Monday, March 21, 2011

Encouragement leads to blessings

                      -to inspire (someone) with the courage or confidence (to do something)

                 In my quiet time lately the word....... ENCOURAGEMENT  has come to me.  This is something I really like to do....encourage others.  However....I am not sure I have been doing this and I asked God to put someone in my pathway.  Hello!!  Am I encouraging my family?  I think I am.....but I am ashamed to write that maybe I encourage others easily....but somehow my family misses out. Ouch!  I want to put them first. So last night when I couldn't idea came to me. (don't they always seem to appear when we are quiet and God finally has our attention) I will share later after I have followed through with it for a few days.  It is so bless our family.....and it doesn't take a lot of money or a degree.....just some thought,  time and our presence. 

         I have been ENCOURAGED by the book Organized Simplicity.  I have slowly implemented this clutter-free approach style of living.  Honestly I have a long way to go.....but I plan on staying with it.  I like to think of myself as organized....but there are areas of my home that I wouldn't take a photo of and share with you. No way!  I may do a before and after......but I am not there, yet.  This past weekend I had some time to do something quick....that I knew would make a difference and wouldn't take a lot of time.  I decided to clean out my make-up drawer and under my bathroom sink.  I wanted to use what I already had.....scrapbook/contact paper and containers.  This is just a small part of what I plan to do....and I know it will bless my family, as well.  Thankfully I am going for it and I will post as I complete more. 

I think I will need more than 10 days.
added gingham paper and threw away a lot of stuff I didn't use.

added scrapbook paper and sealed with contact paper.  Covered pipe with burlap.

Hopefully I have encouraged you to do something new or possibly be an encouragement to someone else. 

Would love to hear your responses.


Oh.....I also have another way I am being called out of my comfort zone to encourage others.....but that is for another post that I hopefully will organize in my thoughts and go forward with it soon.



  1. J~
    You are a constant source of encouragement to me, if that helps you any!
    I love your tidy bathroom pics and feel encouraged :-) to tackle my disorganized drawers! Don't know if I will actually get to them anytime soon, but I will feel the tug, then eventually get fed up and DO IT! I will have YOU to thank for my pristine drawers (sounds weird, huh?)

  2. I'm going to need that book. I keep thinking I need to be more simplified too. Love that your starting slowly and getting things organized. It makes me want to as well.

  3. I am going through the same process with our many drawers now. I love the touch of the gingham pattern (my favorite!). I may have to include some color now. Thanks for the inspiration!