Don’t Doubt, even if you don’t SEE the ram!

Today I am/was having an Abraham moment!  Although I KNOW, what I thought was beyond a shadow of a Doubt, that the Lord has given me an assignment to accomplish, during the past few days, my Faith has begun to wain…because I DON’T SEE the ram!

Allow me to explain… Back in January, I woke up with an idea to have an organizing workshop.  I’d conducted workshops before, but this one was different.  This event is truly more about ORDER.  I prayed that morning and the Lord said, “Plant the Seed”.  So I went to my bible and I came upon this scripture:

For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things.  Zechariah 8:12

So I set out to organize this workshop, which evolved into, “Ordering Your Steps: A Mother’s Perspective”, scheduled for May 12th.  I approached the speakers, who readily accepted and secured a venue.  Now I’m off and running!  I KNOW what the Lord said and All is Well!  I advertised, printed postcards, posted on Facebook and there was an enthusiastic response (I thought?!?!).  BUT THEN…Tickets started to sell and then STOPPED!!!!!!  

That was the end of February, which brings me to my Abraham, our Father of FAITH moment, sorta.  In Genesis 22, we are told that out of obedience to God, Abraham took Isaac, his only son, up one of the mountains in Moriah to offer him as a burnt offering.  Now I know that my workshop assignment doesn’t come close to sacrificing my son, but work with me :-/.  Abraham went up the mountain, knowing that the Lord had a plan, but he had no clue as to what would be the outcome, EXCEPT that they (he and Isaac) would be going back down the mountain… BUT Abraham did not know HOW!

And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.  And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I … And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. Genesis 22:10-11,13 

I could tell you of MANY situations, when the Lord stepped in right in the nick of time and I’m sure that you can too.  My situation at the moment is this Mother’s day event that I KNOW God told me to do.  BUT because of what I SEE, doubt and uncertainty have reared their ugly heads! 

Although I don’t SEE the ram, I know that the ram was on the mountain BEFORE Abraham and Isaac even got there.  In FAITH, I must SEE the ram, before I SEE it!  It’s a little more than a month away and I am going to see this event through…and even if the Lord doesn’t appear until my 11th hour and I’m just about to call it quits, I believe that the ram is already in the bush!

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If perchance, you’re interested! 😀

Ordering Your Steps: A Mother’s Perspective

 

A Shifting in 2018!

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The year 2018 is now only days away!  I’d suggest that we take just a quick glance back over 2017 and see how much our lives have changed.   The things that we’ve accomplished … or not, are totally dependent on our perspective! However, we’ve experienced almost 365 days (over 8,000 hours) of life, some days were challenging and others enlightening, but I pray that we have lived EVERY day to it’s fullness!

As a NEW year approaches, we must look beyond the Chaos of the world today and continue to focus to establishing more Order in our lives day by day.  In spite of what we see, we should move forward with Purpose, Determination and Expectation!

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I believe that we will continue to experience a “Shifting” in our lives in 2018.  Shifting is defined as changing, especially unpredictably.

IF we…

  • Keep our eyes open, so that we can avoid the distractions and move the barriers.
  • Walk through the doors that the Lord opens, but don’t try to push through the doors that He closes.
  • Plan for success, but don’t give up if we fail.  Just get up and TRY again!
  • Organize along the way (I am a professional organizer :-D) and Stay on Track…

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May you have a Blessed & Prosperous New Year!

Order Your Steps … 6 years in

It was very interesting looking back on my post from the First year(s) in Review of Order Your Steps!  We are now going into our 7th year and it’s been an AMAZING journey, thus far.

Here are a few highlights:

  • YES! The job is still VERY labor intensive !  😦

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I still LOVE my job!

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I’ve seen 100+ clients….

  • My most recent testimonial…

When I told my husband that I would be hiring a Professional Organizer to help me organize our home office, he thought it would be a total waste of money. I, however, was desperate.  I couldn’t walk into my office without climbing over heaps of paper and other random items.  The documents had been piling up for almost ten years and the office space was totally unusable.  READ MORE:  A Client’s Perspective II

  • I’ve written over 300 WordPress blog posts, over 900 followers, including Facebook and over 20,00 hits.
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One of my first WP post and the most LIKED!

  • The Lord has opened doors that may not have been opened otherwise.  Selling was not in the plan?? But working for ShelfGenie was truly a Blessing!  I resigned from ShelfGenie last June.  Unfortunately, it had become my “safety net”!?!? However, Arline, the former franchise owner and I are still the best of friends!  The Lord always has a purpose, although one that we may least expect.

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  • The Lord continues to provide me with a steady flow of OYS clients… and that one client that was my most difficult back in 2012 taught me the most about being about business!  The experience will always serve as a LESSON LEARNED!

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I am sooo excited about what my SEVENTH year will hold.  I am in awe of what God has done.  He continues to allow me to touch the lives of the people that He has ordained.  This is about SO much more than money, it about ministry!

Stay Tuned… There is A WHOLE LOT more to come!

 

“A Client’s Perspective”

In 2017, I’d like to begin a series called “My Journal, My Journey”.  My desire is to share the “Ordering Your Steps” process, from my client’s perspective.  My hope is for people to see the real value of restoring Order to our hearts, minds & homes.  So let’s begin….

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Carla.  I met Carla back in September and during our very first visit, Carla was pure, spiritual energy!  Although I was there to help her, she has inspired & encouraged me in so many ways.  Her testimony serves as another confirmation of the true purpose that the Lord Himself has ordained for me.

