Archive for April, 2010

Flylady and Encouraging Words

April 30, 2010

Today I am a little tired, probably partially due to being out of the house a lot this week and probably partially due to 6am Friday Bible study. So…I was allowing myself some “rest” time on the internet and stumbled upon a couple of blogs. While there wasn’t anything blatantly offensive about these blogs, one, in particular, left me with a negative taste in my mouth. The writer’s words dragged me down and now I feel even more tired instead of refreshed.

One thing I like about Flylady is how encouraging she is. Her words lift me up. Her words contribute positively to my life.

So, I am a bit more aware of how my words might be impacting people today. I hope that this blog is encouraging to someone, as well as being realistic. I mean, the blogs that are simply sugary sweet cotton candy aren’t realistic enough to encourage me in my real-life world, either. I hope the words that come out of my mouth and into the ears of the people in my real-life world are encouraging, too.

One way I hope to keep my words encouraging is to be in THE Word enough. We read in our Bible study* this morning:

The Spirit-filled life does not come through mystical or ecstatic experiences, but from studying and submitting oneself to Scripture. As a believer faithfully and submissively saturates his mind and heart with God’s truth, his Spirit-controlled behavior will follow as surely as night follows day. When we are filled with God’s truth and led by His Spirit, even our involuntary reactions–those that happen when we don’t have time to consciously decide what to do or say–will be godly.

I put six stars, six exclamation points two big arrows and a large “YES” beside this quote. When my involuntary reactions are godly, that is the fruit of the Spirit. When my reactions (my words!) are loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled, God is glorified. This is my hope.

*John MacArthur’s Romans: Grace, Truth and Redemption.

Flylady and Grace

April 29, 2010

Some days, I’m frustrated that I haven’t been totally focused on my Flylady routine. Some days, I’m frustrated that I haven’t been able to squeeze in time for creativity. Some days, I wish I made more time for Bible study and spiritual growth. Some days,….

Well, I think you get the picture. I can’t possibly focus my full attention on each and every aspect of my life each and every day of my life. And, some days, I’m frustrated by that.

But not today! Today, I’m rejoicing that I am an individual person, fearfully and wonderfully made by an Amazing Creator Who crafted me to be me. I’m grateful that He made me a multi-dimensional person with varied interests, gifts and bents. I’m grateful that He constantly challenges me to draw closer to Him by requiring of me trust in and obedience to Him. I’m grateful for His immeasurable love and GRACE. I’m SO grateful that there’s nothing I can do that will separate me from His love. If I never do another Flylady chore, God still loves me just as much as ever.

Grace. What an amazing, amazing concept. God extends His grace to me beyond my comprehension. He equips me to extend grace to others. And He urges me to extend grace to myself!

There will never be a day here on this earth in which I will be able to focus my full attention on each and every aspect of my life–my life given to me by an outrageously wonderful Creator–but I need not be frustrated. When I keep my heart focused on Him, I will be doing exactly what He wants me to be doing that day. He knows exactly who I am and what I need and in His love and mercy and graciousness, He guides me.

Amazing. Grace.

The Timer IS My Friend

April 28, 2010

Tonight I needed to do a little extra kitchen clean-up and I was really tired. The only way I could get started was to set the timer. But, that did it and I got everything done that I wanted to do.

My reward was getting to practice music with Joey and the big kids!

Family Fun in the Middle of the Week

April 27, 2010

Today we were blessed to be able to participate in a Pony Express class with other homeschoolers. We had a really fun time and learned quite a bit. The weather even cooperated.

It is nice to be able to leave for a day’s activities and know that I’ll come home to a fairly tidy and peaceful house!

Zone Mission Complete

April 26, 2010

Today, I decided that I would get the Zone Mission done without any excuses. All I had to do today was get a few stray papers off of the end table. So, I did. And do you know what? Every time I passed the living room today, I didn’t have any guilt about not having done the Zone Mission.

I would say that, “Just do it,” is my motto today, but I think that someone else has already snagged that one.

Flylady and Being Home

April 25, 2010

One thing that has made my Flylady routine fairly easy for over a year is that we are home a lot. I mean, it’s a lot easier to clean the living room if I am actually spending time in the living room. Lately, it seems, we have been out of the house more than usual. It’s been a challenge to keep up with a routine that was established based on being home most days. I feel like I could use some time for contemplation on how to adjust our Flylady routine for days when we are out of the house….

More Musical Family Fun

April 24, 2010

Today was our yearly recital with our strings teacher, Amy. She has a lot of students, so the recital is quite an event. Today, I got to accompany Eleanor’s cello solo. I also got to sit and enjoy hearing Margaret and Tim play their solos, as well as Tim play in a trio.

It really was family fun because everyone except Clara and Levi got to attend and be “cheerleaders.” I love it when the bigger kids make an effort to support the younger ones. (Plus, Eleanor and Margaret had some special attendees since Brenna and Tehya got to come,too.)

And, I’ve said it before on this blog, those solos did not materialize via a last minute cram session. Eleanor, Margaret and Tim practice a little bit every day and by recital time, they’ve made tons of progress. It’s Flylady strategy in action.

Creativity

April 23, 2010

I feel like I have been neglecting my creativity lately with so much “stuff” going on and occupying my energy and time and thoughts. But, today, I’ve had the opportunity to be in online communication with some creative gals who will be gathering for a creative weekend in the fall. I can’t even describe how “pumped” I get interacting with like-minded women.

Wow. Two days in a row of renewing my spirit. I’m thanking the Lord!

Treat Day with Mom

April 22, 2010

I posted several months ago about how I love having painted toenails, but I’d never had a professional pedicure. That all changed today. Mom took me out for a day on the town. She bought me some household supplies, took me out for lunch and then…you guessed it. She treated me to a professional pedicure!

I love my pink toenails. And after our day out, I got to take my pink toenails to Bunco at Clara’s house tonight. And I got to eat Clara’s and Levi’s delicious Asian food and laugh with my friends. I even won a prize for most losses.

What fun! What a refreshing day! I think this would fall under “Renewing My Spirit.”

Flylady and Hospitality

April 21, 2010

We are happily enjoying the company of Phyllis and Dave G. this evening. It is the biggest blessing of all that, by following Flylady’s suggestions, we can have overnight guests without stress, despite the fact that I haven’t been keeping up with decluttering or Zone Missions very well the last few weeks. Thanks, Flylady!