Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Wonderful Advice for Reducing Stress - Thank you Mickey McIntosh!!


1. Pray

2. Go to bed on time.

3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.

4. Say NO to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.

5. Delegate tasks to capable others.

6. Simplify and un-clutter your life.

7. Less is more. (Although 1 is often not enough, 2 is often too many.)

8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.

9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.

10. Take 1 day at a time.

11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.

12. Live within your budget. Don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.

13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.

14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.

15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.

16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.

17. Get enough rest.

18. Eat right.

19. Get organized so everything has its place.

20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.

21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.

22. Every day, find time to be alone.

23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.

24. Make friends with Godly people.

25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.

26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good "Thank you Jesus."

27. Laugh.

28. Laugh some more!

29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.

30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).

31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).

32. Sit on your ego.

33. Talk less. Listen more.

34. Slow down.

35. Remind yourself that you are NOT the general manager of the universe.

36. Every night before bed, think of 1 thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before.

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Always Say A Prayer

Monday, May 30, 2011

"Let Honor Meet Honor" -- from Our Daily Bread

Excellent devotional this morning. I wish ODB had a way of reposting their daily journals. This one is too good to just delete from my email, so I'm adding it to my blog. ;) 

READ: Matthew 6:1-6

Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. —Matthew 6:1

I’ve always been impressed by the solemn, magnificent simplicity of the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. The carefully choreographed event is a moving tribute to soldiers whose names—and sacrifice—are “known but to God.” Equally moving are the private moments of steady pacing when the crowds are gone: back and forth, hour after hour, day by day, in even the worst weather.

In September 2003, Hurricane Isabel was bearing down on Washington, DC, and the guards were told they could seek shelter during the worst of the storm. Surprising almost no one, the guards refused! They unselfishly stood their post to honor their fallen comrades even in the face of a hurricane.

Underlying Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6:1-6, I believe, is His desire for us to live with an unrelenting, selfless devotion to Him. The Bible calls us to good deeds and holy living, but these are to be acts of worship and obedience (vv.4-6), not orchestrated acts for self-glorification (v.2). The apostle Paul endorses this whole-life faithfulness when he pleads with us to make our bodies “a living sacrifice” (Rom. 12:1).

May our private and public moments speak of our devotion and wholehearted commitment to You, Lord. —Randy Kilgore

Grant me the strength this day, O Lord, to persevere, to return honor to Your name where I am serving. My desire is to give myself in selfless devotion because of Your love for me. Amen.

The more we serve Christ, the less we will serve self.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Best Made Plans... Ha!

Today’s calendar for “Project A Day”, was supposed to be lunch with my dad. Our lunch date was supposed to be birthday time together. Life has been so busy we haven’t had any time to get together to celebrate his birthday from February or mine from last month.

Unexpected news has changed our date again. More later…

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

My May Calendar for the "Project a Day"

So somethings are just for fun, school w/Anna and some are actual projects. I'll post pictures of the more interesting projects. I can't wait to see if this really helps or if it's just another list.
We shall see!

Monday, May 9, 2011


My “Project-a-Day” blogging

I got this idea from another blogger, "The Simple Mom", Deborah Taylor-Hough. I think it's such a great concept, I'm going to do it AND blog about it too. My hope is: Blogging about my projects will encourage me to DO them. ;) I'll put my list together for at least this month and then post it. For now, here is a brief description of what I'm going to do.


I'll make a point to tackle one project every day. At the end of the month, I'll be able to say I accomplished at least 30 projects (I hope). Of course I already start projects and finish projects all the time, but seeing something in writing helps me to get things done quicker and to actually complete those things.

I'll post pictures of some of my projects. A picture of a finished project is always a great motivator to get the job done. Some of my projects may be as simple as, "Sweep the deck" or "Go for a bike ride", so I may skip posting those types of projects every day. I will however put together a monthly calendar and post a picture of it or something visual so I can see all of the days listed with its project.

My first project is putting this post together. :) Tomorrow's project is putting together a calendar for the remainder of this month and posting it on my blog.

Finally... just so everyone knows. Yes! I already do things every day of the week, including educating my 14 year old daughter Anna. This "Project A Day" blogging is to help me tackle home improvement or spring cleaning kind of things, which always get swept under the proverbial rug. I SO need to inspire myself to finish all my nagging unfinished projects and this "Project A Day" idea sounds like a great way to accomplish some of them. Here's to finishing some of the things that I've been putting off for SO long.