Reset and Reflect

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So for the past few days, I have been focusing on my family and spending time with them.  Now that Memorial Day is past and Dennis is back to work, it is time to work on getting into a better routine of writing.

I have four children that I am blessed to be called “Mom, Mother, Mom-a-tron” and other miscellaneous spin-offs depending on the mood of said children.  I love them with all my heart.  They are a tremendous blessing to me.  As I watched news about a child, an animal at the zoo, and a mother unfold over the weekend, I recognized that by the grace of God, I could have been the mother in the headlines.  As our oldest turned two, I waited expectantly for the birth of our second son and I waited for the expected “terrible twos” to arrive.  However, we skipped that phase.  Instead, my son waited until closer to four years old to enter that phase.  My son, and in fact all of my children,  are stubborn individuals with a mind of their own.  I could not and would not expect less from them.  They come from a long line of people who had minds of their own.

As a parent, I tried to watch them diligently.  I tried to always keep an eye on them and worked to keep them safe.  Our children have never been to a zoo because I really had no desire to go to one.  But, our children went to the ocean and had plenty of opportunities for adventures and unexpected consequences.  However, we were blessed to never deal with unfortunate consequences.  Several years ago, we returned to North Carolina from Pennsylvania for my in-laws’ fiftieth wedding anniversary.  While we were there, we went to the beach.  We had barely exited the van when my daughter took off running across the sand barrier to the other side where the ocean was.  My husband and I followed as quickly as we could.  Her brothers were close by her side.  As she made it onto the sand, we saw her shoes go flying.  She was excited to see the water.  It would have been very easy for her to head into the water before we made it to her side.  Fortunately, she was old enough to know better and she did not enter the water.  But at four years old, she would not have had that restraint.

It is easy to cast blame and to judge other parents, but that is not what God calls on us to do.  We need to recognize that all sin is sin and there is no variation in varieties of sin.  All sin causes our God’s heart to break.  He has so much he wants to give us and wants for us.  We need to be open to receiving those gifts.  We need to have our hearts and minds open to those blessings.  Rather than judging each other, we need to walk with one another in love and understanding.  Jesus Christ died for our sins – every sin that has been or is being, or will be committed.  We need to accept the gift of forgiveness and love His death on the cross provides.  So I pray we remember what Jesus dying on the cross really means.  My heart breaks for the fear I know this mother must have felt.  Let us walk in love rather than judgment.

So what is going on where you are today?  I would love to hear from you.

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“Sink Reflections” versus “the life-changing magic of tidying up

Sink Reflections

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the life changing magic of tidying up

So we are a military family who also homeschools.  As a result, we have a lot of books and belongings.  I am always on the quest to find new ways to make my task of chores around the house easier.  Several years ago, I stumbled upon the Flylady website and love the values and information she presents.  Time and circumstances prevented me from truly embracing the idea of “Flying”.  Then a year or so ago, I started seeing many of my online and local friends talking about “the life-changing magic of tidying up”.  So I decided recently to read it.

With just moving from Pennsylvania to Texas, it seems like it is the perfect time to start reading these two books.  In addition, I added the book “Hidden Treasures”, a book which tells the story of some ladies and their desire to fly.

Hidden Treasures

Last night I completed “Hidden Treasures”.  I completed “the life-changing magic of tidying up” today and am still reading “Sink Reflections”.   At this point I can say for me personally, “the life-changing magic of tidying up” was too far out of my theological beliefs which are totally Christian.  The idea of bowing down to my house is just too much for me.  I can not dream of thinking about giving thanks to my possessions.  I have a friend who used parts of this book with great success, but it is just not my “cup of tea”.

On the other hand, I loved “Hidden Treasures” and am loving “Sink Reflections” so far.  These books speak to my soul and present things in a manner I can agree with completely.  “Hidden Treasures” kept me enthralled from beginning to end.  I hated to put it down.  The ending was perfect.  I could completely relate and appreciate what the women in the book were going through and wanted to see how the book ended.  The ending had me rejoicing with the protagonist and knowing it was just right for the story.

“Sink Reflections” is another amazing book, which breaks the system of “flying” down into manageable chunks in a book.  While I can appreciate the Flylady website and emails, these books just reach a part of me in a manner I can relate to and understand.  The books make me understand truly the idea of starting where I am and not worrying about complete and total perfectionism.  It brings joy to my soul.

Perhaps the fact, the Flylady has sections devoted to homeschooling families help as well.  Homeschooling brings its own distinct challenges, opportunities, and situations.  I appreciate the information presented just for us.  She also reaches out to those who have to work outside the home or perhaps have jobs they do at home.  Her products are amazing and are definitely worth the money.  I definitely recommend her website and her books.

So in conclusion, I believe there are some helpful ideas in “the life-changing magic of tidying up”, but it just was not a book for me.  On the other hand, the books and Flylady website and system are a complete fit for me.  So what books or systems for organization, tidying up, and decluttering do you recommend or are your favorites?  I would love to hear from you.

Review of the Rise of the Prophet

 

So I recently completed reading this book by Rodney Roe. On Amazon, part of the description reads:

“The land of Habareet faces so much trouble, only a miracle could save them. And the country’s leaders and many of its people no longer tolerate miracles—or the One who sends them. But Adonai has not forgotten His ancient promises for revival and restoration. In a few corners of the land, the impossible begins to happen—through the most unlikely people.”

It is absolutely spellbinding. I could not put my tablet down. And when I had to put it down, I could not wait to pick it up again. He has written a story where the characters draw you in. Certain characters like Joel you can’t help but root for. I can’t wait to read more of the series. This is definitely a winner. The message of your past not determining worth is clear. The willingness to step in and do what is right and what is needed resonates throughout the book. The love of God (Adonai) rings out true and clear throughout the story. I definitely recommend reading this book.  It was an amazing story.  I can not wait to read additional stories in the series.

I can not say enough good things about this book.  I plan on ordering the paper copy in the very near future.  You can find the book for sale on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B75DAB2/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?ie=UTF8&btkr=1

If you decide to read it, let me know what you think.

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Back to Writing and What I am Reading

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So for the month of April, I participated in the Blogging A to Z challenge so my posts centered around that endeavor.  But now April is over and May is here.  So I am back to writing for the #Write365 challenge.  It is amazing to think about how fast this year is already passing by.  I am participating in another online Bible study for Proverbs 31 Ministries.  The book we are reading is “5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit” by Nicki Koziarz and examines the story of Ruth.  It is an amazing book and I am really enjoying it.

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I also just finished reading “Fervent” by Priscilla Shirer.  It is such a powerful book about prayer.

I am also reading the Cherry Ames series of books as somehting lighter.  Books by Chautona Havig also populate my reading lists.  So what are you reading these days?  I would love to hear from you.

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