“Own Who You Are and…”

Philippians 1-6

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Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:  …… Philippians 1:6 KJV

  • Always be willing to learn and grow
  • Don’t change for anyone but YOURSELF
  • Strive to be the BEST YOU, you can be!

If you are waiting for someone else to look at you differently, to treat you better or to change for you, etc.  I’d strongly suggest that you search yourself first and then your perspective of others and what they think about you will change.  Trust me, I speak from experience …but that’s a whole ‘nother story!  But what I want to share with you today, is what prompted this post…

There had been a few incidents that had occurred during my organizing sessions, that made me doubt my true calling. As I was questioning the Lord about whether I misunderstood what He called me to do, this is what He said to me…

“Own who you are … I will finish what I’ve started in you!”

Since starting Order Your Steps, 6 years ago, I’ve been blessed that I have not had any major mishaps, i.e. “breaking stuff”! 😦  However, in spite of the recent mishaps, the clients had been very understanding, but the endless loop of thoughts in my mind had really been wearing on me.  I am sure that this never happens to you…  when those inner voices make us 2nd-quess who we are and our abilities!

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Now, the Lord did clarify for me that my gift is organizing, NOT moving stuff!! :-/ But I’m learning, although it’s difficult, to accept my humanity.  As I’ve shared many, many times, I really don’t like to make mistakes, and yes, even “constructive criticism” is a bit painful. But I’m learning to store it away for now, since I’m sure that it will be very useful in the future.

“Own who you are … I will finish what I’ve started in you! 

I had a friend to ask me “when will I get to easy street? You know, when I’ll have all the answers”…  I told her that when you think you have reached easy street, there is another road “up the way”!

 

Wait in Anticipation and Expectation, NOT in Frustration!

Have you ever been frustrated with God?  You know really frustrated, as it is defined:  Feeling annoyed, especially because of inability to change or achieve something.

For me, it is that point when a situation, seems to linger on and on and on… and on… and I ask God, “So what is it that I’m not getting?”  When I truly believe that I’ve covered all my bases…that I’ve tried to DO everything “right”.  God says, “You really don’t get it, do you?”

Although, my Pastor tells us often, our blessings are not dependent on what we do or don’t do.  If we truly have a heart to live for God, He blesses us because He loves us, like a father loves his child.  But many times, we have to be reminded just how much God loves us.  He would have preferred that Jesus would not have had to die, but it was necessary, so that all of us could be saved.  God would also prefer that we not have to go through many of the things that happen in our lives, but our steps have been ordered!  One of my favorite scriptures says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11  

Our destiny has been predetermined.  So the next time, we get frustrated with God, just remember, it’s all about His divine timing.  It’s not that He doesn’t want to change our situation, it’s just not time… which means that we must WAIT! 

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31

No! WAITING is not our most favorite thing to do (understatement!).  However, when we are certain that our situation is gonna change, but we just don’t know when, that’s called FAITH!… and we should be EXCITED!

Therefore, we should always wait in anticipation & expectation, NOT in frustration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know it’s a lot easier said, than done, but let’s keep practicing.

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Making a House a Home!

As a professional organizer, the Lord has given me a mission.  My assignment is to re-ignite my client’s interest into putting their house back in Order.  It is most rewarding to see the organizing process create a chain reaction.  

Usually during our initial in-home consultation, the client’s main concern is “Can you really help me to put my house back in order?  I’ve tried over and over again, but it is just too overwhelming!”  I must admit that when I tell them that “This is very doable!”, there is both doubt and relief in their faces...

30549335_sWe usually start in the bedroom and when the organizing is complete, they begin to see a little light at the end of the tunnel.  My first suggestion/homework assignment is that they make up their bed every morning… and then the links of the chain start to connect. Their house begins to transform.  They want to put new linen on the bed and put up curtains.  They may want to hang pictures or even paint.

It’s truly amazing!! Their enthusiasm is back and the Order is returning to their lives…. I don’t mind working myself out of a job.  It makes my heart glad to know that I was able to help my clients to make their cluttered house, a house in orderA Home!  

Truly a Blessing!

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Saith the Lord …. to give you an expected end.

