Friday, May 10, 2013—Wrap Up the Week Day, Preparing for Grocery Shopping and Bible Translations


Each Friday:

  • Clean out your purse, backpack, briefcase or whatever you carry with you
  • Clean out your car—get rid of any trash, put away anything better stored elsewhere, shake out the mats, run the car through the car wash or rinse the car off with a hose.
    • Your car is not a storage unit on wheels. In a sudden stop, anything in your car can go airborne and injure you or other passengers including the littlest of passengers—babies secured in car seats. Do not leave stuff unsecured in any part of your car.
    • Cars are major investments and you will get a better return when you sell or trade in your car if it has been cared for. When was the last time the oil was changed?
    • Vacuum the traffic areas in your home.  This is not a thorough vacuuming but traffic areas only. Exception—your area of focus (zone) gets an under, around, over, and behind vacuuming.

Your Area of Focus (Zone—The Kitchen) Continue to work around the room dealing with each area as you come to it. Years ago I was told by a highly organized friend, Jean Watson, that organized people did not have to clean out closets because they straighten them every time they find anything out of place. I am not as highly organized but I do try to quickly put things back into place when I find them out of order.

HINT—When preparing to shop for groceries:

  • Check your food storage areas. Put anything out of place back where it belongs.
  • Note what you are in short supply of and add those items to your list.
  • Please note—for some unknown reason, loved ones tend to put empty boxes away and leave full boxes on the counter. I do not know why this is true but I see it regularly. Shake boxes that may be empty—the open containers of family favorite foods.
  • With your storage areas in order it is easier to put groceries away and you are less likely to discover you are out of some crucial item after you return home from shopping
  • Keep a magnetic pad on your fridge and list items you are about to run out of. Do not wait until the last smidgen is gone.
  • Your refrigerator is a cold storage cabinet. Regularly put it back into order. Check its contents before shopping, also.

A couple more words about your refrigerator:

  • Dairy products and eggs are better stored on the shelves inside the fridge instead of the door because of the constant temperature changes as the door is opened and closed. They will remain fresh longer.
  • Keep a basket with masking tape and a sharpie on top of your fridge. Label your containers with the date and contents. Use or toss before they become science experiments.
  • I made a label for the storage drawer where I keep lunch meats and cheeses requesting that whoever opens the package put the date on the container. Sometimes it works.

From this morning’s Quiet Time:

Psalm 59: 16-17

But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength;
            Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning,
            For You have been my stronghold
            And a refuge in the day of my distress.

O my strength, I will sing praises to You;
            For God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness.

And from the Genesis of the New Testament, John 1:1-5; 14:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

      14And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

That was from the New American Standard Bible (NASB or NAS)

When studying the Bible use a translation rather than a paraphrase. Translators use one of two methods or a degree of each in translating the Scripture: formal equivalence and dynamic (functional) equivalence. Formal equivalence tries to give a word for word translation of the original language. Dynamic equivalence tries to give a thought for thought translation in an effort to have the original “dynamic impact” on the reader as it did to the original readers and hearers.












Definitions of words are in the text

Contemporary English Version


American Bible Society


Thought for Thought


English Standard Version


Crossway Publishers


Word for Word


God’s Word Translation


World Publishing


Thought for Thought


Holman Christian Standard Bible


Holman Bible Publishers


Optimal Equivalence*

This is the version used at CHBC

King James Version


Public Domain


Word for Word


Living Bible


Tyndale House




The Message






New American Bible


Catholic Press


Thought for Thought


New American Standard


Foundation Press


Word for Word


New Century Version


Word Bibles


Free Translation


New International Version


International Bible Society

1978,1984, 2011

Thought for Thought

I prefer 1984 version

New Jerusalem Bible




Thought for Thought


New King James Version




Word for Word


New Living Translation


Tyndale House


Thought for thought


New Revised Standard Version




Word for Word


New Testament in Modern English by J.B. Phillips






Commonly referred to as the Phillips

Today’s English Version


American Bible Society


Thought for thought

Also called Good News Translation


* According to the translators, the primary goal of an optimal equivalence translation is “to convey a sense of the original text with as much clarity as possible”. To that end, the ancient source texts were exhaustively scrutinized at every level (word, phrase, clause, sentence, discourse) to determine its original meaning and intention. Afterwards, using the best language tools available, the semantic and linguistic equivalents were translated into readable a text as possible. (Holman Christian Standard Bible theory of translation)



Just A Little Grammar—

There—a location—over there

Their—a possessive—their home

They’re—a contraction of the words They are


Friday, May 3, 2013—Wrap Up the Week Day and How Do I Decide?


Today is our 38th anniversary. And they said it wouldn’t last! You cannot be married 38 years without being married 37. We have worked through the challenges in our lives to make a life together and we are each better people for it. I respect and love and care for my husband more now that 38 years ago today.


Each Friday:

  • Clean Out Your Car
  • Clean Out Your Purse
  • Vacuum the Traffic Areas in Your Home

We are in our Living Room/Family Room from the 1st to the 7th (Tuesday): Instead of just the traffic areas in your Living Room and/or Family Room, thoroughly vacuum your zone—under, around, and behind.

