I have two new Blogger friends that have joined together to bring you the Perk Project.  Hi Stacey, Hi Jemma!  The posts are about being positive and encouraging one another.  Stacey asked if I’d like to join in on the last one in the series so of course I couldn’t say no to that.

In doing so I had to ask myself what makes me happy and what gives me encouragement.  The answer was easy.  It’s serving others!  For as long as I can remember (okay, not counting the self absorbed adolescent years), I’ve enjoyed serving others.  I. LOVE. IT.  I love it!  (LOL – side note –  Saying that totally made me laugh.  Have y’all seen the Oprah commercial saying I love bread over and over?  It might be a Weight Watchers commercial, I don’t know, but the woman loves bread.)  I digress, sorry.  

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I kinda wish I would’ve figured that out long before my college days.  I might have chosen a different path.  Maybe a nurse, or a customer service agent or a therapist, or maybe become a school cafeteria worker.  Almost anything service related.  I say almost because I have to draw the line at watching kids.  That. is. not. my. thang.  I guess being a Decorator/Home Stager/Blogger is sort of a service type job.  Hmm, what if I become a Walmart Greeter when I get older?  How awesome would that be?  I could smile and hand people a shopping cart, saying they’ve already been wiped down and sanitized for their convenience.  😉

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I want you to find your happy in serving others.  It’s seriously gratifying.

Ways to Serve Others

Think about ways you can serve your family.  You could fold their clothes after pulling them from the dryer.  Maybe vacuum out their car or make them a special lunch for work.  Maybe scrape the ice off their windshield or put their coat in the dryer and pull it out right before they have to go outside?

Don’t forget your neighbors.  Can you make a meal for them if you know they are having a busy week?  Possibly pull their trashcans in from the curb or help them rake leaves?  Maybe drop their kids somewhere or call and ask if they need anything while you’re at the store?

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Serve your co-workers.  How about organizing a potluck so they don’t have to buy lunch or go out all the time?  You could clean out the office fridge and/or dishwasher.  When you ask how they are doing, mean it.  See if they have a need or need prayer.  Leave an encouraging card on their desk.



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Serving strangers also brings joy.  Offer to take someones basket back to the store or hold the door open.  If you see someone drop something, pick it up or if they can’t reach the cereal on the top shelf at the store, get it for them (and wave, that could be me you’re serving).  If it’s raining, walk up next to someone and share your umbrella. We try and keep $5 gift cards in our car for various reasons.

Luke 6:38 - A Bible verse for serving others found on blog CountyRoad407.com

Some tasks are small and insignificant but others are more meaningful and may take a little longer but serving others is about them, not you.  It’s about learning to put others first and being less selfish.  It’s loving someone else besides yourself.

I hope you find reasons to serve throughout the day.  I truly believe it will bring you joy.  You’ll perk up and be lifted on the inside.  You’ll have a sense of satisfaction that is hard to describe.

Before long, you just might want to be a Walmart Greeter right next to me!

What is your word of the year?

Have you ever heard of people choosing a “word of the year”? Have you tried it? When I heard about it a couple of years ago, I quickly waved it off thinking it was more like a New Years Resolution which I typically don’t do. But this year I need stricter rules.  I need a plan.  A plan that spurs motivation.  That is what I think choosing a word for the year is about; a sort of pondering the big picture or having something to do with personal growth.  But most importantly it’s about progress not failure.

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This will be my first year to give it a go. Most likely because my life seems ridiculously busy even though I thought at my age things would be slowing down or it could be because I tend to forget things.  I really don’t know but I’m doing it.

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After doing a small bit of research, I’m suppose to begin be deciding what I want to accomplish in 2018. The word I choose is to help with intention; with keeping focused when I feel scatter brained or if things are getting crazy in my day to day life.  It’s about helping me (us if you do this) stay focused as I traverse through 2018.

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I will put my Word of the Year in a place I’ll see it when I’m working at my desk and somewhere I’ll see it while going about my day to day chores.  I’ve listed several words hoping you understand and to give you insight to what I’m talking about.

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I hope you join me in growing/staying on task/being intentional with a Word of the Year!  I would also love to know what word you choose!  If you have already figured it out or are still mulling it over, post a comment and let me know.  By the way, I think my word is PUSH.  I want to push myself to try new things, push and not quit when things get boring.  I’d like to push and finish tasks that have been sitting on my desk for a year or use all that craft stuff sitting around drying out! Just to name a few.  😉

Happy 2018!

