Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fruit of the Spirit - Gentleness

Fruit of the Spirit is Gentleness
By Dr. Richard J. Krejcir

Is Gentleness working in you?
Here is how you can find out. Take a careful look at this Fruit of Gentleness from God's most precious Word by examining the passages below. Now ask yourself:
  1. How do I exhibit Gentleness in my daily life?
  2. What can I do to develop a better attitude of Gentleness?
  3. What blocks Gentleness from working and being exhibited in me?
  4. How can I make Gentleness function better, stronger and faster even in times of uncertainly and stress?
Galatians 5:22-23
Gentleness (Prov. 15:1; Isa. 40:11; 42:2-3; Philp. 4: 5; Matt. 5:5; 11:29; 12:15; Eph. 4:1-2; Col. 3:16; 2 Timothy 2:24; 1 Thessalonians 2:7); is the character that will show calmness, personal care, tenderness and the Love of Christ in meeting the needs of others. It is to be more than just a personality; it is to be who we are from the work of the Sprit within us.
Roughness and violence are the opposite! When we have the mindset to just see what we can get out of life and make a name for ourselves we miss out on what is best for our benefit. Then it causes us to run over others and we end up being like the men who built the Tower of Babel (Gen. 11:1-9). Their downfall was not the building project but the pride and arrogance. To seek significance outside of glorifying God by their achievements alone, ignoring God's love, care, plan, and providence for a cheap and temporary substitute.
· Here are positive examples from Scripture (Isa. 40:11; 42:1-3; Matt. 11:28-29; Luke 7:36-50; 10:38-42; John 8: 1-11; I Thess. 2:7-8)
· Here is are negative examples from Scripture (Nub. 20:2-13; II Sam. 18:10-15; 19:1-8; I Kings 21: 5-14; Luke 9:51-56)
Further Questions
  1. How would you define Gentleness?
  1. What are the things that cause you to be rough and course with others?
  1. How does being rough counteract Gentleness?
  1. Are you aware of the intricacy and delicacy of life, so you are tender too? Are you approachable?
  1. When have you been filled with Gentleness the most?
  1. In what situation did you fail to have Gentleness in which you should have?
  1. What issue is in your life that would improve with more Gentleness?
  1. Think through the steps you need to take to put Gentleness into action in a specific instance. Such as how does God's tenderness toward you affect the way you go about your life to get things done? Does His care affect the way you care with humility and gentleness being tender in spite of people treating you like a doormat?
Gentleness is not being weak, as with meekness, gentleness is strength under control. It allows us to be tender, just think how big and vast and powerful God is, who is bigger than the universe, who transcends space and time way beyond our comprehension. Yet, He treats us with the utmost of tenderness and care. Knowing gentleness is trusting that God will take care of justice, thus we need to think correctly about who God is and who we are in Him. This understanding of His sovereignty, doctrine and control will move us from the hurriedness of life and the cruelty that goes with it to take the time with relationships, growth because we are at peace with God.
Gentleness allows us to be caring and nurturing to others. It helps us stay calm and not escalate problems or push people's buttons! To build others up, by allowing them to grow. It places the other first, it is being selfless. As attracting people to you who could use a listening ear or help, at the very least to hear and the most important thing we can do for others is offering our friendship. When we are too full of pride, we cannot be gentle with others; we cannot be a friend, for all we will do is hurt them and push them away. We can look to Jesus who modeled ultimate gentleness and care. Being fully God He does not have to be gentle, yet He takes to time to nurture others even when they make mistakes and fail. He helps them up and puts them back together; He will do this with you too. But you have to allow Him to form you. This character must continue to function in a society that does not see its importance, care for perceived limitations or think it is weak. But when others need an ear to listen they do not go to the ones filled with pride they go to someone who is gentle! Will that be you?
Remember; what come into your mind when you think about God tells a lot about you, perhaps the most important thing!
© 2002 R. J. Krejcir Into Thy Word Ministries

Monday, October 29, 2012

1 Week to an Organized Life - November Week One

This week you can:

  • look back on your childhood Thanksgiving experiences
  • decide what kind of holiday you want to create this year

If you have been following along all year, you are now all organized and your home looks its best.  This holiday season should be a far as that goes, I make no promises regarding in laws and extended family!!

Even if you have just started, reading the November chapter will give you the plan and tools you need to have a stress free holiday.

