Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Bathroom Wall - free printable

I won a contest (and a really pretty lamp) when asked where in my house I'd put something that would most inspire or encourage me.  My answer in all seriousness was, "My bathroom wall!"  When asked why there, the answer was easy, "Because it's the one place I get the most peace & quiet...and even that is hit or miss".  I WON!


I have regular stow-aways in my bed when I wake up, I find a little girl on my lap if I attempt to sit on the couch for a breath, I get asked for 80 items as snacks while in the kitchen, and I'm needing to regularly dig up a child from the never-ending laundry pile.

I hear quite often that people receive the most revelation from the bathroom.  I'll admit that certainly happens to me. Whether it's stolen time, rushed time, or the little people actually leave me alone to a few minutes of peace & quiet.  I try to take advantage of that moment where I can hear my own thoughts - and my Jesus' heart.

Meeting with God in the Bathroom

I know the importance of finding quality time with God, dedicating my day to Him, seeking direction, peace, and energy to accomplish the looong to-do list - but there are days, in all reality, that vast quantities of time is just NOT available!

So in those times, l've learned to take advantage of the fact that I do NEED to use the bathroom from time to time through the day, so why not multi-task and make that "pit stop" an opportunity to hand my day and all it's moments over to God - after all, it is HIS day, because I'm HIS!

There is SOO much power in praying scripture over our heart, lives, and circumstances - so I made this declaration to pray over myself.  Whether it be first thing in the morning, or when I need to take a quick moment to bathe myself in an emergency "help me" prayer to continue on, I have this on my bathroom wall.

Click HERE to download & print the image.

Don't get comfortable just doing what is required. You'll accomplish so much more if you surrender your day & all it's moments to God.  I know I can tell (and sadly so can my daughters) when I have not taken the time to cover myself in scripture, and declare victory over my family, my flesh, or my circumstances.  I need to do things in HIS strength, not my own.  Without Him, I am NOTHING.

So, here's MY bathroom wall...

Make your bathroom your sanctuary.  Let's take the word "Restroom" to a NEW level...not just "resting" on the porcelain throne, but "RESTING" in HIM.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Marriage Mayday #2 - Appetizers & Business

When was the last time you just sat down and shared your thoughts with your spouse - and even dreamed a little?


You would think when you're married to someone - especially after many years, that you actually spend a lot of quality time with that person.  Sadly, in this day and age, that's not as easy as it sounds.  We have work duties, kid nose-wiping duties, 400 lbs of laundry duties, pay-for-everything duties, and over time, partnership & friendship in a marriage can get lost.

As the years go by, change happens:  life goals, wants & needs...but do we find time to express our hearts to our spouse?  Do we make time to talk regularly?

Take advantage of the AWESOME-NESS!
 Let's say you live in an area where there is something AMAZING to go to all the time (mountains, beaches, Disney...).  A lot of people would assume you enjoy your surroundings everyday.  But most locals from those areas don't take advantage of it regularly - because they know they can enjoy the scenery anytime, so it becomes a "We'll do it later."

Don't we do that to our marriages?  We don't put talking, planning, or sharing on the top of the list...because we think the opportunity will ALWAYS be available so "We can do it later."  

But then loooong periods of time drift by and the later doesn't come - and the close bond & connection with our spouse weakens.  We're so "duty" bound, that we don't see spending time together, planning, dreaming, changing direction, or just being silly at the top of the to-do list.

No marriage & family will be successful without unity.  Pull out your calendar & notebook, go get an appetizer and talk about changes, goals, dreams, and direction.

What an inspiration!!!!

Recently my husband and I went on one of our planning dates at a nearby restaurant, and a couple was seated near us.  They sat at the same side of the table together, and were sharing an appetizer.  I was trying not to stare and creep them out, but I was so blessed to watch them enjoy each other's company. They probably noticed my continually glancing over at them, so I went over and asked if they were married, and if so, for how long.  51 years!!!  They were married for 51 years!!  I told them what an inspiration they were to me - and I enjoyed seeing them spend time together.  They told me that yes, it was VERY important to invest in their marriage.  What an inspiration!!!

Planning Date - a free worksheet download...
Click on the worksheet to download & print it.

There are many aspects within a marriage that needs to be viewed as a business.  No business will be successful without unity among the management team.  The key to harmony and success within the marriage is being on the same page in terms of direction of operation within the home...

So grab your spouse, head down to a local restaurant (or put the kids to bed early), and tighten the unity within your marriage.  Share your heart, dreams, & goals.

Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand."  Matthew 12:25 (NIV)