Here is “A Client’s Perspective”:

The initial thought of having an organizer come to my 2 bedroom apartment seemed like an absurd idea for someone (like most of us working parents may think), who “should” be able to handle/declutter on our own. However, it’s became obvious with each laundry session of mountainous loads of clothes to the constant appearance of the “Altar to the Paper Gods”, it was time for me to release my pride and give myself permission to receive help. Through this process with Candy, I found her method is simply to help create clarity with your participation in your environment and to show more possibilities of what your space can do for efficiency and organization purposes. In trusting my desire for a deep cleanse and purge of old and some new things with Candy, I find I’m no longer the proverbial “Bag Lady” and know what it feels like to pack light. My clutter stayed for as long as my judgment of it being there in the first place continued (I had to let that sink in my soul for a sec, soon as I let go, so did the clutter). Thank you Candy for reminding me to release in my timing and to see how all are interconnected in our life, home, etc. I am ever so grateful to Thema of THEWOMBSAUNA for connecting us and highly recommending you.   I will never forget this blessing of an experience!
Much Love & Appreciation, 

Carla

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Since I started Order Your Steps, it has been a journey and one that has only just begun. This journey, thus far, has truly been exciting, challenging, yet very enlightening experience.  I believe that our ministries/businesses are really a reflection of who we are and who we are to become.   A journey to show us, how are lives are meant to touch others and how their lives are meant to touch ours…. Our Steps are being Ordered!

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WISHING EVERYONE A BLESSED AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!!

 

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The Ramblings of a Professional Organizer ….

Garfield“I’m too busy to get organized!”  REALLY?!?!? ……That’s makes absolutely NO sense!  OK, I need to calm down… BUT, people just don’t understand that if we would take the time to get organized and put some semblance of Order into our lives, then we would have more time to enjoy what’s really important in life!

Let me explain… It is my true belief that disorder & clutter has a psychological effect on our productivity, stress level and overall state of mind.  As we enter another new year, things are hectic (as usual) and sort of out of control (again!).  Therefore, some of my clients are simply TOO BUSY for our organizing sessions and have postponed, in some cases, until the Spring …. which is kinda ok, IF we resume in Spring.  It is so frustrating for me, because I have seen their spaces and I know that if we could just get to Ordered Chaos, their lives would be so much better.

We must ask the questions, Are we just TOO busy to take a moment to breathe, Too busy to spend quality time with the ones we love or Is everyone on the run all the time?? Ultimately, life is too short and time is too precious to let it pass us by.  All I am asking is that we come out of the forest and see the trees …

For us to say that we are TOO busy to organize, is an oxymoron.  “What will it truly take to get our house in Order?”  Don’t try to eat the elephant, we can only take one small bite at a time…. the papers on the dining room table, our home office with files stacked high, the kids’ closet, the daily morning routine, family mealtime after work, or even finding quiet time (what’s that?!?!?)

Well, my moment of frustration has passed.  It means so much to me to help you to get there(?), whereever your Order is. It’s so logical to me.  I see it so clearly in my mind’s eye.  But I know that it is not an easy task.  It is extremely difficult to convey the concept of Divine Order to those that are in chaos.  But I will NOT give up!  I will continue to chip away at the clutter and disorder, one life at a time.  It is just that important to me. It is my mission, it is my calling.  So, March, April, and even May will get here soon enough….and hopefully, by then, at the very least, we will be able to see the trees!

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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Where is your Place of Peace & Serenity?

Do you wake up tired?

Do you wake up tired?

 

Do you have a place in your home where you feel peaceful & calm?  If not, you should have…. I often write about Peace in my blog posts, because I truly believe, that our lives should have Peace and Order!  Our lives should not be filled with Chaos ALL the time.

Most of my clients are women and we all need a place in our homes to simply rest, unwind and regenerate.  It has been my experience, that it’s our bedroom.  When my projects are to organize the whole house, I ALWAYS start with the bedroom. Now this post is by no means, to exclude men.  But again, in my experience, men find refuge in those places where they are not to be disturbed, i.e. their basement, man cave, study or yes, even the bathroom …. normally it’s not the bedroom .

Wife, mother, stay at home mom, hectic business woman/owner or all of the above, at some point, something has to give! We come home and there is no where to find Peace!  For some of us, we walk in our front door and the chaos hits us in the face. For others, our house looks really organized on the lower level, BUT, when you go upstairs, it is a whole different story.  Unfortunately, in many cases, our bedroom is the last place to get our attention, when in essence, it should be the first.

It's simply overwhelming!

It’s simply overwhelming!

Why?  Our dresser is a mess… we didn’t have time to even make our bed and there’s clothes everywhere!  When we are surrounded by chaos, it has a tendency to rob us of our energy. Chaos is the last thing we see before we close our eyes at night and the first thing we see in the morning.  It becomes extremely difficult to truly rest.  The clutter only adds to our daily stress and frustration.  NOT GOOD!  We need every bit of energy that we can muster, so I suggest that we start to organize our bedrooms first… a little at a time.  

Here are just a few suggestions:

  • I am a strong proponent of making our bed every morning.  I promise you, it will make a difference!
  • Keep the bed clear of all “stuff”, especially clothes.  Yes, you can put them on the chair, but only temporarily.
  • Don’t take the computer to bed.  We really shouldn’t work in bed, but I must admit, I am guilty of this at times.
  • Organize our night tables and dresser.
  • Then move on to the bigger projects like, our closet, bathroom, TV stand, dresser drawers, etc. etc. etc.
Your Peace makes all the difference!

Our Peace makes ALL the difference!

We really MUST have a Place of Peace and Serenity in our homes.  Do you have such a place and if so, where is it?  Please Share….