Today I have Prayer Shawl—it is a women’s ministry providing lovingly crocheted and knitted items to people in crisis—soft white blankets and caps for a stillborn baby so the mother can hold the baby and then either keep the blanket and cap as a memento or bury the baby in it; slippers for people in a local nursing home, caps for babies in NICU; caps for cancer patients undergoing chemo; blankets for patients at MCV; washcloths for people who have little in countries our mission team visits; blankets for the babies who are dedicated at our church; and prayer shawls for people in challenging situations. No gossip here—just women sharing a skill and lovingly creating things for people they will probably never meet—to give comfort with their abilities.
Painting was nowhere on my radar or on my To Do List for Monday. I was going to clean my toilets, clean out the under the sink cabinet in the kitchen and clean out the refrigerator.
It has been raining almost continually for the past week. I was standing by the patio door, I looked down and saw the ants go marching four by four all the way to the pantry!! Almost everything in the pantry is well sealed but my husband whipped out the ant spray and started spraying. I knew I would have to empty out the pantry and wipe down the shelves on Monday.
Monday morning after I was dressed and my toilets were clean:
- I removed everything in the pantry, checking expiration dates as I worked.
- When I had the pantry empty I was reminded that I had wanted to paint the walls and woodwork.
- My husband had the paint, a brush, a roller, and a roller pan.
- So I went to work. (You thought I would say I put him to work, right?)
- I removed all the shelves and took them to the garage where I painted one side and allowed them to dry.
- I wiped down the walls and rolled them.
- Then while they dried I emptied the under the sink cabinet.
- I wiped it down and repainted the bottom and sides of the cabinet. Painting the under the sink cabinet white and adding a battery light really brightens up what is usually the black hole of the kitchen. We had done those things before, this was a touchup.
- I went and enjoyed a cup of tea with one of my friends. 😉
- When I got home, I was able to paint the other side of the shelves, put shelf lining in the under the sink cabinet and replace all the cleaning supplies I store there.
- I repainted the pantry door and by then the shelves were dry and I was able to replace them.
- I replaced all the items that are normally stored in the pantry minus a couple of things that went into the trash.
- I put the kitchen back into order and put together a pot of chili and done, done, done!!!
It was a full day (8:30-2:30 less tea time), not the original plan of 30 minutes in the kitchen and 15 minutes for cleaning the toilet but it was worth it.
The pantry looks so nice I hate to close the door!
Priscilla Shirer’s The Resolution for Women has been sitting on my shelf. I began to read it a couple of years ago and then, as usual, life happens and this easily distracted woman got distracted. I am participating in Priscilla’s Bible study at our church and have enjoyed and been challenged by the homework each day. I remembered The Resolution for Women, got it out and read the series of resolutions again.
This is the woman I want to be:
- Surprisingly Satisfied—resolved to be content
- Purposefully Feminine—resolved to champion biblical femininity
- Authentically Me—resolved to value myself and celebrate others
- Faithfully His—resolve to be devoted to Christ and defined by His Word
- My Best—resolved to devote myself completely to God’s priorities for my life
- My Blessings—resolved to esteem others with my time, concern, and full attention
- My Forgiveness—resolved to release others from the prison of my hurt and anger
- My Integrity—resolved to live with the highest standard of virtue and purity
- My Heart—resolved to care
What matters to me is:
- Fulfilling My Husband—resolved to be the kind of woman who truly blesses her man
- Loving My Children—resolved to train my children (grandchildren) in righteousness
- Living with Grace—resolved to make my home a welcome place to be
- Leaving a Godly Legacy—resolved to live today with tomorrow in mind.
We are on a journey and even though I think I make my plans, I find the fingerprints of God’s Holy Spirit all over my calendar and planner. I should not be surprised—I want Him to order my days and to continually help me to be a better everything. I am humbled by the way He allows me to make small differences. I am not special—if you do not see God’s fingerprints on the daily-ness of your life, have you invited Him?
I invite you to go to Christianbook.com or amazon.com and get The Resolution for Women. If you are already involved in a good study like The Respect Dare by Nina Roesner or Gideon: Your Weakness, God’s Strength by Priscilla Shirer, get The Resolution for Women and put it on the top of your reading pile. Having just finished talking about the Titus 2 woman and thinking I was going somewhere else, I know this is the right time for me to be reading this book. What I read, I talk about. I hope what I write will stir your curiosity.