I love Regina's take on Thanksgiving: "We don't have to worry about presents, all we have to do is count our blessings and eat!"  Of course some of us have to host the meal so there is a little more work for us.  It doesn't have to be....well, it doesn't have to be overwhelming anyway.

Be sure to take the time this week to do the journaling questions, it will offer great insight toward your plan of attack for this Thanksgiving!  

Here we go....let the holiday season begin!!

Until Next Time.....

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Following Frugal Franny

There have been a lot of changes on Facebook and other social media sites lately.  You might be missing out on all the latest posts from your favorite blogs like Frugal Franny.

Did you know you can sign up to get the blog posts through email?  Simply put your email address in the box right there on the top left side of this page.

On Facebook, you need to go to Franny's Facebook page (click the link right here on the left hand side of this page) and hover your mouse over the button that says "liked".  Then add to your interests list.  If you have never started an interest list, click "new interest" and then give it a title such as "recipes" or "frugal living" or whatever you like.  Then when you are on your home page on Facebook, on the left hand side about halfway down you will see your interests links.  Click on whichever one you'd like to look at and you will see all the posts from your favorite FB Frugal Franny!  Why so complicated?  FB now wants pages to pay to promote their posts, so they are only posting to 7% of our followers for each post.

On Pintrest, simply follow the boards you are interested in by clicking that choice, or choose to follow all boards and those pics will show up on your Pintrest homepage.

On Networked Blogs you should be able to sign up and simply see a list of all the blog posts you have signed up to get.  I have had some trouble with this myself.  Sometimes it just won't update.

Hope this helps you keep up with all of your favorite blogs!

Until Next Time.....

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fruit of the Spirit - Faithfulness

Fruit of the Spirit is Faithfulness
By Dr. Richard J. Krejcir

Is Faithfulness working in you?
Here is how you can find out. Take a careful look at this Fruit of Faithfulness from God's most precious Word by examining the passages below. Now ask yourself:
  1. How do I exhibit Faithfulness in my daily life?
  2. What can I do to develop a better attitude of Faith?
  3. What blocks Faithfulness from working and being exhibited in me?
  4. How can I make Faithfulness function better, stronger and faster even in times of uncertainly and stress?
Galatians 5:22-23
Faithfulness (Psalm 119: 89-90; Matthew 17:19; 25:21; Rom. 1:17; 5:1-2; 1 Cor. 12:9; Hebrews 11:1; 1 Thess. 5:24) is the "gluing" fruit that will preserve our faith and the other characters of the Spirit and identify God's will so we can be dependable and trusting to God and others. It is the one fruit that we give to God, whereas the others are from the Spirit working in us! Faithfulness is authenticity, the power and motivation for Christian living. Because God is trustworthy with us we can be faith-worthy in Him!
Doubt, distrust and Misplaced Anger are the opposite, losing our trust and hope that God is in control!When we do this, we will lose or miss out on seeing God come through with His promises.When we are not exercising our faith, we will be consumed with doubt and distrust-the opposite of God's call and plan for us.
·Here are positive examples from Scripture (II Kings 5:8-14; Matt. 15:21-28; 21:18-22; Luke 7:1-10; Acts 3:1-10; Heb.11: 1-40)
·Here is are negative examples from Scripture (Matt. 6:25-34; 14:22-33; 17: 14-20; Mark 6:1-6; James 1:5-8)
Further Questions
  1. How would you define Faithfulness?
  1. What are the things that cause you to doubt or distrust God?
  1. How does distrust counteract Faithfulness?
  1. How can you give God more Faithfulness so you can fully realize that God is in control of your life and situation, so you can fully trust Him?
  1. When have you been filled with Faithfulness the most?
  1. In what situation did you fail to have Faithfulness in which you should have?
  1. What issue is in your life that would improve with more Faithfulness?
  1. Think through the steps you need to take to put Faithfulness into action in a specific instance. Will Christ find the kind of faith in you when He comes (Luke 18:1-8)? Such as having faith in spite of confusion and uncertainty or standing firm believing what is true even though you may not experience it or know what is going on or what Christ is doing in you?
Faithfulness is very difficult to have or hold on too especially applying it to our work and relationships. We tend to lose our patience with God thinking He is just a blessing machine and when we do not get what we want we leave Him because of our uncertainty. Yet, Faithfulness is the fruit that we give to God so He can change us inside and out! It is the ability to take what Christ has done in us and be a blessing to others with loyalty and trust. Faithfulness goes against modern psychology and societies thinking, as it requires us to move beyond ourselves, whereas psychology tells us to be selfness putting the "me" first, rearranging the world to our needs, which creates self-destruction and broken relationships. We have to keep the goal of faithfulness in our minds always, as it will allow God to work deeper and us to respond to His call! God has bigger things at stake that He wants you for, much more than the petty complaints we give or things we ask of Him!
Remember; God does not want our complaints, thus He will not give us an answer for them, rather He wants our obedience, so He can use us more and better!
© 2002 R. J. Krejcir Into Thy Word Ministries

