Wow! Another hit the ground running day. Overscheduled and Overcommitted.

Take principles you learn from the Bible and apply them in your life.
Take principles you learn from the Bible and apply them in your life.

I had originally not planned to go to Bible Study because before we had a series of snow days that has extended the Bible Study class schedule, I scheduled a doctor’s appointment. Well, I was asked to substitute for another teacher who is out of town and if I can ever humanly be available to lead a Bible Study I will do it—so my schedule is packed a little tighter than I want.

So far at 7:30 I have.

  • Gotten up, showered, and fixed my hair
  • Made sure the house is in order
  • Put what I need near the front door
  • Cleaned out the fridge (it’s trash day)
  • Had Quiet Time and reviewed the video for today

Next I have to

  • Get dressed
  • Someone (aka my husband) is still sleeping so the bed may not get made
  • Pick up my dry cleaning
  • Meet with someone at church before Bible Study
  • Lead the study
  • Head off to the doctor’s office
  • Have my eyebrows waxed
  • Go to the gym
  • Pick up my grandson and take him up to school for the Bard a thon
  • Enjoy the Bard a thon
  • Take my grandson home and get home around 9 tonight

This is what I call a too busy day. It happens sometimes but I cannot allow it to happen too often and especially not every day. We need to allow breathing time in between our commitments. If today’s schedule were a more regular occurrence, I would need to cut about half of these things out other than getting up and cleaned up, having Quiet Time, and making sure my home is in order. Those basics need to happen every day.

If I had known that I was going to be teaching today, I would have scheduled the doctor’s appointment for another day. When I am teaching, I want my head and my heart clear. My Quiet Time this morning has me ready for the day, but I cannot expect to overschedule regularly and have peace in my heart, and my head.

Overscheduling and over-commitment are a major problem today. There is way too much schedule clutter and so our life with God, and our families, as well as caring for our home are all neglected. All too often we let those difficult to get appointments with doctors and even our hair dresser and nail technician usurp the time we need to be in Bible Study or in other things that support what we call priorities. We are taking my grandson to his school activity because he did not let his mom know and she has a much postponed meeting at that time. Planning time each week is needed for planning time throughout the week. If we back into our schedule we are not managing our lives, our lives are managing us.

The most, most, most important things in our lives are not things, they are relationships. First of all our relationship with God, and then our relationship with our husband, our children and grandchildren, and the other people God has given us to love. If you are routinely too busy for time with God, for family worship in your home and at church, for your husband, and for your children, you are too busy and something needs to change –FAST. You need time to hug, to listen, to pray, to care. You need time to bless the people around you and be a blessing. If you are continually running here and there you are cooperating with the enemies plan to steal your life. STOP. Consider your life. Consider your commitments and reorder what is out of place.

  1. A personal relationship with the Lord that governs your life.
  2. Your best friendship with your husband. Doing him good and not evil all the days of his life.
  3. Your best momship with your children. Loving them enough to do the hard things. Taking time to teach them and communicate what is important in life.
  4. Then time for being a good representative for the Lord wherever you go and in every relationship and transaction.
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SOAP January 14, 2015 The LORD Prospers Joseph

SOAP January 14, 2015 The LORD Prospers Joseph

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Genesis 39:2-3

The LORD was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. 3Potiphar noticed this and realized that the LORD was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did.

Genesis 39:21-23

But the LORD was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the LORD made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden.22Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison. 23The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The LORD was with him and caused everything he did to succeed.

Observation

(2)The LORD was with Joseph so he succeeded in everything he did.

(23b) The LORD was with him and caused everything he did to succeed.

The fact that Joseph resisted his master’s wife advances showed integrity. In addition, our God who knows the end from the beginning had a plan for Joseph to preserve the Israelite people. Genesis 50:19-20.

Potiphar noticed that Joseph caused the affairs of his household to go well.

Application

God has a plan for each of us. I want to lead a life pleasing to God, a life of integrity.

Pray

LORD,

You show favor on whomever you want. I long for your favor. Help me to be a person You can prosper in whatever I do so like Potiphar others will see and know that it is you Who helps me do well. I want to honor you in all I do.

