Saturday, August 29, 2015

Baby Steps!

Since my September calendar is filling up fast, the number of days that I will be able to designate to packing will be greatly reduced. THEREFORE, I will start packing. 

Where do you start? Here's what we do. Always start with the stuff you don't really use. That's all the cutesy stuff. The decorations. Grandma's tea cups. That stuff. If even that feels overwhelming, focus on only one room at a time. If you have a room to designate for packed boxes, by all means use a room to stack up the boxes that are ready to move. Otherwise, like us, where there is precious little floor space, you might need to be creative.

We have a large dresser/cabinet in our bedroom with mostly cutesy stuff. It will be the perfect place to start. I will be able to stack boxes on top of it. I might as well focus on the bedroom first. Since I will need the top of the dresser for boxes, I will pack it up first. Then, remove all the little pictures from the walls to pack. Oh, there. One room per day or weekend or whatever time frame you have. There is hope! Take it one step at a time. One day at a time. Remember: Baby steps!

For a reminder of What About Bob:

Friday, August 28, 2015

Upside Down

I really had a couple things that I wanted to post about today, but my world has been turned upside down. AGAIN. In spite of the turmoil and out and out warfare, I do have peace. This morning, I found myself singing a verse that I had sung to granddaughter, Kaili, over the weekend. The Lord Thy God in the midst of thee is mighty....He will save. He will save.

Then on the way to work, another song came out of my mouth. You are my peace...You have broken down every wall. EVERY WALL. AMEN!

I found that I was very blessed by the fact that I've had history. I don't know how I'd react if I wasn't used to having His help and experiencing His strong arms. After I realized that, it helped me feel so much better and even closer. I think God is like that. He knows when you are going to need Him the most and really comes in close so you sense His mercy.

Reach out to Jesus....He's always there for you...especially when your world is turned upside down.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Moving Tips!

With 32 days until the big move, we are doing the best we can to make a plan. We have lined up the muscle. We do not have any utility companies to call, otherwise, we would definitely make sure that got done.

Where does one begin? Here's the way we do it.

First. Plan. We drew out the floor plan. We placed furniture as we might like it placed in the apartment. This is not perfect nor exactly to scale, but it works.
We've been saving boxes that are similar in size and shape so they will stack up well and will be easy to carry.

Next, with a fresh roll of masking tape, we will mark the furniture to let the movers know exactly which room it will go to. Some things are obvious, I know, but the floor plan will be available for them to double check the placement before they haul the item. We plan on moving one room at a time starting with furniture that is closest to the door. 

We have moving on the brain, therefore, we are eliminating as much as we can. We are eating out of the freezer and saving on the food budget by not shopping. Yes! It's a challenge that's actually fun! 

Moving can be fun. Fun to eliminate the excess, fun to plan and even fun to pack when you are organized. Stay tuned for more moving tips!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Good News!

Good news is always encouraging, so I feel compelled to share!

1. Can't help but be thankful that it finally warmed up to 70-74 degrees depending on which little town you were in. Clear skies and sunshine was a huge bonus today.

2. My BFF, whom I've been praying for several years for her to get a new car, received a new-to-her mini-van. She came in to the office to share her good news so we could rejoice together.

3. A friend of hers who thought she might have cancer found out today that the tumor is benign. AND we did a happy dance. 

4. Our daughter has been on the job hunt. She's been offered a few part-time positions, but she finally snagged a full time position and she starts tomorrow. Whooo hooo!

5. My local daughter had an interview yesterday which sounded like it went very well. She was the only inside applicant. It's for better pay and better hours. 

6. Six days with a thirteen year old granddaughter went by very quickly. We woke up yesterday and baked a double batch of chocolate chip cookies so she could take some home. Our oven is very inconsistent, but we managed to get most of them baked to almost perfection.

 7. After cashiering in the bait shop, granddaughter gained a huge dose of confidence with practice counting money back to our customers. 

7. She just happened to earn enough money from working for six days to buy herself new tennies for school. 

8. After reading Girl in the Song, By Chrissy Cymbala Toledo, I was so thankful to be able to send it home for local daughter to help with granddaughter teen issues. What a blessing.

9. After granddaughter and I chatted, it was determined that she might benefit from learning God's promises. I looked for a promise book, but she was way turned off by the Thee's and the Thou's of the old King James. I happened to look at Book Look Bloggers to see what I might request to review, and lo and behold, there was a teen Bible (New International Version). I ordered it for her.

10. We are moving. I had prayed that the Lord would change my desires and make me content if my desire to move wasn't from Him. Next thing I knew, we were asked if we would like to move into our neighbor's apartment. It's bigger, no steps to climb, laundry room inside, an extra 8x10 for office and guest room space, bigger dining space.....It will be easier on our bodies and also enable us to have more space for guests. 

So thankful. We are blessed. Just had to share the good news.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Girl in the Song

THE TRUE STORY of a young woman who lost her way-
and the miracle that led her home. By Chrissy Cymbala Toledo

As the daughter of Jim and Carol Cymbala, the pastor and choir director at The Brooklyn Tabernacle, Chrissy personally experienced  the presence of the Lord in a praying church body. Surrounded by worship, she recognized the power of music. She also saw first hand the effects of street life and the pain caused by sin, while seeing the power of lives transformed by the gospel. Yet, Chrissy fell into deception, became involved in an unhealthy relationship which led her down a destructive path. 

I was eager to read this story because I had previously read Jim Cymbala's Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire. This true story is one of brutal heart-wrenching honesty. It amazed me how deeply I could feel her steps as if I was in her story. I believe it would touch every reader because we have all been sucked in by the messages we hear in media.

I was very moved, enlightened and encouraged by her story. I found it soothing to my soul as I was comforted that even in a perfect environment, there is no perfect. The enemy still deceives. But, there is hope in the power of God to redeem. The reality of how easily we can fall prey to deception is clearly revealed by her story. I highlighted her statement, "When I keep things in the dark, I only end up being an open target."

I highly recommend this book to parents of preteens and teens. It might be helpful for teens to read, especially if it leads to discussion between parents and teens. I would also recommend this book to everyone who has difficulty dealing with the battle between good and evil voices in their head. There is no doubt the incredible power "of Biblical proportions" contained in every word of Chrissy's story. It is a life changer for every reader as it clarifies the battle. 

Thank you to Tyndale Publishers for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review. The opinions expressed are my own and I was not required to give a positive review.