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Change of Venue

 

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Thank you so much for following this blog.  Your comments and encouragement mean more than you know. And thanks to you, I have decided to expand my reach so I am revamping my web presence. My heart is still about leaving a legacy – the one God has called us to leave.

In doing that, I am bringing this blog down and moving all the information to my new site.  Please go to https://www.wendyrpoe.com and subscribe there.

You will be seeing blogs on faith like you have gotten here and some on family and more on the kinds of fun that inspire me (crafts).  So you may learn more than you ever wanted to know about things I like and enjoy!

With that said, why don’t you click on over and see the new and exciting changes!  There will be even more changes as we go forward.

Again, thank you, thank you, thank you!

Blessings,

Wendy

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Enthusiasm

enthusiasm

It’s the last Friday of 2016…

What’s your outlook into 2017?  I hope you are as enthusiastic as this little girl is!

In just 2 days we will usher in 2017 – ready or not!  I am looking forward to making this my best year ever!  Aren’t you? Yes I know there are things that are outside my control, but I am enthusiastically ready to put 100% of effort into the things I can control: attitude and effort.

  •  Attitude
    • outlook on life
    • how I react to others
  • Effort
    • giving 100%
    • choosing where to put my efforts

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing,”  Philippians 2:14

I believe 2017 CAN be our best year ever if we ENTHUSIASTICALLY embrace what we can control, let go of the things we can’t control and are wise enough to discern the difference!
Emerson said, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
So, get your “enthusiasm” on and make it a great 2017!
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Never Too Late

never-too-late

How often do we think, “Well, it’s too late for me to …”? You fill in the blank.  Good news! It’s NOT too late to be or do whatever it is you are called to do.  Think about it.  Moses was 80 when God called him to lead His people out of Egypt.

I think we often have a desire deep down that we keep buried year after year because we are busy with life in the stage or season that we are wrapped up in at the time.  Then one day, God whispers to us that desire we have kept deep down safely tucked away and we suddenly think “It’s too late.”  But it’s not too late!

Maybe, just maybe, God wanted you to have some life experience before you acted on that dream/desire.  Maybe it wasn’t the right time, but now it is.  Maybe we needed a little refining before actively pursuing that desire.

I don’t know what it is that you are pondering.  I don’t know what it might take to do the deep desire you’ve had.  But I do know this…if God has planted a desire in you, He will bring it to completion IF you will yield to Him.  That’s called surrender.  And that’s what He wants so the desire will be accomplished for His glory and not our own.

If you are feeling a tug to be or do something that you’ve been thinking “it’s too late”, it’s not too late!  For the Glory of God, DO IT!!

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Clean or Cluttered?

cluttered space       or         Clutter and creativity

I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage that “a cluttered space means a cluttered mind”, haven’t you? Yet, many of the most well known brilliant people were known to be, well, pretty cluttered and disorganized. So what is it for you? Does cleanliness and organization bring clarity to you? OR,  can you only function in chaos?

I think I have been a bit of both in my life.  In the past, my mantra was “out of sight, out of mind” so EVERYTHING stayed in sight.  I’m telling you, if I put a work project in the desk drawer because I had to do something else at that time, I would slap forget about it until it was a crisis in my face!  If I packed a crock pot away at home because I rarely used it, I would later find that I had 2 or 3 because I had gone out and bought another when I needed it.

As I’m getting older, I find that my mind has more lolling around in there than I can possibly deal with.  And while I have always been a list maker, now I depend on the list in order to remember things.  And being surrounded by clutter has started making me somehow nervous or anxious.  I think this may be the case with many people these days as I see more and more about “brain dumps” once a week so you can stop “worrying” about things and still get it all done.

Suddenly, the question that comes to mind is, “Who decides what “it all” is that needs to be done?” Am I backing myself into a corner trying to please people who don’t care, get things I don’t need and miss out on what really matters?

If you’ve read the last few of my posts, you’ll know that I am decluttering and getting better organized.  I am not doing this to make an appearance or show to those who may pop into my house (which I love guests, by the way) or to be in on a minimalist fad.  I am doing this because, today, it is bringing peace and calm into my once very frenzied life.

 Blessings!

                                        “for God is not a God of confusion but of peace”                                                                                                     1 Corinthians 14:33

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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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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!

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Vision and Goal Setting

This month I’m talking about “vision”.  I told you about the 2015 success I had with my vision board and that I’m certainly creating a 2016 vision board.  To me, it’s not the “law of attraction” as much as it is putting your goals out in front of you. Although, I did have a few surprises!  What’s the difference between a vision and a goal?  It’s the specificity of that vision. In other words, a vision can be broad and almost abstract, but a goal is specific, measurable and has a deadline.

For example, on my vision board last year I had the word “Blog”. I did start  a blog last year, but I only wrote on it a few, very sporadic, times.  So this year,  I put “Blog weekly” on my vision board.  That makes it a goal- specific, measurable and has a deadline.  So what happens if I miss a week?  Is my goal totally shot?  Not at all.  If I actually post 40 times, it’s so much more than I’ve done before and it gets me closer to my goal than if I’d quit because I missed a week.

One thing I have had to learn about goal setting is not to quit if you miss the mark.  My nature is to do it the way I set out or not at all.  I think that’s the fear of failure.  But I’m learning that the only way to really fail is to not try.  So this year, I am trying a few new things.  Some I am not bold enough to say here and now.  Who knows, I may be disclosing them next year due to another successful vision board.

Here’s how I set up my vision board.  First, I thought about what my vision/goals are for 2016.  I have 3 main areas for this year:  1. Self  2. House  3. Finances.  All three of these represent the broad categories. That being said, I cut out magazine photos and/or word clippings that would illustrate my vision and put them on the board. My board is pretty busy, so I stepped back and wrote out some specific things that would fit into one or more of these categories;thus, creating goals.

“Self” includes spiritual, health and work (job and personal work).  “House” includes my family and my house and, of course, “Finances” is debt, savings and budget.  See how this gets busy, yet by clarifying them into 3 main categories helps give me focus.  And do I need focus!

As a speaker I once heard said, “A cluttered space indicates a cluttered mind.  If you want freedom of mind, you must declutter your space.”  Hence, my “house” heading is all about cleaning out and getting down to minimal things so every thing has a use and a place.  That’s a tall order for me, but 2016 is the year!

With this clarity, before I start a project or say “yes” to something, I ask myself if this will promote one of my visions.  If not, I can’t do it.  If it does, I plan a time to get it done even if I have to break it into smaller projects or time frames.

I hope this helps as you march in to 2016.  Talk to you soon!

Blessings,                                                                                                                                                            Wendy