One Project Done!

Are the house projects adding up, leaving you to feel hopeless and discouraged? Then it’s time to put all your DYI and Organize My House Pins, from Pinterest, to use!

Sit down and make a list of all the projects you would like to accomplish this year. Projects as small as cleaning out a linen closet, to big projects like renovating the kitchen. Now take a calendar and plan as many projects as possible. For example, Pantry on Monday, book shelf on Tuesday, Master Closet on Thursday, and Garage on Saturday. Make sure to give yourself enough time to complete the project. Some projects may require an hour, while others two or three days. After finishing the project, mark it off your Master List. By visually seeing each task being marked off as completed, it will enable you to keep moving forward.

Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Set a daily goal and you will achieve your yearly goals!
CouponingLast night’s project…clip all coupons and organize them in a folder. (DONE)

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty…” 
Proverbs 21:5

“But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!” 2 Chronicles 15:7

Planning for Today

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty” Proverbs 21:5

Each day is special and unique, but do we view it that way? Probably not, we are guilty of being sucked into the hustle and bustle of life. In this new year, I desire to make the most out of each day…for no one is promised tomorrow. So, how do we cherish each day in itself? We have to plan intentionally for that day.

Preparing a successful day takes preparation, right before you shut your eyes for the night, plan out the next day. Take your journal, planner, or I personally use my iPad. First, schedule your quiet/devotion time with God. Second, write your husband’s name and list his needs (make his lunch, iron clothes, pick up dry cleaning, etc.). Then, write down your children’s names and the things you need to do for them (pack lunches, sign papers, schedule doctor appointments, etc.). Next, write down house, list the things that need to be cleaned that day or taken care of. Last, write down your personal “to do” list, which could consist of ministry, personal growth, fitness, etc. Make sure your list is prioritized: God first, husband second, children third, house next, and all other activities follow. Now, for the fun part, think of ways you can make that day special, lunch at the park, Mickey mouse pancakes, a little note in their lunch box, the list is endless.

By scheduling out your day the night before bed, you are able to get the things of tomorrow off your mind. You are able to write them down and let them worry about themselves, as you drift off into a peaceful sleep, so when morning comes, you are set up for success. Look over your list again, make sure you wrote down everything you wanted from the night before and then enjoy your day to the fullest!

Remember “this is the day” not tomorrow, not next week, but today, “which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). I hope you all have an amazing TODAY, every day!

“…who gives us richly all things to enjoy” 1 Timothy 6:17

#35 Time Management Tips

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Time Management Below are 35 quick tips to help you manage your time more efficiently. Try adding one a day or three a week, into your routine. They are in no particular order.

1. Make a monthly menu calendar.
2. Plan your week out on sunday night before bed.
3. Schedule multiple appointments on one day.
4. Buy groceries for the week.
5. Have the kids lay out their clothes the night before.
6. Set timers for activities like social media, email, Pinterest, etc…
7. Turn the dishwasher on before you go to bed at night.
8. Pick one or two days a week to do all the laundry, including putting it away on the same day.
9. Pull out the meat to thaw in the morning, before breakfast.
10. Use a crock pot at least once a week for dinner.
11. Delegate chores between the kids.
12. Make up the bed first thing in the morning.
13. Have a set bedtime for the kids.
14. Don’t stay up late.
15. While folding laundry review your kid’s school work for the day or week.
16. Have the kids set the table, while you are making dinner.
17. Start your day early.
18. Limit your extra curricular activities outside the home.
19. Get dressed for the day first thing in the morning.
20. Limit time on the phone.
21. Wash and cut fresh veggies and fruits right after your grocery visit.
22. Have set places for toys, towels, shoes, clothes, linens, basically everything.
23. Put things back in there place when you are done using them.
24. Exercise and Diet
25. Prep for laundry day the night before by sorting all the clothes.
26. Schedule bills a month in advance.
27. Run errands only once a week.
28. Have a regular cleaning schedule.
29. Learn to say no to outside distractions.
30. Write down your plan for the next day, the night before.
31. Tidy the house before bed.
32. Read one tip a day on time management (this will help keep you motivated).
33. Do the worst, most dreaded task first. Once completed you will notice a burst of energy!
34. Value each day, each hour, each minute, and ask yourself is this task worth this much time.
35. And last but not least, KEEP MOVING. Body at rest stays at rest, body in motion stays in motion!

