Sorry sorry Sorry sorry...life worked fast this week and I am catching up!
10 Ways to Give Life to Your Home
I know I need to work on number 1. I am not one to use bad language at all and it stuns me when I hear others speak that way but to encourage, comfort and edify others. Putting others before ourselves is usually the mom motto but these are specific ways to help others. Remembering this.
Yes, I agree...clutter causes stress. I have been telling my husband for awhile now that my goal is to find the simplicity in life. Clutter doesn't have to always be about papers and knick knacks. You can have clutter in your heart and become stressed. Clean your heart first and then see from the inside out.
I love this Scripture and may print and post this in the house:
"And if you give yourself to the hungry, and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness, and your gloom will become like midday. And the LORD will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail." Isaiah 58:10-11 (NASB)
My husband rebuilt our home and to him feeling loved means taking care of what he built with his own hands. So having piles around of just stuff bothers him. So if the piles are gone then he feels loved. Asking him further why that is contigent upon me loving him and he responds that if I intentionally put it there then I am intentionally hurting him and his hard work. While I did understand and took to heart how this made him feel we were also able to come to the conclusion that we both have a lot on our plates and time gets by us quickly. Shelves are waiting to go in to the downstairs closet so that some things that I have in a small "pile" can be placed easily in the new storage space.