Posted in change, Christian, Faith, Goal, home, Legacy, Motivation, organization

Be Our Guest

Guestroom

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on an organizing spree.  Unfortunately, I forget to take before pictures most of the time.  This is our guest bedroom.

We have a three bedroom house and the kids used to occupy all of the upstairs.  We totally avoided coming up.  However, they are grown and on their own (doing well) and I have worked to turn one bedroom into my home office and the other into an inviting guest bedroom.

I love the sign above the headboard.  Pinterest- gotta love Pinterest!  My sweet husband cut the wood and stained it and I commissioned the vinyl lettering and voila!  So far, our guests have enjoyed the guest room, too.  It’s right next to the upstairs bath for easy access and the door you see leads to a large walk-in closet. (You probably don’t want to walk in there just yet.)

Hopefully, we’ll have guests in there soon for some wonderfully happy occasion!

Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never leave you, nor will I ever desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”. Hebrews 13:5

Blessings!

 

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Posted in balance, change, Goal, home, Legacy, Motivation, office

Home Office Re-do

Office

Today I thought I’d open up a little.  After my children moved out (roughly all at the same time), and after I had terrible withdrawals from the “empty nest” syndrome, I decided to make some changes around the house.

That took some time.  First, kids came back…one at a time and moved out again.  This was cyclic for a few years.  I don’t know about you, but when my children were little I told them frequently that they were to grow up, be competent and productive adults and move. Then, they did and I crumbled! I’m happy to report they are on their own and doing well and the empty nest is good!

Well, I digress. January of 2015 I made the first effort to turn one bedroom into and office/craft room. My husband built that desk you see. In case you can’t tell, it’s huge and has a book shelf in the front.  I love it!! He made it for my birthday. 🙂

This room quickly turned solely into a craft room for sewing.  I couldn’t seem to get the home computer up stairs and move the router and blah, blah, blah. I work full-time and didn’t have the energy in the evenings to create my space. But…

In October of 2015, I transferred to a new position at work.  It was a “remote” position.  So in November, I started working from home.  Best job ever! Anyway, I’ve been at this a while now.  No, at first my home office was not such a mess. I finally moved the home computer and router.  I crammed it all on my desk.  Before long, I found myself working on a small corner.

My work laptop is on a docking station with 2 monitors.  (How did we ever get along with only 1????) Then there was my home PC monitor, mouse and keyboard and my printer next to the desk (tower was under the desk).  My philosophy has always been “out of sight out of mind” so I keep EVERYTHING in sight – can’t you tell?   I may have to seek help for this condition…

A couple of weeks ago, my boss sent an email that she wanted 3 goals for this year.  Since it was short notice she was going to give some leeway.  I had a scheduled call with her 10 minutes after that email, so I scrambled to get 3 decent goals together.  Home office organization was one.  She thought that was a fabulous idea and wanted a photo before the end of the month.

I really am working on getting more organized.  Really! And since the home office clean up became associated with work, it immediately was put on the “GET IT DONE” list.  And done it is!  Feels great!

17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17  (NASB)

Blessings!

Posted in Christian, Faith, Freedom, God, Legacy, Motivation, Salvation, Values

Apology vs Forgiveness

Apology

Should you apologize when you have wronged someone? Yes.

Should you apologize when someone feels you have wronged them? Yes.

Why is an apology so important?  It’s important because it begins the healing process to mend a relationship.  A sincere apology expresses regret, takes responsibility and makes restitution, if at all possible. Most importantly, an apology opens the door of forgiveness.

If an apology never comes, can you still forgive someone? Yes.  Should you still forgive someone? Yes.  Forgiveness is not about letting someone “off the hook” for their actions. Forgiveness is about your own personal healing.

As believers, we should be the first to apologize whether we’re right or wrong.  We should be the first to show the love of Christ and sometimes that is by apologizing when  a situation has gone awry.

You know, as believers, how can we not forgive others who have wronged us when we have wronged our Lord and are forgiven again and again.  Surely, we are not better than our holy God?

I’m convinced that all God’s commands for His children to do or not to do are for our benefit.  So when He tells us to forgive those who trespass against us, it’s for our benefit. Not only do we have the assurance that we will be forgiven to the measure we forgive others, but we are told that forgiveness removes a root of bitterness.

When we let bitterness get a hold on us, it’s our hearts that grow hard. It’s us who suffer in anger and stress.  It’s our body and mind that writhes in pain over unforgiveness.  Yes, forgiveness is what is requested by the person who apologizes, but both parties need it.

Forgiveness does not remove the pain of an offense, but it releases you from bitterness and allows you to find peace.

So if you find yourself in a “situation” where an apology is needed, sincerely apologize.  If you find yourself offended, with or with an apology, forgive.  It will bring you release.