Today ends Melissa Taylor’s online study of my book. And as a way of wrapping up, there are a few things I’d like to say, beginning with some ‘thank yous’!!”
First I must thank Melissa for believing that I had written something worth reading. Being an author is a vulnerable thing. And when I finished my book, I doubted that I had written anything original or helpful. I wondered if anyone would connect with me … or was I the only one who felt like they were losing it at times? Having Melissa choose my book was huge. I know she’s my friend, but I also know she would NEVER select a book just because she knows the author. So “thank you” Melissa for believing in me and leading this study with such humility and grace.
I also want to thank her team of beautiful sisters in Christ: Stephanie Clayton, Christi Seat, Angie Combs and Heather Bleier – plus all the ladies who lead online groups. I don’t know all of you by name, but I’m honored and blessed by your involvement in this study.
Finally, I want to thank all of you who participated in the study. As I mentioned a few sentences ago, being an author is a scary calling. At least it is for me. And when I read your comments saying something affirming about something I had written, it was as if God Himself was nodding and saying, “See … I told you I’ve called you to do this.” I’m so grateful to all of you.
Now, in closing, I’d like to end with what I think are the most important things to remember. And one small, final “home” work assignment.”
Things to remember:
1) Your identity and worth are NOT found in how organized your closets are, how clean your kitchen floor is or if you arrive at church on time. Your identity and worth come from being a beloved daughter of the King. You are chosen and of great and precious value to our Heavenly Father. Never forget that.
2) If I recycle all my old magazines, pack away winter coats and alphabetize my spices but have not love, I have nothing. Loving others and loving God trumps it all. Knowing when to stop what I’m doing in order to love someone else always blesses me in the end.
3) It’s okay to get help with what you aren’t particularly good at. That’s what friends are for. Accepting help does not make you less than. It makes you wise.
4) I am a steward of the time and resources God has given me. Seeing my schedule, home and responsibilities in this light keeps me motivated. I am accountable to Someone, and I love Him very much. I desire to earn the trust of my Heavenly Father.
5) Life is always a juggling act and having a perfectly balanced life is a myth. There is always something or someone demanding more of my time and attention. I’m always reevaluating my priorities and reallocating my time. So while I’d love to have a perfectly scheduled life, that’s impossible. I’ve learned to accept life as it is, be flexible, and seek to be kind and gracious at all times in spite of the demands.
Now to the “home” work:
Getting organized is an ongoing assignment. But it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and slip back into old patterns. That’s why it’s important to have a few fundamental systems in place. Here are a few key systems I set up years ago that I use every day: 1) my filing cabinets for important papers 2) how I process daily snail mail and 3) managing current school papers my children bring home. Without those basic systems, I wouldn’t know what to do with all the paper that accumulates in my house.
So my assignment for you is to identify what systems you need to have in place. Maybe it’s what to do with books, out-of-season clothes, sports equipment, photos, shoes, hats, etc. Make a list and put it in your project management notebook (you did create that, right? LOL). Then pick one and tackle it this month. Then next month, pick another. Bit by bit you’ll establish a firm foundation for your home and office.
I do have one favor to ask. It’s my prayer that you enjoyed my book. And if you did, would you be willing to leave a comment on Amazon and Barnes and Noble letting others know what you thought about it? I would really appreciate it. To get to Amazon, click here. To get to Barnes and Noble, click here. Thank you!
Looking ahead in the next few weeks, on August 27th, I’ll be starting a 10-day back-to-school series with tips on getting you and your children organized, plus some encouragement for moms who are feeling a bit weepy sending their children off to school (I’m one of them). I’ll write more about it on Monday. Hope you’ll join me.
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