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3in30 Challenge

In order to meet my 2012 goals, (read here for those!), I’ve decided to join Megan and Ashley over at 3 in 30 Challenge! Simple concept, really and I love simple! You pick 3 things to accomplish in 30 days. Just three. See. Simple. Then they’ve invited others to blog about their success and progress!

 

My picks to WORK on are:

 Blog/write more frequently

Organize our home so that everything has a place

Work on loving Christs way, starting at home with my family

 

I can’t wait to share how I’ve been doing, so check back! 🙂

 

 

In His Hand,

 

Peggy

 

 

Welcome, 2012!!

The new year as rolled over, and as we change out our calenders, update our files and put away our party fun, I’m sure some of us are also reflecting.

Reflecting on last year, (which was just yesterday), reflecting on this year. Many of us make resolutions, and most of us has tossed them to the side before January is even over. So I challenge you, those of you who’ve made some promise to yourself, that this year…you’ll stick to at least one resolution. I’ve made plenty of them, but I’ll consider a success if just one lasts until December 31, 2012. I know I know…life gets in the way, right?  Well you bet it does, but we can still accomplish so much, when a mind is set to it. So get to settin!

I can’t wait to see what 2012 holds for my family and I. I ask you to join us on our journey, by following along via my blog, or facebook page. Both of which I aim to keep up with more often!

In His Hands,

Peggy

 

John 14:1-3

 1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

I wasn’t going to…but here it is – 2012 Goals!

I wasn’t going to join the Goal club, but I in the end, couldn’t resist writing out a few of my 2012 goals.

In no particular order:

1. Blog/write more frequently

2. Be more active and become fit

3. Organize our home so that everything has a place

4. Make, follow and stick to a budget

5. Work on loving Christs way, starting at home with my family

6. Study my Bible daily

7. Make a dent in our debt

8. Making my Scentsy business pay for itself and then some

9. Keep up on Jeremiah’s scrapbook

10. Make great memories!

Some of those are frivolous, some are not. Every list should have some fun, frivolous type ‘To Dos’ on it!!!

What is on your list?!

In His Hands,

Peggy

PS. I thought of a few more!

Take more photographs

Take my camera with me everywhere

Make something from my pinterest weekly!

Cleaning, because I was completely, and utterly WIGGED out!

My house is small, and has very little storage and nothing outside for outside things. So that means…we have things that float around the house with no permanent home.  It adds to the clutter and messy look.

Which drives. Me. Nutts.

So, today…after reading a few blogs on organizing and de-cluttering, I was inspired to clean! To toss. To minimize! So here’s today’s tally from the cleaning results:

4 large bags of trash

No picture of this, I tossed them as we filled them!

2 bags to go to Goodwill

Main closet has room for guests coats, shoes and purses

No picture of this either!

Hall closet is now organized and child friendly (medications on upper shelves)

Bathroom organized

Kitchen organized (90%, still have 10% left)

I was thinking that I’m pretty darn smart, to use this tension rod to hold our paper towels, but I’m sure somewhere in the blogosphere, someone has thought of it!

I also need to get some fabric and make a curtain for the bookcase-turned-pantry.

After all of that work, we rested. And then I felt inspired to make something in my newly organized kitchen!

Ta-Da!!!!!!!!!!!!

And a close up one, to make you drool!

I have NO idea what to call these…it’s Pillsbury Crescent rolls, with Andie’s Mints in the middle, rolled in cinnamon sugar and baked. It’s good stuff!!!!

So, that was our day! It’s good to purge, clean and put things in their place.

What do you need to do in your house? How do you get inventive with ways to clean, organize and such??

In His Hands,

Peggy

I Gotta Be Honest About Money

…I’m not perfect! *gasp* No one is, Peggy!

 Our finances are a disaster. Royal quagmire. A sink hole.

I could go on, but I’m sure you get the picture.

As children of God, our money matters shouldn’t look like the way of the rest of the worlds. They should be in order, and under a good steward. Yet how many of us believers struggle with what to do, daily?

In Matthew 25:14-30, Christ tells the parable of the talents. *Talents where a weight of money, so it could be gold, silver etc, not a specific amount.

