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And may your hearts be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.

I Kings 8:61

 

I’ve been the sole proprietor of Organizing You Ministries for ten years now.  My “elevator pitch” has slowly evolved into this statement:

“I help women use organization as a tool to clear out their spiritual clutter so they can go all in for the Lord.”

The phrase “all in” seems to resonate strongly with Christian gals like me.  We want to worship the Lord every day (not just at church), pray continually (not just during a quiet time), and serve Him with our whole lives (not just as we volunteer).  My heart sings with this!  I want to be all in, and to feel as though I’ve gone all in with this ministry.

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Housewalk One-Sheet

For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.

Hebrews 3:4

What is a Housewalk? Well, I made it up.  That’s part of the fun of being an author!

(True story: I was on Pinterest recently and saw a pin about a “Housewalk.”  I thought, Wait, is that a thing? I thought I made it up!  So I clicked on the pin.  Turns out, deep in the blog post, the writer actually mentioned getting the idea from Building Your House.  So yup, I did make it up!)

My second book, Building Your House, culminates in a Housewalk with Jesus.  Essentially, you walk through your home, praying over each room and discerning the spiritual clutter you have about that room (the ways the room is bothering you).  You then use your insights to organize your home in a way that really suits you.  A Housewalk is absolutely the best way to clear spiritual clutter out of your home.

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Fighting the Post-Project Blues

The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all.

Psalm 34:19

Have you ever had the post-project blues?

Perhaps you dedicated an entire Saturday to organizing your kitchen—and you did a great job!—but on Monday morning you’re back to business as usual and your kitchen doesn’t seem so great anymore.

Maybe you had a day where you nailed your to-do list.  You were firing on all cylinders, making checkmark after checkmark.  You posted on social media about your accomplishments, garnering tons of likes and “You go!” comments.  But the next day, you’ve got a new list, and you can barely get up the energy to tackle the first item.

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How God Created You to Complete Your Goals

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Psalm 139:13

During my first appointment with a psychiatrist, back when I was struggling with a postpartum anxiety disorder, my doctor asked me an interesting question.

He’d begun the appointment by asking me to describe myself.  I told him about my different personality traits, ending with a slightly shameful admittance that I was quite organized and very Type-A.  (Remember, this was years before I had written or spoken a single word for this ministry.)

Looking down as he wrote his notes, he asked, “Do you like that about yourself?”

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Countercultural Christianity

And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing out of the ordinary?

Matthew 5:47 (HCSB)

 

We all want to be out of the ordinary.  Jesus called us to be out of the ordinary, in the world but not of it. Interestingly, being countercultural has become very popular, sometimes in good ways, sometimes in not-so-good ways. Of course, if you’re acting counter-culturally with a heart for the Lord, it’s going to be very good.

I’ve heard from many readers who say the Organizing You books aren’t like any organizing books they’ve read before.  In fact, I like to think they’re counter-cultural…

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Christian Time Blocking

The Lord foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
 But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.

Psalm 33:10-11

 

Do you ever feel like your plans are thwarted by interruptions?

Lately, organizers and time management experts have been touting “Time Blocking.” Time blocking is a scheduling technique with which you focus on one and only one project at a time.

A woman who’s time blocking might set aside two hours to work on a certain project. During that time she’ll refuse to read emails, answer texts, look at social media, or touch any other projects. It’s anti-multitasking (a concept I don’t espouse) and pro-batching (a concept I wholeheartedly embrace). Time blocking is supposed to increase your productivity by eliminating distractions (and obstructing new spiritual clutter!).

As a project-oriented person, I love the concept of time blocking! But would Jesus?

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How to Organize Your Books

Every word of God is flawless;
    He is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

Proverbs 30:5

“Whatever you read, read the Bible first. Beware of bad books: there are plenty in this day. Take heed what you read.”

-J.C.Ryle

 

 

I think books are wonderful.

At a recent speaking gig, I met a lovely pastor and fellow bibliophile. She and I chatted about books we love, books we want to read, and favorite authors. It quickly became clear that she owns far more books than I do. In fact, it sounded as though her books might be overwhelming her house…and her.

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Organize Your Photos: As-They-Grow Albums

Children are a heritage from the Lord,
    offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
    are children born in one’s youth.

Psalm 127:3-4

 

Welcome to the second post of the Organize Your Photos series!

My goal is to encourage you to enjoy some of your photos offline, so you can cherish those memories and bring your family closer together. If you missed the first post about simple Interest Albums, please check it out!

Remember, you can enjoy your photos without a big, hard, long project. Keep your project simple, short, and fun. The Interest Album was the perfect way to start.  Now, let’s keep it rolling…

 

Today’s idea: The As-They-Grow Album

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Organize Your Photos: The Interest Album

A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?

Ecclesiastes 2:24-25

 

I used to give a talk on taking and organizing photographs. I loved that talk! I truly love being our family’s Keeper of Memories, the Family Historian.

However, the demand for that particular talk is so nearly nonexistent that I stopped offering it. Not everyone loves taking and/or organizing photographs… and times are changing.

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Why I’m Cutting Back on Social Media

Be still before the Lord
    and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
    when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
    do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For those who are evil will be destroyed,
    but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

Psalm 37:7-9

 

Since I started this ministry back in 2011, I know that I’ve been doing social media all wrong.

I made a “business page” on Facebook because I heard that you weren’t supposed to use a personal page for a sole proprietor business (or ministry, in this case). Wrong! I eventually had to make a personal page just so I could use the existing business page, which is confusing to some who want to “friend” me.

And I post the “wrong” things on Facebook, including doing a terrible job of sharing other people’s stuff. In fact, according to social media folks, I do a terrible job of sharing my own stuff. I absolutely know they’re right.

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