives so much of herself. We will be going early to prepare for the arrival of the other women. I get to quietly help. 

Incidentally, before I leave at 8:45 my home may not be pristine but it will be orderly. I know what I am going to make for dinner. (Pork tenderloin, fresh asparagus) My daily tasks will be done.

 

In the afternoon, we will pick up our grandsons after school. After homework I want to share some of the Bible with them and have some fun in the kitchen. I am doing Priscilla Shirer’s study on Gideon and have been reminded that each generation must pass the baton of faith to the next. I want to know who the LORD is and to teach, to share that with those around me. The Dead Sea is dead because rivers flow in but nothing flows out. We need to share what we learn instead of becoming stagnant with complacency. We learn in order to teach. If we do not pass on what we learn both those we should have taught and we ourselves are the losers. That brings me to:

Considering Titus 2—To do good

 

Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”― John Wesley

Romans 6:13 tells us to choose to be instruments of righteousness instead of instruments of unrighteousness:

Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.

We will serve someone—knowingly or unknowingly. Our attitudes, actions, and words will be caught by others. They will influence others especially the people we are close to. I don’t know about you but I want to choose to do good, to live well, speak well, think well among the people God has given me to love. I so mess up all the time but having made my choice for goodness, for righteousness, I get back up and keep going. I am not special. I am an ordinary woman. I am an ordinary woman who chooses to seek to know God, to follow God, and to live for His glory. Yes, I am flawed but I know I am better because of the choice I have made. I am an ordinary woman in love with an incredible God, brought back from destruction by an extraordinary Savior—my Lord, my life and my love—Jesus. God has given me His Spirit whom I can blithely ignore or surrender to. Surrender is best. 

Don’t just do good. Be God’s woman and do godly. That will multiply your efforts in ways you can’t imagine.

Hugs,

Mary

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