Order for Life

I started working and getting ready for Thanksgiving and a friend came over so we could work on her etsy.com site. One of the things to do before Thanksgiving according to Regina Leeds, One Year To An Organized Life, is to clear the kitchen table completely. Then, put everything from the counter tops onto the cleared table and only return the essential utensils and appliances back onto the counter. That way, there is plenty of room for food preparation on Thanksgiving Day.

Regina Leeds book on “getting completely organized for good,” part of her sub-title, was copyrighted in 2008 and published by MJF Books, New York, NY.

For the last two days I planned on clearing my table, but I’ve been typing, baking for a commitment, being at church with my husband as he counseled a female from our church, doing housework, a few other responsibilities, and a little bit of leisure for balance.

It’s amazing how quickly I cleared the table when I knew she’d be arriving. Now I can clear the counters in a snap and get ready for our company.

I like to read books on time management and organization because that’s not my forte. I usually get some piece of advice from each one that I can begin to do. A good friend of mine told me when she goes into her basement, she always looks for something that needs to go down there so she can do two things at once. The same for going upstairs.

So, I’ve done that for years. If I forget and have to make an extra trip, I don’t mind. I consider it exercise. I park my car far from the store entrance when the weather isn’t harsh, to work extra steps into my day.

Being a writer, I need to move around since it’s a sedentary occupation.

I told the young mom today to do herself a favor and squeeze in time in her day, early on if possible, to read the Word. Even if it’s only 10 minutes, it’ll help her connect with God and set the tone for her day. At Friday morning Bible study, we moved to read the first two chapters of Colossians. I love that book because it talks of the deity of Jesus Christ.

In chapter 3 it tells us we are seated in heavenly places now, if believers and followers of Jesus Christ. The Bible gives us so much to chew on.

When I take time for God first, not only does He clarify my thinking, but I work through my list of priorities more efficiently. He clears my sleepy head and opens the door for continued communication throughout the day.

He is a good God, even though I’ve had non-believers wish He didn’t give them free will. They couldn’t believe in Him at that moment in time.

I always counter with the statement, “He wants us to love Him back; He didn’t want robots.”

Anyway, I hope that as you are preparing for Thanksgiving and Christmas and any other celebrations that are unique to you and/or to your culture, that you will consider talking to God and possibly ask Him to order your life. In Genesis, He tells us that He created us all in His image.

May God bless you.

Time is Precious

Wayfair.com’s delightful picture of an antique clock:

Nutcracker Figure Clock

I had a birthday and the older I get, the more interested I am in doing things that have value. I enjoy a game on my cell phone, but sometimes afterwards I feel like I wasted valuable time. I know some folks that are older than I am. They can’t read as well from failing vision, or they can’t type as well from carpal tunnel syndrome. I don’t want to spend valuable time wasting assets that I can’t guarantee will be there tomorrow.

When I was younger, I thought my children would always be nearby. Sometimes I needed a break! Now when they come by, I try to take time to listen and carve out precious minutes to enjoy, even if they think differently than I do or like things that I don’t.

My grandson knows I don’t particularly like all the death symbols that are on Halloween buckets – skull and crossbones. He bought a pair of pajamas with skulls and crossbones to poke fun at my dislike. 🙂

I’d rather he visit and poke fun than stay miles away. I surprised myself by telling him to please bring his latest drawing so I can put it on a gallon jug of water that I needed to add more soap to. I thought I was putting minerals into the distilled water. My mineral bottle was near the concentrated soap bottle and I was distracted. I noticed immediately. So I drew a skull and crossbones on the label, added a touch more concentrate and put it on a cupboard just below the ceiling in the bathroom.

The label is not very clear. He sounded happy to help Grandma out and then I had to tell him I just read a book about pirates and that really made his day.

As a writer, I’m expanding my reading to areas I might ignore. He really liked that. Kids are great!

 

 

 

 

 

Savoring the Magic

Today started like any day might, but it turned into a day of joyful encounters with unexpected friends at a family reunion picnic. My sister invited a good friend and her daughter to the event but didn’t let me know. What a delight!

Then within a half hour or so, my daughter and her four children arrived. She drove her brother, my second son, to the picnic as well. More joy. Seeing extended family and family-like friends, plus my sister, Barb, made my day.

My husband and I drove on a newly paved highway through the valleys of upstate New York. My youngest daughter and her boyfriend accompanied us and we discussed the hilly terrain. Are they small mountains or high hills? I tried to find out on the internet, but it was inconclusive, in my opinion. So, I’ll do more research. That’s what writers do. We care about details that others may find boring or a waste of time. Then we ponder the wonder of it all. Give it our perspective and possibly turn it into a poem or a children’s story or consider it for a setting in a novel. Sometimes I have to remember to live in the moment because my mind starts fashioning new worlds and pretend people and I realize I missed what someone was saying, or I didn’t glance at the stars when I went from the car to the house.

If I live in a fantasy land, the important can be neglected. I remembered saying I was going to read the book I bought at Montrose Christian Writers’ Conference, entitled, “The ABC’s of Who God Says I Am,” by Kolleen Lucariello. So, I read chapter one this week. I thought of the vulnerability she displayed as she described an incident in her high school years. Marlene Bagnull taught at a writers’ conference in Rochester, NY, possibly in 1991. My first writers’ conference. She told us that vulnerability in an author is a key component in good writing.

I look forward to reading more of Kolleen Lucariello’s book. It made me think. I left its pages feeling encouraged.

If you get a chance to spend time with family and friends, savoring their smiles and the sunshine on a creek, hoisting little ones to view the seaweed and the black and jade-colored dragonflies, do it. Live in the present, and if you’re a writer, capture the magic of life.

When the reality of life gets hard, a story can catapult me into another time and place. I return with renewed vigor and hopefully some nugget of truth I never appreciated or understood before. Life needs balance.

Tomorrow morning, I plan to go to church and sing songs that remind me of the goodness of God. I expect it’ll be as most of the Sundays that have come and gone, but one never knows what God may orchestrate. 🙂