Persevere and Giveaway

If you are joining me from Melissa Taylor’s blog, welcome! Before we get started I have a very small request which I know will have a HUGE impact. Today Melissa is attending the funeral of her father’s wife who passed away last week. I think it would be a beautiful gift if we left her an encouraging note or prayer on her blog today. Thank you for showing God’s love!

Memory Verse

…Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…
~Hebrews 12:1b-2a NIV84

I simply love the memory verse chosen for this week! Though it is in reference to our faith, we can easily apply it to what we’ve been learning through Glynnis’ book. We will not be able to organize everything at once, it takes time, planning, and perseverance. Ultimately, our goal is to help ourselves get organized, so we can focus on our relationships without distraction.

How about you? What part of this verse brings you encouragement?

Small Successes and Chapter Twenty

As I read the opening lines from chapter twenty, I saw myself as that little girl. I’ve been there before. Had all the best intentions of “cleaning” my room only to find myself buried under a pile of Barbies, stuffed animals, and whatever was stuffed under my bed…which could fill it’s own closet. Even today, I tend to bury myself in more than I can handle, struggling to climb out of the even bigger mess I’d made. This is one of the reasons I have really enjoyed Glynnis’ book. She has provided a way to climb and conquer all this clutter! Knowing I don’t have to get it all done at one time is a HUGE comfort as well. Giving me the chance to celebrate the little successes.

Though my hubby and I don’t have any children yet {not for another 20 weeks anyway}, I know I can put these ideas to use in our church’s Youth Group slash Sunday School slash Storage Room. My favorite has to be the Step-by-Step Plan beginning on page 210.

Here Glynnis breaks everything down into steps, providing built in opportunities to celebrate success! After each step, plan a little something fun to break-up the tasks. Perhaps a special snack or 15min break will help your child stay motivated and both of you energized! Another way to celebrate is a special something just for them; movie, putt-putt golf, sleep over, or something they will enjoy. If they donate a large portion of their clothes or toys, consider letting them purchase one new outfit or toy; you can always set a price range.

Yesterday, I emptied a storage bench to re-purpose for the blankets we keep in the living room. I felt sad giving away all of my old school Nintendo and Xbox gear. It felt even better once I had a place for those blankets previously shoved into the corner. So to celebrate, I broke out my new Ikea catalog and searched for new space saving furniture to replace a few pieces whose functionality are in serious need of an update.

I hope everyone is persevering as we finish strong! My question to you is simple…How are you celebrating your successes??

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53 thoughts on “Persevere and Giveaway

  1. Love this post!!! Memory verse – fix our eyes on Jesus, to me it’s a visual reminder Peter succeeded walking on water, it’s when he took his eyes off Jesus and focused on his circumstances and logic that fear set in. As long as I my eyes are on Jesus all is well!!! Not as eloquently said as I would like but it’s 5:30 am and I haven’t had my coffee yet lol

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  2. The part of the verse that encourages me is that Jesus is the perfecter of our faith; we do not have to do it ourselves.
    I celebrate my little successes by spending time working in my art journal

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  3. While I don’t feel like I’ve had too many successes yet, I do feel like the grace and patience that I am giving myself is a success. I know that all the organization I want to do cannot be accomplished as fast as I would like, but that it will all get accomplished in time.

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  4. Glynnis book has helped me SO much, and I know that I will continue to benefit from this study for years to come! My success: I’m focusing more on the relationships than on the organizing, which for me is huge! I tend to get tunnel visioned when I start a task, but for the past four days I’ve been organizing for 30 minutes a day. It has been AMAZING at what I have accomplished–I’ve cleaned out my daughter’s pants drawer in her dresser, I’ve cleaned 1/2 of the bottom rack of my walk in closet, I’ve boxed up several boxes of books to donate just to name a few things. AND…I’ve spent wonderful time with my daugther most importantly!

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  5. Love the memory verse. very appropriate for an olympics week! I am celebrating my success by taking pleasure in the fact that i have taken some very small steps towards getting more organized. I know it will take a while to get there, but that’s ok.

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  6. I have already signed up for the study. I am so excited about learning how to not come unglued in a bad way. One thing I have already learned from Lysa is to have imperfect progress. Such an amazing concept.

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  7. big bad confession……i attacked the kids’ rooms before i read the chapter on how to do so….there was much head butting. yesterday I admitted and apologized to my 16 year old packrat girl that i had done ‘everything wrong.’ she was full of grace and admitted that she had no idea how nasty her room was and that she was grateful that we had done it…together. mercy for one another! yahoo!
    fav part of the verse: fixing my eyes on Jesus….cuz it’s a reminder to me of what I need to do!
    I shared this on my facebook group page….i have the book en route (!!!!!) but would love to win one to give to someone….