I love you,

me

Sunday, March 13 to Saturday, March 29, 2014–Bible Readings, Routines, and Tasks

Sunday, March 23, 2014 to Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sunday is Planning Day—Coordinate Your Schedule and Calendar with Your Family

Bible Readings:               

Monday— Numbers 16-17                          Psalm 59

Tuesday— Numbers 18-19                          Psalm 60

Wednesday—Numbers 20-21                    Psalm 61

Thursday—Numbers 22-23                         Psalm 62

Friday—Numbers 24-25                               Psalm 63

Saturday—Numbers 26-27                          Psalm 64

  • Don’t just read. Pay attention. Underline. Ask questions and look for the answers

Area of Focus: The Entry, The Front Porch, and The Dining Room –March 23rd to March 28th

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Up Next Week: The Family Bath—March 29th to March 31st

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The Living Room/Family Room—Tuesday, April 1st to Monday, April 7th

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Daily Focus:        Monday—      Launch Your Week

Put Your Home in Order after the Weekend

Clean the Toilets

Check Your Bathrooms for any Needed Supplies—Personal Care, Cleaning, or Paper Products

Tuesday—          Duster Dance Day

Wednesday—   Desk Day

Pay Your Bills

Bring Personal and Family Business Up to Date

File

Thursday—         Floor Day

Clean All Hard Floors—Hardwood, Laminate, Tile, or Linoleum

Friday—               Wrap Up Your Week Day

Clean Out Your Car

Clean Out Your Purse, Backpack, Diaper Bag, Computer Game or Whatever You Carry with You When You Leave the House

Vacuum the Traffic Areas in Your Home—Give Special Attention  to Your Bathroom, Bedroom, and Closet

Saturday—         Family Fun Day

Work or Play Together as a Family and Make It Fun!

Declutter for 15 to 30 minutes

Walk in God’s Love

Daily on Your Front Porch, Entry, and Dining Room—

  • Take a couple of minutes each day keep your front porch, entry and dining room in order

Distribute these tasks over the week:

Porch
Sweep W
Remove Cobwebs W
Declutter Porch M
Stain/ Paint Y
Deck
Sweep Deck W
Remove Cobwebs W
Declutter Deck M
Entry
Clean Floors W
Dust/Polish Furniture Dust-WPolish-M
Check Drawers And Storage For Clutter M
Clean Baseboards M
Clean Mirrors M
Clean Ornaments M
Clean Switch Plates M
Check for Cobwebs M
Clean Woodwork M
Dust Lamp Shades M
Dust Or Clean Light Fixtures M
Clean Window Treatments EOM
Clean Windows EOM
Entry Closet
Straighten/ Purge Closet
Wipe Down Woodwork
Dining Room
Clean Floors W
Polish Furniture Dust-WPolish-M
Check For Cobwebs M
Check Drawers And Storage For Clutter M
Clean Window Treatments EOM
Clean Windows EOM
Clean Baseboards M
Clean Mirrors M
Clean Ornaments M
Clean Switch Plates M
Clean Woodwork M
Dust Lamp Shades M
Dust Or Clean Light Fixtures/Ceiling Fan M
Remove Fingerprints And Marks From Wall M

 

 

Remember, most tasks take less than 10 minutes, some under 5. Don’t be overwhelmed.

Again, a little at a time. You will get it done.

Hugs,

Mary

Sunday, March 16, 2014 to Saturday, March 22, 2014–Routines

Sunday, March 16, 2014 to Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sunday is Planning Day—Coordinate Your Schedule and Calendar with Your Family

Bible Readings:                               Monday— Numbers 4-5                                                Psalm 54

Tuesday— Numbers 6-7                                               Psalm 55

Wednesday—Numbers 8-9                                          Psalm 50

Thursday—Numbers 10-11                                          Psalm 56

Friday—Numbers 12-13                                                Psalm 57

Saturday—Numbers 14-15                                           Psalm 58

Area of Focus: The Master Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet –March 16th to March 22nd

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Up Next Week: The Entry, The Front Porch, and The Dining Room –March 23rd to March 28th

Our Front Porch--I'm looking forward to Spring!
Our Front Porch–I’m looking forward to Spring!

Daily Focus:        Monday—Launch Your Week

Put  Your Home in Order after the Weekend

Clean the Toilets

Check Your Bathrooms for any Needed Supplies—Personal Care, Cleaning, or Paper Products

Tuesday—Duster Dance Day

Wednesday—   Desk DayMy Desk

Pay Your Bills

Bring Personal and Family Business Up to Date

File

Thursday—         Floor Day

Clean All Hard Floors—Hardwood, Laminate, Tile, or Linoleum

Friday—               Wrap Up Your Week Day

Clean Out Your Car

Clean Out Your Purse, Backpack, Diaper Bag, Computer Game or Whatever You Carry with You When You Leave the House

Vacuum the Traffic Areas in Your Home—Give Special Attention  to Your Bathroom, Bedroom, and Closet

Saturday—Family Fun Day

Work or Play Together as a Family and Make It Fun!

