Friday, January 17, 2014

Bible Reading: Genesis 33-34; Psalm 15

The Area of Focus is The Master Bedroom, Closet, and En Suite BathroomIMG_0422

Each Friday is Wrap Up Your Week Day

  • Clean out your purse, backpack, diaper bag or whatever you carry with you when you go out the door
  • Clean out your car
  • Vacuum the traffic areas in your home—just the traffic areas in all but your Area of Focus. In your Area of Focus vacuum behind, under, and  around—a more thorough vacuuming.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Bible Reading: Genesis 35-36; Psalm 16

Family Fun Day—Work and Play as a Family and Make It Fun!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Bible Reading: Catch Up If You Are Behind or Take Time to Reflect on This Week’s Readings or Scripture from Today’s Sermon

Worship Our God and Savior with Your Brothers and Sisters in Christ

Meet with Your Family to Plan the Week

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise to Me!

I am purposefully , intentionally remembering that whatever God calls us to do, He will give us a good provision for that purpose. I am facilitating a study of The Daniel Plan at my home for the next 6 weeks. I thought maybe 6 to 10, 12 tops would sign up. I am blessed with 24 wonderful women coming to my home each Monday for the next six weeks. When I began to see that the group might be larger than I had thought, I spoke with my sweet husband to ask him if I might be able to have a morning and an afternoon session (10-11:30 and 1:2:30). He was gracious. The size of the group still exceeded my wildest dreams. I have a comfortable home but not palatial . I can seat 16 in my living room if I bring in all the chairs in my home. So pride to the side, I will make coffee, turn on the DVD and let the ladies talk and learn together. God knew before I did who would want to take part in this class. It is no surprise to Him. I work for Him, I am His servant and He has graciously provided my home and all that is in it.  Is there anything holding you back from a call God is speaking to your heart? Launch out into the deep with me and let’s see how He meets our needs. I am fully relying on Him.

Plunging in to EphesiansIMG_0371

Yesterday I asked you to read through Ephesians just as the letter it is. I mentioned being alert for the “In Him” statements in the letter. When you read the Bible, asks yourself questions:

  • Who
  • What
  • Where
  • Why
  • When
  • How

** below indicates my comments.

Today, let’s begin to walk through this letter that tells us how to walk in this world, in our relationships and in relationship with Him. Today  Chapter One—the greeting plus verses 3-14, Paul wrote:

Greetings from Paul

Why is Paul an apostle? chosen by the will of God to be an apostle

Whose apostle is Paul? an apostle of Christ Jesus

An apostle is an emissary of a person in position of leadership who is sent to represent that king, emperor or other person. The words that person speaks are to be the words of the person he is representing so Paul carries the responsibility to speak Jesus’ words, convey God’s message to whomever he is addressing.

1This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus.

Who in that specific time is Paul writing to?

I am writing to God’s holy people in Ephesus,a who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus.

How does Paul greet them?

2May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

What is grace?

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance—grace, favor

From chairo; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude) — acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace(- ious), joy, liberality, pleasure, thank(-s, -worthy).

**For us grace is God’s unmerited favor. It is a gift, not anything we deserve.

What is peace?

Strong’s one, peace, quietness, rest.

Probably from a primary verb eiro (to join); peace (literally or figuratively); by implication, prosperity — one, peace, quietness, rest, + set at one again.

**The Hebrew concept of peace is whole and complete, nothing missing, nothing broken.

**(In the Greek verses 3-14 are one sentence)

Spiritual Blessings

**Paul opens with praise in response to what God has done for us

Who does Paul praise? 3All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

What has the Father done for us?

  • who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms
    • Why? because we are united with Christ.
    • When? 4Even before he made the world,
  • God loved us and
  • chose us in Christ
    • What? to be holy and without fault in his eyes.
  • 5God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself
    • How? through Jesus Christ.
  • This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

Why do we praise God?6So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out

  • To Who? on us who belong to his dear Son.b

What also has the Father done for us?

  • 7He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom

What did God use to purchase our freedom? with the blood of his Son

  • and forgave our sins.
  • 8He has showered his kindness on us,
  • along with all wisdom and understanding.

What has God revealed?

9God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure.

What is God’s plan?

  • 10And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.
  • 11Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he
    • chose us in advance, and
    • he makes everything work out according to his plan.

What is God’s purpose?

  • For the Jews: 12God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God.
  • For the Gentiles: 13And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth,

What truth?

  • the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own
  • How? by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. 14The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people.
  • Why? He did this so we would praise and glorify him.

If you think you can’t, you’re right. If you think you can, you’re right.

IMG_0403I believe I can do anything God has called me to do in His strength. In days past, when someone told me something that would be effective to help me to be better organized, use my time better, or any number of things I longed for in my life, I was resistant. That might work for them, but I was different. It wouldn’t work for me. Then one day I realized that if I never tried anything new I would stay where I was. I think it’s Einstein’s quote that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

I resolved to try wearing shoes, getting up and getting dressed in the morning, having basic routines—daily, weekly, monthly. If it didn’t work for me I would try to adjust plans that had been effective in other’s lives. I cannot begin to tell you the number of books I have read since the 1970’s on time management and organization, cleaning, or any number of topics to make a difference in my home. I see the same basic concepts repeated over and over. There is no magic bullet. There are ways to work smarter and to enjoy and be more effective in caring for your family and home. No fairy is going to drop down from the sky and sprinkle perfection dust on all you touch. Unless you have the finances to hire organizers and a cleaning team, you will probably have to do the work. If you hire people to clean and organize, unless you learn how to maintain what they do, their work will only last for several weeks maximum. You can do this. I cannot imagine anyone who is any more of a mess than I have been in my life. I am a dreamer, easily distracted, inclined to want to sit, sip tea and watch the clouds roll by (interpret that: at least a little lazy). If I can have a clean, orderly, and pleasant home, you can, too. I have not always had the cooperation of husband and children. You can come up with a reason (excuse) why just about anything will not work for you. Unless you try and give it at least a few weeks, you will be in the same place, next week, next month, next year. You can get a job or go shopping to get out or your home but you will come home to the same mess. You can by doing a little consistently, change yourself, change your home, and change your life—and the lives of the people you love. Start small and build. Maintain. Be tenacious but loving. You can do this.

Hugs,

Mary

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