Sunday, February 2, 2014

Ordering our Days

Our days are full of choices from the moment we wake up until our head hits the pillow at night. Choices as to how we will spend our minutes... minutes that run into hours... and hours that accumulate into days. Each choice can lead us towards a goal or hinder. It's so important to live life with God's glory in mind. 

Years ago I attended a bible study that encouraged us to write a yearly mission statement using only Scripture. From the mission statement we would then write out a yearly, monthly, weekly and finally a daily schedule. This practice was a tool ...

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. 
Psalm 90:12

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

Sweet Peas and cabbage

I haven't made a mission statement in years but I do find myself mentally evaluating my daily choices and how I am spending my days. When life gets so hectic that I find the order of my days upset and my relationships strained then it's time to look at the choices I'm making each day and how I'm spending my time. 

For instance, if I cram too many outside activities in to my week (shopping, church activities, visiting friends) then it can affect my relationship with my husband. How you may ask? *smile* When I am gone too many days from my home then I get behind in my work. If get too far behind in my house work,laundry and dishes then I am tempted to being anxious. When I'm tempted to be anxious then it can affect how patient I am with my husband. When I'm impatient with my husband... well you get the point!  *smile*  One unwise choice can lead to other unwise choices which can ultimately affect the important relationships in my life. 

I also find that I'm tempted to not spend time with the Lord in the mornings if I'm behind in my daily work or too busy outside my home. Spending time studying God's Word is one of the greatest joys in my life and I want to keep it as a top priority. I have to plan to set aside this time otherwise it doesn't just happen. 


It's such an old plant but I just hate to pull it out while it still tries to bloom. 


It's to be expected that busy times will come in our lives. It's unavoidable. Family members will need help when they are sick or moving or we will have days when we are helping with the grandchildren.  As a result we will get behind with our work at home and that's okay. Our work at home should never be an end all of itself. It's only when we are making unwise daily choices that become an established pattern that consistently affects our relationships that we need to consider making some changes. Or if our house is so out of order that we cannot fulfill the command to be hospitable. 

I need God's wisdom to know how to order my days to bring Him glory. Isn't it wonderful that we just have to ask and He freely gives it? 

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5,6

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Any extra minutes are being spent working on my paid projects. Here are a few things though that I did this week in my home:

1. I have a very small closet compared to the ones in the newer homes. I've been blessed with some hand-me-downs but now my closet is crammed full. It's a good thing. I took most of my clothes out and started sorting to see what I really had. I made separate piles of long pants, caprices, tank tops, short and long sleeve tops, skirts and dresses. I got rid of 1 box and 1 bag of clothing. It feels so good to open the closet and see it neat and organized. It's good to bless others with my overflow rather than hanging on to unused items.

2. I bought a different kind of mayo on sale and just didn't care for it at all. So, instead of letting it go to waste I have been using it in recipes where you can't taste the difference. This week I made a Low Carb Chocolate Mayo Cake and also a banana bread recipe for my mother.

I got this picture too late last week to post. My son & his family giving up his day to build our fence. 

3. We harvested a very large head of cauliflower from the garden. I melted some coconut oil on a cookie sheet in the oven and then tossed the cauliflower in the oil with some garlic salt and pepper. Baked at 350 for 30 minutes.  (Thank you Pam!) It was yummy!

4. As I said above...I was given a large bag of clothes. Some of the tops were cute but too big so I ran a seam down the side and they fit just perfect. I love FREE.

5. I made another batch of homemade laundry detergent. The last batch lasted for months and months.  I've been making the Duggar's Laundry Soap recipe this year. I just don't water it down as much as they do. It saves me so much money.



Duggar's Laundry Detergent

4 c. hot water
1 Fels Naptha Bar soap, grated
1 c. Washing Soda (not baking soda)
1/2 c. Borax 

1. Grate bar. Add to water.
2. Melt over low heat. 
3. Fill 5 gallon bucket 1/2 full with hot water. 
4. Add above mixture. Stir till dissolved.
5. Fill bucket to top with hot water. 
6. Stir and let set over night. 

The Duggar's fill a used laundry soap dispenser 1/2 full of soap and the rest with water. You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons once cooled. I tried this once 
but the smell evaporated.  

6. A friend gave me some leftover pieces of stained glass window film. I put it on the glass panes in our door. It gives privacy, looks lovely and was free. Thank you Yvonne!

7.  I made Pumpkin Pie Spice again for my Low Carb Pumpkin Pie recipe. I had these spices on hand so I didn't have to run to the store to buy a special blended spice.

Pumpkin Pie


Crust

3/4 c. flaxmeal ground
1/4 c. sunflower seed flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. oil or butter (I used coconut oil)
2 tbsp. cold water



Press into 9 inch pie dish. Bake 12 minutes at 350 degrees. 



Pie Filling

2 c. homemade pumpkin (or 15 oz. canned) pumpkin
1 c. coconut milk (or other liquid)
2 eggs
1/3 c. Truvia  (I used 1/3 c. Erythritol and 1/4 tsp. Kal Stevia. You can find a link above)
1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
Dash of salt. 

Mix together. Taste to see if it's sweet enough and adjust sweeteners accordingly. Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees. 


Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/8 tsp. ground cloves

8. Items I saved this week:
  • Low carb tortilla bag (reuse as a baggie)
  • Frozen strawberry bag (reuse as a baggie)
  • Rubber bands from radishes
  • Erythritol bag (reuse as baggie)
  • Plastic bags with zippers that curtains came in. (I'll reuse to hold projects that are partially done so I can see what is in the bag). 
  • Cracker bag (reuse as baggie)
That's it for this week. So do you gals ever have trouble keeping your priorities straight? Any suggestions?  

Blessed to be home!
Georgene

7 comments:

  1. Priorities are so important. You keep me thinking these frugal thoughts, even if I don't have time to implement them. I have also been thinking about being there for my husband and others. I will have him only so long because of his dementia, and I want to make his days pleasant. For me it just takes a pleasant word and taking him along on my errands.

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    1. I don't want to regret my priorities when I come to the end of my life.

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  2. Very true! Its so easy to beat yourself up if you can't get it all done at home because of something out of your control.

    I am watching grand kids this morning, so can't say much but-- I do have some useful info-- I have not been able to find washing soda in our area lately. I don't know If I have checked every store--but Its been a hunt and I just haven't found it. I could order it on Amazon.com but I found out a simple cheap trick.

    You can simply turn a little baking soda into washing soda! Easy process on the stove top in a sauce pan-- you do need a thermometer to check it when its done.
    For the detergent recipes out there - you only need about a cup usually--so just make that.
    Here is a link about the process:
    http://www.ehow.com/how_5598724_make-washing-soda-baking-soda.html

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    1. That's great information Mary! I'm currently able to find washing soda locally but it's great to know there is an alternative.

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  3. I know just you mean- with my grands here 4 days a week, I don't get much done. So I cram my homekeeping into my day off and in the evening. Weekends are usually busy with church and more family things.
    In this season, I just do the most important things and hope I will have time in the future to do creative things I would to, it is just a myth that women can it all :)

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  4. Yes, it is a myth and a terrible lie that can bring a lot of condemnation.

    How wonderful you are able to spend time with your grandchildren each week. They grow up so fast. It's wonderful you know that they are a higher priority than doing creative things.

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  5. I too watch my little grandbabies. They love to spend the night some weekends. My problem is trying to be a day person after working overnights all week. I know the Lord gives me strength as grandmoms have a very special love and patience for the little ones. The housework waits until they go home.

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