New Years ~~~Inside Out

Need some help getting started or a plan for your New Years Resolution this might help:
Start from THE INSIDE OUT~~~
Well Being
  •  Attitude:    Make a decision to be happy.Take out the trash in your mind and heart and fill it with Good

Ask for forgiveness and Forgive Others

Be willing to make changes

Lower your expectations on others and yourself

  • Adjustments:

Re-evaluate your priorities

Take better care of yourself to be able to care of others

Limit your activities

Be Active in each or your family’s life

Be able to ask for help

Make time for yourself

  • Guidelines:

Make Better Choices

Listen, Think, then Speak

Don’t Give Up

Love and Give without Expectation

Here are some Tips for Making New Years Resolutions ~ 

  • Start with setting your Resolutions NOT above and beyond your personal means.
  • Make Long Term Resolutions and Short Term Resolutions.
  • Be careful of the same Resolutions! Be cautious, evaluate if it is a tool for encouragement of a need for change.
  • Journal it. Great for looking back at all your accomplishments.
  • Share with family and friends for support and accountability.

REWARD YOURSELF for ALL EFFORTS

Enjoy the little things and enjoy each step you take with all of your New Year Resolutions!

7 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge – Day 6

Outdoor is just as rewarding as the indoor when it comes to Deep Cleaning!

Here are some recommendations:

  • Clean out your gutters.
  • Examine all exterior for damages. Wiring, windows, piping, paneling, decking, patio furniture etc…make a list and have items repaired right away. Small fixes now can save you a major expense or major damage.
  • Clean patio furniture and chairs.
  • Remove old potting plants, dead leaves and items that need to be trashed. Replace with new plants that are colorful, especially the entrance.
  • Weed front and back yard.  Fertilize with a weed and feed and then water yard.
  • Add fresh mulch to flowerbeds, tree areas and shrubs.
  • Trim trees, bushes and shrubbery.
  • Replace light bulbs or outside light sources.
  • Clean or replace doormats.
  • Clean any glass that you can reach. Allow the sun in!
  • Clean out your garbage cans, birdbaths, grills etc…
  • Sweep entrances, driveways and sidewalks.
  • Hand a current décor on your door or place in your yard.
  • Clean out your cars. Wash and wax for a maximum clean.
  •  For those that have a pool, or hot tub, or a pond, or other places, clean as usual.

Make some tea and brownies and enjoy the outdoors!

Summer Check List

SUMMER: Here is a basic Check List to help get started to make it the best Summer Yet!

About the House:

  • Think ahead to fall. Schedule furnace maintenance now and beat the October rush. You’ll be snug and warm that first cold night.
  • Pestpatrol: inspect yard and garden for carpenter ants or termites. Call an exterminator if you see signs of infestation. Beware of fire ants in the South! If you see telltale mounds, treat with grits or borax. Keep borax away from children.
  • Keep tabs on decks, siding and trim. Will you need to perform touch-up work before winter? Order paint and be ready for the first cooler days of early autumn.
  • Control garbage can odor with a can clean-out. Rinse garbage cans with a hose, dump the water, then spray with disinfectant. Let the cans sit for 10 minutes, then rinse again. Turn upside down to dry.
  • Inspect gutters, and clean out any leafy debris. Summer thunderstorms won’t faze you if your gutters are in good working order.
  • Make a safety inspection of children’s outdoor play equipment. Tighten loose bolts and cover with plastic protectors.
  • Late summer is a slow time for home maintenance and cleaning companies. Look for summer discounts from carpet cleaners, gutter installers, and window washing firms, and get the jump on fall cleaning!
  • Prepare the medicine chest and first aid kit for summer’s little medical emergencies. In the bathroom, dispose of outdated medication as recommended by local health authorities. Be sure the first aid kit has ample adhesive bandages for scrapes, calamine lotion for insect bites, and hot/cold packs for strains or sprains. Print a first-aid kit checklist for your Household Notebook.
  • Make an emergency list for baby-sitters and school kids on vacation. Print an emergency numbers page to post by each household telephone. Include phone numbers for the fire department, police, poison control, and ambulance. Don’t forget numbers for parents at work, a family contact, and nearby neighbors. Be sure to write the home address on the list; it will aid rescuers if help is needed.
  • Print vacation packing lists for family travel. Include one list for each family member. Between vacation trips, store the lists inside the luggage or add them to your Household Notebook.
  • Tackle patio and sliding door tracks. Summer is open-door season, so be sure your doors open smoothly. Grab a bottle of all-purpose (degreasing) cleaner, a screwdriver and lots of rags. Spray the tracks generously and let sit for a few minutes to soften. Wrap the screwdriver with a rag, and make several careful passes along the track to get out the gunk.
  • Check washing machine hoses. Replace them if you find cracks or bulges–or if they’re over two years old.
  • Hold a garage sale. Declutter house and garage to turn cash to trash.

