Friday, January 24, 2014

Bible Reading: Genesis 45-46; Psalm 21

Area of Focus through Tuesday: The Entry, Front Porch and Dining RoomIMG_0003

Each Friday: Wrap Up Your Week

  • Clean out your purse, backpack, diaper bag, computer bag or whatever you carry with you when you leave your home
  • Clean out your car—try to remember to remove trash and other items whenever you arrive home but each Friday bring your car back into order
  • Vacuum the traffic areas of your home—give special attention to your area of focus but make quick work of the other areas of your home

Declutter for 15 to 30 minutes each day. Decluttering for 15 to 30 minutes five days a week= 1 ¼ to 2 ½ hours each week. An additional 15 to 30 minutes on Saturday = 1 ½ to 3 hours per week.

Move out what you don't need, want, use, love, or what just plain makes you miserable.
Move out what you don’t need, want, use, love, or what just plain makes you miserable.

Purging: Ridding Your Home of Clutter

There comes a time when we have to decide if our homes, and the rooms in our homes are to be pleasant places for our family life or storage lockers for stuff. To purge or not to purge? That is the question! Purging is getting rid of those things you don’t need, use, or love, so you will have room for the things you do need, use, and love. Again, I recommend that you shop your home, asking yourself if you

  • Need it?
  • Use it?
  • Love it?

Get rid of even valuable items that have bad memories connected to them. Get rid of all that is broken.

If it’s battered and worn: fix it, refresh it, or get rid of it.

This is a marathon, not a sprint. Work area by area—each corner, surface, drawer, and shelf in each room. Limit your time each day or each session to 15 to 30 minutes because when you get tired and stressed you will begin to make careless decisions.

You may do more than one purging session a day. Pace yourself.

You know the categories:

  • Put away
  • Throw away (Trash)
  • Give away (Donate or pass on to someone who genuinely wants it)
  • Return to Rightful Owner

When you are working in an area, DO NOT LEAVE THAT AREA. If you leave the area to put each thing away before the end or your decluttering or purging session, you will become distracted.

Take 10 minutes at the end of each session to

  • Put things from the PUT AWAY category in the area they belong or will belong.
  • Take out the trash
  • Put the items to be given away in the trunk of your car or a central location where you will regularly deliver them to your favorite charity or friend that can use them
  • Put the deliveries of these things to thrift stores or friends (returns and passed on items) on your calendar. Follow Through

IMG_0351Walking Through Ephesians: Ephesians 4:1-16: When you see “Therefore” –Actions Follow Reasons

When you see the word “therefore” realize that what has been written up to that point is the basis for the following actions. Think: When I see “therefore” I need to see what it is there for.

Therefore I,

Why is Paul a prisoner?

  • a prisoner for serving the Lord,

Because of all that has been written up to this point what am I to know and do?

  • beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling,

Who has called me?

  • for you have been called by God.
  • 2Always be humble and gentle.
  • Be patient with each other,
  • making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.
  • 3Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.


  • 4For there is one body and one Spirit,

What have I been called to?

  • just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.

What does Paul declare as our glorious hope for the future?

  • 5There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.

What has God given each one of us?

  • 7However, he has given each one of us a special gift

How has He given us this gift?

through the generosity of Christ.

What does the Bible say about this?

8That is why the Scriptures say,

“When he ascended to the heights,

he led a crowd of captives

and gave gifts to his people.”


What does this mean?

  • 9Notice that it says “he ascended.”
  • This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world.
  • 10And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens,
  • so that he might fill the entire universe with himself.

What gifts did Christ give and who did He give them to?

11Now these are the gifts

  • Christ gave to the church:
    • the apostles,
    • the prophets,
    • the evangelists,
    • and the pastors and teachers.

Why were the gifts of these roles given?

  • 12Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.

How long will this last?

  • 13This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.


  • 14Then we will no longer be immature like children.
  • We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching.
  • We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.
  • 15Instead, we will speak the truth in love,
  • growing in every way more and more like Christ,

Who is Christ in this context?

  • who is the head of his body, the church.

What does He do?

  • 16He makes the whole body fit together perfectly.

How does this body function?

  • As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow,


  • so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

What can I learn and apply in my life from this passage today?



Saturday, January 25, 2014

Bible Reading: Genesis 47-48; Psalm 22

Saturday is Family Fun Day. Work and Play Together and Make It Fun.


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Bible Reading: Focus on Passages from Your Pastor’s Sermon or Use This as a Day to Catch Up on Your Daily Reading

Sunday is a Day of Rest and Worship

Spend Time with Your Family Coordinating and Planning Your Week


Monday, January 27, 2014

Bible Reading: Genesis 49-50; Psalm 23

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

Monday, January 27th and Tuesday, January 28th

Area of Focus: Wednesday, January 29th through Friday January 31st:

The Family Bathroom(s)

Each Monday: Launch Your Week

  • Bring your home back into order after the weekend
  • Clean your toilets
  • Check your bathroom supplies for any need cleaning, paper, or personal items that will be needed and add those items to your shopping list.
  • Declutter for 15 to 30 minutes.






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