Changes that stick

I’ve been sucked into watching Hoarders on TV lately. As I was putting away dishes this evening, I thought about the changes I’ve been making to my health. (I vlog about it on my SparkPage). While I want to make all these good changes all at once, it’s just not realistic.

I don’t know if you’ve watched Hoarders, but one of the things they do is bring in a counselor and a home organizer. One to hand-hold through the emotional discussion, the other to orchestrate the beginnings of the clean-out. I have been really impressed by two things: 1) the home organizer insists that the hoarder is the one to make the final decision about whether to throw, give, or keep the items in question, and 2) a clean sweep of the house almost never “fixes” the hoarder.

So, as much as diet plans and quick fixes have the allure of being rescued from what ails me, when it comes down to it, if I’m not the one making the changes, then they’re not gonna stick.

Here’s to slow and steady changes that last….

Gratitude – August 2

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  1. Air conditioning
  2. The fun of planting flowers in the back yard – hoping to create a natural privacy screen
  3. The old Game Boy to keep a 4-year-old occupied during grocery shopping
  4. A solid weekend of getting stuff done, and getting exercise
  5. My hubby – I’m so blessed to not only love him, but like him!

If you’d like to join the gratitude community, stop on over at Ann V’s blog, Holy Experience

Good-bye Avedis…

Springbrook’s Avedis Pinner

June 26, 2000 – July 8, 2010


You were the best dog we have ever known.
We miss you.

BIG Silence

Yesterday was one of those “too busy living life to write about it” days, so NaBloPoMo took a hit. Yay! See ya later for today’s BIG post…

BIG Gratitude

Today was a BEAUTIFUL DAY!! The weather was close to perfect in my book!

Today, we reunited with an old friend, and made two new ones. It was a big day in my book. Something as simple as a snack and a chat closed the gap on a lot of years.

We also opened a new chapter of our lives as the in-laws settle into a new home. Watching J5 explore and declare his appreciation and approval kicked off the new era of going to “154”*!

As I contemplate this theme: “Big”, I realize I don’t really care for the word that much. I think I’m going with the idea of noting “the big stuff” that happens in my day. But often, the “big” stuff is really “little” stuff that I just really want to identify as significant.

I’ve managed to get TWO WHOLE DAYS posted…only 28 to go! Cheers!

*For those who don’t know J5 – he often identifies locations by their “numbers”, rather than by their purpose…

Spring Cleanup

rain on a window

There’s nothing like a grey and rainy day to trigger the need to clean!

Neighborhoods, rooms, clutter piles, noisy mind and spirit…

What would you want to clean today?

Photo of an open green field, blue sky, single tree.

Consistency

Oswald Chambers, in My Utmost for His Highest, for November 14

Beware of being obsessed with consistency to your own convictions instead of being devoted to God….There was never a more inconsistent being on this earth than our Lord, but He was never inconsistent with His Father. The important consistency in a saint is not to a principle but to the divine life. It is the divine life that continually makes more and more discoveries about the divine mind. It is easier to be an excessive fanatic than it is to be consistently faithful, because God causes an amazing humbling of our religious conceit when we are faithful to Him.

Multitude Monday – November 2

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I am restarting my participation in the Gratitude Community. It seems a fitting parallel with my November’s focus on Listening — taking note of things I hear and ways I am blessed.

And so I begin…

  1. The sound of my guys in the house…one counting over the monitor, the other yawning in his study. Contentment.
  2. Great weather (aka no rain) for the subdivision Halloween Parade which we have been planning for weeks.
  3. Finding books that speak God’s love in my ear, and hit me dead center in my heart
  4. The joy of organizational office supplies
  5. Discovering that listening is a lot less pressure than having the “right” things to say

(This was the post from last week…forgot to hit “Publish” Oops!)

Need

And my God shall supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory… – Phil 4:19

…Cherish need because it is part of our relationship to God and His Universe. God has planned to meet our every need, has created the need within us, so God can supply….
The Language of Letting Go, by Melody Beattie, p. 316

Seasons Change

I have owned several copies of Oswald Chambers’ book, “My Utmost for His Highest”. He seemed to be so legalistic, expecting more performance than I could ever muster.

But then a friend tweeted and posted a FB request that everyone read a particular entry. I did. And I’m hooked.

I will note that I have an updated version, which is much easier to read than the original.

My listening notes for today:

Faith by its very nature must be tested and tried. And the real trial of faith is not that we find it difficult to trust God, but that God’s character must be proven as trustworthy in our own minds.

– Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, October 31