Day 5 of the challenge has been a doozy for me. The day 5 lesson is all about evaluating our priorities. OUCH! Want more info about our 31 days to clean challenge? Go Here.
After each day’s reading, Sara Mae gives two challenges:
- The Mary Challenge -Something you do that encourages/engages your heart
- The Martha Challenge – Specific cleaning tasks
In addition to the cleaning challenge, I am also participating in Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop today. Today’s writing promt is: write what comes to mind when you think of the word plaid.
The word plaid reminds me of priorities. If we don’t limit the things placed on our schedules, our lives become overwhelming, confused and busy much like wearing plaid with another textured fabric.
The Mary challenge for day 5 is to create a list of priorities that make sense for you and your family. (God first, family, home, personal)
I have written down my priorities MANY times only to continually end up overwhelmed. I am full of great ideas and intentions. It’s not that I don’t really want to, it is just that I get soooooo busy. Just like plaid, my life seems to be checkered with tons of stuff that gets in the way of what I really want.
My REAL challenge is to figure out what I can remove from my schedule.
Almost all fashionistas agree, wearing more than one piece of plaid clothing makes your whole outfit look overdone. With plaid, less is definately more. It is the same way with priorities. Less scheduled not important stuff allows for the best stuff to get done.
The Martha challenge for day 5 is to wash your kitchen window treatments and or clean your blinds. If the clean police came to my house and saw my blinds I would surely be arrested! For this lovely task, I wiped out the window seals with a damp cloth and then dusted the blinds using the vaccuum attachements. I sure hope that counts for clean. Some people actually take their blinds down to clean them. I have NO idea how to unhook my blinds soooooo the vacuum way will have to do!
Do you have your priorities written down AND visible? How often do your priorities seem to change?