Today is a New Day!

This week, I have really been trying to get things done! “Power 15” for this and “Power 15” for that! This morning, I woke up in a funk, despite getting things done. I did not wake up full of energy ready to embrace the new day that God blessed me with. I did hit snooze this morning so my attempted quiet time was interrupted by little people needing socks and other things that were right in front of their faces. (LOL)

I set my timer for getting ready and I even “cooked” breakfast this morning (turkey sausage biscuits, grapes and OJ)! I drove to work and did not have to battle too much traffic. However, when I got to my desk, I was just blah. I opened my email and read a wonderful message from a dear friend, Christina Burchette. We have decided to intently pray for each other so she sends me a verse and quick encouraging word by email every day! ( I am truly blessed!)

Today she sent me and email that said:

Lamentations 3: 22-23 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness. (NIV)
Wow is all I could say. I was instantly reminded of the old hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness”! It also prompted me to read Lamentations 3:22-28. This is going to blow your socks off Divas! I just love “The Message” translation when you really want to make things plain so here you are:

Lamentations 3:22-28 (The Message)

22-24God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He’s all I’ve got left.

25-27God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits,
to the woman who diligently seeks.
It’s a good thing to quietly hope,
quietly hope for help from God.
It’s a good thing when you’re young
to stick it out through the hard times.

28-30When life is heavy and hard to take,
go off by yourself. Enter the silence.
Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions:
Wait for hope to appear.
Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face.
The “worst” is never the worst

Divas, God’s Word has said it all, there is nothing left for me to blog about today. If you are reading this, you have been “blessed” with a New Day. Stick it out! Wait for hope to appear! Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)

If you are really feeling it listen to Rejoice by Israel and New Breed:

The Most Powerful & Effective 15 minutes of your day!

As you might have guessed, the theme for this week is: “Power 15”. Yesterday, we talked about how much we can accomplish in 15 minutes by intently working on one task. Today I want to challenge you to do what you need to do tonight to go to bed earlier so that you can get up earlier tomorrow and spend some quiet time with God! Please spend as much time as you can but at least spend 15 minutes alone with God! Don’t know how? Check out Emily Barnes’ Book: Fifteen Minutes alone with God. It is a wonderful book and Amazon has used copies for as low as $1.11!

Doesn’t a Diva need her beauty rest? Why yes she does which is why we need to set timers for nighttime sleep robbers like Internet surfing, TV watching and plain old piddling! The morning is such a special time of the day that it should NOT be wasted by hitting the snooze button and getting up at the last possible moment.

I am not sure about your household but I get up first which means; the house is QUIET—the morning drama has not unfolded yet, the busyness has not begun. Mark 1:21-39 describe Jesus’ demanding schedule and how he recharged his batteries and obtained focus! Please spend some time reading these verses for yourselves but here is what happened:

Jesus taught all day then was interrupted by a man who was demon possessed. As soon as he cast out that demon, he healed Simon’s mother-in-law. Later that evening, the whole city lined up outside the door where Jesus was staying with sick people needing to be healed. After all of this, Mark 1: 35 states: Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

So you see, Jesus had a long day of teaching and healing with tons of interruptions and a complete lack of privacy. Yet he knew how to start his day: in quiet solitude with his Heavenly Father. Dennis Fisher, a writer for Our Daily Bread wrote the following and it is our Peaceful Diva challenge:

“Is your schedule demanding? Follow the example of Jesus and set aside a specific time for prayer. Then depend upon God’s power to help you meet each day’s demands.”

To keep your life in balance, lean on the Lord. (Les Lamborn)

The Power of 15 Minutes

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

My quest to simplifying my life has led to a most dreaded, continual and mundane task…DECLUTTERING! One of the purposes of this blog is to help those of us out here who would rather write a thesis or complete algebra math homework before dealing with our clutter. One area of my home that is continually cluttered is my kitchen counter. Every Wednesday both of my girls’ teachers send home the “Wednesday Packet”. This packet has everything in it: parenting magazines, announcements, solicitations for camps etc and graded homework and class work. Every week I pull all the info out and sort-of go through it. I trash the direct solicitations that I don’t want but everything else ends up in a pile right along with the mail of course.

Yesterday, I took everything off of the counter and put it on my center island with the intentions “decluttering diva style”. I even took a picture of the mess! After taking a photo, my body went into funk mode—I don’t wanna mode! So, I remembered the lessons from flylady at www.flylady.net as well as the tips from my own personal organizer, Sylvia McClintock at www.tamethechaos.com. Both of these fabulous ladies talk about the power of fifteen minutes.

Everything from the various kitchen counters put on the island!

