Good morning! Attended the first church service of the new year yesterday; so far, I have perfect attendance at church in 2011! Ha, ha! I thoroughly enjoyed the sermon; we reviewed the blessings and answered prayers of 2010, made confession of areas of sin in our lives, and made a commitment to follow Jesus in 2011 with a specific plan. "Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me and lead me in the everlasting way." (Psalm 139:23-24)
I feel like I have lots of "irons in the fire" this week: catching up on laundry and housework after a busy week last week, getting the kids settled back into school, preparing to go on a scrapbook retreat this weekend (yahoo!), and celebrating my birthday and anniversary. How blessed I am! Lots of laundry means I am surrounded by family and we have clothes to wear and a way to keep them clean. Housework means I have a home to care for and people to share it with. I am blessed to live in a country where my children can receive a free education. I get to spend four days this weekend doing a hobby I love with friends I don't see often enough. And I have been blessed with life these forty-four years, as well as twenty-four years of a happy marriage. God is good!
Housekeeping challenge: Clean out your pantry. I just have a small pantry, and it gets out of control quickly. I try to clean it out once a month or so, otherwise, I end up buying duplicates of things I already have multiples of, or I think I have something, and then realize I don't (usually right in the middle of preparing something!