Head off the Clutter in Your Bedroom before It Starts:

Keep Your Dressers and Nightstand Clear of Clutter

  • Keep a Basket or Bowl on Your Dresser for When You Empty Your Pockets
  • Regularly declutter your nightstand. Keep only those things you use regularly.
  • Make Sure Your Have a Waste Basket Conveniently Located and Empty It Often
  • IMG_0424Don’t use your chair as a dumping ground for your clothes. Hang them up or put them in the hamper.
  • Get a Valet Hook and hang your clothes, jewelry, and accessories out the night before. Make sure your clothes are clean and in good repair.
  • Go through your clothes regularly and get rid of the things that are past their prime, don’t fit, or flatter.
  • I love the organizers we have in our underwear drawers.
  • The organizer I use in my underwear drawer
    The organizer I use in my underwear drawer

     

The organizer I use in my underwear drawer with my underwear in it.
The organizer I use in my underwear drawer with my underwear in it.

 

Rolling instead of turning pairs of socks into themselves saves the elastic at the top of the socks and keeps them together
Rolling instead of turning pairs of socks into themselves saves the elastic at the top of the socks and keeps them together

Complete Activity Chart—Master Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet

These are the tasks with frequency that are done in the kitchen. D=Daily, W=Weekly, M=Monthly, S=Seasonally, Y= Yearly, EO=Every Other.

Most of these tasks take only a few minutes so don’t be overwhelmed.

Frequency–Notes Day Done Delegate to:
Master Bedroom
Make Bed D      
Change Sheets W      
Vacuum W      
Dust W      
Dust Picture Frames W      
Polish Furniture M      
Clean Mirror M      
Clean Cobwebs M      
Wash Mattress Pad And Bedding EOM      
Clean Under Bed EOM      
Clean Windows EOM      
Turn Mattress S      
Clean Closets/Drawers S      
         
         
Master Bath        
Clean Sink D      
Clean Tub After Each Bath D      
Clean Mirror W      
Clean Toilet W      
Master Bath (cont.)        
Polish Countertop W      
Wash Floors W      
Wash Rugs M      
Clean And Organize Cabinets And Drawers M      
Clean Brushes/Combs M      
Clean Cobwebs M      
Wipe Down Woodwork M      
Clean Shower Stall M      
Wash Shower Curtain M      
Wash Windows EOM      
Clean Out Medicine Cabinet S      
Vacuum Bathroom Fan Grill S      
         
         
         
Master Closet        
Polish Shoes W   Only the shoes you wear  
Check For Clothes Needing Repair/Cleaning M      
Purge Closet Of Unneeded/Unwanted Clothes M      
Remove Seasonal Clothes S      
Organize Closet S      

Again, a little at a time. You will get it done.

Hugs,

Mary

Wednesday through Saturday: Area of Focus; Bible Readings; Daily Tasks; Making the Kitchen Work; Kitchen Activity Chart

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 to Saturday, March 15, 2014

Bible Readings:                               Wednesday—Leviticus 23-24                     Psalm 50

Thursday—Leviticus 25-26                         Psalm 51

Friday—Leviticus  27; Numbers 1            Psalm 52

Saturday—Numbers 2-3                               Psalm 53

Area of Focus: The Kitchen—March 8th to 14th

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Up Next Week: Your Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet—March 15th to 21st

Daily Focus:        Wednesday—   Desk Day

Pay Your Bills

Bring Personal and Family Business Up to Date

File

Thursday—         Floor Day

Clean All Hard Floors—Hardwood, Laminate, Tile, or Linoleum

Friday—               Wrap  Up Your Week Day

Clean Out Your Car

Clean Out Your Purse, Backpack, Diaper Bag, Computer Game or Whatever You Carry with You When You Leave the House

Saturday—Family Fun Day

Work or Play Together as a Family and Make It Fun!

Making Your Kitchen Work

  • I like the risers for the pantry shelves so that you can easily see what is on the shelves
  • I like the air tight container for dry goods in your kitchen
  • Don’t keep the eggs and dairy products in the door of the fridge. They will spoil more quickly.
  • Keep the front 2/3rds of your counters clear for food preparation
  • Fill the sink with soapy water when you  begin food preparation and clean up as you go. Put away ingredients as you use them. Put trash directly into the trash can. When you are finished, the clean-up will be done, too.
  • Put dirty dishes directly into the dishwasher. Empty the dishwasher after the cycle is finished and run the dishwasher when it is full.
  • Keep your sink clean and empty.
  • Keep flat surfaces clear of clutter and papers.
  • Clean up drips and splashes as you go—in the fridge, on the counter, on the floor, as well as in your cupboards.

Kitchen Activity Chart

These are the tasks with frequency that are done in the kitchen. D=Daily, W=Weekly, M=Monthly, S=Seasonally, Y= Yearly, EO=Every Other.

