The leaves are changing colors….. Are you ready for your new season?

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As the seasons of the year changes, so changes our seasons of life.  Are you ready for a new season in your life?  Most of us are a year older and a year wiser.  Some have had major life changing events, but some of us have just flowed through 2014 without a hitch.  Now that the year is truly drawing to a close, what was the year of 2014 for you?

In biblical terms, 2014 is a year of “double completion”, a year of “double for your trouble”!  … A year of spiritual perfection.  As I look back on 2014,  it was another year of learning and growing, although now it seemed to have just flown by.  It was a year for me to trust the Lord even more, by allowing Him to truly Order my steps.

The most momentous events for me were:

  • My youngest daughter’s graduated college… This is the longest that she has been home in 4 years!  In a few weeks, she will be publishing her first book, Last Look Back!  Check out the link and help her to choose a book cover, designed by her sister.
  • I spent some time with two of my grandchildren, whom I hadn’t seen in more than 4 years!!!!!!!!!!
  • On Sept. 19th, my oldest daughter left her 9 to 5, to focus on her own company, Inked Designs.
  • My husband has concluded that being a security guard is in his blood…. I could have told him that!  Now we just need to find a vehicle where he can share all of his knowledge and experience with those that are willing to pay for it.
  • I’ve even had some enlightening conversations with my son and we didn’t argue.  🙂

10522986_sOn Sept. 20th, I turned a year older and yes, I believe I’m wiser!  It’s interesting as I reflect back on the year.  Last night, I attended my church’s 10th anniversary banquet and the Elder asked the question, “Are you willing to trust God with the details of your future?”  The essence of the message is that we are always where we are supposed to be, at the exact moment that we are supposed to be there… even if that moment is a painful one.   In the Book of Genesis, it tells us that Joseph trusted God with the details of his life.  His moment in the pit, where his brothers left him to die.  The moment in Potiphar’s house where he was wrongly accused.  His moment in prison… all details that lead up to his moment in the king’s palace, where he became the Prime Minister of Egypt.

In 2014, there were very few, if any, painful moments for me, but there were moments of uncertainty, yet moments of expectation.  I know that I am headed for the King’s palace, although I don’t know all the details of how I am going to get there.

As the leaves on the trees are changing colors, Our New Season is HERE, are we ready?  Did we accomplish our goals for this year?  Is our house in Order?  As we anticipate the year of 2015, do we know where we’ve been and more importantly, where we’re going?

The leaves are changing colors, and soon the leaves  will be falling from the trees … and we will yet be into ANOTHER season!

 

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A Totally Random Rant on Religion (Not a Bashing!) – Part 2

I am glad that I prepared you all for a Part 2 for the blog post on yesterday, because I am sure you all are wondering, “How was that a rant on religion????”   As a side note, let me mention that it was very interesting to see the related articles which expressed major concerns with “religion”, which to a certain degree emphasized a few of my concerns.

Now I did say that I had and still have A LOT in my head on this topic, but let me attempt to connect some of the dots…  In my OPINION and I stress my opinion, Man (Humanity) has misused, mishandled and in some cases, misinterpreted the Word of God.  Some have taken a scripture or two, used it out of context and created an entire religion. For others, religion has become BIG $$$ business. Unfortunately, these and other issues have turned people away from church and away from God Himself.

Along the same lines, many of us (50 and over), grew up in church, which was and in some cases, still is heavily influenced by tradition. As a young adult, it appeared that anything other than breathing would send you to Hell and for some, it is still that way. 😦  My pastor tells us often that we (the church) have allowed tradition to truly choke out the Truth.  The Word of God stands by itself, is spiritually discerned and does not need our help to make it TRUE.

So, what is my point?  We have run people away from God with our words.  Young people and older ones too, are seeking a Savior and we tell them about everything, BUT Christ Jesus.  Your dress is too short, your hair is too long, you can’t chew gum (lol!)…. just to name a few.  I believe that I said it yesterday, if we simply allow the Spirit of the Lord to lead, guide and direct us is ALL that we do and say; Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. Ephesians 4:29  

If you notice, Jesus Christ did not hang out with the “religious” folks. He hung with those who needed Him most…. the people that needed to KNOW Him.  We are losing an entire generation or two, because we won’t simply tell this about Jesus.  I have two (2) grown daughters and we have talked about everything.  They have asked me about nose piercing and tattoos, joining sororities and most recently, how would I feel if they stopped going to church.  I respect them as intelligent young women and their decisions, and they respect my opinion. I let them know that I will no longer suffer their consequences for them.  My youngest will call me just to vent and she will tell me up front, “Mom, just listen… I don’t want to hear scripture”.  At times, we just have to agree to disagree, but I am confidence that they KNOW Jesus and that’s the best I can do.  Everyone deserves to KNOW Jesus.  In John 14:6, Jesus said , “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Are we speaking LIFE or Death with the power of our tongue?  

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#14 = Spiritual Perfection

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In my last post, I found it very interesting that I purposely listed 14 activities that may be considered opportunities in our lives, especially if we are disorganized.  So why / how did I connect these opportunities to “Spiritual Perfection”?  I must admit that for several moments, I wondered the same thing??  However, these  14 activities are time robbers.  Things that need to change in our lives, so that we will have the time to do other activities that would help us to create more order in our lives.  The things that we may consider small, but do matter!

In my mind, “Spiritual Perfection”, begins (or continues) when we identify our opportunities, our imperfections and allow the Lord to step in to perfect us.  Many times, we try to change things in our lives, on our own … but the Bible says His strength is made perfect in our weakness.   We can’t do it by ourselves.

The Lord will continue to perfect us until He returns … to establish His divine order for our lives as He has ordained.  But we must acknowledge our opportunities, make the time to do what needs to be done and most of all, allow Him to Order Our Steps!

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Have a Happy …!!!

“Blog Chill Day” will return next Friday.

Why Waste 30 Minutes ……

1. Watching TV

2. Watching TV

3. Watching TV – Do you see a theme? Watching TV is a good way just to unwind & not have to think.  BUT, it can soak up A LOT of our idle time!

4. Playing video games –  Yes, adults play video games, games on Facebook, games on our phones, etc. Video games can become addicting.  No Really!!

30 Minutes to be spent more wisely!

5. Checking Email – We can get sucked into endless email and before we know it, HOURS have passed.

6. Social NetworkingNo explanation required!

7. Sitting in Traffic – Yes, commuting is necessary, but have you thought about turning off the radio?  How about listening to a good book (the Bible), a training /self-improvement CD?  How about talking to our passenger or simply letting our brain REST?

8. Getting caught up in a conversation at the most un-opportune time, that goes on and on and on and on!

30 Minutes to be spent more wisely!  

Any rebuttals?  “These items are not a waste of time, but very necessary”…

Your comments are welcome!

What does this have to do with Personal Organizing?

Stay Tuned …

Take 30 minutes to ….

  • Take a Power Nap!
  • Read your child a book or two
  • Play a video game
  • Watch a cartoon with the children
  • Chat with the spouse about planning a date for just the two of you
  • Say a Prayer
  • Read the Bible

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  • Clean out your underwear drawer or a junk drawer in the kitchen
  • Go through a stack of old CDs
  • Sort through a bag of old clothes
  • Organize the cabinet under your bathroom sink
  • Clean out the interior or trunk of your car

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What can you do in 30 minutes?

Here are 12 things that you could do…

12 is the biblical number for ORDER!