What was known by my hostess was a mystery to me.
My eyes were adjusting to the dark, but just as I resolved to proceed without light I turned around and there was the switch!
Scripture portrays darkness as being anywhere God's presence is absent, and describes those who don't know Him as walking in darkness. Their spiritual eyes have adjusted to the darkness of life without God because that's all they've ever known.
Father, help me to be sensitive to those around me that are walking in darkness. Give me opportunities to introduce them to your Son, so they may know your tender mercy and experience the forgiveness you have so graciously shown to me.
Regardless of where we choose to begin, the key is to do the job thoroughly. That means taking EVERYTHING out of that drawer or off that shelf and starting from scratch. If we don't take it all out, we end up merely shuffling things around. By removing everything we can assess each item and determine if it stays, goes, or should be somewhere else.
Now we both have a cold.
Love comes at a cost - sometimes for the recipient, but most often for the giver.
A cold is a small price to pay to be with someone you love.
Jesus paid the ultimate price so that we could be with Him for eternity.
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. ~ John 15:13
Jesus laid down His life for us before we could be counted as His friends.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~ Romans 5:8
Except that we, too, are required to pay a price. We like to call Jesus our Savior and then go on living life as we please, but Jesus came to be our Lord and Savior. We like the idea of having a Savior, but how many actually accept Jesus as Lord of their life?
Lord - Supreme in authority, controller, master.
You are my friends if you do what I command. ~ John 15:14
Can you be considered a friend of Jesus?
- Start by opening everything. I like to use a letter opener because I feel it speeds up the process, not to mention that it saves wear and tear on my fingers. (Some people like to pitch junk mail without opening it, but if you do so you risk getting rid of something important – like a check - that just looks like junk mail.)
- As I open the mail I sort it into three piles - bills that need to be paid, other things that need to be dealt with in one way or another, and paper to be recycled.
- At top right of home page, click on “contact us”
- When asked to select what kind of user you are, choose “consumer” from the drop down menu.
- When asked to select the appropriate question, choose “I would like to be removed from your mailing list” and click on the “next” button.
- Enter the required information, click “send” and in 5-6 weeks those circulars will stop
- Click on the “Get Started” tab on the far right and type in the requested information.
- You can set up separate accounts for each person in your household, and list up to five versions of each name. YOU MAY WANT TO KEEP TRACK OF THE NAMES YOUR MAIL IS SENT TO BEFORE DOING THIS SO YOU CATCH ALL THE VARIATIONS.
- Call the toll free number you find in catalogs and ask to be removed from their mailing list. Even if it’s a number used to place an order, they’re still able to remove you from their list.
- Return the postage paid envelope to organizations looking for a donation. There’s no need to get nasty, just include the contribution slip with a request to be taken off their mailing list. I usually cross off the donation information just to make it clear that I’m not contacting them to make a contribution. Be sure to keep your contact information clear so they know who to remove.
- Start somewhere; the important thing is to just get going.
- Start now; the time we spend procrastinating could be better used actually doing something.
- Start small; break a large task into small segments.
- Start admiring - and keep it up!
What we focus on gets bigger.
That statement applies to all areas of life. It's easy to get discouraged and overwhelmed when all we see is what still needs to be done. Taking a moment to enjoy what we've completed gives us a sense of accomplishment and encourages us to keep going.
I've often joked that my goal in life is to have a clear kitchen counter.
I've often joked that my goal in life is to have a clear kitchen counter.A month ago I posted a photo of the clutter that was driving me crazy.
Ahhhh. I feel so much better now!
Now that I have it cleared, I can look at the counter when I get overwhelmed by the rest of the tasks before me and remind myself that I am making progress.
This counter is a big problem area for me; it's the place where things tend to land after entering my house.
This is where the keep it up comes in. Before I start on anything else, I tidy this area up so that it doesn't get away from me again. This way the clean areas stay clean, and slowly but surely I'm adding to the areas that are in order.
So take a moment, right now, and celebrate your hard work. Then, keep it up!!!
Congratulations on a job well done!