I came across this on Facebook and investigated. Hope you enjoy it. And the story behind it. In what way are you blessed?


Music Monday and more...

Music Monday

I came across this on Facebook and investigated.  Hope you enjoy it.


And the story behind it.

In what way are you blessed?


Decluttering Diary pt 1

An interesting conversation took place on my Facebook page during the week.

I had written: 'My plan today is to start decluttering. Thankfully some lovely ladies have been willing to help me by buying some of my stamps.
Stamps & Magazines parcelled up to take to MyHermes and the Post Office
My problem with tidying in general and decluttering is that I seem to get the house in a bigger mess in the process and lose the will to do it once I get to that point.'

There were various comments from people about how they coped with throwing stuff away and generally tidying up but one comment started me thinking.  Part of the comment was this: 'I let God step in and take control of the situation. He told me what areas to work on and in what order. People thought I was crazy jumping from room to room, but he was getting me to clean up access to all my closets and shelving that was blocked, so I would have a space to actually put away the things I was keeping.'

Let God step in!  Well there's a thought.  Do you ever have those moments in a meeting where the person at the front talks about letting God into every area of your life and you rack your brain to think of any area you've left out.  Well here's one of them.   It had not occurred to me to ask God for help in clearing up my house.

We started decluttering the house in 2012 and managed to half sort 2 rooms and get them decorated.   Then my Dad was ill and we were travelling 200 miles each way to see him and living half the week at our house and half at his. Then when he died in February 2013 we cleared his house so I couldn't face doing my own as well.

Interestingly, it was much easier to clear Dad's house than my own.  I was not emotionally attached to any of the stuff in his house and so it was easy to do the 'this goes to the charity shop', this goes to the recycling' etc.  Even having the furniture taken away last week wasn't a problem.   Maybe the fact that the house had to cleared for the new owners was a greater motivation than just needing somewhere to be tidy.

Of course the two rooms that we half sorted are as bad as ever!
The spare room

The stuff on the bed is out of a cupboard in the room and is on the way to the charity shop.

The study.

See the empty(ish) shelf on the bookcase.   I cleared all of this from the bookcase.
 A friend is going to sell it all on eBay.

So I have started.  I have been flitting from room to room but not because I asked God about it but because that's my tendency.  Facing a whole room at a time is too much.  A shelf here and there when I think about it seems much easier.  But I'm impatient and I want it all done yesterday.

One suggestion the lady made was to read the Beth Moore book 'Breaking Free'.  Fortunately I already have it - unread of course! - on my Kindle app.   So off to read that and have have a chat to God about this area of my life I had not included him in.

Any decluttering ideas would be very welcome.



Music Monday

I have loved this song for a very long time.  It really speaks to me.  If you haven't ever heard it before please really listen to the lyrics.


I did this scrapbook layout using this song as inspiration.

What creative response have you made to a song?

See you soon.


Music Monday

This is a beautiful acoustic version by Hillsong United of Oceans

Joel Houston, Matt Crocker, Salomon Lighthelm

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

Isaiah 43:2
When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.


Music Monday

In last week's song, Mandisa mentions listening to TMac on the radio.  And I am assuming she means Toby Mac.

This was also on the radio everyday in Florida.  Speak Life.

Proverbs 18:21
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Who can you speak life to this week?