Most of these tasks take only a few minutes so don’t be overwhelmed.

FOOD PREPARATION AND CLEAN UP  
Plan Menus W
Make Grocery List W
Clean Dishwasher Door W
Defrost D
Prepare Food D or W
Wash Dishes D
Load Dishwasher D
Unload Dishwasher D
Wash Pots And Pans D
 
 
KITCHEN  
Clean Sink D
Polish Faucet D
Sweep Floor D
Wash Countertops D
Empty Garbage D
Sanitize Cutting Board W
Wash Floor W
Shake Rugs EOD
Wash Rugs M
Wash Windows M
Clean Small Appliances
Toaster M
Can Opener M
Other As Needed
Clean Under Sink M
Clean Light Fixtures M
Clean Telephone M
Wipe Down Woodwork M
Wash Canister/Decorative Items S
Wash Woodwork S
Wash/Dry Clean Curtains Y
Clean Cupboards/Drawers M
Empty And Wipe Out Cabinets/Drawers S
Clean Cabinet  Doors M
Range/Oven
Scour Drip Pans And Rims M
Clean Under Drip Pans M
Clean Range Hood M
Clean Knobs/Clock Face M
Clean Oven Inside And Outside M
Clean Microwave Inside And Out M
Wash Range Hood Filter In Dishwasher M
Refrigerator/Freezer  
Defrost Freezer Y
Clean Inside/Outside/Top Of Refrigerator M
Clean Inside/Outside/Top Of Freezer M
Clean Drip Pan EOM
Dump Anything Dead W
Clean The Seals Of The Refrigerator And Freezer M
Vacuum Refrigerator Coils S
 

Again, a little at a time. You will get it done.

Hugs,

Mary

Monday, March 10, 2014

Bible Reading: Leviticus 19-20; Psalm 48

 

Area of Focus: March 8-14—The Kitchen

Monday is Launch Your Week Day:

  • Take 15 minutes to pull your home back into order after the weekend. Don’t obsess, just grab the trash, and things that are out of place and bring a sense of order and peace back to your home
  • Clean your toilets
  • Check your bathrooms for any needed supplies and add them to your shopping list for the week. Do not wait until you have used the last square of toilet paper, squeeze of toothpaste or drop of shampoo to put it on your list. Think ahead.

Attack Your Clutter for 15 to 30 Minutes

Walk in God’s Love.

Our Ongoing Saga—Roy had a good report from the doctor on Friday. We are staying fairly close to home and Iam avoiding nighttime and some daytime activities so I can be close at hand for him.

I have the nicest friends who have brought some pretty incredible food. Cathy made beautiful chicken pot pies and homemade bread. Gail brought pot roast, sweet potato casserole, and a coconut pineapple pie. I am more than grateful.  My level of understanding of the support people need during an illness or family emergency has grown a lot. We have been blessed to not have needed this kind of support in the past but I am so grateful for it now.

My Purpose:

And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

Colossians 3:17 (NLT)

IMG_0351My purpose is to represent the Lord Jesus Christ continually. I cannot be a part time believer. I cannot say I am a believer and then function in my life as if I did not believe in God. My goal then becomes to represent Jesus well in all things.

I am to represent Jesus in my attitudes. Are my attitudes Christlike?

I am to represent Jesus in the way I care for others–family, friends, strangers. Am I loving at all times and in all ways. Is that love God’s agape love instead of just a mushy feeling? Is that love a love that truly cares for the best interest of the other instead of my convenience? Do I respect other people as God’s unique creations?

I am to represent Jesus in the way I speak. Do I speak the truth in love? Do I truly listen to others of am I more concerned about making an impression of how wise, intelligent, well connected, or important I am?

I am to represent Jesus in the way I dress. Am I modest? Do I ascribe to hotness or do I seek to reflect the beauty and glory of God?

I am to represent Jesus in the way I work. Do I work as if I were lovingly working for Him? Do I work only to impress others? Do I work only when someone is watching?

I am to represent Jesus in the regard I have for all of God’s creation. I am a steward of what I have and what lies before me. Am I intentional about making good and appropriate use of resources? How do I use my time? How do I care for where God has placed me? How do I make use of the finances he has allotted to me?  Do I give back to Him and to others in His name?

I am not my own, I was bought at a high price. The price of my redemption was the blood of Jesus Christ. So I do not live for myself, but for Him. I want always to remember that all I am, all I have, and all I will ever be is in His hands for His use. I want to be a daughter who reflects Jesus. I want to be a sister who reflects Jesus. I want to be a wife who reflects Jesus. I want to be a mother and a grandmother who reflects Jesus. I want to be a neighbor who reflects Jesus. I want to be a woman who reflects Jesus.