The Inside Story:

  • Late summer is a slow time for home maintenance and cleaning companies. Look for summer discounts from carpet cleaners, gutter installers, and window washing firms, and get the jump on fall cleaning!
  • Prepare the medicine chest and first aid kit for summer’s little medical emergencies. In the bathroom, dispose of outdated medication as recommended by local health authorities. Be sure the first aid kit has ample adhesive bandages for scrapes, calamine lotion for insect bites, and hot/cold packs for strains or sprains. Print a first-aid kit checklist for your Household Notebook.
  • Make an emergency list for baby-sitters and school kids on vacation. Print an emergency numbers page to post by each household telephone. Include phone numbers for the fire department, police, poison control, and ambulance. Don’t forget numbers for parents at work, a family contact, and nearby neighbors. Be sure to write the home address on the list; it will aid rescuers if help is needed.
  • Print vacation packing lists for family travel. Include one list for each family member. Between vacation trips, store the lists inside the luggage or add them to your Household Notebook.
  • Tackle patio and sliding door tracks. Summer is open-door season, so be sure your doors open smoothly. Grab a bottle of all-purpose (degreasing) cleaner, a screwdriver and lots of rags. Spray the tracks generously and let sit for a few minutes to soften. Wrap the screwdriver with a rag, and make several careful passes along the track to get out the gunk.
  • Check washing machine hoses. Replace them if you find cracks or bulges–or if they’re over two years old.
  • Hold a garage sale. Declutter house and garage to turn cash to trash!

More Summer Creative Cleaning coming soon!

The CHRISTmas Sign

Twas the night before Christmas and throughout the land,

People were kneeling and all holding hands…

Their world had been shattered with violence and hate,

They gathered each praying that it wasn’t too late.

In Churches and Mosques and prayer line and on the phones,

Synagogues and Temples and small private homes…

The idea started with one little girl, who wished for one prayer, from all of the world.

Every one of God’s Children from each different nation, United for one hour of prayer and dedication.

The girl told her best friend, who then told her teacher, who the following Sunday shared the idea with her preacher.

From there it just snowballed with flyers and speeches, commercials on TV, and everywhere radio reaches!

Someone sent an email that burned up the wire; it raced around the internet like an uncontrollable fire. From computers to cell phones, faxes through cyberspace, the World Wide Web was overwhelmed as it continued to race!

The Date was decided for most seemed to believe that this magical hour, should take place Christmas Eve. For surely if the planet could somehow unite in prayer, God would hear us on this most special of nights…

They gathered in stadiums, town cafeteria and halls, school gyms and chat rooms, each filled wall to wall. All of Europe’s great cathedrals were filled to overflowing, never before in all history there had been such a showing. Spain, Portugal, Singapore, Greece, Kenya, and Paraguay, Rome, Chile, Columbia, the good olds USA!