Monday, October 22, 2012

1 Year to an Organized Life - October Week 4

this week you can:

  • make the family room more fun to be in
  • share the fun; get a chore
  • learn how to organize the most common items stored in the family room
I love the pic of this room.  The adults can watch TV in one side of the room but still have a view of the kids playing on the other side and kind of back behind the TV so the noise shouldn't bother either group.

This is the room where the real living is going on.  Wonder who decided to call the other room the living room?  This is the place to be comfortable, be entertained and have fun.  That doesn't mean it has to be a mess all the time though.  Remember, everything has a place and everything should go back to that place when you are done with it.

Not everyone has a space in their home shaped like that in this pic.  Some of us don't even have a separate room for this, we've got a family/living room.  Whatever you decide to do with this space be sure that it is functional and not just overcrowded and cluttered.  No one will have fun then.

Be sure to read the chapter this week.  Regina gives some great ideas for organization solutions for most any reason you can think of in this room.  Hidden storage is the best, in my opinion.  I love the cabinet that is used for the TV in this pic.  Two big drawers.  These could hold games, remotes, DVDs, maybe even some of the toys you see strung out on the other side of the room.  In our house, we store the batteries here since the remotes are what use the most batteries anyway.

Another great hidden storage solution is the foot stool that has a lid for the top.  This is a great place for blankets, pillows and again games.

Look around.  What hidden storage do you already have?  What could you add?  Are you using it effectively?  Do you really need to store everything that is in there or do you need to eliminate?  Speaking of, I've got a box of hidden storage that I need to go through, and I might as well do it right now!

Until Next Time.....

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fruit of the Spirit - Goodness

Feedback has been good for the "guest post" format, so I will let him do the talking for the rest of the fruits of the spirit.  I hope you are learning something and enjoying the study format.

Until Next Time.....

