This week's Motivation for your Monday is simple really. Probably the simplest I know of, yet it takes a LOT sometimes of the simple things to catch my attention. That is plum silly! I LOVE how God brings certain people into your life at just the right time. Sometimes they are to be your encouragement, your cheerleaders, your teachers, but more than anything they are an inspiration of one form or another. Let me ask you this question and you only have a few seconds to answer because I want to know the very first answer that comes to your mind.
Who inspires you and in what way? That's it. Not too hard right?! For some this may indeed be difficult ~ but if that is the case, you are not spending enough time with people! Or it may be that you feel you have nothing new to learn. Either way, let's take a deep breath .... and allow our hearts and minds to be opened for a few minutes.
I have two specific people that God put in my life at different times and in the process of our friendship blooming He used them to teach me many good things. I am friends with both of these women today and I am honored to call them friend and allow them to continue to mentor me.
A few years ago I wasn't such a good keeper of my home. I had the motivation but I really didn't have the know how to get it done and keep it done. This particular friend taught me a lot just by being around her. As we would gather at her house for a get together, I would notice that she had started with the house clean, and cleaned as she went ~ yet still enjoyed her company and visited with everyone. Then guess what? Towards the end of the get together she would have everything just about picked up. Anytime I went over it seemed like her home was always clean. That is what I wanted, what deep down I longed for.
I began to mimic her. I would get up in the morning and any dishes that were left in the sink through the night were put into the dishwasher. Laundry is started as soon as the husband leaves for work and the kitchen cabinets are wiped down from making his breakfast and lunch. I am evolving into a more productive person as time goes on in the early morning hours. It just works.
I have another friend who throws great shindigs. I learned from her to prepare as much as you can before hand. Is there cooking or food prep that can be done ahead of time?
I am happy when I can be about the details and get those little things taken care of. Things like making sure there is plenty of ice in the ice chests, chilled water and juice pouches for the kids, iced tea and koolaid made. Plenty of tp stocked in the bathrooms, that sorta thing. Why? When I throw a shindig ... I want people to feel welcome, safe, and walk away saying "that was a good time".
4 Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Titus 2:4-5 NIV