Three servants are given according to their abilities, first one receives 5, second receives 2, third receives 1. The first two go out and double their talents. The third buries his 1. When the Master returns, he rewards the first two, according to their faithfulness. The third one has his taken away and is banished for laziness.

We are to be diligent, and faithful with our resources. Not hiding it away, or wasting it. But using it for it’s purposes. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to submit all our ways to Him and He will make our ways straight. Submit ALL our ways, including and most especially our money.

These past few years God’s been teaching my husband and I a lot about Himself.  But the one thing that keeps ringing in my head the most, is obedience to His Word.  Obeying shows faith, and faith brings obedience. Obey, obey obey. So, if I’m to obey, what am I to obey Him about, regarding money? Like the Matthew parable shows, I must be diligent to be found faithful with that which is given to me. Money, personal talents/callings, relationships are given to us. All this we must be faithful with. God’s Word shows us and tells us just what to do with all of it:

Be a good steward.

Be faithful.

Be sober.

Be loving.

Be generous.

Be hopeful.

So, if you’re like me, money makes you stress out at times. Even to the point of staying up at nights, or waking up at night. *Like I am now, at the typing of this post. But, as His children, we are not to worry either! Oh Lord, that is so very hard not to do.  But worry does not trust He will do what He promises us. Stressing over anything, be it money or relationships, does not bring us the peace He’d like to give us.

So, what then?

We must be diligent, to be found faithful with that which has been given to us, and with joy and thanksgiving, wait upon the Lords grace and mercy. He will provide what we need, as we need it. He will give to those who are faithful, and not take away.

So today, we, my husband and I, will submit our money tangling ways to the Lord, our Beloved Master. And ask Him for His help and guidance.  We will walk the path of diligence and practice our obedience to His Word. As believers, we can do no less than obey. Even to the point of personal sacrifice.

1 Peter 4:1-2, ” Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.”

Pray for us, as we practice obedience, faith and trust in God in these matters. It’s not easy to submit habitual matters to Him, but it is what we’re called to do. And if we profess to believe Him and His Word, we can do no less, than follow His Word. I have great hope, full of assurance, that He will be faithful to us. That our money handling skills will grow and stretch, teaching us much more about His character (and ours!) than we thought possible. For with every act of faith and willingness to obey, He shows through to be that which He has said.

I’m excited to see what He will teach us, and show us. I am not fearful, but joyful. Knowing that His ways are good and perfect.

In His Hands,

Peggy

 

Linky Wednesday!

Gearing up for the Holidays!

Christmas Change: A great site! For the past few years, I’ve been giving thought to the meaning of Thanksgiving and Christmas. What I’d like it to mean to me and my family. This year, we’re expecting another child, so funds will be low because of that. But I’d really like to bless someone else, as we’ve been blessed in many ways ourselves. This site has great ideas and wonderful charities to support. Give it a look, pray about it and do what God presses on you to do!

 

Growing in Faith

Far About Rubies. Wise Wives

Raising Homemakers, I’m Sorry

 

Linky Wednesday!

Homemade/Frugal:

The Real Life Of A Red Head: Home-made laundry soap – This is so simple! I imagine you could add essential oils to it, or crushed lavender, etc for a slight smell. I can’t wait to make this up for myself!

Money Matters:

Christian Personal Finance – How to fight against your own worst enemy! You know we all have it, deal with it. What’s your plan? What’s your success?

Saving Without Couponing – It CAN be done people! If you’re like me, I can’t coupon to save my money. I’ve tried. But I forget them, or they expire, or it’s not food I normally eat. I’m trying to stay away from processed foods, and wouldn’t you know it? Most of the coupons out there are for processed foods! So happy to have found this site!

Crafty:

DeNami Products: Aren’t these flowers just beautiful?

Royal News Watch:

Pantyhose are BACK! – At least Catherine, the Duchess, is making them popular again.

Newsworthy:

NM town gets rocked by scandal – The Police Chief, Mayor, Village Trustee, and nine others are charged with conspiring to smuggle hundreds of guns to drug cartels over the border in March.

Baby Related:

Your Fluids Are Low? – Many women are induced for having their fluid levels low. Is that really true? Read on!

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the links this week! If you come across anything interesting, please share in the comments below! I’d love to see what you’ve been learning, enjoying, etc this week.