1 Timothy 5:14 I desire that the younger women…guide the house.

Lord give us wisdom on how to manage our time and our days more efficiently. May we see the true value in each day and honor it with the time you have given us. In Your Name Amen

Lack Nothing!

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Why do I make New Year’s Resolutions? 

I make New Year’s Resolutions because we can always be better and there is something about a new year that screams do over, second chance, let’s try this again! Just like college football teams that review their previous games, we should review our previous years. Take notes, pray and search out the areas you can improve in. Professional athletes of all kinds will watch videos of themselves, they watch for weaknesses and mishaps, so the next time they don’t do the same thing. I believe we can apply that practice into our own lives. We can always improve, we can always be more (1 Thessalonians 4:10)!

How do I stick to my New Year’s Resolutions?

I first write down my New Year’s Resolutions in my prayer journal or on a piece of paper. Next, I pray over them everyday, asking God to help me in the areas of improvement and to not lean on my own ability, but on His (John 15:5).  Last, I share my resolutions with someone I can trust (spouse, parent or accountability partner), someone who can encourage me when I fail or forget.

I am a proud parent of four beautiful children. Everyday I pour into their hearts and minds. I am consistently teaching them, disciplining them, and encouraging them. There are days that I feel I’m doing all three every five minutes, and yet I do this because I have high expectations for them. I want them to be the best they can be…I want them to shine like bright stars in this world and I want them to make a difference. As much as I want this for them, even more does God, our Heavenly Father, desire this for us!

Don’t settle for an okay you or even a good you, strive for great! God has high expectations for you and believe me, He’s cheering you on.

But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing. -1 Thessalonians 4:10-12

Dear God, thank you for 2013, thank you for the times of laughter and thank you for the strength during the times of pain. I pray our hearts will be open to Your voice, so You can reveal the areas in our life that need improvements. Help us to not be content with who we are today, but strive to be more like You. Dear Lord, bless our new year, may we abide in You, for without You we can do nothing. In Jesus Name Amen

You Are Special

You Are SpecialOne of the ways we are counting down the days until Christmas, is with a book reading each night. Tonight was Alayna’s turn to choose a book that was wrapped under the tree. She picked one of my favorite books, “You Are Special” by Max Lucado.

This books gives a beautiful parallel story of how God views us. It begins with a village of wooden people called, the Wemmicks. All of the wooden people were carved by a woodworker name, Eli. The Wemmicks would give out stickers all day to one another, to the talented ones they would give stars and to the not so talented ones they would give gray dots. All day long they would walk around handing out these stars and dots. In this same village lives a Wemmick named, Punchinello, he doesn’t jump very high like the others, his wood is scratched and faded, so he would get lots of gray dots from all the other Wemmicks. He got so many that he doesn’t want to leave his house. Then one day he meets a Wemmick with no stickers at, Lucia. Lucia explains that she goes to see Eli, the woodcarver, everyday. She recommends Punchinello to go see him, so  Punchinello goes the next day. This is where I choke up every time. As Eli and Punchinello begin their conversation, Punchinello starts defending himself. When Eli says, “you don’t have to defend yourself to me, child. I don’t care what the other Wemmicks think. Who are they to give stars or dots? They’re Wemmicks just like you. What they think doesn’t matter. All that matters is what I think. And I think you are pretty special.” Eli continues to speak to him, but I want  you to get the book and read the rest for yourself.

Lucia didn’t have any stickers because she went to visit Eli everyday. There are voices in your mind telling you, “you can’t do that, you don’t fit in here, and you will never make it.” The only way to drown out those opinions is to spend time with the only voice that matters, the only opinion that matters, your Maker.

