Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Weekend Getaway

This past weekend my husband and I had a weekend getaway to a lovely island on the coast of northern Florida. No meetings or schedule to follow--just sightseeing and exploring a different place! We drove around (yes, got lost a few times, but that's okay!), walked on the beach, explored the Historic District, and ate some wonderful food. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing a place we'd never seen before and not having to rush to be anywhere at a certain time. ~ After we arrived back home I was thinking about how important it is for everyone to take some time now and then to bask in God's creation. Relax and look around at the world the Lord has made for us. That also made me think about a passage in my Bible which tells about Jesus taking some time away from the crowds and busy-ness around Him. Since He was perfect but yet also needed time to be refreshed, we certainly need that time---because we are certainly not even close to perfection! I'm very thankful the Lord blessed my husband and me with that wonderful weekend. And...Lord willing---hope to enjoy more weekends like that one in the future! ~ The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Psalm 24:1

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Queen of Clutter

Over the years I've jokingly referred to myself as "The Queen of Clutter" ~ a "title" I'm not proud of! I used to say the reason for my packrat habits was due to the fact I was a school teacher. I'd look at items that others might toss and always say: Hey, maybe my students could make something from that! But since I had to retire from my teaching career (due to health reasons) the packrat habits have continued. Not to an extreme, but enough that it has begun to really bother me. So I've prayed about this (and yes, I've read numerous books on getting organized) and have decided that clutter will NOT control me! Life is too full of opportunities for productive and enjoyable activities to feel that clutter has a hold on us. ~ I realize that many folks don't have this issue---they are organized and have everything in its place, no stacks of papers, etc. I think that's wonderful, and I'd love to have those tendencies. But since my packrat gene is so dominant, I'll have to do the best I can. Many times I've been determined to organize closets and drawers, but this time I'm REALLY determined! ~ Are you an orderly and organized person, or do you struggle with clutter and packrat tendencies? ~ Let all things be done decently and in order. 1 Corinthians 14:40