A friend asked me how to decide what to keep and how to let go today when decluttering.

Remember you will be returning to each area month after month. Deal with your stuff a little at a time. Don’t be overwhelmed—one corner, one drawer, one shelf at a time.

  • When you declutter, the first time through is almost easy.
    • Get rid of all trash.
    • Fix or get rid of anything broken.
    • Get rid of anything that makes you miserable. Even if it is valuable, if it has unpleasant memories each time you look at it, pass it on to someone who will enjoy it.
    • Decluttering is a little more challenging after the first time. When you cannot  decide, sometimes you need to put some things into a box and seal it up. If there is something in that box that you honestly need, open the box and get it. You need to be able to name the item before you open the box. Otherwise, donate the contents without opening the box.
    • Keep the best, release the rest.
    • Each time you go through you will get better and faster. Decide whether you live in a storage area or a home. I am happy with less stuff and a pleasant home.

And don’t forget to maintain.

We’re off to Williamsburg. Have a lovely day. I know I will.



Friday, April 26, 2013—Wrap Up the Week Day and Always Time for Tea


Every Friday:
• Clean out your purse
• Clean out your car
• Vacuum the traffic areas in your home

This is the last day of focus on your entry, front porch, and dining room
• What needs to be done to make these areas a little bit better?

Next week: Monday and Tuesday (April 29 and 30)—Your Family Bath;
Wednesday through Tuesday (May 1-7) Your Living Room and Family Rooms

Have you written down your DAILY ROUTINES—Morning, Afternoon, and Evening?
Have you written down your WEEKLY ROUTINES—your regular commitments and tasks that you do each week?
Do you have a MASTER TO DO LIST and a list of your DREAMS AND FUTURE GOALS? Empty all those things you think you need to do that swirl around in your head onto paper. It is so encouraging to cross each item off as you accomplish them OR choose not to do them. Transfer them to your future dreams and goals or just decide not to do them at all.

Have you put together a PLANNING NOTEBOOK? This notebook is not just for you but for your family or whoever could step in for you if you were away or otherwise out of commission.

• Include your CONTACTS AND EMERGENCY NUMBERS. When I put my emergency number list together I had to search for over 15 minutes for the emergency/holiday phone number for our county utility department. In an emergency and under pressure I am sure finding the number would have taken longer.

Always Time for Tea:
Pace yourself. Pay attention to what is going on around you from the beauty God has crafted in nature to really seeing the people around you. Do you see people around you that are so immersed in themselves and their problems that they can see nothing else? Don’t be one of them. Bring them over to the Light side.
• If they don’t have a smile, give them one of yours.
• Take time to offer a cup of tea, listen, and encourage.
• Notice your children and their friends. Talk to them and ask questions.
• Set a goal to be God’s ambassador. An ambassador speaks the words of the one they represent. Their dress and manner as well as their words represent the One who sends them.
• Slow down, be deliberate in loving and caring for others.
• Work smarter, not harder. Plan your work. Map your day. When there is a detour, deal with it and get back on course.
• We routinely make the mistake of overestimating the amount of time required to do a task. Set a timer and see what you can get done in 5, 10, 15, 20, or 30 minutes. Focused time produces incredible results.


Work expands to fill the amount of time allotted for it.

Friday–Wrap Up The Week Day–Peeling Onions

Friday—Wrap Up the Week Day—
• Clean your purse
• Clean out your car
• Vacuum the traffic areas in your home.

And don’t forget to maintain.

Your Area of Focus: Your Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet: This is your last day in your bedroom, you may add 15 to 30 minutes on Saturday if you wish. Every Friday we vacuum the traffic areas in our home. While the vacuum is out, thoroughly vacuum your bedroom, closet, and bathroom. A thorough vacuuming is under, around, and behind. There are things that are too heavy to move, that’s what the attachments on your vacuum are for.
As you finish up in your bedroom, what can you do to make it more orderly, neater, and lovelier? Remember you will again be giving close attention to this room next month.

Decluttering is like peeling an onion—layer by layer. The outer layers come off easily, the inner layers often with tears. Each time through using zones you will
• Get a little better at decluttering and cleaning.
• Get a little faster at decluttering and cleaning
• Find it easier to let go of things you don’t need and don’t like

Next week we will be in our entry (foyer), front porch, and dining room. At least two of those areas are the first places our family and friends see as they come into our home. Those areas set a mood of welcome or despair, cleanliness or chaos, beauty or misery. Welcome, cleanliness, beauty—despair, chaos, misery—which do you want to choose? A neglected home where no one cares or a place that is cared for where you can find care?

My sweet friend, Beth told me she was finally catching on to zones. She spoke of the same thing I feel. When you are not working in an area, you see things you want to do in that area. This builds energy and anticipation for your work in that area. Who da thunk? When you look at your house as a massive project—it is overwhelming. When you look at your home area by area, with an allotted amount of time (1 week), the task is a little less daunting. Then in each area you go around the room, dealing with stuff as you come to it, knowing you will be back next month, and the month after that . . . .

The day will come, if you establish these habits and strategies, that you barely feel you are cleaning your home at all.

And don’t forget to maintain.