Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Spring Cleaning and Home Improvements

This time of year, I like to go through my closet, drawers, boxes and STUFF and clear out all the uncessaries that they hold. Cleaning out and getting rid of garbage makes me feel so much better.
Lately I've been thinking about how much other garbage I have in my life. Not just physical, but emotional and pyschological garbage. I think about all the trivial and mindless dribble I take in everyday, in whatever comes up on the internet, or the magazines in the grocery check out, (not that I'm reading those mind you, but once you learn to read you cant' just turn it off when you see words.) I'm reminded of the verses in Phillippians 4 "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things."
I've been convicted lately on how I've been slacking in my Bible memorization. Sure, I'm reading it and I've been reading some heavier theology books (Rushdoony, North, Bansen, etc.), but my memorizing? Somehow it's ended up on the bottom of my priorities. Not where it should be.
I made up my mind that this was going to stop. (It was on the top of my New Years resolutions too...) So the other day, while I was washing the dishes (our dishwasher is broken) and folding the laundry, I memorized Phillipians 2:1-18. I can't tell you how refreshed I felt afterwards. And I spend the day meditating on that and other passages that I have memorized in the past. I felt like I had done some spiritual spring cleaning. I realize that it takes more than memorization of one passage to get me back on track, but it does mark a start. It doesn't take me long to memorize stuff. Good grief, I watch a movie once and I can quote lengthy passages from it. I figure, if I can manage to be memorizing movies and quoting them, I can be memorizing my Bible and quoting it.

I like to think of it as home improvements for the mind.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Family Camp

20 days and counting!!!

I must go get my packing list together.
Every year I pack way to much stuff all in the name of "What if I need it??" and every year I get to camp and don't use it! I'm determined to pare down. I will only bring two books (instead of the normal 3.) I will bring my small Bible - instead of my rather large one with the cover/carrier thingy. I will only bring one crocheting project this year instead of two. I will only bring one hat, I probably won't wear it but at least it's only one. I will bring only 1 jacket and 1 hoodie (well, maybe 2 depending on the weather report). I will bring cash, my baseball glove and two pairs of sunglasses. Last year I only brought one pair and they got lost. =(
I will not bring 50 million pairs of earrings...only 20 million.

And I will bring only 4 pairs of shoes this year... I promise!! =)

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

I realized that there is only 39 days until Family Camp!! I've got to get a move on! There is a ton of stuff I have to do!
My craft prototype still isn't done, and I have quite a few kinks to work out with that and I have to work on the list of songs for campfire.
I've been thinking about doing the campdown...still not sure.
I just didn't realize it was so close! It fills me with that excited, dreaded, anticipating and pressured kind of feeling. (It's a complicated emotion...)
Now I've got to trot off! Tootles!