Let me encourage you today, don’t let the world label you. Don’t let your friend or even your family discourage you. They don’t have the right to do so. They are just like you. Go to your Heavenly Father daily and allow him to speak into your heart. He loves you, He made you special, and you are valuable!

5 Reasons to Get Dressed

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Stay at home moms can fall into a rut of not getting dressed. They wake up early, and they might even go workout, but for some reason they just stay in stretch pants or sweats all day. Why? Well, because it’s comfy, easy, and most will say, “I’m just at home anyways, why should I get dressed?” I will tell you!

1. By getting up first thing and taking a shower you are waking your self up. Just to make sure we are on the same page, not a bath or a hot steamy shower, like the ones that put you to sleep! Just a hello its morning shower. By doing this, you are not only waking yourself up, but there is a freshness that comes with it. Nothing can freshen you up like a shower.

2. Another reason to get dressed first thing in the morning, is for the simple fact you don’t exactly know what that day holds. You might not have any other time to get dressed. I know I personally I have had days that I’m running 90 mph and before I know it my husband is walking through the door. If I hadn’t taken the time to get dressed first thing, he might be walking into a home with a stinky slob and sad to say, years ago, there were days this happened.

3. When you take time to get dressed in the morning, you are taking time to invest in yourself, and that is very important. Stay at home moms are consistently serving and giving to others all day. By pampering yourself for 20 or 30 minutes in the morning, it will give you just that little bit of edge to keep going when you look in the mirror at 3pm. Just imagine what you would look like at 3pm if you didn’t get dressed! Yikes!

4. There is a confidence that comes by getting dressed. How do you feel on Sunday morning at church or on a date with your husband? You mostly likely walk taller and your self imagine is mostly likely higher on those days, because you took time to get dressed. Now, how do you feel when your hair hasn’t been washed, it’s in a mess bun from last night, you have on stretch pants with bleach stains or baggy pajamas that smell like syrup. I guarantee you, on those days, you don’t walk as confident.

5. My last reason to get dressed in the morning, is for your mindset. When getting dressed first thing, you are switching your mind from sleep, comfort, relax and lazy mode, to focused, determined, and ready to conquer whatever challenges come at you that day!

Start tomorrow, throw your jammies in the dirty clothes, lay out a pair of pants or skirt, wash the sleep off your face, put on some powder and lotion, and fix your hair. Then tell me if you feel a difference in your day!

Just Don’t Do It….

Our Tree '13Galatians 6:4 “…Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else,”

For eight years, we have put up our Christmas tree with old miscellaneous ornaments. We loved our tree, it told the story of our life. This year I decided to do a themed tree in our living-room, in front of the window, therefore moving most of the other ornaments to our 2nd tree, in the family room. After browsing online pictures, I had a vision of what I wanted our tree to look like. I then went out and bought ornaments for 70% off at Michael’s, Joann, Hobby Lobby, and even some from T.J. Maxx. I was so proud of our tree, but when my husband got home, I found myself saying, “I know it’s not like such and such’s tree, but don’t you like it?” Of course he loved it, why wouldn’t he? Five minutes before he walked through the door I was so proud of my work, but as soon as I showed him, doubt and comparison came into my mind.

blog5Comparing is one of the deadliest things to do. There is nothing good that comes out of comparing yourself with someone else. Most people compare themselves and will end up feeling inadequate, other times people compare themselves with friends and family and end up feeling greater than they should. Either way, wrongful thoughts come out of comparing.

Ornament-Hobby LobbyThis time of year, you will see lots of Christmas decorations on trees, houses, yards, mailboxes, etc. Let me encourage you to not compare. God has given each of us a beautiful creative spirit. Be proud of your designs and art pieces you come with it. Stop all thoughts of comparison, which can lead to jealous and low self-esteem. You are unique, handcrafted by our Heavenly Father. Put your heart into your work and do your best, then take pride and let no one take that from you, including yourself!

