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National Random Act of Kindness Day!

Today is National Random Acts of Kindness Day!

All week, I’ve been talking about different ways we can make a difference to others and showing you ways people have made a difference to me.

Today I am paying it forward with some gift cards to a couple people who helped me fill buckets for Bucket Buddies Mission; a couple gift cards for pizza to some well-deserving people; some encouragement cards; and a special gift to a friend expecting twin babies in a few weeks.

Whatever you do today, whether big or small, do it with an extra special touch of kindness.

Kindness Act Day Three!

Fifty for Fifty!

For my 50th birthday, my friend, Michelle, contacted about 50 of my friends, coworkers and family to write a note to me sharing kind words and memories from my lifetime.  She had the letters mailed to her home and she gathered them in a beautifully wrapped box tied up with a nice, neat bow and sent them secretly with my husband on our trip to Arizona.

The morning of my birthday, Roger presented me with the box filled with good wishes and kind words.  I sat and read each of those cards with a smile on my face and tears running down my cheeks.

It was not about the physical cards but rather about the time it took Michelle to contact all these people; the kindness of those people to write those nice words; the effort it took for Michelle to gather all those cards and letters and make sure Roger had them to give to me on my special milestone birthday.

It was an act of kindness, of agape love, I will never forget.  And the kindness in that little box continues to fill my life with joy as I pull it out when I’m having a bad day and reread a few of those cards and letters and do it again over and over as a reminder that I am loved.

Today’s challenge to us for Random Acts of Kindness week is to send some love in a card.  Not just picking up a card and signing your name but really taking time to write something special to that person.  Think of a childhood memory or a funny story from years past.  Write a note as to how that person has touched your life or continues to touch others.

Tell someone how great of a job they are doing as a parent or a teacher or an employee.  Look for ways to share kindness by making a difference with your words to others.

It’s true…..we really can make a difference, one act of kindness at a time.

Break Out of Comfort

A few days of below-zero temps, ice and snow made me realize how lazy I had become. It was horrible. It was way past mid-January, and I hadn’t even started on my New Year’s goals.
 
I realized I was bored because I was comfortable. And to me comfortable meant lazy. So, I kicked myself in the butt and came up with a plan.
 
DECLUTTER was the word for me. I will talk later on how to declutter other areas of our lives.
 
Today, I will start with decluttering of our homes.
 
How many of you start out the new year by wanting to declutter? And like most of our new year’s resolutions or goals, we get stuck after about day 10. Life creeps in and we get “comfortable”.
 
For me, it was time to get started. So, I got out an extra planner I had for the year. SIDENOTE: I love planners and sometimes I get caught up in buying more than one for the new year. 😊
 
I have digressed……
 
What I have found is that if I get a calendar, any calendar or planner, and write out my goals in doable increments on each day, it helps me accomplish more.   I am hoping this will help you as well.  You can use one of those calendars you get free from a local business or go to the Dollar Tree and buy a $1 planner.
 
You will also need a journal or notebook. ANOTHER SIDENOTE: I love journals and may have a few too many of those as well. That’s the downfall of a writer. 😊
 
I have digressed again…
 
Start with your journal or notebook and choose one room in your house that you wish to declutter. It might be good to start with the one that is bothering you the most.
 
Write down every single thing you want to have done in that room. For example:
 
Living room:
*clean off surface of desk
*clean out desk drawers
*make new files for 2019
*clean out magazine basket
*go through DVD’s
*go through books on bookshelf
*go through piano bench
*sweep cobwebs
*wash curtains
 
Now take all those things you want to do and break them up into days throughout the week. Spend 15-30 minutes each day on the given chore.
 
Key to success: Be sure to be realistic on how long you give yourself to get this room finished. It may take more than one week once you add in the pressures of daily life. Also, be sure to give yourself a day of rest each week.
 
Before you know it, your focus room will be decluttered.
 
BAM….one room down!
 
Now reward yourself. Buy those new throw pillows you’ve been wanting. How about a new picture for the wall or a lamp for the table?
 
My focus room over the weekend was the laundry room. I cleaned out the “catch all” trunk which led to cleaning out my purse and my work bag. How does one get so many things in a purse that doesn’t belong? And a sock in my computer bag? Seriously, Deanna!
 
Take this plan and use it throughout other rooms in your house. By the end of 2019, you will be proud of your growth from comfortable to accomplishment.
 
Let’s get busy, people!
 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

Puzzle Pieces of Life

Have you ever done a 500-piece puzzle?
 
My mother-in-law used to do them all the time. She would leave the card table up in the family room all winter doing puzzles. My girls used to love doing puzzles with her. Once in a while though, kids would be crawling around and bump the table and some of the pieces would fall off or come apart. It took a lot of time to put a puzzle together but only a few seconds to have it fall apart.
 
Sometimes in life it seems that we work so hard and then one event, one decision, one situation can seem to make all the hard work seem worthless. It seems like our world is crumbling around us.
 
But that may be God’s way of fixing something that we didn’t know was broken. Casting Crowns has a song titled Just Be Held. One line in the song says, “Your world’s not falling apart; it’s falling into place.”
 
The next time it seems your world is falling apart, ask God to show you how He is really just shaking everything up and allowing the pieces of your puzzle to actually fall right into His plan.