Fruit of the Spirit is Goodness
By Dr. Richard J. Krejcir

Is the Character of Goodness working in you?
Here is how you can find out. Take a careful look at this Fruit of Goodness from God's most precious Word by examining the passages below. Now ask yourself:
  1. How do I exhibit Goodness in my daily life?
  2. What can I do to develop a better attitude of Goodness?
  3. What blocks goodness from working and being exhibited in me?
  4. How can I make Goodness function better, stronger and faster even in times of uncertainly and stress?
Galatians 5:22-23
Goodness (Amos 5:15; Prov. 25:22; Matthew 7:12; 19:16; Luke 6:27, 35; Rom. 12:17; II Cor. 5:20; Eph. 5:8-9; I Pet. 3:11; II Pet. 1:3-8) is the engagement of love! It displays integrity, honesty and compassion to others and allows us to do the right thing. Goodness takes our virtue and excellence and models it to others in the action of love. It is doing the right thing even when it does not feel like we should, as Joseph was betrayed and sold as a slave, he chose to make his situation good and help and treat others better than he needed too. Goodness is the model for people to repent and accept Christ.
Badness, cruelty, ruthlessness, depravity, debauchery and evil are the opposites. It is being mercilessness and unscrupulousness in our dealings toward others! When we fight against each other especially in the church, you have to see it as how hurtful and even pathetic it is in God's eyes!
· Here are positive examples from Scripture (Gen. 39; Luke 10:30-37; Acts 7:60; 9:36; Luke 23:34; Gal. 6:10; II Thess. 1:11)
· Here is are negative examples from Scripture (Gen. 4:8; Duet. 25:17-19; Joshua 7; Luke 9:54)
Further Questions
1. How would you define Goodness?
2. What are the things that cause you to act bad or ruthless?
3. How does ruthlessness counteract Goodness?
4. How can you make Eph. 5:8-9 work in you, even through times of waiting and confusion, even when people are rude and evil to you?
5. When have you been filled with Goodness the most?
6. In what situation did you fail to have Goodness in which you should have?
7. What issue is in your life that would improve with more Goodness?
8. Think through the steps you need to take to put Goodness into action in a specific instance. Such as learning to be good to people who are rude to you or not letting your circumstances get in the way of the way you treat others?
Goodness is the fruit that virtue and the rest of characters combine to produce endearment. It is the character that makes people liked and even lovable by others. It is what is attractive and luring, that catches people's attention and respect. This is the quintessential element that attracts people to you and finds and keeps friends. It builds marriages and shows God's love to others around us. It is virtue in action; it is being a role model and putting into practice excellence in all that we do to God and others. Goodness enables us to be liked and enjoyed, even if an enemy comes against us (Prov. 25:22). It is the taste of what is to come, the flavor of how we are to be (Psalm 34:8; 119:103). It is our expression of worship and gratitude to Christ played out in our lives, so we can enjoy Him and He can enjoy us, and so that life can be more enjoyable for all.
Why are we to be good? Because God is good to us (Psalm 86:5; 145:4-13)! Because God has defeated evil, so why would any rational person seek failure unless they are deluded as Satan is (Matt. 5:43-48; 25:41; John 12:31; 16:9-11; Col. 2:15; Rev. 20:1-3)! Because we are to serve a God of love and in so doing we are to love (1 Pet. 2:1-3; 1 John 4:7-21)! Goodness is the application of love, whereas pride is the love, the only love we have and use and it is for only ourselves (Prov. 16:18; 29:23)! Being good will help us be patient, kind, understanding and forgiving to others. It will be the fruit that helps us build each other up, build His Church, reach His community and restore relationships and seek the best in all we do. It is excellence in action! It is what builds great societies and its absence causes those same societies to collapse in debauchery!
Remember; the fruits and character cost dearly, they are not cheap by and from the One who bought them for us, for our betterment and for His glory. We must not take for granted what Cost Him so much!
© 2002 R.J. Krejcir Into Thy Word Ministries
"It is that particular Wise and good God, who is the author and owner of our system, that I propose for the object of my praise and adoration. He is not above caring for us, being pleased with our praise and offended when we slight Him or neglect his Glory . I love Him therefore for his goodness, and I adore Him for his wisdom. Let me then not fail to praise my God continually, for it is His due, and it is all I can return for His many favors and great goodness to me." Benjamin Franklin

Monday, October 15, 2012

1 Year to an Organized Life - October Week 3

this week you can:

  • clear the clutter and put life back in the living room
  • learn what to store in this room
  • declutter your piano (if you have one)

Look!  Another green pic...I bet you though I would pick purple, but I really like this color, Love the widow treatments, and that lamp is pretty cool too.

The living room in most homes is going the way of the parlor...just doesn't exist much anymore.  My mom still has a living room, or what some people call a FORMAL living room.  There is no TV, just space to sit and very neat, almost like a showplace.  Back in the day, this is where you would meet with guests for a visit.  This is not the place where you put your feet on the couch or have a bowl of popcorn in your lap.

There is nothing wrong with a room for these types of guests, especially if you get those types of visits often, but it doesn't need to be so tidy and perfect that no one feels comfortable in it.  Walk into this room with fresh eyes.  Do you like how it looks?  How do you think it looks to a stranger?  Sometimes a little paint and new furniture arrangement are all it needs.  Don't have too many frames or "stuff" on top of the piano or every table surface.  The eye has a hard time focusing when there is too much to look at.  

You might have a piece of furniture here that has some storage.  This might be a great place to store items you use rarely, like holiday decorations or fancy table linens, etc.  If you have a bookcase here, maybe dedicate one shelf to photo albums or scrapbooks.  This is also a great place to store candles in any table drawers you might have.  Beware that this room doesn't become a dumping ground, simply use the available storage.

Also beware if you do use this place for hidden storage that it is a regular thing.  I mean, everything needs to have it's place.  If the coffee table drawer is where you store batteries, don't have batteries in three other drawers.  This is its place and everyone knows it.  When looking for batteries or looking to put them away after being purchased, everyone knows where they go.  When everything has it's place, cleaning up takes very little time and there is no early morning shouting across the house of  "WHERE IS THE......"  It is so worth it!  A place for everything and everything in its place. AMEN!

Until Next TIme.....

