Friends, this post has been a long time coming. I’ve been working diligently on more and better ways to serve you, so much so that I thought the big projects would never wrap up… but they did! Praise the Lord!
Did you see it? MOPS International has announced their 2016-2017 Theme: Starry-Eyed.*
I do a lot of speaking at MOPS group meetings—I just love serving these Mothers of Preschoolers! But when I first saw this year’s theme, I thought, Uh-oh.
At first “Starry-Eyed” sounded a little fru-fru… like a lovely dream, but a bit impractical. Then I read what the theme description actually says and I thought, I have a lot to share here, after all!
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
My sweet daughter came home from Writing Day Camp last summer bursting with news. “I met a real author today!” she exclaimed.
My husband and I exchanged a smiling look over her head. Then she added, “And I met one at school last year, so that makes two real authors.”
“Wow!” my husband said, matching her tone. “And, you live with one!”
She blushed. “Oh, yeah, but…”
I have a huge praise to share with you—after almost five years of going it alone on the ministry front, God brought me an amazing new friend named Amy who’s almost as invested in this ministry as I am! (In fact, for all I know, it’s a tie.) I’ve enjoyed getting to know her at church, but it wasn’t until I received a nudge from a mutual friend that I reached out to see if she’d be willing to help me get the word out about Building Your House. She has been nothing short of a tremendous blessing to me since that moment.
You can read Amy’s side of this story on her wonderful blog. It’s really amazing what God has done for both of us. Plus, she wrote that I’m quiet and meek and that I seep, all things that crack me up. Now don’t you want to read it? (While you’re there, take a look around—I love all of her stories and I bet you will, too!)
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6
In January we tend to set goals, which I love. I already wrote about the best resolution, but another fantastic goal is to serve God with our time and talents. That’s a no-brainer, right?
It is unless we mess it up.
Thank you to those of you who joined me on my winter workshop tour. The response was so great that I decided to add this talk to my available repertoire! So if you missed it and would like to attend a workshop, you can coordinate one. All the details are right here.
If you live in Central Ohio, come join me at one of the stops on my Library Tour!
For one week in January I’ll be making the rounds at local libraries, giving a free Organizing You Workshop called:
5 Organizing Stumbling Blocks, and the 1 Way to Overcome Them
For our Thought Shots today, I took some quotes from Building Your House and made them pretty enough to remember and share! Read them through to see which ones speak to you, reaffirming what you believe about faithful home organization.
Then, share your favorites. There are so many people out there swallowing the lies about what it means to “succeed” as a homebuilder—and January’s “get organized” advertising blitz is right around the corner! So, please boldly share how we can truly honor the Lord with our homes by posting, pinning, and tweeting these memes through your favorite social media outlets…
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others,
as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
-I Peter 4:10
This fall, I was enjoying the pumpkin farm when a woman reached out and tapped my shoulder. “Mrs. Upton?” she asked. “You used to be my teacher. I’m…”
“Lindsay!” I said. I often wonder about some of my favorite “kids,” and Lindsay is definitely tops on that list. It was so good to see her, and a little strange! I taught high school math right after I graduated from college, and there really isn’t a huge age difference between me and those kids anymore. They’re all grown up, with careers and homes and children of their own.
I met Lindsay’s adorable daughter, and she met my children. She said to them, “Your mom was my teacher! She was such a great teacher.” Then she looked at me and asked, “Are you still teaching?”
I felt bad saying “no.” I only taught high school for four years, then I spent two years tutoring, then we moved and I stopped teaching altogether.
Way back in 2011, I realized that I’d written a mammoth book about how to organize life as a Christian.
I’d followed God’s clear call to “Write the Book” by writing all about personal, home, and family organizing for Jesus—and it was too much for one book! So I took the first half of the manuscript, added a conclusion, and called it Organizing You. That was the easy part.
The hard part was cutting out the second half of my dearly loved and prayed over content. I pasted it into a Word doc and saved it as “OY2.” But in my head, it was called “OY2??” I doubted whether anyone would ever read it.
Even now, it’s hard for me to believe that I’m able to share that content (and more!) with you in Building Your House!
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
I had an interesting dream last week. My little Oliver, who is 5 years old, was at the park down the street. Someone had taped a white “x” on the blacktop underneath the basketball hoop. Oliver was standing on it, holding a basketball, looking up, ready to shoot.
Then suddenly I was looking at a different boy under a different hoop. Think Opie from Mayberry—it was clearly the 1950’s. Someone had marked an “x” in the dirt underneath the hoop (no, I’m not saying they didn’t have blacktop in the 1950’s—this was a dream, people). The boy was standing on it, holding a basketball, looking up, ready to shoot.
And I thought, Basketball hasn’t changed. He’ll either make it, or he won’t.