Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Baby Steps: Cleaning My Heart and Home – Day 8

Remember I told you a couple days ago that we would be splitting our routines up into Morning routines and Before bed routines. Well today is the day!

Morning Routine

  • Read you Bible
  • Get up and get dressed to lace-up shoes; fixing your hair and face
  • Look at your posted reminders in the kitchen and bathroom
  • Go to the FlyLady BigTent group and read messages
  • Recognize the negative voices and change them. Remember, you are FLYing now!
  • Put out your Hot Spots for two minutes

Before Bed Routine

  • Keep your sink shining
  • Lay out your clothes for tomorrow
  • Put out your Hot Spot. It will make you happy in the morning!

Today you need to find an old 3-ring binder and fill it with paper. After you’ve done this write, on the first page, your morning routines and on the second page, your before bed routines in pencil. This is going to be a changing/working document so don’t worry about getting it perfect.

(These next statements are my own personal opinions and views and are not affiliated with

"Its Personal" Daily Journal (Lamp Unto My Feet)

In our RU program at church we were given these journals back in October for our personal devotion time. For each day it has a section for “Daily Bible Time,” where you can write thoughts from your Bible reading, “Time with God’s Teachers,” a place to write down convicting or motivating things from a message you heard, “Personal Prayer Time” which is broken into 4 categories – praises, needs, forgiveness, and protection - “Time in Wise Counsel,” here you can write down questions you may have about the Bible or your reading and lastly “Leadings/Convictions of the Spirit” a place to write things you feel led to stop doing or start doing or things you should be careful of or avoid. When we were given these journals our Pastor took time to teach us how and why we should be writing our devotion time and thoughts down.

His first reason is because, often times if we don’t write it down we wont remember what God spoke to us about. It just becomes a more permanent thought if its been written down where you can return to it later. Also it makes our relationship with God personal. To me its like the love letters Kenny wrote to me in college, I don’t remember all of the conversations we had face to face but I can always go back and re-read those letters and know what he said. When I write down what God has spoken to me about from my Bible reading or from listening to the preacher in church I can always go back and re-read those thoughts and remember a decision made or receive a renewed conviction about why I’m doing what I’m doing.

Another thought he gave about using a journal and writing things down was the application of “Input/Output.” Its like a projector, on it you have a cord going from a computer into a spot on the projector called “input” this is where all the information about your movie or presentation goes from the computer into projector. But then you also have “output” what comes out of the lens on the projector and is displayed on a screen for all to see.

“When we read the word of God that is input. Input enables us to output to others what God gave us during our input.” 

– Pastor Mike Haley

Flylady is encouraging us to write down the things we are learning to do so we can see the habits and the input in our lives and be encouraged by the output its producing in our homes. Let God input into your life so you can then output to others what God is doing, and one of the best ways to do this is by writing those input moments into a journal so you can review them.

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