Spring Cleaning in the Winter?

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Spring is ONLY 35 days away and if it appears that I am in hurry to see Spring…. I AM!  😀  

However, in my neck of the woods, winter will probably linger.  It “snowed” on Sunday and the sun’s out today, but who knows what’s in the forecast for the rest of the week.  It is always during this time of the year that I recall the  final preparations for my wedding day.  My wedding anniversary is March 10, and the Thursday before, almost thirty-eight years ago… It SNOWED, no REALLY, snowed!  But by my wedding day, the snow was practically all gone and the sun was shining.  GO FIGURE!!  

Winter gives the earth a deep cleansing and kills the germs in the air… BUT Spring is a season of rebirth, rejuvenation, resurrection and regrowth.  March 20th will be here before we know, so why not start preparing for our period of renewal and Order right now.

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We have 35 days and counting to get ready. I would suggest that we map out a “Spring’s Comin” plan.  

  • Days 1 thru 15 Assess your space and determine three (3) major areas that require spring cleaning first and allot ample time to complete.  Assign small tasks to complete over time.  Write down the plan and post it.  
  • Days 16 thru 30Find two (2) small areas that need to be organized (yes, there is a difference between clean & organize…).  Then let the sort & purge process begin.
  • Days 31 thru 35 Get the family to participate.  Review the plan with them and get their support & buy-in (even under duress :-D)…. and absolutely, have a BIG party when it’s done.  

Have fun with it!

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“Food for the Soul” for the Weekend!

As some of you may be aware, I’ve created an inspirational blog entitled Holy Ghost Downloads. So, here’s a little “Food for the Soul” for the Weekend

No One Talk about Bruno!

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I absolutely loved the movie, Encanto. In the movie, Bruno, the son, had a gift that was perceived to have a negative effect on their lives, not only by his family, but by his community. So Bruno left and no one was supposed to talk about Bruno!

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During our family conversation after the movie, someone said “no one talk about Kevin!” and we kinda chuckled. But in reality, I’ve not seen Kevin, my son, is almost 3 years. Unfortunately, this is not the first time in his 43 years on this earth that he has just walked away from me. I used to ask often, “what did I do”, but then I had to stop, instead I decided to ask the Lord, “why do you leave this thorn in my flesh”? We often interpret this scripture with negative feelings, but as the Apostle Paul explained,

…even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So, to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.

So, I have learned to see my thorn as a gift that God gave me a gift to help me to realize just how much I need Him. He matches my thorn to my course, to my calling, not “to torment, but to mentor”. It is what God has given me to teach me and to show me His extraordinary Grace, He honors me with His presence. There are some things that God can’t teach us by advice only, but at times, we must endure adversity. It’s in those times that we must learn to boast and celebrate in God’s Glory for His Grace.

Is there someone that has simply walked away from you? Someone that you held close and just can’t understand why they would leave. Is there a situation or circumstance in your life that God has allowed and again, it just makes no sense? Well, it’s ok to talk about Bruno! God already knows how you feel and He’s there to listen. The pain doesn’t do away, right away, and to be honest, we may never truly understand why God does what He does, but Paul also said…

Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

In the movie, Bruno does come back, but that’s all I’m going to say. I guess you’ll just have to watch the movie. As for Kevin, I don’t really know, but when I get a little anxious…

It’s so important that I take a quiet moment and listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying…

Hope for Today… and Tomorrow!

This year is almost over! However, this time of year is going to be tough for a number of people. I was excited to share this episode, but although my testimony will surely pale in comparison to many of you, God’s Word will ALWAYS Stand True… I pray that something is said that will let you know that there is “Hope for Today… and Tomorrow!”