Sweeping Those Cheerios, Again!

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Psalm 127:3
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Matthew 19:14
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of Heaven.

Today is snowday number 4 in a row for me. My kids have been home much more than usual, and I am left wondering if my life is meaningful enough.

I am a teacher! I teach math, reading, writing, manners, respect, time management,  and responsibility.  When teaching is taken away from me, I am stuck wondering if I am completing the work I am called to complete while here on earth.

Cleaning, laundry, washing dishes, and wiping sticky finger prints off windows does not feel like God’s work. However, I was reminded this week that many women are called to do God’s work inside their home. Some of us are called to do God’s work inside and outside our homes.

Steven Curtis Chapman has a song that compares sweeping up cheerios to mission work. He makes it clear that it doesn’t matter what our daily tasks are. We still do them to honor and glorify God.

My job for this weekend will be caring for my kids and cleaning house. Both of these fulfill the Proverbs 31 way of life.

Proverbs 31:27-28
She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.

Creating a home where my family is warm, loved, safe, and joyful is as great of a job as any issued by God. It is challenging, rewarding, and honors Him. As I enter our weekend, my focus will remain on doing my best for our family. There will be plenty of time Monday to focus on my students.

Blessings!

Celebrating Successes and Accepting Failures

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January 4th has come and gone. Are you still working on your resolutions? What’s that? Something messed you up?

I get it! Power outages, ice storms, and bitter cold can put a kink in your plans! However, let’s take a few moments this weekend to celebrate our succeses.

I planned my January meals with Pinterest.  I bought groceries according to the plan. The forecast for a storm did not require a trip to the grocery store for this girl. We are set!

My living room still looks great! I didn’t get much done on the bathrooms, but all other housework is caught up.

I still fit in my new jeans!

Reflect upon those items checked off the to – do list.  Be proud. Praise God.

Now look at the areas that aren’t going  well.  Why? Are you going to give up or keep trying?

Have you prayed about it?

God loves making changes in our lives! I always feel like God is closest to me when He is trying to mold me differently.

January is such a crazy month! We try to start our year in a certain way. Then life happens. Does your life need to change before you can?

Good luck to you if you are trying to make changes. I pray your resolutions are strong and new habits are forming.

Blessings!

Living Room Organization

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“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established.” Proverbs 24:3

How are those New Year’s resolutions coming? Are you sticking in there for the long haul?

Lesson learned so far this week: When I slip, fix it!

I am back at work again.  The holiday break ended. Yesterday was my first day back. I slipped. I came home exhausted, cold after running, hungry, and grumpy. I didn’t do my time of decluttering. 

Today is a new day. Today I have to get back on board. I don’t have many options. My family deserves a house that is under control.

Having said that, here is the living room update.  For the most part, the decluttering is complete.
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This shows the piles of stuff that had overtaken my living room. Here are the afters…

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Now I am moving to my bathrooms. As Fly Lady says, You can’t clean clutter!”

Blessings!

Oh the Christmas Mess! Time to Clean Up Our Life!

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I know why so many people focus on organizing their homes in January. We just took in an incredible amount of stuff for Christmas. Most of it was not only useful, but will be loved and treasured all year.

However, now we have to find a place for it all. Enter our dilemma!   We are out of places to put stuff in our house!

Today’s post begins a new journey of organization for our family. We have too much stuff! If you saw pictures of my home today, you would think my two children ran through destroying everything. It looks like my four year old and one year old are in charge of organization.

I guess it is time to admit that nobody has been in charge of organization.  You know, it can be tough to face the cold, hard truth, but God doesn’t want us to live this way.  If we look at the Proverbs 31 woman, what do you think her house looked like? Did she lose bills and pay a late fee? Were her clothes in heaps on the floor? Did her kids get lost in their toys? Hmmm…. time to make a change! Time to get rid of a bunch of unnecessary stuff. Time to simplify our lives!

I mentioned the pics would be embarrassing, but I will post before and afters as we move through our home.

How we intend to start:
1. We began by getting on the same team. My husband and I have been discussing this for a while.  Christmas morning we made the decision.  It is time to clean up our life!

2. Understand than this is not some New Year’s resolution that we can break. This is a life change that is necessary if we want to be free to carry out God’s work on earth.

3. Plan! We have planned out baby steps. We sectioned off our home into areas to attack. We are beginning in the living room because that is where we hang out the most. The room is so big, we had to break it into smaller chunks. According to our plan, we may not finish the whole house until April.

4. Schedule work times. We are setting aside time in our daily schedules to work on decluttering. My husband has the huge job of moving out trash and items to donate.

5. Pray about it all. We know we won’t be successful without God’s help. We are praying for energy,  motivation,  and stamina.

Join us along this journey. Pictures coming soon!

Blessings!