Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bible Reading: Leviticus 5-6; Psalm 41

February 22nd -28th: Dining Room, Entry, and Front Porch

Tuesday: The Front Porch and Duster Dance Day

Looking forward to putting out our Spring/Summer pillows and wreath on the porch next month
Looking forward to putting out our Spring/Summer pillows and wreath on the porch next month


Pick Up After Yourself

While we have been at the hospital, I noticed a habit I have that I wasn’t aware of having.  Several times a day I stop and put everything in order. After Roy was assigned to this room

I looked to see what storage areas were available to try to keep the flat surfaces clear.

  • I brought hangers from home and hung his clothing (and mine) up in the closet.
  • His shoes and the bags we used to carry things in are also in the closet.
  • There was an empty cabinet and I placed as much as I could neatly store in there (toiletries, food for me, clean underwear.
  • I put Roy’s glasses and cell phone in the drawer of the bedside table. I am keeping the bedside table clear except for Roy’s Bible, tissues, and ice chips.

Each time I am considering going home for a shower or some other reason I look for anything I can take home with me so the room does not become any more cluttered than necessary.

I remembered that when the children were growing up, several times a day I would call out “Clean Up!” We would race around and pick up whatever needed to be put away. This kept everything from getting too far out of order.

I realized I also do this when we are staying in a hotel room.  Depending on our length of stay (overnight versus a few days) I either work from our suitcases or I put everything away so the room is less cluttered.

In all these cases, it’s a little effort but contributes to peace of mind.

Tuesday—Duster Dance Day and Front Porch Cleaning Checklist

  • Our Front Porch--I'm looking forward to Spring!
    Our Front Porch–I’m looking forward to Spring!
    Get rid of clutter. Put away unneeded items. (M)
  • Clean light fixtures and replace any burnt out light bulbs. (M)
  • Remove spider webs (M)
  • Wipe down banisters and light fixtures. (M)
  • Wipe down porch furniture. (M)
  • Sweep porch and walkway. (As needed)
  • Get rid of dead plants. (M) Deadhead live plans (D)
  • Do any shrubs need to be pruned back?(S)
  • Do any plants need repotting?(S)
  • Does your doorbell work? Does it need to be replaced or a new battery?(M)


Walking Through Philippians: Philippians 2:1-11 Have the Attitude of Christ

What are the rhetorical questions Paul asks as Philippians 2 begins? (These rhetorical questions assume a yes answer.)

  • 1Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? (yes)
  • Any comfort from his love? (yes)
  •  Any fellowship together in the Spirit? (yes)
  • Are your hearts tender and compassionate? (yes)

Since all these things are true, what are we to do?

  • 2Then make me truly happy by
    • agreeing wholeheartedly with each other,
    • loving one another,
    • and working together with one mind and purpose.

What else are we to do?

  • 3Don’t be selfish;
  • don’t try to impress others.
  • Be humble,
    • thinking of others as better than yourselves.
    •  4Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.image

What attitude are we to have?

5You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

What was Jesus’ attitude?

  • 6Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.
  • 7Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
    • he took the humble position of a slave
    • and was born as a human being.
    • When he appeared in human form,
    • 8he humbled himself in obedience to God
    • and died a criminal’s death on a cross.


What was the Father’s response?


  • 9Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
    • and gave him the name above all other names,
    • 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,



  • in heaven and on earth and under the earth,


And what will the people say?

11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.




Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Bible Reading: Leviticus 7-8; Psalm 42

February 22nd -28th: Dining Room, Entry, and Front Porch

Wednesday: The Entry and Desk DayIMG_0002

  • Pay Bills
  • Deal with Paperwork
  • Take Care of Personal and Family Business (Cards, Notes, Phone Calls)

Declutter for 15 to 30 Minutes

Walk in God’s Love


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