Exactly at 10pm the service would start. The little girl with a dream would say a prayer from her heart, in a tiny little church hall, where the girl usually prayed. Microphones and speakers were wired, her words would be relayed, to the very ends of this planet and then back again. The whole world could join her praying for Peace to all mean!

The small girl stepped slowly in front of the crowd and all the satellites and cameras made the static so loud. Then a great hush fell over all those gathered there; the world held it’s breath as she started her prayer…

DEAR GOD, UP IN HEAVEN~PLEASE HEAR US TONIGHT. LET YOUR ANGELS FLY DOWN AND SHOW US YOUR LIGHT! PLEASE STOP ALL THE HATRED, HELP US MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE AS TONIGHT WE ALL PRAY WITH ONE SINGLE VOICE…SHOW US THE WAY GOD, TO LIVE IN PEACE AND TO SHARE ALL WE HAVE WITH OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS, EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE…AND GOD, ONE MORE THING, IF YOU HAVE TIME AND COULD YOU SEND US SOME SORT OF SIGN? IT WOULD DO PEOPLE GOOD IF THEY HAVE DOUBTS, THEY CAN BELIEVE. THIS WOULD BE A GOOD LESSON FOR THIS CHRISTMAS EVE!! SO PLEASE TELL THE ANGELS TO BRING PEACE DOWN TO MEN LIKE THEY DID THAT FIRST CHRISTMAS SO LONG AGO……AMEN!!!

When the girl had finished there was not a sound…all over the world only silence was found. Then suddenly a voice in the back cried out, “Look-up, there near the ceiling.” And that was all it took…Every eye in the world…For the cameras still rolled and glanced quickly upwards as they’d been told…High over head everyone could see Innumerable flickering balls of light.

The entire world stood spellbound at this miraculous sight! Then as people watched in awe, each glowing orb changed to a dove…The universally accepted symbol of God’s undying love! A gasp spread quickly through the all, the electronic feedback was the same…reports of the doves from around the world, as each country checked in by name…The beautiful birds were everywhere, radiating warmth and peace! This was the sign the girl asked for, so that doubt would finally cease!

She clapped her hands quite merrily for she was unable to keep still, delighted with this wonderful show of God’s great and loving will! Wonderful exclamations, songs of praise, such a loud and joy-filled noise cause the rooftops all to raise!

That night knew no division; there was no rank or class, just the whole wide world as one, in PEACE~at last!

This may be another pretty story to you, but it is a true reminder that God is God and if you believe, Christmas is still CHRISTmas!!!

May God give you Peace and a sign as he Blesses you this CHRISTmas~May God fill you with Joy, Hope and Dreams in the year to come!!!

Teach CHRISTmas

The door opened and Santa walked in! The toy bag was bulging at the seams!  The children’s faces beamed with anticipation of what was inside…was there a toy for them?

As Santa opened the bag, clapping, cheering and smiles were in the air. No toys came out of the bag, just a tray full of holiday snacks. Santa set the tray on the table and told everyone, “Eat and be Merry! Rejoice in the goodness of the Lord.”

Then, Santa asked everyone to come close so that they could see what was in his bag.

He first pulled out a FIR TREE and placed in the middle of the room. Then Santa said with a smile, “The pure color green of the fir tree stays green all year round, no matter what the world does. All the needles point toward heaven, resembling the thoughts we should have every season. The shape of the tree is like a triangle which represents the Trinity-Father, Son and Holy Spirit”

The room got quiet and everyone just watched in a puzzled way, what Santa was pulling out now.  It was a Star that shined so bright. “This star is a symbol of the heavenly sign of all promises from long ago that still remain today. God promised a Savior for the world, and the star, lead the world to understand that God’s promise was fulfilled.”  Santa said proudly, as he placed it at the top of the tree.

Now everyone got real quiet , sat down and, all eyes were on Santa. What was to come?