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O Be Careful Little Mouth…

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O be careful little mouth what you say,
O be careful little mouth what you say,
For there’s a Father up above,
Looking down in tender love,
So, be careful little mouth what you say.

If I were to ask how many of you have heard this children’s song, most would say yes, once or twice, in Sunday school or at Vacation Bible School. Even though this song was written for children, I think adults should wake up singing it every morning, then at lunch time, and then maybe on the way home from work.

In our classroom hangs a poster with these words, “before you speak, THINK, T-is it true?, H-is it helpful?, I-is it inspiring?, N-is it necessary?, K-is it kind?” This poster isn’t just for our kids, but it’s also for me.

James 3:2-10, paints us a great picture of the power that’s in our tongue, “For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. …”

Did you know there are over 130 verses in the Bible about taming the tongue. We are given warning after warning through these verses, but yet we ignore His word and speak from our harsh and unrighteous emotions. Below I listed a few Bible verses that speak on taming the tongue, I encourage you to write them down in a journal or in the back of your Bible. Spend time daily looking over the verses and memorizing them, then make a conscious decision to T-H-I-N-K before you speak.

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” ~Proverbs 15:1

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” ~Ephesians 4:29

“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” ~Proverbs 12:8

“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” ~James 1:26

“Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.” ~Proverbs 21:23

“From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.” ~James 3:10

“It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” ~Matthew 15:11

“Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit.” ~Psalm 52:2

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” ~Proverbs 18:21

My daughter, Victoria (6 years-old), recently went to a girl at church and said she was sorry for something mean the little girl said to her last week. Yes, that’s right, Victoria did nothing wrong, but wanted to start out her conversation by saying sorry, in hopes something good would come out of it. Victoria then asked, “can we be friends?” The girl replied back, “no, I already have friends.” Victoria, then said, “you can never have too many friends!” This story pierced my heart, hearing that someone was mean to my little girl angered me, but at the same time I was so proud of Victoria for choosing her words wisely and not retaliating with hurtful ones.

Dear Lord, help our words to be full of grace, mercy, and love. Let us be slow to speak and quick to think about how our words can bring life or death. Help us to speak with wisdom and not with our emotions. In Jesus name Amen!

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. ~Colossians 4:6

“Speak Life”
by Toby Mac

Some days, life feels perfect.
Other days it just ain’t workin.
The good, the bad, the right, the wrong
And everything in between.

Though it’s crazy, amazing
We can turn a heart with the words we say.
Mountains crumble with every syllable.
Hope can live or die

So speak Life, speak Life.
To the deadest darkest night.
Speak life, speak Life.
When the sun won’t shine and you don’t know why.
Look into the eyes of the brokenhearted;
Watch them come alive as soon as you speak hope,
You speak love, you speak…
You speak Life, You speak Life. 

Some days the tongue gets twisted;
Other days my thoughts just fall apart.
I do, I don’t, I will, I won’t,
It’s like I’m drowning in the deep.

Well it’s crazy to imagine,
Words from our lips as the arms of compassion,
Mountains crumble with every syllable.
Hope can live or die.

So speak Life, speak Life.
To the deadest darkest night.
Speak life, speak Life.
When the sun won’t shine and you don’t know why.
Look into the eyes of the brokenhearted;
Watch them come alive as soon as you speak hope,
You speak love, you speak…
You speak Life, You speak Life. 

Lift your head a little higher,
Spread the love like fire,
Hope will fall like rain,
When you speak life with the words you say.

Raise your thoughts a little higher,
Use your words to inspire,
Joy will fall like rain,
When you speak life with the things you say.

Lift your head a little higher,
Spread the love like fire,
Hope will fall like rain,
When you speak life with the words you say.

So speak Life, speak Life.
To the deadest darkest night.
Speak life, speak Life.
When the sun won’t shine and you don’t know why.
Look into the eyes of the brokenhearted;
Watch them come alive as soon as you speak hope,
You speak love, you speak…
You speak Life, You speak Life.
You speak Life, You speak Life.
Some days life feels perfect.

If you want to watch the music video to “Speak Life”, click here.