A Promise is a Promise

When I took down the Christmas decorations, I put them in trays and boxes. I put each tray or box on the tote where it belonged. I promised David I would pack up one tote a day.  

I gleefully set out Valentine’s Day and snowmen decorations. The Valentine wreath wasn’t my design. The surfaces in my house looked cluttered. I took down all the Valentine decor and started over.  

Meanwhile, I had only packed up 2 totes. I got into one tote and took out stars and snowflake ornaments. I designed a winter wreath.

My kitchen centerpiece confused Pinterest. I posted it on a “Winter” board. They thought it was a wedding centerpiece. Now I am getting wedding pins!

I decorated my picture window with lights, stars, snowflakes, and flocked pine cones. I finished it in time to watch a major storm come in last week.

I asked David to bring the quilt frame upstairs. I planned on setting it up in the guest room The room is 6 inches longer than the frame. (Sigh.)  

The only place I can set it up is in the basement. But – you guessed it – the big room is still full of Christmas decorations and totes! I slid the frame under the dining room table. 

I packed up 2 of the Christmas totes. After all – a promise is a promise.  

Matthew 23:21, 22, “What difference does it make if you make your promise inside or outside a house of worship? (22) A promise is a promise. God is present, watching and holding you to account regardless.” The Message

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Isaiah 50:4-5, “Every morning He wakes me. He teaches me to listen like a student. The Lord God helps me learn.” New Century Version  “We need to ask ourselves what we will allow to guide us through the coming day: our own desires…Or will we allow God to lead the way?” “Hugs – Daily Inspirations for Women, January 22

The quilt will have to wait.  

What promise are you procrastinating over?  

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Life on God’s Terms

Thank you for checking back! A sinus infection sidelined me for 10 days. I started an antibiotic last night.

I spent several days on the couch. I got up for the church services – but went right back to bed afterward.

We are taking Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University on Wednesday nights. I didn’t want to miss 2 weeks.

Yes, I am Frugalfish. Yes, we are debt free – no mortgage! But there is always more to learn.

We know the difference between a need, a want, and a desire. Frugality is our way of life. A conversation with our daughter, Laura, showed we passed that knowledge on.

“Mom, I made a grocery list and left it on my desk at work.”

“I hate when that happens!”

“I bought stuff I wouldn’t have with a list. Did I need that summer sausage? No! I wanted it. Did I need those brownies? No – wait – maybe I did need chocolate…”

“If you live like no one else now, later you can live and give like no one else.”

Dave Ramsey – Introduction to Financial Peace University

Luke 17:33, “If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you’ll lose it, but if you let that life go, you’ll get life on God’s terms.”

The Message

“The World’s messages tell us we’ll be content if we look a certain way if we behave in a certain fashion, and if we accumulate a certain number of material possessions. But the contentment the world offers is fleeting and incomplete. Thankfully, genuine contentment – the contentment that results in a lasting sense of inner peace – is not found in shopping malls.”

Hugs – Daily Inspirations for Women, January 18

How are you ‘living like no one else’?

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At The End of Your Rope

For many, today is the last day of Christmas vacation. I’m sure some mothers can’t wait for school to start again!

Matthew 5:3, “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and His rule.” The Message

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“Ann Quindlen correctly observed, ‘Love is not leisure, it is work.’ So even on those days when the dog bites or the bee stings, you should be quick to do the ‘walk’ required to give – and receive – love.”

“Hugs – Daily Inspirations for Women”

David has been home for the last four days. Things have not gone as I planned! Routines just have to wait.

Matthew 5:7, “You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.” The Message

My upset routines are nothing compared to what Joseph endured.

“…Joseph…resented by his family, repeatedly tempted by his boss’s wife, then thrown into prison for thirteen years for a crime he never committed. Yet at his lowest points God was with him, arranging each step he took and positioning him to fulfill his calling as the deliverer of his people.” The Word for You Today, January 1, 2019

Joseph’s dreams are what sustained him. Do you have a dream?

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