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  8. I haven’t yet started on Chapter 20, however, I’m so excited about having my paperwork organized! That was huge for us! That means my bills that need to be paid are organized and I know when they are due verses scrambling to find that one paper. Two of my kids and I decided to pick up the toys in the theater room yesterday. After we accomplished that, my 6 year old son decided to put blankets on all the theater chairs and left an Xbox controller on each chair so when they go down to play video games they are ready. He was so proud of himself!!! I said we would get ice cream and rent a movie, however he changed his mind and we played a game and he got a big hug and kiss 🙂 This book is amazing and I love our memory verse. I have previously signed up for the next Bible study but haven’t ordered the book. Would love to win a copy, Thanks 🙂

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  9. Great post! Love the Scripture & the definition of the word persevere. It’s easy to forget that things didn’t get messed up overnight & they aren’t going to get “fixed” overnight either. We’ll continue to persevere.

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  10. I signed up for the study yesterday.

    Celebrating by sending things straight to Goodwill. Once stuff is out of the house I really don’t think about it anymore. Freedom one box at a time.

    Tasha

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  11. I shared this on my FB page and invited my friends to join us for the next study. I have been freeing myself of the”things” that were cluttering my life. I have given lots of clothes and other items to Goodwill over the course of this study. Clutter can become overwhelming and can almost feel as if you are suffocating. You are rewarded by giving things away and getting organized. This has been a rewarding study. I have signed up for the next study.

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  12. my favorite song is “turn your eyes upon Jesus” – Hebrews says that we are to FIX our eyes – same thing! if we see him, we don’t see the world so much and we let Jesus take over.
    Am now in prayer about which Bible study to do next – I know that the “unglued” one is coming up – are there any others? want to pray very clearly about this – thanks!

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  13. I’ve been celebrating my success b reading and cooking. Now that I have routines and the clutter is getting picked up I find that I have more time and contentment.

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  14. Thanks for all your leadership during this study. The Lord is woking in so many lives. Getting organized is a slow process for me. I am doing something every day. Some days it is small others I get lots done. Giving lots to a charity feels good after it is out of the house.

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  15. The Joy of de-cluttering and beginning to organize are a celebration to me. I feel so good about being able to say goodbye to stuff. Slow but steady! Amen! This has been a very helpful and encouraging study. Blessings
    to everyone involved!

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  16. I love the memory verse. Most of all, it is comforting to know that all things are made perfect through my Lord Jesus Christ. I thank Him for the grace He daily gives me because I am only human.

    I have already signed up for the “Unglued” series and read the first two chapters. I can relate to Lysa in so many different ways and it’s good to know that I’m not the only one out there “losing” it sometimes.

    Thank you for your encouragement. God’s blessings to you!

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  17. Thank you heather for all that you do for this bible study!

    I have no had very many successes as far as physical organization. But the beginning part of the book has really helped me as far as worry and mind clutter. I am very thankful for this study and all of you wonderful ladies! Have a great and blessed day!

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    1. The de littering of my mind has been my biggest success too….everything else will fall into place eventually don’t ya’ think?

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  18. Heather, what wonderful insights! This Hebrews 12 verse is one of my absolute favorites, because it reminds me that I’m here for a reason. Not just to have fun and do what I want regardless of consequences. And also that I can’t run the race haphazardly or with minimal effort. Perseverance means diligence – and when it comes to the Gospel, there’s no more urgent matter to share with diligence. Your encouraging words are sweet as honey. Blessings!

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  19. Heather thank you thank you for all you do! I have so enjoyed you being a part of this study! I always enjoy reading your posts and encouragement! To celebrate my success in getting organized I have decided to lead an in home study group (I love entertaining)! I have also noticed more peace in my home! 🙂

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  20. Thank you, Heather, for all that you’ve done throughout this study; your input here and the weekly Scriptures here have been such a blessing to me!! I’ve had such a good time during this study and have accomplished so much!! We didn’t go on vacation this summer; my first grandbaby is due around the same time your baby is due, so we’re saving up vacation days. We’ve worked around the house this summer and I’ve cleaned out. We’ve also spent a lot of time with our youngest child, who will leaving in 3 short weeks for her final year of college.

    The 2nd part of this week’s verse, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” really encourages me this week because it reminds me to fix my focus on the LORD and not the sadness that this may be our last summer with one of our children (our daughter feels led to seek out employment near her college which is 10 hours away, and our son lives 8 hours away). Many people have said things like, “Oh, I’m so sorry they live so far away”, or even, “I wish you lived closer to see your grandchildren”, but this is NOT where the focus should be!! We feel so grateful that the LORD has been the author of our daughter’s college journey: from providing her with a Christian college, a scholarship she didn’t even apply for, choosing her career-field, her summer internship, and the excitement she has to return to her Christian friends. HE is the author of all this!! We also see the LORD’s hand in finding a spouse for our son. He is perfecting our faith as we lean on Him for guidance.

