Archive for the ‘Renew Your Spirit’ Category

Top Ten Countdown: Number Seven

August 24, 2010

The seventh on my list of the Top Ten Things I’ve Learned in 365 Days with Flylady is:

It is vitally important to intentionally renew my spirit.

I found that it took a little effort to identify exactly what activities renewed my spirit. Then, I had to prioritize doing those things. Of course, being in God’s Word each and every day is the number one way that I renew my spirit. The very first thing I do every single day, right after I get dressed to shoes and make my bowl of oatmeal, is to sit down with the Bible and my prayer journal and read and meditate on a psalm. Throughout this year, I have also completed various Bible studies and finished reading the Bible in a year with the kids. My strength for my daily life, day in, day out, comes from the renewal of my spirit that I receive from the Living Word.

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A Little Family Fun at the Movies

August 15, 2010

It’s been awhile since we had a planned time of Family Fun. So, I was glad that this weekend there was the free movie at the theater. We’ve enjoyed seeing these free movies and it definitely falls under Family Fun.

The movie today was Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Now, the other free movies we have seen have been rated G, are usually animated and are pretty much totally innocuous. Since this movie is a rather intense, live-action, PG-rated movie, I had to give it a little more thought than I usually do before piling everyone into the car and heading to town. The scale was tipped in the favor of going because we had heard a selection from a Percy Jackson book read aloud at our local summer reading program AND because I think Greek mythology is rather interesting.

The movie was pretty intense and definitely loud. But even Anne was following the storyline and actually cheered at the end. I personally thought it was fairly well done.

In addition to providing some Family Fun, the movie also provoked me thinking more about Greek mythology. I’m glad that Greek myths are just myths. I’m grateful to serve a living God, the ONE and only true God.

More Reading

August 12, 2010

I am still making an effort to read for pleasure regularly. This time, however, I can’t really say that I obtained pleasure from the reading. I just finished Cat of the Century, which I grabbed from the library shelf on a whim last week. Oh, my. What a horribly written book. I can’t even begin to guess how many times I just about quit reading, but I stubbornly stuck it out to the end in case the author might manage to pull some trick out of her bag at the very last. No such luck.

The thing that drove me the most crazy with this book was that it was CHOCK FULL of irrelevance. Irrelevant conversations. Irrelevant references to the weather. Irrelevant references to the date. Irrelevant references to irrelevant characters. Now, I’ve read enough good mysteries to know that occasionally those good authors might throw in something that turns out to be irrelevant to the mystery, but it is never irrelevant to the story.

And I honestly can’t remember reading a book with more explanatory qualifiers. This author over-explained everything. It was as if she were expecting her reader to be an absolutely culturally illiterate idiot. Plus, I didn’t care one whit about any of the characters in this book. Not one whit. About even ONE of them.

And, yes, I know that Dorothy Sayers has spoiled me forever (and I believe that you, dear reader, either know who Dorothy Sayers is or you have the ability to Google her if you don’t and you want to find out, so I will NOT give an explanatory aside about her), but this “mystery” was beyond ridiculous. I obviously would not recommend it, nor will I likely read any of this “best selling author’s” other books. Oh, dear.

I think I’ll have to go grab some Lord Peter to get this out of my system….

Spiritual Renewal and Physical Rest

August 8, 2010

Our Sundays have never been days of physical rest because preparing a large family to attend a worship service takes physical effort. Yet, I find that, on a daily basis, my spiritual renewal always involves physically resting, as well as being in the Word. Consequently, I rarely feel actually “renewed” on Sundays. Interesting.

My Latest Reading Material

July 26, 2010

In addition to 4-H manuals and the premium book, I’ve managed to squeeze in some very light reading lately. I read Carol Burnett’s This Time Together. It was a quick read, but rather interesting. I watched her show faithfully growing up and have lots of fond memories of it, so it was fun to hear about some of the “behind the scenes” stories.

I’m glad that I’m making an effort to keep reading, even in the midst of this busy “season.”