Santa then reached in the bag again and pulled out a CANDLE. “Christ is the light of the world,” Exclaimed Santa, “It is Christ Jesus that displaces the darkness.” He quickly pulled out streams of lights and put them on the tree. “Lights also remind us and those around us, that we may be, the only Jesus others see. For we are to be the light to others, just as Jesus is our light.”

No one made a sound but continued to looked at the bag. Once again, Santa reached in the bag and diplayed another surprise. This time he removed a WREATH and placed it on the tree. “Eternal love: real love that never ceases or fails. That is the continuous love that surrounds us through Christ.” Santa said boldly. He also pulled out round ornaments, placed them on a tree and said, “Ornaments are round with no beginning or end. For God is eternal.”

The CANDY CANE was revealed next. Santa hung it on the tree and said, “For God is our good Shepherd. He brings us back when we stray and holds us when we are weak. We know his voice and so it is HE that leads and we that follow.”

This time Santa reached in his bag to gently bring out an ANGEL. “We are to remember that the angels brought forth the glorious news of our Saviors birth. “Glory to God in the Highest, on earth peace, and good will.” Santa sang.

Then to everyone’s surprise, Santa pulled out an ornament of HIM-SELF and announced, “I am just a symbol that is over stated.  However,” with humility he continued, “I have asked for repentance and received forgiveness, and in doing so, I have learned to be an example of God’s generosity.”  A tear ran down his check ….and then…he continued.

He cleared his throat while he pulled out another item from his bag. A HOLLY LEAF was shown. “Immortality!” Santa said strongly.  “The crown of thorns worn,by our Savior, and the berries are a reminder of the blood that was shed.”

A beautifully wrapped GIFT was pulled out of the bag next. “God gave his only son as the Best Gift and true miracle of Christmas. Thanks to God that he loves us so much, he gave up his most beloved.” Santa said heart fully. “Wise men brought gifts to honor the Holy baby; so we give gifts to honor the same Spirit as the wise men.”

Then suddenly there was a soft twinkling sound….Santa’s hand pulled out a bell and rang it.  “Not only do we rejoice in the joys of jingles but we are to listen like lost sheep for the guidance of God until he returns.”

The bag was empty and all were amazed at what they had heard and seen. One would think that there would be much disappointment with no one getting a gift, but there was singing and praising the Lord. Gifts come in all sorts of ways when they are from the heart. Toys became a thought of the past, and  the focus was on the TRUE spirit of Christmas!

Santa looked at the tree and all the things around the tree, along wiht all of the children and families laughing~he was pleased.

His final words were not “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night”, but with a smile of compassion Santa said, “Remember that Christmas is a time of celebrating Hope and Light! Joy and life!  My hearts desire is for you NOT to put me in the center of your celebration-for I am just a humble servant of the ONE who IS!  I bow down to worship God the Creator, Jesus my Savoir, and Lord of my Life.”

 

“May God Bless you all, and to all, a Merry CHRISTmas!”

Thanksgiving!

