January 11 already! I’m still on track with controlling my food intake, not doing as well with a daily 40 minute exercise, and I am way off course with the reading I intended BUT it’s only 11 days — Lord willing, I have 355 days to go. Who knows what He in me can do in that many days!!
About reading — I was doing a little of that this morning in my Journey and this I think you will find helpful.
Journey has a section each month entitled ‘Rest Stops’ and one of the books recommended this month is Restoring Order to Your Home by Vicki Norris. Let me ‘read’ you what it says about the book that has prompted today’s IDOK: “Getting organized is not about tidying up or finding a home for things. It’s not about having a picture-perfect home that looks as if it should be featured in a magazine,” Norris explains. “Ordering your life and your environment is about one thing: reclaiming your life.”
Reclaiming Your Life. That one statement is enough to claim my interest. How many times have we searched and searched for something checking our watch every few seconds because we need to be out the door but we can’t because we can’t find our keys?! Well, actually that has not happen to Jerry and I in a good long while — we have a cute little ‘hitching post’ on the wall by the back door and both of us have become consistent at ‘tying’ our keys there each time we come home. Now if we just had a ‘hitching post’ for everything else.
So what does timely finding your keys have to do with reclaiming your life? Picture this: you are expected to sign in at 8:00, it’s a 20 minute drive and it’s 7:40 and you have no idea where you laid those keys! Can we honestly say we are in control (we live in Order) when we are held hostage by an object that we cannot locate when we need it?
I have not read Vicki’s book (and I think I would like to) but I am wondering if the KEY to Reclaiming our Lives is TIMELY CONSISTENCE? Timely fold, hang and store the clothes, timely put the dishes in the cupboard, timely return the scissors to the drawer, timely schedule and keep Reading, Writing, Studying, Cleaning, Calling….appointments – CONSISTENTLY! I think if I were to RECLAIM MY LIFE I would not be sitting here at 7:30 with only half this IDOK done!
22 He put the table in the tabernacle of meeting, on the north side of the tabernacle, outside the veil;
23 and he set the bread in order upon it before the LORD, as the LORD had commanded Moses.
And there are 92 other passages that speak of ORDER. (here’s a link to read the whole chapter of Exodus 40 – our God IS a God of Order —
Yes, I think I can Reclaim my Life with TIMELY CONSISTENCY. I think I shall need a few more ‘hitching posts’!
Father, help me live consistently with those hitching posts You have already set in place in my life and help me locate the other ones You have for me and not just me Lord but each and every other needy IDOK. Thank You for these names listed here; thank You for the privilege You have given us to pray for them and with them. Bless each today as You will; grant jobs to the unemployed or under-employed, give peace of mind, renewed health, release from disease, and appetite control of various kinds to us all. And protect our IDOK Troops from harm of any kind in mind, body and spirit. Please keep them safe and bring them home to family and friends and bring this war to a successful conclusion we pray. We pray for the Peace of Israel, the Repentance of America, the Election of Your Choice for President – move Your People Lord to get out and vote for the One You have Chosen – and Lord, I think above all Revive Your Church. Amen and Amen.
Lawson Family. Mrs. Dobbs. Charles and Renee’. Dall T. Dylan. Mark, Margie & Duncan. Marsha’s grand-baby. Kathy N. Kyle A. Jason, Vicki. Joseph Toomey and Family. DeLois. Terri. Patsy B. Kim T. Krystee. Rachel B. Kevin and the children. Lisa’s Mother. Katelyn (B). Janie B. Vickie. Lisa W. John Thomas. Cole. Anita. J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Cathy. Toy and family. Caleb and family. Bay and family. Jennifer B. John and Carolyn. Larry and Claudia and family. Taylor & family. Jeanette and Earl and family. Libby and family. Callie. Madie. Ruth. Cynthia. Martha F and Bob. Allyson and Glen and family. Brittney and Kersten and family. Sharron and girls. Frankie and girls. Sheila and Andy. Carrie and Rachel and Jacob and family. Billy and Gina and boys. Lance and family. Grace and family. Tressa and Brad and family. Cindy K and family. Chuck. Jessie L. Windy and Jared and families. Helen and Dan and family. Jen and Larry and family. Chad and Brittany and family. Mollie and family. Julia. Bobbie. Tj. Zack. Phillip. Jessica. Larry. Kayla. Trey. Jacob. Ashely. Lance. Candance. Laura and family. John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Adam & Family. Tiffany & Makayla. Andrew.
Every IDOK and every IDOK son and daughter and grandchild.
Every IDOK Pastor and Family.
Every IDOK church.
The Peace of Israel
Revival in America.
IDOKs Military Families.
IDOKs Troops (foreign soil) – Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Josh. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Hawk. Brant W. Lyndon A. Christopher R. Travis N. Joshua M. Brent. Drew.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Justin G. Albert R III.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Tim. Lee. George.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Injured Stateside: Edward J.
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light
Military at home adjusting – Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi.
Civilian in Country – Mike. Lee.
As I post this it is 42°F and partly cloudy in Al Asad, Iraq & the time there is 5:25 PM AST – on January 11, 2008