I fall short continually. That does not mean I will give up. I admit to being an unintentional hypocrite. Again, that does not mean I will give up trying to reflect Jesus. We see in a glass darkly now but one day face to face and when I see Him I will finally be as He is. Until then I will try to remember the One I am to represent–day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment.

This Week We Are in the Kitchen:

One small way of loving my husband--Each morning after I fix a cup of coffee, I set up Roy's cup of coffee
One small way of loving my husband–Each morning after I fix a cup of coffee, I set up Roy’s cup of coffee

Here is the Cleaning Checklist for the Kitchen:

Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

  • Are there any cobwebs? (M)
  • Are the light fixtures and ceiling fan clean? (M)
  • Are the windows and window treatments clean? (M)
  • Is your refrigerator clean —inside and outside? (M) Are there fingerprints? (as needed) Are you using leftovers? (D) Do any items need to be tossed?(M)
  • Is your freezer clean? (M) Are there any foods that need to be used before they go out of date? (M)
  • Is your microwave clean inside and out? (M or as needed)
  • Are your stove top and oven clean?(M or as needed)
  • Are your drip pans or grates clean? Do they need to be replaced? (M)
  • Is the stove hood and filter clean? (M)
  • Are canisters and decorative items clean? (M)
  • Are there fingerprints or other marks on walls, window sills and woodwork?(M)
  • Are doors and door frames free of marks?(M)
  • Are baseboards clean? (M)
  • Are cabinet fronts clean? (M)
  • Do your cabinets need to be put in order? (M)
  • Is your under sink cabinet clean and in order? (M)
  • Are your countertops clean and sanitized? (D)
  • Is your sink clean and sanitized? (D)
  • Are your floors swept? (D)
  • Do your floors need to be mopped? (W or as needed)
  • Are the dishes done and put away (D) Is the dishwasher empty?(D)
  • Have you taken out the trash? (D)

Spread the tasks out over your week. After 15 to 20 minutes working in an area, we often lose focus, slow down, and become less effective. Use your timer to keep you moving and focused.

 

It was my intention to move on with Galatians this morning. If you are following along, take time to read the letter to the Galatians each day over the next few days.

Roy is needing a lot of attention and I am not sure of my time or activities from day to day. I am praying and trying to figure out what I am doing for the next few weeks. Please keep us in your prayers.

Hugs,

Mary 

 

 

3/7/14—Routines, The Basics in Under 20 Minutes a Day; Wrapping Up Philippians

 

Friday, March 07, 2014

Bible Reading: Leviticus 17-18; Psalm 47

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

March 8-14—The Kitchenimage

Friday is Wrap Up the Week Day:

  • Clean Out Your Car
  • Clean Out Your Purse Diaper Bag, Computer Case, Tote or Whatever You Carry When You Are Out and Around
  • Vacuum the Traffic Areas in Your Home
  • Thoroughly Vacuum Your Area of Focus—The Living Room/Family Room

 Declutter for 15 to 30 Minutes

Walk in God’s Love

 

Roy has an early doctor’s appointment this morning so this is a rerun but one of my favorites.

The Basics in Under 20 Minutes a Day

Your Bedroom–Under 7 minutes each day:

  •  Make your bed either before or after your morning shower. (2 minutes)
  • Pick up and put away any clothes, shoes, or jewelry (4 minutes)
  • Straighten your surfaces (night stand and dresser) (under 1 minute)

Your Bathroom–Under 2 minutes each day

  • Wipe out the sink (30 seconds) I keep a stack of white washcloths under the sink and use them to wipe out the sink and wipe down the counters at least once a day. Develop the habit of wiping out the sink after every use and it will stay clean.
  • Wipe off the toilet seat and rim (20 seconds)
  • Swish the toilet bowl with a toilet brush (20 seconds)
  • Polish the mirror and faucet (20 seconds)
  • Keep a squeegee in the shower and squeegee the surfaces immediately after your shower or use a shower spray (20 seconds)

 Your Kitchen –- Under 5 minutes each day

While the coffee is brewing:

  • Wipe down the sink (30 seconds)
  • Wipe off the stove (30 seconds)
  • Wipe down the counters (1 minute)
  • Sweep or Swiffer the floor (2 minutes)

Your Living Room—7 minutes each day

  • Use a dustbuster to pick up crumbs (2 minutes) (If you don’t have a dustbuster use a whisk broom and  small dust pan)
  • Straighten pillows on the couch and chairs and fold throws (2 minutes)
  • Spot clean end tables, coffee table and entertainment center – wipe off any fingerprints or other marks. (1 minute)
  • Put away CD’s and DVD’s. Straighten books and magazines. Discard newspapers (2 minutes)

Make a tote or totes for each area with any cleaning supplies you will need for your quick cleaning. (Just for fun–in my upstairs all my cleaning and laundry supplies are lavender scented. Downstairs I use lemon scented cleaning supplies. Homes can be more appealing when you take into consideration the five senses: Sight, sound, smell, taste and touch.)