Thursday, October 11, 2012

1 Year to an Organized Life - October Week 2

This week you can:

  • declutter your dining room table
  • create a room that is inviting as well as organized
  • find creative ways to enjoy the dining room if your dinner party days are over
I love this pic.  The room appears small, but nice and bright and inviting!  Love the green and wish I had that storage!!

This room should be easy to do.  We've already done the kitchen and home office...most dining room tables tend to be a home office extension...but it might need a reminder!  If you have a home office, box up and papers and take them there and deal with them accordingly...don't just drop the box into the room!  If you don't have a dedicated room, take it to the temporary home office or to the proper filing cabinet or system you developed during home office month.  If you have a sideboard or hutch, clean out the shelves and drawers just like you have for every other room.  Be sure good dishes or silver are properly cared for or wrapped.

Remove any extraneous items.  I know my dining room chairs end up being coat racks quite often.  Remember the one touch rule.  When you take your coat off, hang it up in the coat closet or wherever you had decided it belongs.  Now that it is cleaned out, does it need fresh paint?  Can you display your best dishes or serving pieces in the hutch?  Do you need new window coverings, etc.

Maybe this room is now pretty bare and you have even gotten rid of your dining room table...if you ever had one...because you just don't entertain.  How else could you use this room?  My friend turned hers into a Wii room for the kids. It's a very small room, but big enough to play on the Wii and it is downstairs where they can keep and eye or ear on the kids if they start fighting over games, etc.  My "dining room" is actually an extension of the living room.  There are no separate walls.  I would love to make it into one large living/family room, but my husband is not yet ready to part with his Mother and Father's first dining room set. *sigh*  So I'm just doing the best that I can by keeping it tidy.  And we have used the table quite a bit as we occasionally have our small group over from church for meals/gatherings.

This might be a great area to consider making a dedicated homework area.  Place the family computer here and table/desk space.  The kids will have an area to spread out and work without distractions from the TV, and you will have an eye on the computer and what they might be looking at.

Every family is different and every dining area is different.  Figure out what works for you and go for it!

Until Next TIme.....

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fruit of the Spirit - Kindness

pic from Google images

Guest post this week is really more of a mini Bible study.  I hope you can make the time to do it.  The world would be pretty awesome if we were all, myself included, a little more kind.  Enjoy!
Until Next Time.....

Fruit of the Spirit is Kindness
By Dr. Richard J. Krejcir

Is Kindness working in you?
Here is how you can find out. Take a careful look at this Fruit of Kindness from God's most precious Word. Examine the passages below and ask yourself:
1. How do I exhibit kindness in my daily life?
2. What can I do to develop more of a kindness attitude?
3. What blocks the practice of kindness in my life? How can I make kindness function better, stronger, and faster, even in times of uncertainty and stress?
4. How can I make Kindness function better, stronger, and faster, even in times of uncertainty and stress?
Kindness (Rom. 2:1-4; 12:9-21; Ephesians 4:32; Col. 3:12-14; 1 John 3:16-23) is the medium through which Christ's love becomes tangible through us. It is practicing benevolence and a loving attitude towards others. Kindness is the essence that shows the world that we are a Christian, like the fragrance coming from a flower. It is being convicted with God's Word, and then modeling it to others. Kindness is the subject to the object of who we are in Christ!
Cruelty, spitefulness, being mean, and holding grudges are the opposites. This can include seeking to harm someone, being cruel and rude, or just ignoring people you do not like. God created us for relationships, and when we ignore this, we fail in the most important aspect in life besides our relationship in Him!
· Here are positive examples from Scripture (Gen. 39:21-23; Josh. 2:4-16; Ruth 2:8-16; 3:15; Luke 7:2-6; Acts 24:23; 27:3, 43)
· Here are negative examples from Scripture (Gen. 21:9-14; 37:12-36; Ex. 5:6-18; Luke 22:64; John 19:3)
Further Questions
  1. How would you define Kindness? Notice how Joseph's brothers were cruel to him, yet a jailer, who was a stranger, was kind!
  1. What are the things that cause you to be cruel or rude?
  1. How does rudeness counteract kindness?
  1. Boaz had no obligation, outside of tradition, to help Ruth, yet He did. Why did he (Ruth 2:8-16; 3:15)?
  1. When have you most been filled with kindness?
  1. In what situation did you fail to have kindness when you should have?
  1. What issue is in your life that would improve with more kindness?
  1. Think through the steps you need to take to put kindness into action in a specific situation. How about learning to drive without rage when someone cuts you off, or spending more time helping someone you do not like, or not letting your circumstances get in the way of being kind to strangers, even if you are in a hurry?
We live in a world that accepts cruelty as being cool. Just look at TV and the movies. However, the Christian is called to be higher, while at the same time, lower. This means to be higher in our character and lower by acceptance of others (as long as it does not bring us down to their level!). Kindness is beyond just being accepting, liberal, or open minded. It is thoughtful consideration to one another, putting ourselves in their shoes. We are called to be kind to enemies (Luke 6:34-35), to strangers (Lev. 19:34), to family (Duet. 22:1) and to outcasts (Life of Jesus). Kindness is not something we confront. It is something we proclaim! We must change our behaviors to reflect Christ's treatment of us in how we treat others, on the road, in our work, school, and family. As society gets more complicated and crowded, kindness will gradually disappear, which makes it increasingly needed. Let us "step up to the plate" of treating and serving others as Christ would (1 John 3:16-23).
Remember the Fruits of the Spirit are not what we do when we have the time or feel like it, they are what we are to do--period!
© 2002 R. J. Krejcir Into Thy Word Ministries

