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My Journey to becoming a Nobel Woman – Day 32

February 19, 2010

Stow Away as Much as You Can

Scripture to Memorize:

She sees that her trading is profitable,

and her lamp does not go out at night.

In her hand she holds the distaff

and grasps the spindles with her fingers.

Proverbs 31:18-19

Passage to Read: Proverbs 17:1 Today’s passage deals with having little with peace and quiet versus having plentiful with strife.

Guided Prayer:

Acknowledge that God has called us to peace. Admit how you long for that peace in the midst of life’s storms. Our culture teaches that more is better but the truth is less is almost always better. Thank God that His message for today is a reminder that is completely opposite what our society and culture teaches us. Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to live differently. Ask for help in pursuing peace versus pursuing stuff. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you choose quiet over endless activities.

Personal Observation:

Yesterday we were told to give away as much as we could. Today we are going to stow what is left. In other words, if you don’t use an item every month, put it in an out-of-the-way place (thinking holiday decor here or seasonal items). Before stowing any item however, we need to ask ourselves the following questions:

  • Is there anyway I can live without it?
  • Is there anyone who needs it more?
  • Do I love it?

You will need a several bins/totes to do this assignment. Some ideas for labeling your bins/totes:

  • Birthday celebration items
  • Easter/spring decorations
  • fall/Thanksgiving decorations
  • Christmas decorations (I’d wait and do this one around Christmas time if you have already taken your Christmas decorations down.)
  • Off-season clothing (you’ll need 1 box per family member minimum probably)
  • Children’s school memorabilia (I’ve got a tote for each boy, they are responsible for keeping it down. I may purchase them each a larger one to hold their favorite memory for each year. This tote is for the current year.)
  • Tax documents (need to keep these 5 years)
  • miscellaneous holiday decorations

You may have other ideas — label those totes so you know what is in them.

Practical Application:

  • Buy ten plastic storage containers — label them with a think black felt marker.
  • Stow away items you don’t use every month.

Notebook:

  • Create a page labeled: BINS (place this in the HOUSEHOLD section) and write the numbers 1 to 10 down the left-hand side leaving several lines between numbers. Make a brief notation in pencil of what is contained in each bin.
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