Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bible Reading: Genesis 39-40; Psalm 18

Area of Focus: Last Day of Focus in January on Master Bedroom, En Suite Bathroom, and Closetimage

Each Tuesday is Duster Dance Day

Don’t forget to get little helpers to dust baseboards, furniture legs and other low places around your home. Buy them their own ostrich feather, lamb’s wool, or Swiffer Duster. Put their name on their own duster.

Dealing with Clutter

Do you feel you might as well do nothing because you can’t quickly bring your home to perfection?

  • I crashed and burned so many times before I learned what I now know and do easily.
  • It is much more effective to work slowly and purposefully through your home.
  • Work through one area at a time. These areas are your Area of Focus
  • Deal with a layer of clutter each time you go through your home.  Everything you encounter is either
    • To keep—those things you actually use and like
    • Belong somewhere else. These things have been left or stuffed somewhere they don’t belong. You can’t find what you need so you go out and buy another. I found so many duplicates the first time I seriously went through my home.  I found many pairs of scissors, tons of pens, pencils. We had so many pieces of clothing—some that fit and some that did not fit—because it took me so long to do the laundry and you could almost forget about ironing or mending.
    • Trash—if it doesn’t work, can’t be fixed, or is just plain old fashioned trash—throw it out
    • Papers are challenging to deal with so put them in a box and make time each day to go through papers. If you will never need it for any purpose, toss the paper. Shred any that have account numbers or other personal information including the credit card offers that come in the mail. Do not squirrel these boxes away. They will not disappear. Deal with them.
    • Need repair—make a kit with needle and thread, glue, and anything else needed to repair broken items. Take time to fix anything broken regularly. It will not take as long as you think.
    • Give your excess to someone who genuinely needs it. Either donate it to your favorite charity that accepts donations or if you know of someone who needs or wants something you no longer need, let it go.
    • Be persistent and consistent—take 15 to 30 minutes a day and dedicate it to decluttering.

This is our last day in our bedroom for the month. Do you have a lingerie drawer or sock drawer that you toss things into? Is there any thing in there that has holes? Is anything stained? Is the elastic still elastic?

If not get rid of it. These are pictures of our underwear drawers:

Rolling instead of turning pairs of socks into themselves saves the elastic at the top of the socks and keeps them together
Rolling instead of turning pairs of socks into themselves saves the elastic at the top of the socks and keeps them together
The organizer I use in my underwear drawer
The organizer I use in my underwear drawer

 

 

 

The organizer I use in my underwear drawer with my underwear in it.
The organizer I use in my underwear drawer with my underwear in it.

 

The first session of the Daniel Plan was terrific. Yesterday, between the morning and afternoon sessions 23 wonderful women were in my home (17/6). Everyone is so enthused and I know we are all going to get healthier together.

I also know that we are going to have a great study because I washed my watch and it no longer works and my iPad slid out of my arms and onto the floor on Sunday and the screen shattered. It didn’t fall that far or hard but it’s a loss. The enemy specializes in overkill. These two events were meant to be distractions. I count it all joy.

Walking Through Ephesians: Ephesians 2:11-22 Jew and Gentile Reconciled Through Christ

imageWhat is the division between Gentiles and Jews?

  • 11Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth (not born of Hebrew roots) and
  • called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)—
  • 12remember that at that time you (Gentiles)
    • were separate from Christ,
    • excluded from citizenship in Israel and
    • foreigners to the covenants of the promise,
    • without hope and without God in the world.

What has changed?

  • 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

What has Christ done?

  • 14For he himself is our peace,
  • who has made the two groups one and
  • has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,

How has Christ done this?

  • 15by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations.

What was Christ’s purpose?

  • His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace,
  • 16and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.

How did Jesus do this?

  • 17He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 

What is the result?

  • 18For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

What does this mean to us, to me?

  • 19Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers,
  • but fellow citizens with God’s people and
  • also members of his household,

What household?

  • 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
  • with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.
  • 21In him the whole building is joined together and
  • rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.

What is true of us?

  • 22And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Hugs,

Mary

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Bible Reading: Genesis 41-42; Psalm 19

Area of Focus Wednesday, January 22nd  to Tuesday,January 28th :

The Dining Room, The Entry, and The Front PorchIMG_0299

Wednesday is Desk Day

  • Pay Bills
  • Deal with Any Paperwork, phone calls, emails, or notes that have to do with your personal business or family business. This does not mean a business as a job but you are the manager of your family and manage your personal affairs. Keep up with it regularly. Not dealing with personal and family business can be very expensive.
  • File—Put away papers you will need in a way that you will be able to locate them
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