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fruit of the Spirit - Patience

Galatians 5:22-23

I'm sure you've heard someone in your life tell you, "don't pray for patience because you won't like what God will give you to learn patience!"  Anyone nodding along?  I know I for one certainly want to have more patience, but I also don't want to have to learn to have it the hard way!  That's like having to do 1 million sit-ups to get a toned tummy...maybe I'd rather have the flab!

But patience is a virtue, and it is a fruit of the spirit, and I for one, do not want my fruit basket lacking anything, so I will grudgingly ask the Lord for more patience.

Look up Psalm 27:14.  Did you know that patience is directly linked with courage?  It does take a brave person to conjure up the strength needed to be patient especially if it is in the middle of a difficult situation.  

Patience seems to be a passive waiting game, but not so.  Look up Proverbs 19:11.  It is an intentional process that grows with time, maturity and wisdom.  We may not develop patience as quickly as we want but we can learn to tolerate our impatience...which actually means we are growing patience!

I could tell you some lofty, high and mighty kinds of things about patience, but the truth is that it is something that needs worked on daily just like your golf swing, a guitar riff, learning another language, or keeping your sanity while your child learns to play the drums.  Keep working on it, like sit-ups, and your patience muscle will become just as toned as your tummy.

Here are a couple cool quotes about patience:

Patience with others is love, patience with self is hope, and patience with God is faith - Adel Bestavros

If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient.  He may just have a small piece of fluff in his ear - Winnie the Pooh

Until Next TIme.....

Monday, October 1, 2012

1 Year to an Organized Life - October Week 1

pic from Google images

This week you can:

  • take a tour of the rooms you share with others
  • make a quick diagnosis of the story these common rooms tell friends and family
  • develop specific goals for each room

From October to the end of December we have basically one holiday after another.  If you like to entertain...or even if you don't but it's your's time to make sure that all common rooms of the home are ready for company.  For that matter, even if there is no company, it feels so much better to always be "company ready" let's get to that point and keep it that way!!

This week is very simple.  We are back to some journaling questions.  To prepare to answer the questions with thought, the next time you are out of your home for a little while (a walk, a trip to the store) when you come back, walk in to each common area of your home, and try to look at it with new eyes or the eyes of someone who has never been there before.  Just stand there in the living room, dining room, family room, or whatever room and look around at everything ceiling to floor.  Then go sit down and answer the journaling questions Regina has for us this week.

It sounds a little silly to some, maybe, but it really is a very valuable tool to decide what stays, what goes, what needs fixed, what needs changed, etc.

Let me remind you of the one touch rule at this point.  Remember, if you touch it, you are responsible for putting it away, cleaning it, throwing it away, etc.  No setting something down and then saying I'll get to it later.  So many times later never happens and before you know it you have quite a pile of things that you are going to get to later.  If everything is taken care of immediately it usually only takes seconds.  If it turns into a big pile, it can sometimes take hours, require more elbow grease, and give us a yucky feeling.  Don't believe me?  Time yourself and see...then go with what works best for you.  But trust me when I say you will feel much better all the way around to take care of something immediately.  Oatmeal in a bowl, just eaten, or oatmeal in a bowl 8 hours later....'nuf said.

Until Next Time.....