    I’ve got a lot of re-organizing this summer and have re-prioritized for this new season of my life. What a blessing this journey has been!! May the LORD continue to bless you and your family as you serve Him, Heather!! 🙂

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    1. To celebrate, I purchased a memory box…with all the cleaning have re-found some neat treasures that belonged to each of our grandparents. Need to find an old hymnal because one Grandpa played the trumpet, and would play “It Is Well With My Soul”; would like this as part of the background.. I have my Grandfather’s red bandana handkerchief and Grandma’s embroidered handkerchief for background. Going to put in some of their jewelry, a pocket watch, a pocket knife, an antique cameo from Italy, and other neat items that were their personal possessions.

      Shared this with my facebook group.

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  21. Remember y’all, the more you share, the more chances you have to win! Just let me know where you shared this post. I’m really enjoying reading your comments about your successes and celebrations so far!

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  22. Oh, God is definitely talking to me about persevering! I feel like He has repeated this message to me several times. One being in the last chapter of Glynnis’s book! My 4 year old is extremely difficult especially in the summers when there isn’t a schedule. It is nice to know that God recognizes that I am struggling and that I am not alone. Thanks for sharing, Heather. I always love your blog posts. I need to be better about celebrating my successes. I am signed up for Unglued, I can’t wait! Plus, I shared your blog post on Facebook. I am not on Twitter, so I can’t do that! Have a blessed day!

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  23. I truly think this is the best class I have ever taken! Of course, everyone of these classes I think is the BEST! This will be something I can return to over and over! I have a long way to go but I know in my heart I will be continually growing in the Lord, and getting more and more organized! Thank you Heather for helping us! I am sad it’s the last week! BUT, I am looking forward to “Unglued!”

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  24. Shared the blog on Facebook & pinterest and got signed up for Unglued. I am really in need of it!(Ask my hubby!) Thanks for the work you all do on these studies.

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  25. My favorite part of this memory verse is run the race “marked out for us”. Each one of us has a different race to run. God is asking me to run mine w/the hardships and handicapped, the gifts and talents He has given to me; just as each believer is asked to run the course God has prepared for them. Every track is layed out differently. We won’t look like any other woman, we will look like us.
    I am celebrating cleaning out my closet. I donated the over flow to the church youth garage sale last Sat. I found a $100 bill that I had hidden in a safe place in the closet last Sept.! I thought I ‘d spent it. My grown son, his girlfriend, a hurting friend of theirs who is seeking Jesus, and my married daughter are all being treated to a 3hr seminar at church tonight on family relationships. Guess how much it cost for all 4 of them to attend? That’s right…$100. 🙂

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  26. I celebrate my little successes every day when I am able to easily put my hands on things I used to have to search for! Thanks for all you’ve done, Heather!

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  27. I love this verse also!!! It lets me know that I can keep moving on with my life. Thank you for everything! I also shared you on my facebook page..

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  28. …Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…, what I like about this verse is that HE is the Author and Perfecter, HE is “doing it for me, I am not alone,
    I am celebrating in this chapter the idea of involving our child— they too know just like us that they are not alone but we too are ” doing it for them, God Bless, ❤❤❤

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  29. I shared on pinterest and Facebook. I have not signed up yet for the study but it is at the top of my study groups. I can’t wait until it starts!

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  30. I really enjoyed this study tremendously. I have been slow moving on conquering all the projects & tasks needed to organize my home, but my mind & heart are clearer & I know where my priorities lie.

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  31. I received my copy of UnGlued!!!! Can’t wait to start that journey… IU2BSO has been a tremendous blessing. You Ladies are truly a gifted group of women. Very many thank yous from the bottom of my heart for taking the time out to inspire me and many other women. 😉

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  32. I am celebrating my successes not by purchasing more items, but in knowing that as I get more organized and let go of stuff, things are going to be put into motion. I have felt that God has been waiting for me to start letting go of some things so He can replace them with something much better. Even if the better ends up being a home that is a sanctuary for me and my husband. I will be more at peace.

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  33. I already signed up for the next bible study series! And I just shared this post on my facebook page! I am so excited about the new study!!

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  34. I love this memory verse as it is a reminder that I am not the one who has to do it all. Keeping my eyes on Him keeps them off of me, my circumstances, and whatever else would challenge or cause me to stray from His purposes. Thanks for this post, Heather, and your faithfulness in this study.

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