I seriously cannot believe it’s already November!  I have been so busy with work, keeping up with two houses and the last kiddo still at home that I’ve decided this year to slow down and savor the season.  I want to enjoy it and not be stressed over gifts or schedules but sit and chat with family and friends and earnestly ponder my blessings.  Maybe I’ll even try a Starbucks Peppermint Mocha.  That’s a big deal for me since I’m not a coffee drinker nor a hot drink fan really.  But this year it’s in my plan to try something new!

In order for my magical Thanksgiving/Yuletide season to begin I’ve made a list of things needed to get started.  I’m sharing them with you just in case you’d like to cherish the last 2 months of 2017 as well.

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5 Ideas to Savor Thanksgiving

Come up with new Thanksgiving traditions.  I believe it’s never to late to start so here are a few ideas here, here and here.

Our Family plays games after dinner so I plan to get a couple of new ones but if you’d like a few ideas, check these out here and here.

 

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8 Ideas to Enjoy Christmas

  1. Start with Christmas Music!  I have been known to listen to Christmas carols in July and sing my little heart out (by myself, in my car of course) but still sing.  So I will for sure crank up the carols and belt one out now!  Consider making a playlist if you are that far advanced.  I’d have to ask one of the kids or Mr. Wonderful to help with that one (no, that’s not on my list of new things to try).  

2. Sit in a comfy zone and make your Christmas card list.  Will you need to buy cards or make an appointment with the family for a photo session?  Go ahead and add each address to the list.  It will help in case you are pressed for time when mailing.  If time or logistics is a concern, make a fun card on Jib Jab and send it that way.  You may think it’s impersonal but really isn’t it to let your family and friends know you’re thinking of them?

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3. In the same comfy zone, make your gift list.  Decide whether they will be a purchased or handmade.  Which brings us to the next one.

4. Are there gifts or crafts you’d like to make this year?  Make a list and get to the craft store.  You’ll want to start that sooner than later.

5. Do you decorate with lights outside?  Put them up before it gets cold.  A couple of years ago we waited until December.  It didn’t go so well and I’d rather not have that conversation argument again.

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6. Don’t forget about yourself.  Change out your bedding with something festive and warm.  Add a Christmas pillow or a wreath over the bed.  So many friends I know don’t add decor to the bedroom but it will make you smile each time you walk through or plop into bed each day.



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7. Check out city activities going on around you.  Scope out what you’d like to do and add them to your calendar.  When the date comes up try hard not to let something get in the way of attending.

8.  Take a new route home each evening so you can drive around and look at Christmas lights.  Go through a drive-thru and grab a Peppermint shake to make the tour even more enjoyable!

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I hope these lists help you concentrate on what’s important so you can savor the season too!

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As I read and hear about the continued aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, every idea for a post seems trivial and shallow.  My heart hurts for those being devastated, pushed out of their homes, their normal life and an everyday routine.  I see mamma’s carrying their babies in waist deep water, assisted living residents sitting in their wheel chairs in waist deep water, people making their way to a shelter on air mattresses. Hundreds of thousands wondering what comes next and how will they get there?

I cannot even imagine what it’s like.  So instead of a DIY project, I thought I’d share with you what I concentrate and meditate on when I cannot understand why or when I feel overwhelmed and beaten.

Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

John 16:33 – I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world. 

Psalm 119: 25-28 – I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word. I gave an account of my ways and you answered me; teach me your decrees.  Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.

Psalm 120:1 – I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me.

James 1:12 – Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

Psalm 55:22 – Give your burdens to the Lord and he will take care of you.  He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

Psalm 142:1-3a – I cry out to the Lord; I plead for the Lord’s mercy.  I pour out my complaints before him and tell him all my troubles.  When I am overwhelmed, You alone know the way I should turn. 

 A Prayer:

Father, thank you for knowing what we need before we say it.  For carrying us when we need it.  Thank you that you are still in control of this world and love us beyond our comprehension.  You are El Roi, the God who sees.  Yahweh-Rapha, the God who heals.  And you are Yahweh Jireh, the one who provides.  Please show those that are hurting, confused and in need that you are God Almighty.  Speak to them.  Remove their fear and give them peace and comfort.   It will be a long road to normalcy; please give them strength and endurance.  May they find joy.  I ask that those of us here not forget them.  Give us wisdom to know how to help and may our efforts be pleasing and a glorification to you and not ourselves. 

In Jesus name, Amen 

Books that were painted and had the word PRAY wtritten on them with a Sharpie pen for farmhouse decor

Here are a few places you could donate money, items or time if you feel you can.

American Red Cross

Houston Food Bank

Texas Diaper Fund

Samaritan’s Purse

Houston Humane Society

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