Monthly Archives: January 2011

do it anyway

so, i have been doing pretty good with my whole housework thing. my sink is still shiny, my laundry is never more than half a load, my dishes are put up, my living room is clutter free…

so this week i’m going to try really hard to do a few things everyday…

Morning:

-get dressed

-reboot laundry

-quiet time

-make bed

After Work:

-daily chore (today is vacuuming)

-15 min decluttering

Before Bed:

-fill up nalgene for work

-shine sink

-wash face

 

i will keep you updated on how all this goes for me. >fingers crossed<!

 

as to the title of this blog, last wednesday in small group, riley cole read a poem by mother teresa that really spoke to me. Here it is…

 

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

And it really hit me today when I read about Hannah in the Bible. She was barren and her sister-wife had many children. Her husband adored her, but she was picked on by others. One day she went to the temple to pray, and the priest there saw her. He saw her lips moving but no sound coming out, and she was weeping. he thought she was drunk and rebuked her! she told him she was simply “praying out of her heart”. the priest was so moved that he blessed her.

When you praise our Father, sometimes people are going to think you’re drunk! or crazy, or a biblethumping, nutbag, hypocritical Jesus freak.

Praise Him anyway.

 


spiritual amnesia

the weather kind of sucks today. nope, i amend that statement: the weather sucks to drive in. if i was staying at home all day or, heck, at work all day i’d be fine. but driving in it means going 20 mph for 10+ miles. UGH!

 

Well God took that time to really speak to me this morning. I was driving and listening to Air1, and just worshiping Him. then this blurb came on and the guy was talking about how great God is. How He doesn’t need to do anything more for us to be worthy of our endless praise. Everything He has done for you in the past and is doing currently, is ENOUGH. I would say more than enough, but sometimes when we (or just me) use[s] intangible statements like that, things seem to not connect. The man on the radio said we need to not let “spiritual amnesia” block us from giving God His rightful praise.

Wow this convicted me. How many times have I asked God for the thing I desire without remembering all He has already done for me. He ┬áhas over and over again provided for me. He provided for me to go to China, He protected my heart until I met Nathan, He lead me faithfully through my engagement and early marriage, led me to a wonderful couples small group, gave me my students who continually challenge me in my leadership and christian walk, a wonderful spiritual leader and friend for a mother-in-law…. the list goes on and on with all the wonders my God has given to me. Of course, as a human, I will continue to want things. But my heart doesn’t need to be grumpy when I don’t get it. He is God, He is everything.

Because of the overwhelming proof of His power in my life, I will praise Him.


keep it rolling!!!

day 7! here is my current ritual:

Morning:

-get dressed

-2 min hot spot (meaning i clean up clutter from one spot for 2 mins)

-reboot laundry (this week i go into work late, so i will start a load every morning, finish it every evening)

After Work:

-finish laundry

-15 min declutter (clean for 15 mins straight)

-dinner

Before Bed:

-shine sink

-2 min hot spot

-wash face

 

eventually i will work up to more, but for now, i’m just going to try and keep it rollin!

 

this past weekend i travelled with my inlaws to ardmore to attend a dear friend’s funeral. the priest who performed my wedding, Father O’toole, passed away. so not only was it a catholic funeral, it was a priest’s funeral! well it was just a beautiful way to celebrate this man’s life! we had a wake and a rosary sunday night and people from the parish got to go up and talk about him, then the family came over to where we were staying and we spent time in community with them, laughing and remembering. the funeral itself was just beautiful and to see 30 some-odd priest from all over oklahoma and the archbishop performing communion was a sight to behold! God was all over that place and Father O’Toole’s life was shining all around. he will be dearly missed and wonderfully welcomed into heaven!


day two

okay, so i’m officially on day two of the flylady’s, um, idk….flight path?

when i got home from work yesterday, i took a look at my sink and discovered yesterday’s dirty dishes still there. my heart sunk. i politely asked my husband do clean them and he did perfect! so i took the dish drainer out and put it under the sink, then filled both sides with very hot water and a cup of bleach. while it was sitting, i noticed my garbage disposal leaking. just great. well, i took some towels out, cleaned that up, told nathan to put in a service request to the apt manager, and drained my sinks. i was supposed to let them sit for an hour, but it ended up being only 10 minutes or so. but i guess that was enough! they only took a little bit of scrubbing to shine! i took an old toothbrush, soaped it up and got all the creases and the faucet. i didn’t know that rust could come up so easily, but it did! i rinsed and dried it out with some paper towels, windexed and wiped and it just sparkled.

and it really did make me feel accomplished, like i could get my whole house clean and keep it clean.

so before bed, i began my first ritual:

Evening:

-shine the sink

 

this morning, the task was to get dressed to laceup shoes. well, i had to go to work, so that was a given. i think i was supposed to put on makeup and fix my hair, but my hair went in a pony tail and the makeup is not there since i was up all night coughing and woke up with 15 mins to get ready. i will be better tomorrow :0)


New Year, New Habits

Hello world! I have always been a project kind of girl. i love seeing something to completion and the impact that it has on my life and other’s lives. something as simple as when i started crocheting last september. not only did i get to make everyone christmas presents, but now i AM a crocheter. i possess the knowledge to take fiber and turn it into clothing. and when my aunt robyn and i started running. it sucked at first, but now we ARE runners. it changed who we are and turned us into something new.

I think that is why when nathan and i started Dave Ramsey, i immediately fell into it hardcore. there is something kind of rebellious about being debt free and being able to retire early perhaps and live above the norm. even more, to have enough money to give a gift that changes the course someone is on. we both dream of that day. but to be able to start 1-1-11, saying to myself: “I will be debt free by the end of the year” and changing everything my life has been about the past 7 years… that’s something great and human and… addictive.

So, feeling like i need more, i stumbled upon this little website: flylady.net. she talks about changing one thing, until it becomes a habit, and in the process, decluttering your house and making your day efficient. can’t you just imagine, i’m all goo goo eyes for it!

 

so here we go, i intend to follow through with this as much as i can, picking myself back up when i fall down, and pushing through. changing myself, once again, into something new.

and i hope to blog as much as i can about it (just add it to my list lol)

 

DAY ONE: SHINE YOUR SINK

seeing as how i’m at work, i will do this when i get home, and report on it tomorrow!