Monthly Archives: March 2017

The Junk Drawer

We all have one.

Usually it’s the messiest drawer in the house containing things that we just don’t know what to do with but find that we just can’t part with.  Sometimes it becomes so full, it can’t be opened.  Then we have no time to clean our junk drawer so the junk in the junk drawer becomes “mystery junk”.

The popular phrase in the “organization world” is:  “If you haven’t used it or worn it in a year, throw it out”.  Are you kidding me?  What if I need it one day?  What if there is something in that junk drawer that I can’t live without?!

We ignore the junk drawer and the mystery junk inside the drawer (that now will barely open and if it opened will never be able to close again) thinking that the Junk Drawer Fairy will mysteriously appear one night while we’re sleeping and organize the junk drawer for us.  We will wake up and the drawer will open, all things are neat and tidy and everything will be useful and nothing had to be thrown away.  Thank you, Junk Drawer Fairy!

Well that’s not going to happen!  The junk will not be cleared by ignoring it.  And neither will the junk in our lives.  We can keep pushing it down and keep ignoring it.  We can believe that one day we will wake up and the Junk Fairy will have removed all the hatred, unforgiveness and bitterness from our heart and we will be good to go.

But that is a lie from the evil one.  Just like the junk drawer will not magically appear organized, our heart will not magically be clean without some work, evaluating and clutter control.  What’s bugging you today?  What is causing you to be in a bad mood and sour all the time?  Why are you grouchy and yelling at your spouse, your kids, your friends?

Take a good look at your heart and do a little cleaning out of the junk.  Once you remove the unwanted clutter, JOY can find its way into your heart and the bitterness and anger can be removed.

It’s not the Junk Fairy or the Organization Queen….it’s Jesus.  Jesus removes junk and brings joy.  Let him give you a good cleaning today!

Spring Has Sprung

I drive to work and see signs of spring everywhere – buttercups along the side of the road, baby calves running after their mommas, buds on the trees and freshly mowed lawns.

The sun shines bright.  The daylight hangs around a little longer.  People are walking their dogs and jogging to get their steps in with a new bounce in that step!

We start planning new landscaping and where the flowers will be planted once Mother’s Day rolls around.  Easter is not far off and visions of Easter eggs and baskets are crossing our mind. Spring rains fall steady and umbrellas grace the landscape.

It seems like such a freshness.  I love every season but spring is one of my favorites.  We leave the winter where it is cold and dark (even though I love snow and the magic of Christmas).  But I think leaving that cold and dark is why I love spring so much and why it seems like a fresh new start.

When things look down and out and bleak for you, look for the spring.  When you feel lonely, depressed or worried, that’s the winter.  We don’t want to stay in winter.  We want to find the spring in each day.

I was having a down day on Monday so I went and bought a beautiful bouquet of Gerber daisies, my favorite flower!  I put on some of my favorite music and ate a bite of chocolate! Then I began praying for God to lead me into spring.  Lead me into newness, excitement and joy.

If you are still living in the dark and cold of “winter”, it’s time to find some “spring”.  Today do something you enjoy; buy yourself some flowers; have an ice cream cone; dance around the kitchen; ride your bike; take a walk; swing in the swing.  And best of all, ask the creator of the Spring to send you a little sunshine!

Ecclesiastes 3:1 – There is….a season for every activity under heaven.

Climb to the Summit

Pat Summit was a well-known, successful women’s basketball coach at University of Tennessee.  Pat not only led the Lady Vols to 8 women’s basketball NCAA championships but she really is the pioneer behind the success of women’s basketball programs all over the country.  Pat passed away last year after struggling with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Pat’s awards and accolades are too many to list.  But it wasn’t about putting a notch in her belt that kept her going.  It was about making each player a success not only in basketball but in life.  She had a 100% graduation rate of her players.  Many went on to play in the WNBA and many were very successful in life outside of basketball.  I wrote a blog last summer after she passed away about her caring impact just on my life alone.

In Pat’s book, “Reach for the Summit“, she talks about the style of coaching she used during all of her years of basketball.  It seems logical but not all coaches do this.  She said she had to get to know each one of her players individually in order to coach them correctly.  One girl may respond to being yelled at; another may play harder if Pat encouraged them by complimenting them; while yet another one may play harder by coming off the bench instead of being on the starting 5.  She had to get to know them in order to know how to bring out the best in them.

Jesus is our coach and He is the same way.  We have to have a relationship with Him and get to know Him and let Him lead us.  We may not like it but He knows how to get the best out of us.  He may have to make us work harder for our blessings.  He may have to make us wait as we grow to where He wants us to be.  He may have to allow the consequences of our sin to bring us closer to Him.  He may have to experience heartbreak as He watches us hurt in order to use us to the fullest potential.

Just like Pat Summit getting to know her girls and her girls getting to know her, we have to do the same with God.  And just like Pat’s girls, we will have a 100% graduation rate into heaven if we just listen and follow His lead.

I hope we can be teammates.  It’s easy.  Just believe in the Coach.  Accept Him as the One who has all the answers. Listen to Him.  Follow His lead and you will be a winner with guaranteed graduation into heaven.  Start your climb to the summit today!  Even if you’ve already started and fallen a bit, it’s okay to pick yourself back up and keep on climbin’!

#makeadifferenceeveryday

Just A Thought…

If you or someone you know anywhere in the country is looking for a speaker for an event this Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter, I would love to be considered.  God has called me to try to make a difference to someone every day and one of the ways I believe He has called me to do that is through writing and speaking.

I have had the privilege to speak to women’s groups, civic organizations, Mom2Mom groups, cancer support groups, women’s leadership groups, etc. encouraging people to be all that they can be; encouraging them to find ways to make a difference to someone every day; and to find ways to create or revisit their goals or their bucket list and start chiseling away at making those dreams come true.

I would love for you to visit our website to see some of the treasure chest of topics.  I always love to write new content, too.  If you have questions, you can email me at DeannaDayYoung@outlook.com.  Have a super great weekend!