The idea is that you can do ANYTHING for 15 minutes! For me, the key is using a timer! I love the time cube from Sylvia McClintock but you can use an egg timer, your cell phone alarm, the timer on your oven or anything that will buzz or ring at you when the time is up! I set the timer for 15 minutes and grit my teeth and stay on task until the timer goes off without getting distracted. (Not has hard as you think when you know the timer is going to go off and then you are finished!) When the timer goes off, I assess what I have accomplished. Usually, I will either have completed the whole of the task with time to spare and a little motivation to keep going for a little while longer if I have not. However, since I am sooo easily distracted, I try to make myself STOP when the timer goes off and schedule another time to finish the job. I tend to be a DIVA who will be late for appointments because I tried to get just one more thing accomplished. That is why I have started using the time cube or setting my blackberry when surfing the net and getting ready in the morning—I will piddle around like I don’t have anywhere to be and then wonder what happened to the time!

Yes Divas there is a lot of power in 15 minutes! I am beginning to learn that it is the little things that we do daily that make the difference—especially when we are not really feelin’ it! Galatians 6:9 says this: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Don’t give up Divas; see what you can get done in 15 minutes today!

Take a look at my Powerful 15 minutes:

All Sorted (about 7 minutes left)


All Done with 30 seconds to spare!

Happy Mother’s Day

My daughter drew this picture of me and gave me a beautiful note–with neat handwriting and great descriptive words nonetheless! I couldn’t be more proud! I think about how hard this school year has been with all of our battles over homework and I am reminded that the time I am spending with my girls means something. Sometimes working, cooking, wifeying, cleaning, and mothering all while trying to keep an eye on my waist line can become a DRAG. I just love the really cute quote from William Feather from The Business of Life, 1949: “Setting a good example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age”.
True as that may be! God’s word challenges us to keep on keepin‘ on!
2 Thessalonians 3:13 (NIV)….Never tire of doing what is right.
(The Message) …Friends don’t slack off in doing your duty.
Mother’s Day Challenge: Get prepared for the week ahead!
1. Pick out/iron/prepare at least 2 days worth of clothes for yourself and your children (if applicable).
2. Pack lunches for Monday tonight and put them in the fridge.
3. Go to bed by 10:00pm tonight—before you go to sleep, count your blessings and thank God for all of His blessings!

1 Peter 3:4- states:
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

The word says that our inner self is what is important to God. I don’t know about many of you, but when things get tough, my inner self is the first person to get put out of the car to make room for the baggage! The word goes on to say that our inner self should be that of a gentle and quiet spirit. My first thought was to say, well that’s not me, I like to talk too much and God made me talkative. However, after delving deeper, I began to see that quiet does not mean silent. That being said, there are many times when we Divas need to just SHUT UP! The definition of quiet in Hebrew means: Unmoving; still, Peaceful; untroubled, Understated; restrained. The definition of gentle is: considerate or kindly in disposition; amiable and tender. Not harsh or severe.

What is truly interesting is the antonym of quiet (disquiet) in Hebrew means: anxiousness or a feeling of mild anxiety about possible developments, to murmur, growl, roar, cry aloud, mourn, rage, sound, make noise, tumult, turbulent, be clamorous, be loud, be moved, be troubled, be in an uproar, be in a stir, in a commotion, or boisterous. I think about how often I feel troubled and end up in an uproar when my children do something because I have had so much anxiety. It is REALLY hard to be amiable and tender when your heart is racing, you are breathing heavy, and your mind is boggled with a thousand thoughts. Yet that is what God sees as great worth.

So Divas, our challenge this week is to delve closer to God so that we may grow to have quiet and gentle spirits. We don’t have to be mute but we need some PEACE. Only God can give us the type of peace that is required to have a quiet and gentle spirit. How do we cultivate “inner selves” that are gentle and quiet?

1. Acknowledge the one who is and is to come AND believe that he can handle our situations. (Be still and know that I am GOD Psalm 46:10)

2. Don’t put our inner selves out of the car to make room for baggage!!! Jesus can carry our load: Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

3. IF you can’t seem to keep it positive, don’t talk!!! Ephesians 4;28-32 (Amplified Bible) “29Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.

I wish I could tell you that I have all of this figured out but that is NOT the case! I am journeying myself. Just yesterday, I paid our bills and balanced our check book only to figure out that there was/is no money left over for ANYTHING extra. BUMMER. My spirit was anything but tranquil. I wanted to stomp my feet and kick the dog! I was soooo disappointed in myself.

Debt from my business, being separated and being a single mom for 6 months on the brink of divorce with lawyer and Private investigator bills—oh yeah, it got really messy, not to mention the bills my husband racked up while we were living apart, all equal MAJOR HOUSEHOLD DEBT! Through all of that, I am so happy to say that God reconciled my marriage. My husband and I are closer than ever before but the consequences of our financial mistakes; just like the chickens, have come home to roost!

For the first time in YEARS, we are budgeting and spending CASH only! The current housing market and the low prices of homes will not allow us to downsize right now. So what is a DIVA to do? Be Still and know that God is God. He will honor our obedience in standing by our marriage as well as starting to be good stewards over our finances. God, grant me the courage to wait peacefully–(without boisterous complaining) and expectantly on how you are going work this out for our family’s good! Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him and who have been called according to his purpose.

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