Spiritual Renewal and Creativity

July 24, 2010

Today, I was blessed beyond measure to have spent most of the morning and early afternoon with some like-minded gals who generously invited several of us who are participating in the crafting weekend this fall to get together for some pre-event crafting and shopping. I had been looking forward to this day for weeks and I was not disappointed in the least. These gals were so incredibly kind and thoughtful, from providing brunch AND lunch for us, to preparing a beautiful and useful craft for us to complete, to driving us to a fun and inexpensive “junk” store for some craft shopping.

I am so grateful to have become friends with these women. I look forward to spending time with them in the future. It truly was a day of spiritual renewal for me.

Flylady and Reading

July 13, 2010

For the past month, as part of my ongoing effort to renew myself emotionally as well as physically, spiritually and mentally, I have been reading novels. I just finished The Double Comfort Safari Club and I loved it. I really appreciate Alexander McCall Smith’s whole No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. He rarely disappoints me. And this book was no exception.

If you haven’t read these books, I highly recommend them!

Spiritual Renewal and Reading

June 27, 2010

The other day, after I had purchased a couple of ten pound packages of drumsticks at a very low price, I was looking for a new crock pot recipe to cook them for supper. I went to the “A Year of Slow Cooking” blog and found a nice recipe for “oven fried” crock pot drumsticks. It was yummy and everyone ate it (except me, of course).

Meanwhile, I ran across a recent blog post there about a book club. I read a little bit about the book (Kathryn Stockett’s The Help) and took note of the book’s cover. Then, I didn’t think too much more about it.

Until…I was at the library for the summer reading program and noticed the book sitting on the display shelf. I thought, Why not? Why not grab a new book to read? So, I did. And I am so very glad I did. I really liked this book. I so, so, so appreciate a contemporary author who can make me care about the characters and writes well enough to leave out the gratuitous violence, bad language and adult situations. I mean, I really, really like this book for those reasons alone.

But, I had a heightened appreciation beyond it being a well-written novel. I realized how, in the past, I would almost always be reading some book or another (or two or three). While I was reading them, I would think about the story line or the characters off and on throughout the day. But, I haven’t read a new fiction book that really grabbed my attention and made me want to keep reading in quite awhile. And I realized how much I’d missed that. It’s almost like my mind must be occupied at all times and when I read a book, I occupy it with something other than what Flylady chore I need to be doing next or what I’m making for lunch.

So, I’m going to be on the lookout for some new good books. Suggestions are welcomed!

Flylady and Taking Care of Myself

June 17, 2010

In taking care of everyone else’s needs lately, I had become truly physically exhausted and I caught a cold. Last night, after taking the kids to several appointments all day, I came home and went straight to bed. I felt like I literally could not move a muscle for one more second.

Very thankfully, I had a good night’s (12 hours!) sleep and awoke feeling much, much better. That’s when I had to make some decisions. I could attempt to complete my Flylady tasks for the day or I could not do them and rest. It was actually very difficult to decide what to do (or not) because I did feel quite a bit better and if I miss out on laundry, for example, for one day, I’m the one “paying” for it by having to catch up at some future point. In other words, there is not ever a “free rest” day.

Today, I decided that if I tried to do household chores (today is mopping day, too, which takes an hour of fairly hard physical labor just to mop our main floor), I would really end up “paying” for it later. I decided that if I rested, I would have more energy later to catch up with the laundry and floors later. Plus, I really needed to give myself a pedicure (and you know how I feel about my painted toenails!), so….

That pretty much settled it. I did NOT do any laundry. I did NOT mop. I did not vacuum. I did not even think of de-cluttering. I did not swish and swipe.

I did do my toenails.

Flylady and Spiritual Renewal

June 13, 2010

I am so grateful for the Word. Every day, no matter WHAT is going on, I can be in the Word and renew my spirit. Fifteen minutes at a time, day in and day out, I can renew my spirit.