Archives for July 2012

Jul 31

Thankful in All Things

Like I told you yesterday, I’m not feeling great…or even good. My head is clogged with gunk making it hard to breathe.  Almost all of us in the P31 office are sickly this week.  :(

I also learned yesterday that my dad’s wife only has a little bit of time left on this earth. She went to the hospital last week because she wasn’t feeling well. One week later, she has a stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis and she’s in a hospice facility and will never return to the house she calls home again. Life is not so pleasant right now. When I made Week 8’s Suggested Assignments and posted them on Sunday, I had no idea that I’d be writing about such things today. The assignment however is staying the same.

Today, let’s just take a breather.  Yep, how about a day of rest?  Focus on what’s good in your life. Give thanks for it. Find someone to encourage today. Spread some good Jesus love, everyone can use more of that!  Report back here and share what you did, let’s praise together!

I think it’s pretty cool that God would know I needed a little rest today.  Maybe you do too.

Do you think you can handle this?  I know some of us have to work (me included) but let’s try to keep our focus on what’s good today and be thankful.  Will you join me?

 

 

Melissa
Jul 30

Blessings on Monday

I’m not feeling super great today. I woke up Sunday with a terrible head cold and I feel all light-headed and fuzzy.  My husband is running a fever and has chills. Ugh.   And oh, yea, I hurt my back too. Ouchers. What do us girls do when we are feeling under the weather? We press on, right?  Sometimes you just have to.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to spend my day whining, I have too many blessings for that. Instead, I’m going to take it easy and give the day what I can.  :)   I’m going to be intentional on looking for my blessings, which happen to be all around, even in the midst of feeling yucky~

So, how are you doing?  Can you believe we only have 2 more weeks of study? I can’t, this study is flying by!  Today we have Chapter 18 & our 3rd conference call.  Chapter 18 is one of my favorites in this book and I always look forward to the conference calls with you and our special guests. All the details are below.

 

Monday~ Read Chapter 18, Functional Living Areas. This chapter is for me!  Everything Glynnis writes about, I can use.  At first when I was reading it, I  began to breathe heavy…feeling a little anxious and thinking, “no way I can do all this.”  Believe me, I’m tempted to quit.  Then I paused, closed my eyes and had a moment with God.  Then I had a new thought, one I knew was in line with God and His Word, “I can’t do all of this today nor will I attempt to do it today.  I will highlight what I plan to implement and carry out the plans when it’s time. With God, anything is possible. I’m serving Him and I will not quit.”  I gathered lots of ideas in this chapter, in fact I think it’s going to be my starting place as I implement my over all organizational plan.

Monday~ Conference Call with Professional Organizer, Eileen Koch.  I spoke with Eileen last week and she’s already begun helping ladies from this online Bible study!  She has so much to share with us about clutter and organization and let me tell you, it’s never about our stuff!  She brings God and His Word into everything she does. Visit her website to get to know her http://www.tothenextlevel.net/ and if you are on Facebook, be sure to “like” her page, To The Next Level.  Eileen has a heart to help and I can’t wait for you to meet her and learn about all she has to offer. If you are organizationally challenged, help is on the way!  If you haven’t signed up for the conference calls, it’s not too late. Sign up now and you receive all 4 calls in the series.    Call begins at 8:00 pm EST.  Call the Proverbs 31 Office if you have questions. 877-731-4663

 

Ok, y’all!  That’s what I have for you today.  Do you have some blessings you’d like to share today? I’d love to celebrate them with you <3

Melissa
Jul 28

Week 8, I Used to Be So Organized

If you are feeling defeated, I want you to go back and read Friday’s blog post.   I cannot stress enough, that our current study is designed to unclutter your mind first, then select pieces of your home and surroundings that you choose to work on next.  We are gaining a lot of information, how we use it will vary between us. I want us all to stay calm, upbeat, and celebrate our accomplishments~big and small.

Week 8

This week, we will read Chapters 18 & 19 which focus on our functional living areas, closets, and storage spaces.  These chapters are short, but packed with great ideas. My notebook is now overflowing with useful tools when I’m ready to implement them. At that time, I’ll have a plan, thanks to this study. I’ve really focused on not getting overwhelmed and listening to God. My cluttered mind has needed order.  And my actions will follow.  For now, I’m just getting so excited orchestrating a plan because of all the great ideas in this book!

 

Memory verse:

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.
~Ephesians 6:7-8 NIV84

 

Bible Study Friends, don’t you see. The Lord doesn’t look at what man looks at. He looks at your heart. As we strive to do better each day, remember Who it is we are serving. It’s always God. And guess what?  The devil doesn’t like that very much.  Have you been under attack?  Keep pushing onward sister.  Don’t give up. Whatever you are doing, whether at home, work, or wherever, do it as if you are serving the Lord.  You may not feel good today, but He sees you, knows you, and cares. You will be rewarded.

 

Suggested Assigments:

Sunday~ Praise the Lord. Thank Him for your blessings. What are you  thankful for today?

Monday~ Read Chapter 18, Functional Living Areas. This chapter is for me!  Everything Glynnis writes about, I can use.  At first when I was reading it, I  began to breathe heavy…feeling a little anxious and thinking, “no way I can do all this.”  Believe me, I’m tempted to quit.  Then I paused, closed my eyes and had a moment with God.  Then I had a new thought, one I knew was in line with God and His Word, “I can’t do all of this today nor will I attempt to do it today.  I will highlight what I plan to implement and carry out the plans when it’s time. With God, anything is possible. I’m serving Him and I will not quit.”  I gathered lots of ideas in this chapter, in fact I think it’s going to be my starting place as I implement my over all organizational plan.

Monday~ Conference Call with Professional Organizer, Eileen Koch.  I spoke with Eileen last week and she’s already begun helping ladies from this online Bible study!  She has so much to share with us about clutter and organization and let me tell you, it’s never about our stuff!  She brings God and His Word into everything she does. Visit her website to get to know her http://www.tothenextlevel.net/ and if you are on Facebook, be sure to “like” her page, To The Next Level.  Eileen has a heart to help and I can’t wait for you to meet her and learn about all she has to offer. If you are organizationally challenged, help is on the way!  If you haven’t signed up for the conference calls, it’s not too late. Sign up now and you receive all 4 calls in the series.    Call begins at 8:00 pm EST.  Call the Proverbs 31 Office if you have questions. 877-731-4663

Tuesday~ You know what?  Today, let’s just take a breather.  Yep, how about a day of rest?  Focus on what’s good in your life. Give thanks for it. Find someone to encourage today. Spread some good Jesus love, everyone can use more of that!  Report back here and share what you did, let’s praise together!

Wednesday~ Last week on the Online Bible Studies Facebook Page, readers were asked to share a recipe that was considered their signature recipe.  The responses were so yummy!  Today, share a recipe with us.  In the comment section, not only tell us the dish you are known for, but share the recipe so we can make it too!  Sounds fun huh?  We can begin to incorporate new recipes into our grocery list and menu planning from last weeks’ chapters.

Thursday~ Read Chapter 19, Closets and Storage Spaces.  Ugh, is anyone dreading this as much as I am~ LOL!  Please don’t judge me by the way my closets and storage spaces look!  Looking forward to the ideas in this chapter.

Friday~ It’s a Glynnis day~ Yippee!  Let’s go see what she has for us this week!

 

Let’s make Week 8 a great week. We can’t control everything around us, but we can control our responses.  Thank you for joining this study with me.  I love y’all and I need encouragement and accountability just like most people do!  Praying my sweet sisters have a fabulous week!

Melissa