Thursday, February 13, 2014

Bible Reading: Exodus 27-28; Psalm 37

Area of Focus, February 8-14: The KitchenIMG_0403

Each Thursday is Floor Day

Clean Your Hard Floors—Hardwood, Laminate, Tile, Linoleum. Don’t make it a career, just get them clean.

Declutter for 15 to 30 Minutes

Walk in God’s Love

Snow Days—Seize the Time

We are experiencing a few more unexpected days off. You may need to just have a jammy day and cuddle with your kids. For me, I am going to attack my craft cabinets and get rid of the excess. I have designated the items from this declutter for the ROC Thrift store and Mercy Mall. It is always easier for me to let go of stuff, especially good stuff, if I know it is going to someplace worthwhile. In these circumstances I am not just purging, I am gifting.

Everything in your home should be something you:

  • Need
  • Enjoy
  • And/or Find Beautiful

If you don’t need it, enjoy it, or find it beautiful, get rid of it—

  • If it is valuable, sell it.
  • If it has sentimental value—take a picture. I kept my mom’s baby blanket. I got a display case and hung it on the wall.
  • If it makes you miserable—let it go.

You are never again going to use those college textbooks. Many of the papers in your home you will never use again and you waste time going through them over and over again—let them go.

Expired foods, medications, and personal care items are no good. They may make you sick. Let them go. The value is gone.

You don’t need a bigger home, in most cases. You need to let go of stuff.

We are so afraid if we let go of something, we will need it. I believe in being prepared but we don’t need it all. I do have a little emergency food, water, and toilet paper. I want to live in my home. Do you want to live in your home or use it as a storage unit?

The older, smaller homes that spot the landscape used to hold large families. Now smaller families live in those houses and there is not enough room. Now families live in houses two or more times larger and there is no space. It’s not the size of the house but the amount and size of the stuff that is the challenge. Let’s let go. Let’s share with those who have less, trusting God to supply what we need as we need it.

Thank You

I want to thank the sweet friend who sent me an unexpected gift. It came at a time when I would need encouragement and it was perfect for a need. I am so grateful to you for your gift of encouragement.  I pray that God will thoroughly bless you.

Walking Through Colossians: Colossians 1:24-2:5 Paul’s Work for the Church

IMG_0371What was Paul’s attitude?

  • 24I am glad when I suffer for you in my body,

Why?

  • for I am participating in the sufferings of Christ that continue for his body, the church.

What was Paul’s responsibility?

  •  25God has given me the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his entire message to you.

Why wasn’t the entire message already known?

  • 26This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people.

What is the secret?

  • 27For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too.
  • And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.

What is Paul’s response?

  •  28So we tell others about Christ,
  • warning everyone
  • and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us.
  • We want to present them to God, perfectg in their relationship to Christ.
  • 29That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.

Colossians 2

What was Paul’s heart toward them?

  • 1I want you to know how much I have agonized for you and for the church at Laodicea,
  • and for many other believers who have never met me personally.
  • 2I want them to be encouraged
  • and knit together by strong ties of love.
  • I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan,

What is God’s mysterious plan?

  • which is Christ himself. 3In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Why is Paul telling them this?

  • 4I am telling you this so no one will deceive you with well-crafted arguments.
  • 5For though I am far away from you, my heart is with you.
  • And I rejoice that you are living as you should and that your faith in Christ is strong.

Friday—Freedom and New Life in Christ

Hugs,

Mary

 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Dayimage

Bible Reading: Exodus 29-30; Psalm 38

Area of Focus: February 8-14: The Kitchen

February 15-21: Your Bedroom, Closet and Bathroom

Each Friday is Wrap Up the Week Day

  • Clean out your car
  • Clean out your purse (backpack, diaper bag, computer case, tote bag)
  • Vacuum the traffic areas of your home

Declutter for 15 to 30 Minutes

Walk in God’s Love

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