Holy Experience has joined forces with a friend to blog at The Sacred Everyday. As part of their introduction to the blog, they have included a statement of beliefs. It's the kind of thing you may find on a church or seminary web-site, but written with a more poetic feel. It made me contemplate writing such a statement of my own. So what do I believe? And is there maybe a benefit to putting my own words to such beliefs, rather than assenting to those penned by another.
Here's a challenge for all of us: to come up with a written statement regarding our beliefs. And just to crank it up a notch, consider adding a few poetic images (hint, hint to all those that have already written ordination papers and the like - just to keep us "less scholarly ones" trackin' with ya!)
Now that all the Christmas parties are done, we're faced with all the tidying up. Decorations, linens, lights - they all require our attention to re-claim "normal" in our homes. I've come upon a few helpful tips in these cleaning endeavours and will share them to your benefit, I hope.
1. To keep silverware tarnish-free, put a piece of blackboard chalk in the silverware box.
2. Those beautiful cut-glass vases, bowls, and glasses will sparkle if you wash them in soapsuds and one tablespoon of bluing (just be careful not to squirt bluing directly onto any clothes... it can leave permanent marks).
3. Use Windex spray to shine scuffed patent-leather shoes. Just take a clean cloth and wipe clean.
4. To polish copper, mix vinegar with salt and you will have beautiful, shining copper.
5. Water rings or hot-dish rings can be removed by making a thick paste of equal portions of salad oil and salt. Rub it on the spot with your fingers and let it absorb for a couple of hours. Then rub it of with a soft cloth.
6. Scorch that beautiful linen cloth? Simply rub the scorched area with a raw onion, soak in cold water for a couple of hours, then wash the linen as usual.
The above tips come from Emilie Barnes, Creative Home Organizer. This is a handy book with hundreds of tips like this - definitely a handy resource for all Home Makers.
It's not inspired writing, like the Bible, and therefore not life-giving... BUT may I suggest it is a way to magnify God in your life. John's perspective of our daily battle for the "joy of our salvation" is proving to be helpful to me.
My primary desire for the coming year is to grow in Joy... in God (as Piper continually reminds us). Joy in anything less is truly a placebo. Though my family is wonderful... nothing can grant true joy like God.
If you've been feeling a little ho-hum in your desire for God, may I first suggest a heavy dose of Him by diving into His Word and by spending time walking with Him. And if you've got time for a little extra reading, might I suggest Piper's story about His increasing desire for God and the Joy that comes from Him!!
Happy New Year!! Praise God for the year past... another step closer to eternity!
To some that may be a morbid perspective, but for us that have eternal hope, it is like walking the aisle towards our bridegroom. What joy, what love, what hope, what longing fills our souls!!
As we are waiting and continuing our daily walk upon this earth, the turn of the year may be a good time to stop and contemplate the days remaining for this leg of our 'lives'.
Girltalk posted D.Whitney's 10 Questions to Ask at the Start of a New Year at the end of 2005, and I found it to be really helpful in giving perspective to my goals, plans, and realities. I had shoved the paper into my desk and was encouraged/challenged several times during 2006 when I chanced upon the page. The ladies of Girltalk have linked to this article again, and I plan to, once again, fill in my answers to the questions listed.
I hope you find this helpful in your "self-examination" of 2006 and "goal-setting" for 2007.
Blessings, as you look forward to God's work in and through you for 2007!
I am the "wife of one husband", with three boys to love. I enjoy cooking, baking, scrapbooking, sewing, playing piano, reading, knitting, hospitality, cleaning, and gardening. At present my profession as homemaker includes the usual domestic arts as well as homeschooling.