Can I/We do this?

I just finished reading yet another email from my girlfriends that we are once again tired and disgusted with our inability to keep our homes clutter free.  I read their notes and started to write an encouraging reply and then it hit me. . .

WE NEED A CHALLENGE!!  WE NEED TO MAKE THIS FUN!!!!

My inner brat needs to be able to enjoy herself while she is doing the things that God really is laying upon her heart to get done.   Moping around, feeling guilty, and making ones self tired with depression and worry about the state of one’s home is not of God.  We need a challenge.  We need fun!

In 32 days, we have friends coming for an extended stay and I know they would love to come no matter the state of our home but I am going to use them as my goal.

Won’t you all join me on my journey?  Check in often!  Use what I did today for your goal/assignment for tomorrow!  Subscribe to my blog and use it to encourage you!

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A few notes about how to use my blog

I’m trying to categorize every post by the amount of time it took to accomplish the declutter.  That way, on days that I have larger chunks of time, I can do more than one project and you can pick and choose what you work on based upon the amount of time you have.

Example being that today was a fairly empty schedule day so I’m trying to do as much as I can.  Tomorrow I work for my husband and have a dr. appt to take my son to.  Then the day after that we have another dr appt that is 1 1/2 hours away and after that we leave to go camping for the weekend.  So, this weekend when you have some extra time on your hands, you can choose from the things I did before I left for the weekend!  Good Luck, I know you can do it!!

Also, as you declutter an area, you may find tons of items that don’t even belong in that area.  Do NOT take the time to put those away in their proper place.  Rather, keep a basket (laundry basket works great) where you are working and put the items that don’t belong in the basket.  When it is full, it’s time to declutter the basket!

When you declutter the basket, go from room to room and deliver the items to the place they belong.  If it takes more than just opening a drawer or closet door to put them away, simply place them in the appropriate room and when you get to that room for your decluttering process, then take the time to put it away properly.  I suggest this so that you don’t get sidetracked in the room you walked your basket to and then not successfully empty the basket or finish the project you were working on when the basket filled.

Many small steps accomplish a goal, no matter how big the task!!!

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Integrative Medicine

Here’s the link to Parkview Hospital’s office of Integrative medicine, Dr Angella LaSalle

http://www.angelalasallemd.com

She will be a guest speaker on WBCL’s Mid-morning on November 7, 2014 (10am). http://www.wbcl.org

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God’s Provision

I felt the need to share a story today.  I’m not going to share any pictures (you’ll understand why in a little bit) but I hope that doesn’t deter you from reading this!

We have barn cats at our house and most of them do their job quite well of keeping the mice, mole, bird population to a minimum.  Our mama, Sassy, delivered a cute little litter of 4 just over a week ago.  She had one peach tiger, one gray calico, one gray tiger, and one mostly black kitten.  Cute as a button, they are!!

Anyway, she does a fantastic job caring for her babies and so we don’t check on them all that often.  We gave her a basket of rags, tucked her babies into it, and put them under the porch up against the house for shelter from the fall wind and rain.

Earlier this week my son went to check on them and came in to tell me that one kitten had been crying.  He discovered that the kitten had gotten it’s paw twisted up into the frayed threads of a rag and it looked really bad.  He brought the kitten in and sure enough, his whole leg was a mangled mess.  Every time he rolled over or tried to crawl around his leg got wound tighter into the threads.  So, we got out some scissors and pain-stakingly  cut away each little thread until his leg was free.  We put the kitten back with the others and Sassy immediately came to offer him some comfort.  The baby immediately began to nurse.

A few hours later, I checked on him again.  Although very swollen, his entire leg had untwisted and looked nearly back to the normal position of a kitten leg and he appeared to be moving it!  We were thrilled!  The daily vigil of checking on the little guy began.  The next day his paw was still very swollen but Sassy had been keeping it stimulated by licking it continuously while she nursed.  We were hopeful that we had removed the twisted mess of threads just in time!

However, God had a different plan for this little determined kitten.  By day 3, the paw had begun to shrivel and die.  The little kitty continued to nurse and was doing amazingly well despite his injury!  His mama continued to care for his paw and leg.  As the paw shriveled, his leg got a bit more swollen but no other signs  infection or difficulty.

Today, I went and checked on him and his paw was gone.  His mama had ever so carefully removed the part that had died and was now caring for what remained!  He continues to nurse, he is strong and can crawl as good or better than his siblings with the 3 good paws that he has left!

We  will continue to monitor his health and progress but in the mean time. . . .. .

