Walking in Obedience

I will cry to God Most High, Who performs on my behalf and rewards me- Who brings to pass His purposes for me and surely completes them. Psalm 57:2This verse is yet another promise from God that He has everything under control, is working my circumstances toward good and His glory and will complete the purpose He has me here for is His time. So, why in the world do I feel like I am floundering sometimes? Why do I feel like I must be missing my calling or not hearing God? How can what God is calling me to do be to not do much? That goes against - oh, yeah- it goes against my perfectionistic, overaccomplishing, driven, ambitious FLESH!! Right now, sitting here, only allowed to drive locally, not able to handle the hectic schedule I was juggling prior to my hospitalization, I am at … [Read more...]

Thankful Thursday

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:9-10If there is one thing I am thankful for it is that my God does not forsake those that seek Him. What a promise- here is how that has been evident in my life this week:• My sweet and shy tween got baptized last night after our midweek service. I cried thinking of how far God has brought our family and so thankful that He has made an impression and is living in the heart of my son- I don’t know how to express my gratitude for that!• A friend of mine came and rescued me from what feels like my home prison at times lately (I am not allowed to drive yet) and we had an awesome time together and I am thankful … [Read more...]

Exercise for Life

admit it, I am not a fan of exercise. I am a girlie girl and sweating is not one of my favorite things to do. I also deal with chronic pain issues related to MS and fatigue and suffice it to say, I have plenty of excuses to not exercise. But, I also know the benefits of exercising. The word exercise comes from a Latin root, meaning “to maintain, to keep, to ward off”. I teach a class for seniors about maintaining their brain in order to “ward off” memory loss. Exercise has benefits for your brain’s health, not just your physical health. When you have a neurological disorder, such as multiple sclerosis, you are naturally interested in anything that benefits the health of your brain. When you exercise your brain releases endorphins- which are feel good chemicals. So, not only is … [Read more...]

Stand and still Stand

No one promises a life free of pain and suffering to those that believe in God, and if they do they are not preaching from a Biblical perspective. Sometimes it is so difficult to understand why bad things happen to good people. Why does God allow yucky things in our lives? The book of James talks a lot about trials, temptations and suffering and one of my favorite verses about that is James 5:8- “Be patient and stand firm”…Life hands us knock down punches sometimes, often unexpected. I have been dealt some of those myself, for sure. But, what I have seen what God has revealed to me is that not expecting the knock down punches is what the Devil counts on. As Christians, we should be expecting these attacks and should call them what they are- the enemy’s pathetic attempts to distract … [Read more...]

Pen to Paper

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services (report released in 2007) approximately 64 million Americans suffer from insomnia- a disorder characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. In response to this growing societal problem the American Psychological Association (APA) conducted a study asking Americans what is keeping them up at night. 74% of respondents cited work as the reason tied with money. Workload came in third at 66% and children next at 64%.I think all of these reasons can be summed up with one word- stress. The fast paced, multi-tasking world in which we live encourages a lifestyle of hectic, almost frenetic schedules and the end result is that we end up feeling worn out and on the verge of burning out. Clearing your life and mind of the … [Read more...]

Enough

Okay, I am veering away from National Get Organized week for a day to directly respond to an online friend from Twitter. (BTW- if you haven’t been on Twitter.com, you really need to check it out) She and I have been debating, in the 140 character limit, that Twitter allows over the Presidential campaign. She is vehemently against my candidate, Barack Obama and sends me links to sites and videos that I guess are supposed to change my mind. But, this last link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSEaDov37R0 just irritated me to the point that I am going to address point by point why, no offense to serious Catholics, their voting strategy is flawed. I have tried to remain as neutral and non-confrontational as possible online because many of my friends and even family believe in and prefer a … [Read more...]

Multitasking Mamas Unite

As women, we are constantly striving to achieve this foreign concept known as “balance”. Professionally, I am dedicated to helping women find ways to simplify their lives and make time for the really important things. The moments with our kids and families that slip away if we let them: the field trip chaperoning, the Mom Taxi “driving”, the first steps, first words, first dates. Wherever you are on your journey through motherhood you are multi-tasking. Thankfully, God designed our female brains to be able to handle this task far easier than our male counterparts. But it is still difficult. There are only so many hours in a day and so much patience, mercy and “give” in each of us. Professional organizers exist to help you find ways to make this journey easier. That is why I love my … [Read more...]

National Get Organized Week

Sometimes, even as an organizing professional, I can get off track. Life happens and you feel overwhelmed, depressed and zapped of energy and motivation (wait, that’s a whole other post :-). Anyway, if you find yourself slipping back into old habits and encountering clutter and chaos whereever you go- it is time to re-focus! This simply means to remember where you were headed. What is your passion? What are your dreams? What do you enjoy?Then figure out what happened to get you off track- this is something you probably already know and fix it. You may not be able to change your circumstances but you can change your outlook. If your organizing plan is falling apart than make a new plan for getting back on track. Identify what’s holding you back and tell that circumstance to get out of your … [Read more...]

It Wasn’t My Time

As most of my twittermom friends know, I have been in the hospital since late Wednesday night. I apparently suffered a saddle embolism, which is a blood clot that broke off in it’s entirety and traveled to my lung. The Lord spared my life (Psalm 54:4) and instead of the clot staying in one piece and occluding any major arteries, it split into several small pulmonary emboli that are currently in my lungs. Now, I am not a doctor but I can tell you that I almost died and that can certainly give you perspective on so many things.Hubby and I were in bed Wednesday evening, just watching the President address the nation on the economic fiasco (hey, maybe I can blame him, lol) when all of a sudden it felt like I had a 300 lb person sitting on my chest and I could not breathe. I passed out, … [Read more...]

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