Cleaning principles:

  • Clean from the clean area into the dirtier area to avoid spreading the dirt around.
  • Work from the top to bottom to knock dust down.
  • Vacuum after you dust.

In the morning:

  • Quiet time
  • Breakfast
  • Vitamins/Medications
  • Exercise – a regular short routine is better than a longer  routine you never do

Make laundry and dishes a priority

  • Laundry-I start a load of laundry first thing each morning and make a point of getting it into the dryer and then folded and into the drawers.
  • Dishwasher–Make a point of not leaving clean dishes in the dishwasher.  Unload the dishwasher as soon as the dishes can be handled.  Work to get your family to put their dishes directly into the dishwasher instead of leaving them on the counter or in the sink.  Start a load as soon as it is fairly full.

At the end of the day

  •  Gather and Empty Trash
  • Lay Out  Tomorrow’s Clothes
  • Before Bedtime Walk Through
  • Involve your family.   You are not doing your children a favor if they are not learning to be good helpers and increasingly more able to take care of their clothes, toys and other possessions. Their clothes should be laid out the night before and putting their rooms and toys in order before bedtime should be a regular part of their routine.

Wrapping Up Philippians: Philippians 4:10-23 Paul’s Thanks for Their Gifts

How is gratitude expressed in Paul’s life?

  • image10How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me.
  • 11Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.
  • 12I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.
  • 13For I can do everything through Christ,who gives me strength.
  •  14Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty.
  • 15As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this. 16Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once. 17I don’t say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness.
  • 18At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus.

How does Paul describe their gifts?

  • They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God. 19And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

Paul closes his letter to the Philippians. Note what he says

  • 20Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen.
  • 21Give my greetings to each of God’s holy people—
    • all who belong to Christ Jesus.
  • The brothers who are with me send you their greetings.
  • 22And all the rest of God’s people send you greetings, too, especially those in Caesar’s household.
  • 23May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Next—Galatians

Hugs,

Mary

3/6/2014–Today’s Routine, The Pareto Principle (80/20), Who Do You Dress For? Nearing the End of Philippians: Philippians 4:1-9

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Bible Reading: Leviticus 15-16; Psalm 46

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

Each Thursday is Floor Day—Clean Your Hard Floors—Linoleum,  Tile, Laminate, or Hardwood

Thursday is Floor Day
Thursday is Floor Day

The Background of the Pareto Principle (80/20 principle)

In the 1930’s and 40’s, Dr Joseph Juran talked about the “vital few and the trivial many”. Earlier, Vilfredo Pareto an Italian economist, had observed that 20% of the people had 80% of the wealth.

  • Pareto’s 80/20 doesn’t apply to the principle as we know it.
    • The article I read noted Pareto’s Principle sounds better than Juran’s Principle.

The “vital few and the trivial many” are what our lives and our “stuff” are made of. If we can sift through our days, our homes, our relationships and focus on those truly important we can improve our lives.

  • I went to a conference years ago where Ney Bailey talked about “narrowing our nozzle.” When the nozzle is wide open, the water is spread over a large area with little effect but as the nozzle is narrowed it gains force and effect.

I am asking you to consider what is truly important in your life and act on that. I am asking this for things as important as your relationships and as matter of fact as your wardrobe and the clutter in your home that does affect your relationships.

Maybe as we begin to pare down the items in our day and home we will have more time to focus on the important. Maybe as our homes become more nurturing and welcoming it will enrich our relationships. I don’t think these are “maybes” but “for sures”.

  •  The more we have the more time it will take to take care of it.
  •  Simplify and pare down.
  • For example, you wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time. There are a few items in that 80% that are special and you would want to keep but most of those things can really go.
  • Of that 20% consider the condition of the clothes you wear most often in.  If your clothes are in poor condition they need to be replaced.wear
  • When I am at home I wear a “uniform.” My “uniform” is Dockers and scoop necked tees. I top it with a sweater or a blazer. I keep an apron to cover my clothes when I cook or do anything messy. These clothes are not expensive but they are nice and work well in almost any situation.
  • There is a new trend toward dressing casually for church or other special occasions. I remember being taught by my parents that dressing well for church was a part of giving my best for God. We honor our relationships by the care we take of ourselves.

Who Do You Dress For?

