Our tree topper 2014Area of Focus: December 22nd -28th: Dining Room, Entry, and Front Porch

We wrap up the week by

  • Cleaning out our car
  • Cleaning out your purse, diaper bag, tote, computer bag or whatever we carry with us when we go out the door.
  • Vacuuming the traffic areas in your home. Do not make it a career. Just vacuum the roads most traveled and then—give special attention to your Area of Focus.

Declutter for 15 to 30 Minutes


  • Bag clips keep food fresher in their original bags than plastic bags like Glad or Ziploc.
  • Best Silver Polish: Wright’s Anti-Tarnish Silver Polish
  • The Gilligan & O’Malley bra at Target tested better with Consumer Reports than the Victoria’s Secret IPEX demi bra and was less expensive
  • Check packages of meat in the meat case for loose juices. Loose juices can be a source of bacteria.
  • To mildew proof a closet try DampRid.
  • Researchers provide information to supermarkets to cause you to spend more. Many of these you may not even be aware of.
    • Product posters at the entrance to the store may increase your likelihood of buying those products.
    • Ladies with free samples increase your likelihood of buying the product, if not now, later.
    • Supermarkets place higher priced merchandise in the area just above eye level and below the knees. For bargains look higher and lower.
    • Make sure those items on the end of the shelves are things you truly need and are the best price. The items on end caps are meant to encourage impulse buying.
    • Staples like meat and milk are placed at the back of the store to cause you to pass through different aisles to encourage you to make unplanned purchases.
  • One of my favorite magazines:—ShopSmart from Consumer Reports. I got my subscription through http://www.magazinepricesearch.com/j/magazinevalues-shopsmart-10.html for several dollars less than at the ShopSmart website. Much of the above information came from ShopSmart

IMG_0371Paul Commends Timothy Philippians 2:19-30

What are Paul’s Plans?

  • 19If the Lord Jesus is willing, I hope to send Timothy to you soon for a visit.
  • Then he can cheer me up by telling me how you are getting along.

How does Paul speak of Timothy?

  • 20I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare.
  • 21All the others care only for themselves
  • and not for what matters to Jesus Christ.
  • 22But you know how Timothy has proved himself.
  • Like a son with his father, he has served with me in preaching the Good News.

What more does Paul say about his plans?

  • 23I hope to send him to you just as soon as I find out what is going to happen to me here.
  • 24And I have confidence from the Lord that I myself will come to see you soon.
  • Paul Commends Epaphroditus

What are Paul’s plans for Epaphroditis?

  • 25Meanwhile, I thought I should send Epaphroditus back to you.

How does Paul speak of Epaphroditis?

  • He is a true brother,
  • co-worker,
  • and fellow soldier.
  • And he was your messenger to help me in my need.

Why is Paul sending Epaphorditis back to them?

  • 26I am sending him because he has been longing to see you,
  • and he was very distressed that you heard he was ill.
  • 27And he certainly was ill; in fact, he almost died.
  • But God had mercy on him—and also on me, so that I would not have one sorrow after another.
  • 28So I am all the more anxious to send him back to you, for I know you will be glad to see him,
  • and then I will not be so worried about you.

How does Paul instruct the Philippians to treat Epaphroditis?

  • 29Welcome him with Christian love
  • and with great joy,
  • and give him the honor that people like him deserve.

Why does Epaphroditis deserve honor?

  • 30For he risked his life for the work of Christ,
  • and he was at the point of death while doing for me what you couldn’t do from far away.

Love and Hugs,



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