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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Letting Go

     I was thinking today about how much people including myself remember so many bad things that happen in our lives, and we tend to forget the good memories we have. I am a pretty positive person, but I have my moments. How many times do we put the blame on someone else for our outlook on life. Like it wasn't our own choice to choose to have the bad attitude or even a bad memory. I have been recording home videos and putting them on dvd and they have brought back so many good memories that I didn't even remember ever happening. How often do we forget the good to remember the bad. The bible says light overcomes darkness. Jesus said to forgive your brother 70 x 7. How can we forgive if we don't try to remember the good. I have thought and thought about these things and how the Bible is true even for today every single word is life. All we have to do is allow Christ into our hearts and we will find forgiveness in ourselves and the sins we have committed also Christ will show us how to love even when we thought we couldn't. Starting today lets take those bad thoughts and memories captive and choose to remember the good. Put life back into our memories.

Friday, May 20, 2011

52 Weeks of organizing week 20 Take back Your Linen Closet

I'm behind on blogging, but not behind on the 52 weeks challenge.  This week Laura talks about taking back your Linen Closet. My Linen Closet does not exist, however I have taken back many other areas of the house, and many areas of the house aka master bedroom/ home office is still a major work in progress. So this week I am going to display a few areas I have been working on using the PROCESS and also talk about how some areas still need more improvement.

Here is a corner in my kitchen that houses the microwave.  I don't have a before picture here. This area stays pretty clean, but I have the occasional pile if dishes, because its right next to the sink. I did want to show off my $2.38 find I found on clearance at Target though. It's the White and silver utensil holder. Isn't it soooo cute I love it. I keep only the things I use most often in it. I love it.

 OK so now to the messy part My kids bathroom aka hall bath. This bathroom gets ignored allot because we mostly use the master bathroom. This is under the sink as you can see no organization what so ever.
 Here is the bathroom After Pics I did not have a before pic because this room was pretty empty and I was not planning to do the whole thing just under the sink, but once I got started I could not stop. The pictures were under the sink and now they are on the wall. I bought the bronze towel rack a few months ago and never got around to hanging it up. Yeah its out of the coat closet floor and put in its rightful place.
 The under sink area is pretty blah but at least its not scattered everywhere. I purged a bunch of things we don't use anymore. I used leftover baskets from previous organizing projects.
 I put a few extra towels the kids use under the sink and put all the sunblock stuff together. I think I still have a few too many of these I need to go through them again.
 I cleaned the mirror. I put a towel on the towel rack and hung another picture
 here is an after pic of the under sink area all together.
 Now doesn't this look inviting to our future guests

I still need to do the drawers they are sooo small I do not have any ideas on how to organize those. If you have any suggestions please feel free to help me out. I am linking up with organizing Junkies 52 weeks you should stop by and take a look at what these amazing ladies do.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Walking in Wisdom

I have been dealing with the battle of time. I use to have a set time every morning to spent Loving moments with God, but busyness got in the way the last few months. Today I take back what I let go of because of busyness. God is my peace, my joy, my strength and so much more. I was thinking about how easily we let ourselves get off track, so this morning I went in the living room with my bible and a notebook and asked God to give me the wisdom to overcome this very issue that I am battling time aka busyness. I went over my notebook and there it was the book of Ephesians. I looked over a few scriptures I had wrote down and then there was something I did not understand, so i decided to google it and it led me to Ephesians chapter 5:15-21. I have been studying out of the Amplified and the NKJV. Here is the NKJV
       "See then that you walk circumspectly not as fools, but as wise." Eph 5:15

(What did circumspectly mean? I went to the dictionary and here is the definition: careful to consider all circumstances and possible consequences. Synonyms: alert, cautious, chary (Dear, Treasured, Discreetly cautious, hesitant about dangers and risks) , careful, conservative, considerate, gingerly, heedful (attentive), safe, wary (watchfulness).

    " redeeming the time, because the days are evil." Eph 5:16

( What about redeeming? serving to offset or compensate for a defect) So we have to compensate for the time we have, because the days have a defect (evil). Be watchful that we do not let this defect take us away from what Gods good and perfect will for our lives is.

     "Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is." Eph 5:17

( so the will of the Lord is for us to spend our time wisely that includes spending quality time with Him)

    "and do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit." Eph 5:18

(What is dissipation? A wasteful expenditure, intemperate living; especially excessive drinking, an act of self-indulgence) I am not a drinker, but i can see self indulgence in many other things, spending too much time on the computer, or watching tv, shopping, sleeping,and many more. Dissipation is a stealer of time. What are some things that we allow to steal time away from us. I know I have a long list to work on. Ask God to show you areas in your life that are stealing time from you and ask with an expectant and willing heart to accept the things which He shows us and He will show us the ways we can change if we allow Him to work in our lives.

     "Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing, and making melody in your   heart to the Lord." Eph 5:19

( Lets encourage one another to love the Lord our God with everything He has given us a spirit of praise and thanksgiving)

     " giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ," Eph 5:20

     " submitting to one another in the fear of God" Eph 5:21

(Submitting: to yield to governance or authority. Surrender) Jesus said that he had to leave so that the comforter would be here with us, living inside of us. Lets surrender to the will of God and the plans He has made for us. Lets encourage one another to live in His will.

     Dear Lord,
We ask you to guide us and show us the changes we need to make to fulfill Your will in our lives. Mold us into what you have called us to be, you are the only one who can remove these imperfections from our lives Lord, we surrender to you. Help us bear good fruit and give us the wisdom to be willing to change and get rid of the non-producing fruits in our lives. Help us be a living testimony for you Lord and we give you all the praise and glory for it In Jesus Name we pray Amen.