Archives for February 2013

Feb 22

Let. It. Go, Chapter 6 ~ Key Points

Hello again, it’s Jamy. Hope you all are doing great today! It’s Friday :)

Boy, this study is really hitting home with me this week (pun intended). I love the tips and insights that Karen provides throughout the chapter. Changes are being made around the Whitaker house. There are two key points that I would like to share with you today.

  •  “Set the tone of the house” (pg. 114)

Ladies, we have a huge responsibility to set the mood and atmosphere in our homes. If we are short-tempered and quick to find faults our families are going to respond in one of two ways: become those same characteristics with each other or retreat and withdraw thinking they cannot please us. I know I do not want this in my home. We need to strive to be thermostats (constant) rather than thermometers (changing based on emotions). We want our homes to be a safe, welcoming environment, instead of a place of harsh words and criticism.

  •  “Let go of the deception of perfection” (pg. 116)

I do not know why we so often fall into thinking that everything needs to be perfect – perfectly clean home, not one item out of place, laundry always done, kids neat and clean and gourmet meal on the table every night. Striving to achieve the unattainable will leave our families and us stressed, uncomfortable and resentful. Instead, we can learn to let go of perfection and embrace our families and ourselves with our imperfections. Just like Karen pointed out, “Shoes strewn about means you have children who can walk. Mud-spattered uniforms means you have children who can run, jump, and kick. Homework papers left on the dining-room table means your kids have a functioning mind and are able to learn, absorb, and live quality lives” (pg. 124).

Yes, on any given day you can find toys on the floor, shoes scattered by the door, fingerprints on mirrors and laundry that needs to be done. But our house is a place where we feel comfortable and can relax. This is not to say that chores are not done, but it is all kept in perspective.

Your Response:

Take some time to read through the questions and then respond to them in the comment section of the blog, on the facebook group or in your journal. I am looking forward to see how God is working in your life through this study.

  1. Which reflection verse spoke the most to you this week? How were you able to apply it to your life?

“But we behaved gently when we were among you, like a devoted mother nursing and cherishing her own children. So, being thus tenderly and affectionately desirous of you, we continued to share with you not only God’s good news (the Gospel) but also our own lives as well, for you had become so very dear to us.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8 AMP

“She watches over the activities of her household.” ~ Proverbs 31:27 HCSB

  1. Are you a thermostat or a thermometer? What steps are you going to take this week to set the tone in your home?
  1. How did this chapter speak to you? How are you going to put that into action in your home?
  1. What  is something you will take away from Week 3?

 

Congratulations! You have made it through another week of the study and are one step closer to letting go and walking in faith.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Melissa
22

Let.It.Go. ~ Chapter 6 Key Points

Hello again, it’s Jamy. Boy, this study is really hitting home with me this week (pun intended). I love the tips and insights that Karen provides throughout the chapter. Changes are being made around the Whitaker house. There are two key points that I would like to share with you today.

  •  “Set the tone of the house” (pg. 114)

Ladies, we have a huge responsibility to set the mood and atmosphere in our homes. If we are short-tempered and quick to find faults our families are going to respond in one of two ways: in turn become those same characteristics with each other or retreat and withdraw thinking they cannot please us. I know I do not want this in my home. Therefore, you and I need to strive to be thermostats (constant) rather than thermometers (changing based on emotions). We want our homes to be a safe, welcoming environment, instead of a place of harsh words and criticism.

  •  Let go of the deception of perfection” (pg. 116)

I do not know why we so often fall into thinking that everything needs to be perfect – perfectly clean home, not one item out of place, laundry always done, kids neat and clean and gourmet meal on the table every night. Striving to achieve the unattainable will leave our families and us stressed, uncomfortable and resentful. Instead, we need to learn to let go of perfection and embrace our families and ourselves with our imperfections. Just like Karen pointed out, “Shoes strewn about means you have children who can walk. Mud-spattered uniforms means you have children who can run, jump, and kick. Homework papers left on the dining-room table means your kinds have a functioning mind and are able to learn, absorb, and live quality lives” (pg. 124).

