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Uncluttering Your Life — The New Minimalism

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by stuff??? We have a garage full of things that are calling attention to me every time I pass them by on my way in. I am the kind of person who doesn't like clutter. It makes my mind cluttered. I can't sit down and relax if I am looking at all the things around me that need to be picked up, put away, cleaned, or taken care of. I cannot relax my mind or my body in clutter. In consequence, clutter makes me feel anxious, frustrated, and overwhelmed. And that, in turn, affects how I relate to others around me, my family and friends. With Christmas just behind us, I find myself struggling yet again with making room for all the new things we now have. We simpl

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

My daughter shared with me the topic that they have been discussing in her Bible study group. She thought it would be a good topic for my blog. It is a quote from the cartoonist Bil Keane: "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift from God, which is why we call it the present.” My daughter said that her leader would like to make this a focal point for living her life. I started to think about the quote and wondering exactly how someone can use it in their lives. Silly me, what was I thinking!. The next day, a friend posted this on Facebook: “Accept what is, Let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.” Hmmm. Sounds a lot like Mr. Keane’s quote. Finally,

Entering Into the Christmas Narrative

I love a good story, the kind of story you don't mind reading over and over again, one that draws you in, inspires you and teaches you something about yourself and the world around you. In order for me to enjoy a book, I usually have to know about a little bit about the plot (not everything, of course) and many times I look up the ending of the book too. I know some of you cringe at that thought, but for me, I need to know what I am getting into otherwise I won't enjoy the story as much. I know what stories speak to me and what stories will leave me wondering why I read them in the first place. Stories are powerful! They have the power to move us to tears, to make us feel grateful to be ali

On Boundaries and Fireworks

I have a confession to make. I am an introvert at heart... Being around people exhausts me. A lot. I need time to be by myself, to rest, to restore my soul, so that I can be around people again without feeling resentful and drained. Summer is a time to reconnect with others, a time to see long time friends and family and we enjoyed having some family and friends visit us last week. I cooked, cleaned, drove, walked, entertained, and talked a lot. I loved every minute of it. But as is true for introverts, I was completely drained after our company left. I needed to be with no one else around: a true introverted need. So I decided that as a family we needed to take a break from company for