Last year, Order Your Steps hosted an absolutely AWESOME workshop entitled “DeClutter Your Mind” and as I was going through our videos, this particular message “Silencing the Noise” by Jewelle Daquin is so appropriate to help us to cope with our challenges of today.
(Please note: We are not videographers, so you may have to turn up the volume. )
On April 27th, Order Your Steps held our 2nd Annual Women’s Workshop entitled “DeClutter Your Mind”. Our minds are so often overflowing with thoughts of what we’ve done, what we should have done or what we have to do! The workshop focused on helping us to acknowledge our feelings and emotions in a more productive and effective way. We had three AWESOME speakers that shared with us some tips on Mental Wellness as well as to dispel some misunderstandings regarding Mental Health. The event was AMAZING! Here are a few key points that our speakers wanted us to remember.
“Pearls of Wisdom”
Evangelist Kim Hines started us off with our inspirational message, “I AM THE HEALED”. She wanted us to hold fast to these thoughts:
1. Trust the promises of God. If God promised it in His Word, then believe that it will come to past!
2. Trust the process! My expectation and time frame of my healing process was longer than expected, but I refuse to lose faith!
3. In everything give praise. Although, I am still faced with the challenges of a total knee replacement, I have not failed to give thanks for my complete healing. Believing that whatever we do through, that it will be for our good and His glory! Clear the negativity! God has this!
Ms. Jewelle Daquin is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a passion for combining her love for Christ and her dedication for mental health awareness. She spoke to us about “Silencing the Noise”. She wanted us to remember these words of wisdom:
1. Noise for a Christians has severe implications. For a Christian, noise is anything that distracts you from hearing the voice of God.
2. Noise can be both internal and external. Internal noise are the thoughts that we rehearse that prevent us from moving forward. Feelings of doubt, fear, and insecurity are examples of internal noise. External noise are the things we hear in our environment. This could be people, music, TV, social media, conversations etc.
3. Our frequency determines our volume. How often we plug-in to things determines how loud it is. If you plug into God often, His voice will be the loudest. If you plug into the things of the world more, that will be the loudest thing you hear. We renew our minds and silence the noise by tuning into God frequently.
Dr. Sadie John, Christian Clinical Counselor, who has spent a major portion of her life in service to others, both personally and professionally. She enlightened us on “Coping with Mid-Life Challenges”. She left with us these pearls of wisdom:
1. If we learn God’s principles for life, we will be equipped to handle every issue that arise, whether large or small.
2. Life changes are inevitable. If we learn to cope with change, we’ll lower our risks for anxiety and stress.
3. Examine every thought that tries to stay in your mind, because how we think, affects how we live our lives.
We all were truly blessed by what we heard. We pray that you will revisit these thoughts periodically, especially when Life becomes Overwhelming and your Mind become Cluttered!
We are truly looking forward to our 3rd Annual Ordering Your Steps Women’s Workshop in the Spring of 2020, entitled “Birthing Your Dream”… Stay tuned for more info. You don’t want to miss it!
As I was preparing content for my blog and most recently for my new eBook; Order, Organize & Obedience, my lovely daughter, Mya, had agreed to write “TheOrganizing Story” for me. In addition, this story is a great lead in for my 2nd Annual Order Your Steps Women’s Workshop: DeClutter Your Mind, Coming in April. So please allow me the pleasure of presenting to you, none other than my own daughter, Ms. Myiesha.
Although she is not aspiring to become a world renowned author, she has been an avid writer since she was ten and self-published her first book “Last Look Back” at the age of 21. Myiesha is currently attending Graduate School at University of Maryland pursuing a Master’s degree in Library Sciences. Shehas also graciously agreed to pen “The Organizing Story”, a creative work of fiction to further illustrate the Psychology of Clutter.
So without any further ado, enjoy “The Organizing Story”….
“I’d like to explain how I work”, Rhonda said. She was having a sit-down with her newest client, Mariah Kellar. Rhonda is a professional organizer and usually liked to have a conversation before she began. “But first, would you consider yourself an organized person?” She asked Mariah.
Mariah took a moment to think about it. “Um,” She said. “I don’t know…yeah…maybe…yes! Definitely yes~”
Rhonda smiled at the woman’s indecisiveness. She was used to people being unsure about their organizing habits. After so many years as an organizer, she had seen people at every level of organization and she knew how to effectively help them proven in her 100% success rate. The reason for her success was simply because she was no normal organizer. “Organized? Well, there’s only one way to find out,” She said. “Let’s have a look see, hmm?”
Mariah was confused. “I don’t think I understand.”
“Give me your hand,” Rhonda said. Mariah eyed Rhonda warily, but put her hand in Rhonda’s anyway. “Please take a deep breath and close your eyes.” Mariah did as she was told. She was beginning to get worried that her time was being wasted. Rhonda was known as the best in her field, but for what Mariah was paying, she wouldn’t be able to afford it if Rhonda was wasting time. A few minutes passed and it seemed that nothing was happening. Mariah opened her left eye to take a peek, but to her surprise, Rhonda was gone.
“Wait, where’d you go?” Mariah asked, looking around annoyed. She definitely deserved a refund if all Rhonda was going to do was play hide-and-seek.
“I’m in here,” Rhonda yelled. She added, “And I don’t appreciate that last statement, I don’t do refunds. Good Lord, it’s a disaster area in here.”
“What?! Where’s here?” Mariah asked.
“I’m in your mind, Mariah, and I’ve got to say, you’re not organized at all,” Rhonda said.
“How can you say that? I’m not perfect, but I’m not a slob.”
“I know better than that. Just because you look organized on the surface doesn’t mean you’re an organized person. If the state of your mind is of any indication, I have my work cut out for me. Goodness gracious, when’s the last time you cleaned up in here?”
“Well, excuse me.” Mariah replied. “I’m not really sure how to clean up something I can’t get to. Besides you don’t understand, I’ve got a LOT going on”
“Good thing you called me then. You see, organizing begins in the mind. You need to get your mind in order first before you can begin organizing your space. You have to start getting rid of the things you’ve been holding to. Pick your priorities. Pick what’s really important to you and just let go of the rest.”
“You make it sound so easy.”
Rhonda chuckled. “It’s not, but it has to be done. I can’t organize your area if your mind is cluttered with things you don’t need. If I don’t start with your mind, it makes my job a lot harder because there’s no guarantee you’ll keep up with the order. If there’s no order to your brain, I’d be wasting my time organizing the rest of you. Does that make sense?”
“Yeah,” Mariah said and she understood how Rhonda became the best.
“Excellent,” Rhonda said, rolling up her sleeves preparing for the feat ahead of her. “Let’s get to work, shall we?”
Available for Pre-order, scheduled for release in June, 2019.
Over the next several months, we will be sharing info on “DeCluttering Your Mind”! Unfortunately, as women, we don’t always acknowledge to ourselves that we get tired of trying to keep all of the many balls of life that we juggle in the air on a daily basis! As we begin another journey of Ordering Your Steps, please share with us the number of hours of RESTFUL sleep that you get each night….