It’s so good to be back with you. Last week I was in Charlotte all week for the She Speaks Conference, and oh my, was it a great time. As the director of the writer’s track, I work the 10 months before the conference getting ready. And so it’s amazing when it all comes together. It’s truly a high point of my year.
It’s my sweet spot where I get to combine a lot of what I love to do in one place. Like meet with others who get my calling, praise God with sisters who love Him like crazy and be in charge (of the writer’s track). I’ve got a natural choleric personality that gets to come out in the best possible way, thanks to the Holy Spirit’s work.
I also got to meet the online Bible study ladies who lead you throughout the year. Of course, I know and love Melissa, but I got to meet her BEAUTIFUL team. They had organized a gathering Thursday night and I stopped in after a dinner for our publishing guests and volunteers. I could hear the laughter as I approached the room!
What a lovely group of sisters in Christ. It was a delight to see their precious faces after only knowing them by their names. And I can tell you their sincerity, love for Jesus, and YOU, came through loud and clear.
I could go on and on, but I believe many of you are looking for your Friday “home” work assignment. (smile).
This week in Melissa’s online study of my book “I Used to Be So Organized,” she had everyone read chapters 15 and 16, which have a focus on our kitchens and meal planning. I totally agree with Melissa on the importance of making a menu for the week. Menu planning saves me time, money and stress! Plus, I get to enjoy a variety of foods. And I’m definitely a foodie!
My “home” work assignment this week, of course, has to do with the kitchen and cooking. And the assignment is something I’ll be tackling as well. My challenge is to consider one thing you want to do regarding your kitchen or menu. And then figure out how to pull it off.
Let me give you an example. Recently, I’ve been thinking about foods I’d like to make for my family … such as a Dutch crunch bread I had in San Francisco a few years ago, homemade granola and healthy muffins for breakfast. But I don’t ever get around to making them.
There are a variety of reasons. But one reason is I don’t have a good place to put items I buy in bulk, or those items that I will only use occasionally (like unique spices). So, my challenge to myself is to really evaluate my cupboard space, invest in some stackable storage containers, plus buy some cute labels (see Staples, Martha Stewart line for examples).
What is your vision for your kitchen? Is there something special you would like to cook? Would you like to host dinner parties? Would you like to prepare meals for others?
Then, what do you need to do differently to make this happen?
Remember to pick something small, so you don’t feel defeated. And I’d love to hear what you are going to do. So please post a comment on my blog so we can cheer you on! If you are reading this in an email, please click here to be taken to my blog.
Thank you so much for joining me today.
Grace & Peace,