What are you THANKFUL FOR?
As time passes I find that I am more and more thankful of the life I have. Things are not always perfect or go my way or even come about in the timing I would like, but I have learned that sometimes unanswered prayers, waiting awhile, or going through difficult times are “The Blessing.”
Seasons in my life allow me to see the real me~refining, learning, growing, and sharing. Looking at situations in a better attitude and realizing that I am worthy is the peace I have come to know.
Truly surrendering my life and trusting completely in God has brought me so far~I do not blame anyone, I forgive everyone and I love unconditionally. Even though there are times I fail, I am forgiven. I get back up and continue to strive to be more and more like Christ.
I am so Thankful that God had a plan to save me ~ I am so Thankful that Jesus took my place on that cross and bore my sins so that I can be forgiven.  I am so Thankful that on the Third Day, Jesus rose from the grave.  I am so Thankful that I have a Hope and a Future, a purpose with worth. I am so Thankful that I serve a risen Savior!
Sometimes it’s about losing in order to gain~fighting for something even though you are alone in your stance~helping others even when you are in need yourself~being available to serve without expectations~and trusting in the truth even when you can’t see the future.
I am so Thankful for a living God that does not give up on me.  Who loves me and cares for me deeply! A God that is true to HIS word ~ who provides all my needs!
I am so Thankful for the Blessings God has given me~My Husband who loves me for who I am and is my best friend. A son that I adore and is a reminder that God keeps his promises. A daughter that brings me joy with a passion for pursuing dreams. Family that support us. Friends in all walks of life, and a home full of memories to last a lifetime.
I am so Thankful that I live in a country that was founded on Freedom with Christian Values. For the sacrifices of the Pilgrims first winter, that because of their hope to survive on just corn, to our men and women in the service today, fighting for our country. For the people who harvest not only their lands but theirs hearts to make communities strong and keep our land bountiful. For the ones that have gone before us to inspire and lead us to a blessed future. But most importantly for my own family, the love they have for me sweetens my life everyday.
It’s not about money, things that I have, thngs I have done or said, or any recognition. Those things are only temporarly and do not hold much value of life. It is the close realtionships established with people that have become important to me.  I want to leave a legacy, so that when one follows that they do not follow in vain.
Thanksgiving to me is about sharing your life! Where, When, With what food, or What you wear is not relevant in my book. It’s WHO you share it with, and what you GIVE,  EVERY DAY in EVERYWAY that becomes a Blessing!
May God Bless You and Your Families in a very special and real way this Thanksgiving!
“DO NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT ANYTHING, BUT IN EVERYTHING BY PRAYER AND PETITION, WITH THANKSGIVING, PRESENT YOUR REQUESTS TO GOD. AND THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH TRANDSENDS ALL UNDERSTNADING WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS IN CHRIST JESUS.”  Phillippians 4: 6-7
Something Yummy to Share:
Thanksgiving Blessing Mix
  • Bugles brand corn snacks-cornucopia shape (Horn of Plenty) a symbol of our nations abundance
  • Pretzels-(Arms folded in Prayer) freedom sought by those who fought for our country
  • Candy Corn-(Pilgrims first winter) food was scare and survived on corn
  • Nuts or Sunflower seeds-(Promise of a future harvest) when seeds are planted we will harvest
  • Dried fruits-(Gifts) our Beautiful and Bountiful Land
  • M&M’s-(Sweet Memories) of those who died before us and those serving to lead and keep our country FREE
  • Hershey’s Kisses-(Love) the unconditional love from our family and friends that sweetens our lives
Mix a portion of each ingredient in bowl-serve and enjoy!
Happy Thanksgiving

Speed Cleaning Tips For the Holidays

1. Clean as you go
2. Rinse off plates and glasses, then immediatly put in the dishwasher. (use paper plate and cups often.)
3. Wipe up microwaves, stoves, and floors immediatly when spills occur.
4. Put several trash bags in the bottom of the trash can to quickly empty and refill.
5. Keep alcohol wipes, or paper towels with a spray bottle of vinegar and water mix, in cabinets, for a qucik clean for the mirrors, sink, toilets, countertops etc…
6. Hang or put up clothes right after the dryer stops.
7. On items consumed alot, but 2 instead of one, so that you do not run out as fast. Ex. toliet paper or eggs.
8. Keep a jar or small basket, for cell-phone-change-keys-sunglasses, in a space of convienence for going and coming, so that you won’t forget them.
9. Set out items needed for cleaning in one place.
10. Toss out junk mail, old reciepts, or trash asap.
11. Clean air filters often-helps with allergies and your bill.
12. Put up appliances from countertops, not used in 2-3 months. Clean first so when used next time-makes it nice.
13. Before going to bed, do a quick pick up, straightening, and sweep. Also, get clothes or other items ready for the next day.
14. Have a sense of humor and get your family involved.

**Keep positive and reward yourself for the things you do!**