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 Porch

My File Box for My Simple Filing System
My File Box for My Simple Filing System

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

IMG_0194Walking Through Ephesians: Ephesians 3: 1-13 God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles

Who is writing this?

1For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—

What does Paul ask us we have heard about?

2Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you,

What does Paul tell us about the mystery of the administration of God’s grace?

  • 3that is, the mystery made known to me
  • by revelation, as I have already written briefly.
  • 4In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,
  • 5which was not made known to people in other generations
  •  as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets.
  • 6This mystery is that through the gospel
    • the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel,
    • members together of one body, and
    • sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.

How did Paul become a servant of the good news of God’s grace to the Gentiles?

  • 7I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power.
  • 8Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles

What was Paul to proclaim to the Gentiles?

  • the boundless riches of Christ,
  • 9and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery,
    • which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.

What was God’s intent?

  • 10His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,
  • 11according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • 12In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

What did Paul tell them regarding his suffering?

  • 13I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

Priorities and Disciplines (Sounds Like Fun, Doesn’t It?)

IMG_0001Each morning, before I sit down to write to you, exercise discipline to fulfill my commitments to the Lord on behalf of myself, and my husband.

The way I care for myself and my husband and my home and also for my grown children and their children is an “as onto the Lord.” The people I love are sometimes more or less popular with me based on their actions and attitudes. When I love them intentionally because of my relationship with Jesus, their actions and attitudes become less important to me and I can attempt to love them unconditionally and forgive them quickly.

My first discipline is to get up, brush my teeth, wash my face and moisturize, take a shower every other day, fix my hair and get dressed to the shoes. When I put on my shoes and socks I moisturize my feet.

My second discipline is to make sure my home is in good basic order as I head for my chair where I have Quiet Time. While I am reading the Bible and praying, my washer, and my dishwasher are hard at work. After I have had my Quiet Time and written to you, clothes are ready for the dryer, and dishes are ready to come out of the dishwasher. Roy is ususally up my now ( I can hear him moving around upstairs) so I can make the bed when I go up to move the clothes from the washer to the dryer.

At this point it is usually around 8 am and I have my day ahead of me to enjoy whatever the day holds:

  • I am dressed
  • My heart is lined up with My Savior’s
  • My home is in good basic order—dishes done, laundry on the move, rooms in order

This gives me tremendous freedom.

I am easily distracted. Becoming organized was WORK for me. These are disciplines (trainings) I have developed in my life that pay big dividends in freedom, time, peace of mind, and so many other things. Once these basics are done I am free to head out the door or do things that I enjoy or need to be done in my home. I can declutter, serve at Bible Study and in other groups, visit with friends, work on projects in my home, read, or take off for the day with my husband.

Get up—take care of the basics—and then schedule what needs to be done and some things you enjoy. Mix times of rest in with times of focused work.  Mix time outside your home with friends with time in your home caring for your family. Maintain balance and put first things first.

  • Relationship with God—times of prayer, reading, study, living continually in His Presence
  • Relationship with my husband—time talking, enjoying each other’s company, caring for him by caring for our home
  • Relationship with my children—spending time with them and helping them as I can
  • Relationships with friends and neighbors—helping and sharing life with them
  • Being a member of my church—serving and being aware and involved
  • Being a citizen of my country—being informed, sharing information, serving, voting

What are your priorities—what comes before what?  Are your husband and children coming in a poor last to others? What about me? I sprinkle me time throughout my day and I enjoy all I do including the things I don’t necessarily like to do. Cleaning toilets does not thrill my heart but having a clean bathroom and providing a pleasant environment for myself and Roy does.

What are your priorities? When you are asked to do something do you consider those priorities? Are your priorities out of order? That is a road paved with misery for you and your family.

There are times and seasons in your life. Enjoy the season you are in. There will be time in the future for the things that are part of that next season. As a young mom, don’t overload yourself with obligations. Learn to say no with a smile recognizing that in the future you will be able to say yes. I miss those years of struggle with small children, then homeschooling and then teens in conventional high school. Don’t miss the joy around you now and then look back with regret. God will give you strength for what He has called you to in this season. If you do not have the strength or the energy, something is out of kilter.

  • Ask God what is supposed to be part of this season
  • You are God’s woman where you are first.
  • Only you can be your husband’s wife. Only you can be your children’s mother. Do not let them feed on relationship leftovers
  • Carefully consider each other obligation in your life. You may need to make some hard changes to fulfill the primary commitments in your life.
  • Think about it, pray about it, talk about it with your husband, and then build the life God has for you.

Love and Hugs,

Mary

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Bible Reading: Genesis 43-44; Psalm 20

Area of Focus: Your Entry, Dining Room and Front Porch

My China Cabinet
My China Cabinet

Each Thursday is Floor Day:  Clean Your Hard Floors

Wood, laminate, tile, linoleum

Declutter each day for 15 to 30 minutes

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