Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Organized Simplicity: Week 2 in Review

I'm disappointed before I even get to the second sentence of this week's reading assignment.  "I hate to break it to you, but you can't do it all."  Phooey.  Because I really want to do it all, and not just DO it, but do it really well, if not perfect.  What a battle to fight, especially if we let Satan get a hold of that one and help us beat ourselves up over NOT being able to do it all.

Sigh.

I hope you were able to sit down at some point during the past week with your spouse to develop a purpose statement for your family.  With a purpose statement in hand or posted where we can see it regularly, we can better decide what is truly important for our families and get rid of those urgent things that just like to shove their way into our daily schedules and to-do lists.

I'll share with you our family's purpose statement (feel free to share yours, too--I'd love to hear it!!):
The purpose of our family is focused upon honoring God as we care for one another.  We strive to accomplish this by:
·       Valuing love and service as our main guiding principles
·       Making our home a welcoming place of peace and joy  
·       Maintaining an atmosphere of continual learning
·       Prioritizing a simple, healthy lifestyle above lesser values

A few questions for you to respond to in the comments section:

Where do you find yourself battling between urgent and important?
What was the hardest part about developing your family's purpose statement?
What is one area of time management that needs the most help at your house?

I hope things are going well for you with this study so far.  Are you having issues with anything?  Questions about anything?  Feel free to ask them in the comments section or email me, whichever works best for you!

(I'm surviving VBS, but just barely...maybe next week I'll be a little more inspiring!! :)  )

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Organized Simplicity: Week 1 Review

I hope you have all had a good week and that you are liking what you've seen so far of "Organized Simplicity."  Your wheels are turning by now, I'm sure, with figuring out just exactly what simple living means for your family.  Our assignment for Week 2 will get you even further down that road.

The concept of simple living is certainly contrary to what the world tells us we need in order to live a successful and fulfilling life (again, in the eyes of the world).  I think that is why Week One's memory verse is a great place for us to put our focus as we think about living a life that is contrary to the standards of the world:
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.      --Romans 12.2

 Discussion questions for today:

    1. What are you most looking forward to as we enter this challenge to simplify and declutter our lives?

    2. What are you dreading the most about this journey?

You can answer these questions and make any other comments in the comment section below.

Looking ahead, here is our assignment for the coming week:

Week 2:

  • Read:  Chapters 3 & 4 of "Organized Simplicity"

  • Memorize:  1 Corinthians 10.31--So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

  • Other assignment:  1) work with your spouse to develop your family's purpose statement (from Chapter 3);  and 2) prioritize your everyday activities, as mentioned in Chapter 4

I can't emphasize enough the importance of spending time with your spouse this week to develop your family's purpose statement.  So much of what you do from this point forward will hinge upon the purposes and goals of your family.  I will share our family's statement with you next week.

Have a great week!!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Invitation to Join

I am leading a group of ladies (area homeschool moms and their guests) through a book study on Tsh Oxenreider's "Organized Simplicity."  If anyone else is interested in joining us on a journey to simplify, declutter, and organize your life, feel free to grab a copy of the book here and join in on the fun!  We will be meeting here each Wednesday for the next 12 weeks to share in what should be a very adventurous journey, to say the least!