Archives for June 2012

Jun 27

Got Clutter?

Wednesday~ Read Chapter 9, Remove the Clutter. Check in at our gathering place (you know the spot by now I hope!) to share your thoughts.

Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. ~Psalm 25:4-5 NIV 1984

Oh how this verse is a good one for this week! I need you Lord! Show me, teach me, guide me, and thanks for giving me hope so I can look forward to what’s ahead!

 

Today we are supposed to read Chapter 9, Remove the Clutter.  What if this chapter doesn’t apply to you, then what?  I don’t know about you, but I don’t have any clutter. Nope, not me.

DENIAL!

Welcome to my world of clutter!  Yes, I have lots of this and honestly, I’m not looking forward to this chapter!

Ok, now that I’ve cleared my conscience, I’m ready to face this demon of mine head on. It’t really not that I’m not looking forward to this chapter, but I know this is going to take some work for me. What gets me excited about it, is thinking past the clutter of today and to the organization of tomorrow. I’m looking forward, not back.

Are you ready for some instruction on how to deal with your clutter. Then let’t go. Chapter 9, here we come!

After you’ve read, check back here and report your thoughts. Got clutter?  Hopefully, not for long :)

Enjoy your day beautiful ladies!

Melissa
Jun 26

Let’s Get to Work

Tuesday~Check in to our gathering place, Melissa’s blog, for today’s assignments. There will be a few discussion questions posted for Chapter 8.

Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. ~Psalm 25:4-5 NIV 1984

Don’t you just love our verse this week? <3

After reading Chapter 8, you probably realize we have some work to do. Glynnis gave us some practical applications for simplifying our schedules. Let’s review them:

Step 1:  Personal Assessment

Think Like a Project Manager~ A project is anything that will take two or more steps.

Take a good look at the Create Your Own “Project Management” System at the bottom of p. 90 (paperback).

 

Step 2:  Edit Your Responsibilities

Identify Your Priorities

Delete Some Things

When to Delete a Responsibility

Check out Tips for Simplifying Your Schedule at the bottom of p. 93 (paperback).

 

Step 3:  Establish an Ongoing Review Process

 

Let’s be real here, this isn’t something we can do in a few minutes or even a day. It’s going to take some time, but all changes do, don’t they? So be realistic with yourself.  If it’s not done right away, that’s okay. Decide if it’s a priority and begin simplifying if it is. Very recently, I set some boundaries in my life. Because of my busy family life, there was a natural division for what was a priority and what was not. Nothing comes before my family. It’s as simple as that. I believe that is my main mission field right now in my life. Take this Bible study for example. Y’all mean the world to me, you really do. I love leading Online Bible studies, reading your comments, getting to know you. But, you are not as important as my family. If my family needs me and because of that a blog post doesn’t go up, well that’s ok. And because I’ve decided this ahead of time, I don’t have the guilt of letting you down. By the same token, if I need to read Chapter 9  and post a message today and a friend calls me to meet for lunch, I would have to tell her, “No, not today. Can we schedule lunch another day?”  That’s because I’ve decided that my Bible study comes before social time. Of course when we know ahead of time what is on our schedule, we can plan better, but you get the picture. Simplifying my schedule is much easier when I know my priorities for this season of life.

Today, I want you to focus on whatever it is that you need to do with the information you’ve been given in Chapter 8.  Is a personal assessment necessary for you?  What about editing your responsibilities?  And let’s not forget the most important piece if we are to maintain our simplicity, an ongoing review process (checking through all we need to do, assess deadlines, and creating a new task list weekly). That way we don’t slip back into our old ways. Ongoing discipline is the key.

 

Did you find Chapter 8 helpful for you?

What do you plan to do as a result of reading Chapter 8?

How can our memory verse this week help you with all you need to do?

Please share with the group. Thanks ladies, have a wonderful day!

Love,

Melissa

 

Melissa
Jun 25

Make it Simple

A reminder of today’s plan in our study:

Monday~ Read Chapter 8, Simplify Your Schedule First. Check in at our gathering place (my blog) to share your thoughts.

Monday~ Our first conference call! 8 pm EST. It will be recorded, so if you miss it, no worries, you can listen later.  The call in information will be emailed to all who signed up.

Our memory verse this week is from Psalm 25. It is a request to the Lord to be shown, taught, and led. It is a confirmation that our hope in in Him all the time.

Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. ~Psalm 25:4-5 NIV 1984

Begin learning this verse and I pray it encourages us that we can ask God for what we need and put our hope in Him. He won’t fail us.

Today, read chapter 8, Simplify Your Schedule First.  After you have read, would you return to my blog and share 3 main things that you took away from your reading?  I think we could gain a lot from hearing what each other has to say about the message in this chapter.  What do you plan to do as a result of what you’ve read today? Is it possible to make it simple? Can you simplify your schedule?

Tonight we have our first conference call. It was announced that Glynnis Whitwer would be our first guest. That has changed. I spoke with Glynnis over the weekend. She is in California with her sister who is undergoing surgery for lung cancer today. The lung cancer came as a side effect from her breast cancer a few years ago. This was a shock to their family and it happened fast. She needs to focus fully on her sister and not have to worry about this call. Please pray for Glynnis’ sister, Helen. Glynnis will reschedule and she will still be a guest on our calls at a later date.

Fortunately, Stephanie Clayton will be with us tonight on the call! We are so blessed to have Stephanie as a part of our Online Bible Study team. Her wisdom and knowledge in her field have been a major help to so many as we deal with our emotions in these studies. She has an outline and a message for us on decluttering our minds. I’ve seen her notes on this and you are going to take away so much from what she shares. I can’t wait!

It’s still not too late to sign up for the calls. Just call the Proverbs 31 Office today, 877-731-4663. Ask for me and I’ll get you signed right up!  Or you can sign up online here.

So, let’s get to it, shall we?  It’s on to Chapter 8 and one step closer to getting ourselves organized!

Lord, help us to simplify our schedules and declutter our lives by allowing You to show us what we need to do next. Amen!

Melissa