It dawned on me that  this is a perfect (yet slightly gruesome)  example of God’s Provision for each and every one of us!!

Matthew 6:26
New International Version (NIV)
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

2 Peter 1:3
New International Version (NIV)
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

Philippians 1:6
New International Version (NIV)
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 46:3-4
New Living Translation (NLT)
I have cared for you since you were born. Yes, I carried you before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime—until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you.

God is Good!!  All the Time!!

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Walmart Soapbox

Walmart weLet's Dissect this quote: lfare bernie sandersI have not posted to Rural Mom of 3 in a while but I saw this quote and decided that I needed to explain it to people who may not understand what Bernie Sanders is saying – well, at least explain how I understand it anyway.  I rarely shop at Walmart.  The main reason is that I follow produce.  If the produce goes bad within a day or so and I’m not at a farmer’s market, I would prefer not to spend my money there.  I also don’t like Walmart because the more I read about the corporation, the more I find their business practices to be less than reputable.

Let’s dissect this quote

  “Not only is the Walton family the wealthiest family in America. . .”

Sam Walton and his relatives who are shareholders of the Walmart Corporation have the most money in all the family owned corporations in America.  This doesn’t mean that Sam is the wealthiest man in America.  There are individuals out there who may be richer.  But the Walton family, collectively, are richer than any other corporation family in the exact same business set-up.  Make sense?

“middle class Americans are subsidizing Walmart’s employees whose wages are so low that many of them need food stamps. . .  “

What this means is that customers who shop at Walmart are not actually getting the least expensive groceries in their town like they are told to believe.  “But my grocery receipt is less when I go there.”, says Julie Homemaker.  Let me explain:  If employees of Walmart do not get paid enough to take care of their basic necessities with their paycheck, they must go and ask for public assistance.  Where does the government get the money for public assistance??  They take it out of all of our paychecks, pool it together and hand it out in the form of food stamps and Medicaid!!  So, that $2 milk at Walmart is actually costing you more than $2- I would guess it is costing you similarly to the price of milk at your local mom and pop store that is locally owned,  who hires high school kids and retired folks along with that one full time employee who loves it there.  So you are paying less at the store but as the number of qualifiers of food stamps goes up your paycheck will go down to help foot the bill.

So, in my reality:  You pay the same for your milk at Walmart as you do anywhere else.  And while you’re there getting your milk, you pick up a new pair of jeans for you boy that are manufactured to a lower standard than the same brand of jeans you would spend a few dollars more for at a different store who has higher quality standards and then wonder why the knees wore out 2 weeks after you bought them.  (I’m sure that is probably a run-on sentence- my apologies!)

Please comment on this post!  I want to hear what you think!!

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Seaweed Snacks, Anyone?

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I thought I’d try these……
They tasted like fish and I was burping fish within 5 minutes of eating them……

No wonder they were on clearance!!

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What are you giving up for Lent?

I have never done much or thought much about Lent either. . . .the U.B. church did not really push giving up anything but money. . . do you remember the Lent coin cards that we were to fill up and then donate to the church on Easter Sunday? Anyway- something (aka God) has been tugging on me to find my “discipline mojo”- that I’m not going to succeed at much if I can’t be disciplined enough to sacrifice something as a sign of reverence to my God. .. .what better time than during Lent when others are “suffering” (I use that term lightly because it’s really not suffering to give up Coca Cola when compared to Christ’s suffering) at the same time. I’ve never even gone to Ash Wednesday service but am planning to this year. There is a reason this is tugging on me now so I better just fall in line and do what my God and Saviour are asking of me.

Amanda Gunthorp
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Crumpled Paper

A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stamp on it and really mess it up but do not rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look at how scarred and dirty is was. She then…………………… told them to tell it they’re sorry. Now even though they said they were sorry and tried to fix the paper, she pointed out all the scars they left behind. And that those scars will never go away no matter how hard they tried to fix it. That is what happens when a child bullies another child, they may say they’re sorry but the scars are there forever. The looks on the faces of the children in the classroom told her the message hit home.
~Shared with me from a friend

Amanda Gunthorp
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$20

A well-known speaker started off his seminar holding up a $20.00 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?” Hands started going up. He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.” He proceeded to crumple up the $20 dollar bill. He then asked, “Who still wants it…?” Still the hands wer………e up in the air. “Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. “Now, who still wants it?” Still the hands went into the air. “My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who DO LOVE you. The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE. You are Special-Don’t EVER forget it.” ~ copied from a Facebook posting

Amanda Gunthorp
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