Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Bible Reading: Exodus 11-12; Psalm 29

Area of Focus: February 1-7—The Living Room/Family RoomIMG_0424

Each Tuesday is Duster Dance Day—Grab your duster, put on some music, set a timer for 10 minutes and see if you can beat the timer.

Declutter Each Day for 15 to 20 minutes.

Clean for Your Family and Your Guests Will Find a Welcoming Environment, Too.The Daniel Plan Meeting—Number Three

Yesterday I again hosted a large group of women in the morning (around15) and a smaller group of 6 in the afternoon. The women are enjoying themselves so much that some were leaving as the other class was arriving (1 ½ hour gap). It is a joy to me to host them and part of the reason is that I clean my home for Roy and I and our children and grandchildren who are often here. I do not clean for guests so on Monday mornings I put a few things back in order, pull out the coffee mugs, make a huge urn of coffee, and line up all the chairs we have in the living room. I make sure my dishwasher is empty so I can load mugs and dishes as they are used and turn on the dishwasher when the last guest leaves. Clean up is easy, too. I remember when every time I was to have guests in my house it involved a cleaning marathon at both ends. Daily attention to your home can make having guests a joy instead of a trial.

We demonstrated making smoothies yesterday. I simply put almond milk in my Shark 1500 Food Processing System, a couple of scoops of Mango Protein powder from Shaklee and a frozen fruit blend that had mangoes, peaches, strawberries and pineapple and blended. It was scrumptious. The protein powder has 24 g of protein and 6 g of fiber and is very satisfying. One of the morning class members shared the Thrive dried fruit in smoothies. She did a berry blend that she had rehydrated overnight with Vanilla protein powder, and a banana. Having a smoothie for breakfast most mornings is one change that I will not find difficu

Walking Through Ephesians: Ephesians 6: 4 A Word to Parents

IMG_0271What instructions are given to fathers?

  • 4Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger

How?

  • by the way you treat them.

What are fathers do to instead?

  • Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction

Where does that training and instruction come from?

  •  that comes from the Lord.

Usually I don’t comment but I want to point some things today. The instruction is given to the fathers. God usually instructs us to do things that may not come totally naturally to us. These actions come almost naturally to most mothers. God brings to the fathers that they have responsibility in training (discipline) and instruction of their children and that that instruction originates from the Lord. Our children are disciples of the Lord that we disciples of the Lord disciple.

We are not to frustrate or provoke our children. We are to teach, to demonstrate, to show our children to learn all the elements of life, from the spiritual to the practical. We work with our children and give them increasing responsibility as they demonstrate increasing ability and maturity. When we are lax, when we are not faithful, when we raise our children yelling at them because they act their age, do not do what we have not taught them to do, we sin. Our children are a trust from the Lord and we are to nurture them, to love and care for them. We need to stand strongly for right in their lives and stand strongly against evil, even if it means we are inconvenienced, have to turn off programs that we enjoy but that do not present a godly world view, have to say no to what everyone else is doing. We should be able to explain why. We should be able to explain what we believe. “Do as I say and not as I do”, does not cut it. You are not a member of your child’s peer group. You are not a buddy. You are the parent charged with the responsibility to teach and demonstrate godly principles for all of life to your children. You, Mom and Dad, are a representative of God in their life and many children will reject God as Father by the way their father, fathers.

‘nuff, said for today. Faithfully fulfill this commission of God.

Hugs,

Mary

 

 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Bible Reading: Exodus 13-14; Psalm 30

Area of Focus: February 1-7—The Living Room/Family Room

Each Wednesday is Desk DayMy Desk

  • Do you have any bills to be paid?
  • Do you have any phone calls to make? Notes to write? Emails to send?
  • Do you have any cards to send?
  • Do you have any papers that need to be put away in a manner that will help you locate them when needed? (Filing)

Declutter for 15 to 30 Minutes

Walk in God’s Love

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