I remember when my small children (now ranging from 32-41) used to ask me where I was going every time I got cleaned up. That cut me to my heart Their comments made me realize that living in sweats might not be the most attractive thing. You can be comfortable and look nice at the same time. Do it for yourself. Do it to be a woman who reflects the glory of God. Your confidence level in working and dealing with others — anywhere — will increase if you are wearing clothes that fit, are clean and mended. Wear colors that look good on you. There are books in the library that talk about what colors complement your skin, and hair colors. The ones that use the four seasons for a guide are my favorites. I am a Winter and I look well in jewel tones. Knowing what colors look best can save you costly mistakes. It isn’t a bargain if you can’t use it.

  • Missus Smartie Pants has a website that helps you choose the right styles and colors. It is a pay service but a three month subscription costs about what a book does and she shows you examples from actual stores and online shops.

Take  a shower before the rest of the family gets up and moisturize your face. I get dressed to the shoes each day and moisturize my feet before I put SOCKS on. I did not like the  idea of wearing socks at all before I started wearing them but it works. My feet are so much nicer now.

I have on Docker denims, a purple sweater, black socks and black Reebocks. I love the Burt’s Bees colored lip balm and a little mascara.

Be yourself but be the best yourself you can be.

Walking Through Philippians: Philippians 4:1-9 Words of EncouragementIMG_0351

This short section, as Paul begins to end his letter to the Philippians, contains some pithy advice.

How does Paul begin to end his letter to the Philippians?

  • 1Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters,stay true to the Lord. I love you and long to see you, dear friends, for you are my joy and the crown I receive for my work.

What instructions does Paul give to two women who are in disagreement?

  • 2Now I appeal to Euodia and Syntyche.
  • Please, because you belong to the Lord, settle your disagreement.

Paul appeals also to his “true partner”. What is Paul’s appeal?

  •  3And I ask you, my true partner,b to help these two women,

Why?

  • for they worked hard with me in telling others the Good News.
  • They worked along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are written in the Book of Life.

What instructions does Paul give?

  • 4Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!
  • 5Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do.

Why?

  • Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
  • 6Don’t worry about anything;
  • instead, pray about everything.
  • Tell God what you need,
  • and thank him for all he has done.

What will be the results?

  • 7Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.
  • His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
  • 8And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is:
    • true,
    • and honorable,
    • and right,
    • and pure,
    • and lovely,
    • and admirable.
    • Think about thingsthat are
      • excellent
      • and worthy of praise.
      • 9Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing.

What will be the result?

  • Then the God of peace will be with you.

Tomorrow—Final words in Philippians. Coming soon—Galatians

Hugs,

Mary

 

 

3/5/14–Routines; Update; In My Office; Walking Through Philippians–Reaching Toward the Goal

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Bible Reading: Leviticus 13-14; Psalm 45

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

Each Wednesday is Desk DayMy Desk

  • Pay Bills
  • Take Care of Any Personal and Family Business—are there any issues that need to be dealt with? Notes to write? Cards to send? Calls to make?
  • File: Put away any papers you may need to reference in a way that you can locate them when needed.

Declutter Each Day for 15 to 20 minutes.

Walk in God’s Love

Update—Well life continues to be adventurous. Yesterday, Roy walked out of the bathroom with the front of his shirt soaked with blood. After a few seconds of panic, I remembered that I had rolls of gauze, gauze pads, and a LARGE Ace bandage in the upstairs bathroom. I put the gauze pad over his incision  and wrapped his torso with gauze. Then I wrapped his abdomen with the Ace bandage and called his doctor’s nurse. When I didn’t hear back within an hour I called the HCA nurse consultation line and found that I had done the right thing. We are keeping watch on his incision until he sees his doctor on Friday, watching for any sign of infection. (Spreading redness, heat, and seepage)

This morning I also have two of my grandsons here who did not get to enjoy the snow days because they are sick. Amy assures me they are not infectious but two extra patients and their dog are stretching me a little more. I do feel better about having Brayden here with Roy when I make a run to the grocery store. I have had sweet friends bringing dinner, soup and stew but we are out of so much just now.

  • I have been keeping the beds made, dishes and laundry done, as well as everything picked up as much as I can. I had planned to continue to work on my office as I can but having the boys here is extending the amount of time it takes to go through everything.

On the Office Reorganization

Just before Roy went into the hospital, I had ordered Sterlite Flip Top Shoe Boxes

http://www.amazon.com/Sterilite-Large-Flip-Top-Storage/dp/B005KBKSZQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394025992&sr=8-1&keywords=sterlite+flip+top+storage+box

These boxes are the right size to hold so many different things. In my laundry area I moved my tools into a box. I have moved all my office supplies into boxes, as well as my greeting cards. I ordered 6 for $16.62, then 12 more. I know I will be using this handy size throughout my home.

