Our “Moving Forward by Faith” Interview Series begins with “You’ve Finished College, Now What?” with Myiesha. You may be/know someone who has just finished college, undergrad or grad and their path may not be as clear as it once was… Please take a moment to listen to Myiesha’s journey and Be Encouraged!
Welcome to our 2021 Order Your Steps “Moving Forward by Faith” Interview Series! This year, we decided that in lieu of a virtual conference that we would present to you a variety of interviews that we hope will encourage, motivate and enlighten you or for you to share with someone you know.
Our series begins with interviews with three AMAZING young women, as their share their walk of Faith through this journey called Life! We invite you to take a break, set back, have a cup of coffee or tea … and enjoy the next few moments with Order Your Steps. We welcome your comments, thoughts and questions. We hope that you will actively interact with us and possibly share a bit of your story… Everyone has a story!
Topics on Self-Care, Wellness, DeCluttering Your Mind, Organizing Your Space, Before the Business Plan (for the entrepreneur in you!) and much, much more…
You don’t want to miss any of our upcoming interviews…
“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”
“Hello, Candy Speight, This is a brief note to let you know that one of our partners recently reported sales or downloads of your book. (One sale or download was reported.)”
SmashWords, your ebook, your way!
Wow! It’s 2021 and there’s been a 2ND download of my book. So you may ask, “Why are you so excited?”
As you may remember, in 2018, the Lord compelled me to write a book. Once the book was completed, the Lord revealed that the lessons learned were first of obedience, which is so very important, especially when it clearly makes no sense and second, He showed me ME. After that, if just ONE person gets something out of my book, it becomes a SUPER ABUNDANT BLESSING!
“The steps of a good man [woman] are ordered by the Lord and deligheth in his way”
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. The month of March has already passed and April is here. We are “Moving Forward by Faith” as we prepare for our period of renewal and attempt to restore a bit of Order to our lives. So now we need a 60-day plan… and then it will be Summer! Get the family to participate. Review the plan with them and get their support & buy-in (even though it may under duress :-D)…. and absolutely, have a BIG party when it’s done!
Ready, Set, Begin!
Days 1 thru 30 – Spring Cleaning **
Assess your physical space and determine three (3) major areas that require spring cleaning first and allot ample time to complete.
Assign small tasks to be completed over time.
Write down the plan, a realistic timeline and post it.
Yes, there is a difference between cleaning and organizing…
Days 30 thru 60 – Organizing **
Identify two (2) small areas that need to be decluttered and organized. For those areas that have some much stuff that we were unable to clean thoroughly.
We will need to sort & purge until the area is uncluttered. Then we can put everything into their proper place.
Are you just too tired to take another step? Tired of being isolated? Tired of being with/without family? Tired of being alone? Just Tired! I truly understand, however, we must take the next step. Why, you say? Because first, we can not stay in this spot and better yet, when we take the next step, the Lord will show us the next one.
Now we need to get some preliminary things out of the way…
You may not know the Lord. Well, for now, that’s ok, He knows you! You will just have to trust me on that. We will talk more about that later.
You may know the Lord, but you are not very happy with Him right now. Well, that’s ok too, because He knows that already.
Either way, we need to have a conversation with the Lord and let Him know that we’re going to take the next step and we need Him to show us just a little light, so that we can see the next one. Now, take the step, one foot in front of the other. Fairly simple!
No, not really… We will wake up tomorrow to a new day! … but we feel the same.
So here’s some advice:
Get up tomorrow when you wake up, try not to snooze and put your feet on the floor.
Turn off the phone or at least silence it for ONE hour. Please do not scroll! Everyone else in the world seem so happy????
Find a quiet spot and open the curtains to your new day. Rain or shine, it’s gonna be a Good day!
Open the window if possible, we can definitely use some fresh air.
Fix you a cup of coffee or tea, take a deep breath and now you are ready for your next step.
We’re Moving Forward by Faith… but it’s definitely not easy. Life may seem dark right and we can’t see what’s in front of us, but with each step we take, the Lord will light up the next one.
Thy Word is a Lamp unto my feet and a Light unto my path.
Last week, we talked about REIMAGINE, REFINE AND REENERGIZE, as we nagivate through this thing called Life and to Move Forward by Faith … taking One Step at a Time!
Last week, during my morning devotions, I asked the Lord; “What does it really mean to move forward by faith?” In Hebrews 11:1, it says that Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, but I needed the Lord to speak to my specific situation. While waiting for His response, I decided to read the March Devotions written by Ms. Angie Hyche, Education Director of the Faithful Organizers and owner of ShipShape Solutions. The title was “A Godly Perspective on Your To-Do List” and her scripture was from Galatians 5:25, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit”. I was absolutely amazed by God’s quick response. As a fellow professional organizer, Ms. Hyche spoke about how task-oriented we are and as such, we can not allow our to-do list to direct our day. We must listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and [in all things] glorify God.
“A successful day is one in which you have stayed in touch with Me, even if many things remain undone at the end of the day. Do not let your to-do list (written or mental) become an idol directing your life.”
Sarah Young, Author of Jesus Calling
Moving Forward by Faith means to seek the Lord’s Guidance and Direction with our Every step… One step at a time. Stay Tuned, there’s more to come…
It’s hard to believe that it’s March already. The 1st quarter of 2021 will be drawing to a close sooner than we think. I pray that you are well on your way into the 2nd year of a new decade! This is a year of “Moving Forward in Faith”. We may have had to… 1) REIMAGINE our vision; 2) REFINE our goals and 3) REENERGIZE our plans, but now we must keep Moving Forward in Faith. We may not be able to see the entire path, but with each step, the next step will become clearer.
As we discussed briefly last week, “Clutter does Matter”… Prior to the pandemic, I understood virtual organizing in principal, but not so much in practice. I’d always promoted my “hands on” approach to organizing, therefore, virtual organizing was an offering in my portfolio, if it was needed. As we all realized, in the midst of a pandemic, “virtual” has become a way of life. However, for my clients, who have worked with me in the comfort of their homes, just were not sure if organizing via FaceTime, ZOOM or any other virtual platform would work.
In February of 2020, I started working with Detra. Detra and I not only had great organizing sessions and had accomplished a lot, but, we also had some amazing conversations, as with all my clients. However, by the end of March, we were in the throws of a worldwide pandemic and the governor had enacted a stay at home order. Virtual organizing was no longer simply an offering, but the way I had to do business. Detra was very, very skeptical about virtual organizing until she decided to give it a try. So I’d like to invite you to sit back, get some coffee or a soft drink, relax and listen to her experience.
Although I realize that you may not have 30 minutes to spare, I believe that it will be time well spent .. and there may be a message or two, just for you.
Last week, we asked the question; “Does clutter in our physical environment of any kind, have an impact on the changes we attempt to make in our lives?”
… and the Answer is Yes!
Physical Clutter in our surroundings competes for our attention, resulting in decreased performance & productivity.*
Many people don’t realize that there is a physiology effect of clutter, which may result in:
Feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, or anxious.
Affects our relationships, our health, and our ability to enjoy life.
Creates a sense of hopelessness, and can even contribute to depression and other mood disorders.
In light of our continued climate of COVID, which requires extensive health and safety precautions, we would love to share with you our virtual organizing offerings. Next week, we will take a look at virtual versus on-site organizing…. Stay Tuned!