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Most of you know that my car was stolen and since then, a million and one thoughts have been swirling around in my head.  After much anxiety, I was reassured that the Lord had allowed it to happen. Initially, because my purse & computer was NOT in the car, but then, what if the thief had come into the house?  Then guilt & shame have their time to weigh in… “How could I have been so stupid?”  I’d been warned that my area had been targeted by car theives, but surely I was exempt…. NOT!  Then doubt and condemnation had their turn… “We can’t afford a new car!”, ” Maybe I am just not managing the money the way the Lord wants me too.” “If I have to buy a car, what about my credit?  I haven’t even looked at a credit report since we moved into the house 11 years ago!”  Then finally when I thought that God had simply given up on me, He reveals himself to me.  I strongly suggest that we be very mindful of the seemingly small things.  

Well, I had to rent a car, although, business had been relatively slow.  Soooooo, why not work a week and take off a week?  Look at how much money I’ll save.  Brilliant! Lo and behold, my insurance claim agent was AWESOME!  He walked me through the process almost seamlessly.  He tells me that the insurance company can make an offer for my car 3 weeks after the theft.  Really Lord??   Not 60 days, not even 30 days!  The claim agent promptly sent me the offer (it is about what I expected and it will cover a lot of car payments) and I pick up my check tomorrow.   Look at God!

In the interim, I’ve been car shopping on-line.  Although I really like driving a car, with my company, I need to be able to do some light hauling.  I was looking at the RAV4, because it’s sporty, but I didn’t know that it was a 4-cylinder 😦  ??  My husband suggested the Ford Edge.  It’s a 6-cylinder, but it’s not very sporty looking and probably has more hauling space than I need.  My husband adds that, “You think that it has more space than you need.  You really don’t know what God has in store for you.”  But get this… the most responsive dealership has been the Ford dealer. AND GET THIS THIS!!!  They brought the car to my house and demo’d it in my driveway.  It drove really smooth and they even offered to let me keep it overnight!

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I am certain that what the Devil meant for evil, God has turned it around for my good.  I pick up my new car tonight!  Business is getting busy and my calendar is almost full for the next three (3) weeks. Coincidence?… I think NOT!  All things are going according to God’s plan.  I’ve tried to figure HIM out, but it just makes my brain hurt.  I’ve decided that it’s best that I not see my future, cuz I’d be like Daniel.  When God showed him the future, he fainted 3 times….. Lord, just continue to Order My Steps!

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.   Isaiah 55:8-9

“For we know that ALL things work together for good to those who love God , to those who are the called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28  

2015 is quickly approaching…

Most people believe that as a professional organizer, that I am always organized… I must say that I believe that I am more organized than most, however, I too must take time to re-organize.  Granted I try not to let it get too out of hand, but for me, it is very therapeutic to get organized so that I can be more productive and more efficient.  In spite of my very hectic schedule, it is important to invest time, in order not to waste time in the future.

I spent two (2) days last week putting things in Order!  I started with my closets and dresser drawers…

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Then I worked on my office…

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This is a project that I am working on for a client, who wants to get all her files in order for 2015.  She has a number of big projects for next year, so she wants to be prepared to work with a spirit of excellence and divine order, as God has ordained!

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Do you have a plan for 2015?  You do know that God has one for you, so I would suggest that you get prepared.  Take some time to put your things in Order and be ready to prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers….

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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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Blog Chill Day # 15

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I have a small prayer circle and we pray every Tuesday night.  We try to bring forth those things that the Holy Spirit has laid on our heart.  So one of our major topics recently has been “Don’t be discouraged!”, Don’t be distracted!”  It is amazing how the smallest or even big things will catch us off guard and throw us totally off track.  So we have to remember that God is always preparing us for the work that He has for us to do.

I had a small situation that seemed really BIG at the time and I got caught up in my emotions.  I really hates when that happens!!!  It was finance related and although I had caused the error (online bill payment, gone wrong!), I tried diligently to undo it, to no avail. So, my mind immediately went into overdrive when what I feared would happen, DID! I felt that I had to move fast and with each phone call I made, I was on the verge of tears.  The situation took me totally by surprise.  By the third phone call, which was to the bank, the lady was so nice and considerate, that I couldn’t help but smile.  The Lord had already told me earlier that morning to simply listen to His voice…. and He spoke to me ever so softly during that conversation.

God has to constantly remind me that I am going to make mistakes!(click link)… and I am just gonna have to get over it.  Remember, we will always be a work is process.  God is simply NOT through with us yet!  Please take a listen to the song….

 HAVE AN AWESOME WEEKEND!!!