I am labeling the boxes using the Brother PC Connectable Label Maker. I can make large labels. This label maker sells for $99.99 at office supplies but $49.29 on Amazon. Don’t forget to order label cartridges because the package only contains a sample cartridge. I ordered black on white 1”. There is a wide variety of label cartridges in different colors and sizes available.

http://www.amazon.com/Brother-Connectable-Labeling-System-PT2730/dp/B0047T7JMW/ref=sr_1_9?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1394026413&sr=1-9&keywords=brother+label+maker

The large labels help quickly identify what’s in the boxes.

My final project for these boxes will be to use them as shoe boxes in my closet. Right now the shoes are in their original boxes. I have lots of uses for them before I get to my closet which is just fine for now.

Tomorrow (Thursday) is Floor Day

Walking through Philippians—Philippians 3:12-21—Pressing toward the Goal

What is Paul’s attitude? What is he doing?image

  • 12I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection.
  • But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.
  • 13No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,
  • but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,
  • 14I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Who is determines Truth?

  • 15Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you.

What does Paul ask of us?

  • 16But we must hold on to the progress we have already made.
  • 17Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine,
  • and learn from those who follow our example.

How do some show that they are enemies of the cross? What is potentially their end?

  • 18For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ.
  • 19They are headed for destruction.

Who is their god? What is their attitude?

  • Their god is their appetite,
  • they brag about shameful things,
  • and they think only about this life here on earth.

As believers, who are we?

  • 20But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives.
  • And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.

What will our Lord Jesus Christ do?

  • 21He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.

Tomorrow—Words of Encouragement—some of my favorite verses from Philippians

Hugs,

 Mary

3/4/14 –Routines, Cleaning Your Blinds, A Couple of Cleaning Basics, Walking through Philippians: The Priceless Value of Knowing Christ

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Bible Reading: Leviticus 11-12; Psalm 44

IMG_0001_2Area of Focus: March 1-7—The Living Room/Family Room

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.

Walk in God’s Love

Cleaning Your BlindsLet’s play sock puppet! Put an old cotton sock on your hand and let that sock swipe away all the dust on the slats of the blinds. Better yet put on two socks and let them kiss in the middle! Everyone knows sock puppets just love to eat dust and kiss. If you find some stubborn spots dampen a cloth and apply a little extra energy to remove it. Don’t start with water. Water + Dirt = Mud

Basically True

  • Don’t use a dirty cloth to clean. When a cloth becomes dirty switch to a clean cloth. Use a bucket of clean water to rinse out your cloth to keep the wash water clean.
  • Start at the top and work down unless you are washing walls. If you start at the top when washing a wall you will have trails down your wall from the water that drips.
  • Use both hands as much as you can when cleaning or dusting.
  • Keep a vacuum cleaner handy when cleaning out drawers and cabinets to get the crumbs,  dust and dirt out of the corners.

Walking Through Philippians—Philippians 3:1-11 The Priceless Value of Knowing ChristIMG_0371

Why does Paul write these things?

  • 1Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things,
  • and I do it to safeguard your faith.

What does Paul warn us about?

  • 2Watch out for those dogs,

Who are those dogs?

  •  those people who do evil,
  • those mutilators who say you must be circumcised to be saved.

What about circumcision? Don’t we still need for men to be circumcised?

  •  3For we who worship by the Spirit of Godare the ones who are truly circumcised.
  • We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us.
  • We put no confidence in human effort,

Wouldn’t Paul have been circumcised? Hadn’t he followed the Law?

  • though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more!
  • 5I was circumcised when I was eight days old.
  • I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel
  • and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one!
  • I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law.
  • 6I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church.
  • And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault.

What had Paul’s attitude been toward keeping the Law?

  • 7I once thought these things were valuable,
  • but now I consider them worthless
  • because of what Christ has done.
  • 8Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
  • For his sake I have discarded everything else,
  • counting it all as garbage,
  • so that I could gain Christ
  • 9and become one with him.
  • I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law;

How do I become righteous?

  • rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ.
  • For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.

What did Paul want?

  • 10I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead.
  • I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, 11so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!

Tomorrow—Pressing Toward the Goal

Hugs,

Mary

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Bible Reading: Leviticus 13-14; Psalm 45

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

Each Wednesday is Desk DayIMG_0001

  • Pay Bills
  • Catch Up on Phone Calls, Notes, & Cards
  • Bring Current Personal and Family Business Up to Date
  • File

Declutter Each Day for 15 to 20 minutes.

Walk in God’s Love