Yes, on any given day you can find toys on the floor, shoes scattered by the door, fingerprints on mirrors and laundry that needs to be done. But our house is a place where we feel comfortable and can relax. This is not to say that chores are not done, but it is all kept in perspective.

 

Your Response:

Take some time to read through the questions and then respond to them in the comment section of the blog, on the facebook group or in your journal. I am looking forward to see how God is working in your life through this study.

 

  1. Which reflection verse spoke the most to you this week? How were you able to apply it to your life?

“But we behaved gently when we were among you, like a devoted mother nursing and cherishing her own children. So, being thus tenderly and affectionately desirous of you,                      we continued to share with you not only God’s good news (the Gospel) but also our own lives as well, for you had become so very dear to us.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8 AMP

“She watches over the activities of her household.” ~ Proverbs 31:27 HCB

 

2. Are you a thermostat or a thermometer? What steps are you going to take this week to set the tone in your home?

 

  1. How did this chapter speak to you? How are you going to put that into action in your home?

 

  1. What is one thing you will take away from Week 3?

 

Congratulations! You have made it through another week of the study and are one step closer to letting go and walking in faith.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Melissa
Feb 21

Let.It.Go. Blog Hop Week Three

Woo-hoo! It’s Thursday! You know what that means? YOU get to take over our study by joining in our Blog Hop. We look forward to reading about how God is working in your lives through Let.It.Go.

Blogging with us for the first time? Click HERE for an important, short instructional video or refer to our Blog Hopping for Beginners post.

This week’s Let.It.Go. topics:

1.  Domestic Diva. Not everyone feels very domestic when it comes to keeping our home in or, but our reflection verse reminds us that we don’t do everything. Instead, we take charge of managing our home. How does this verse change your perspective of joyfully taking care of the home front?
She watches over the activities of her household ~ Proverbs 31:27 HCSB

2.  Tin-Pot Pampers. Chapter Five. Let’s face it mom’s, we either micromanage our kids or do everything for them; we can’t help it, they’re so gosh darn cute! But not everyone here has kids. Moms, what insights can you share with everyone from what you’ve learned from both your experiences and by reading this chapter? Is there a victory you can share about how you’ve nurtured your kids by letting go?

3.  Hampering Home. Chapter Six. Ok, I was going to share a little picture of my home…but it’s beyond messy at the moment {6 week old baby takes precedence over that pile of books I’ve needed to sort and put away for 6 weeks}. Sometimes the dust bunnies just keep multiplying because there’s no one to sweep them away. How did you find Chapter Six helpful for taming your home by sharing the responsibilities?

4. Put your hands up! It was only three short years ago that I got married to my best friend and just seven weeks ago that we welcomed our first child into the world. Sooooo…these two chapters seem to fit a much later time in my life. I know not everyone here has kids or is married. But we can still walk away from these chapters with some wisdom. What is the one thing from these chapters you hope to hold on to for the future??

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Next Week’s Topics…

1. Well, that was easy. Check out this week’s reflection verse from I Thessalonians 5:26-18 NLT: “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” We invite you to share how this verse helps motivate you to truly be thankful, no matter what, trust God and Let.It.Go!

2. iScream. Chapter Seven. On pages 139-143 in the Putting the Brakes on Busy section, Karen provides several tools to help us trim the fat off our schedules. Which tools will you use on your schedule? What are you able to let go so that you can regain some “schedule sanity”?

3. Serenity. Chapter Eight. Sometimes no matter what we do to try and control a situation…we simply can’t. How has this chapter helped you to discover the difference between what you can and can’t change? OR Can you look back at a time in your life when things were out of your control but you can see how God worked through it all?

Read our previous Let.It.Go. Blog Hops:

Week One

Week Two

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Yours in Christ,

Heather Bleier

OBS Executive Team

 

 

Melissa