This is my 31 Days to Clean mission statement. There are two challenges to every day. A Martha Challenge (practical cleaning things) and a Mary Challenge (heart or "why" oriented).
So here's my application to Day 1's Mary Challenge:
I want to create a haven from the world.
A place of intimacy and joy.
A place that doesn’t take the place of,
but makes us think of Heaven.
A place to meet with the Lord,
play with my kids,
and snuggle with my man.
A place to invite weary souls into
and have them leave refreshed.
I want to make a home away from Home.
I'm in. I saw this E book on some blogs I follow recently and was intrigued. But not enough to make a move on purchasing it. Yesterday, I saw it again and did a little more snooping. After reading the reviews, and the example day, I decided to download the Kindle app and do it.
Cleaning doesn't come naturally to me, like...at all. I LOVE to cook. I do NOT love to clean. The Lord has grown me a ton in this area over the past 5 years, but still...I don't wake up Monday morning and think "Yay, I get to do laundry today!" But I want to. I want to be as excited to do that part of my job as I am about cooking a new meal or playing pretend with E.
So, even though we leave for the Beach Project very soon, I am starting the 31 day challenge today. And I am praying that the Lord would change my heart, perspective and habits in this area of my life.
We like music around here. There have been some specific artists that have uniquely ministered to us over the past few years.
Christian hip-hop is a passion for us. We both loved hip-hop and R&B in high school, but quickly became convicted of enjoying much of the content as we grew closer to the Lord. Let me be clear, we do not think secular music in general is evil. But the images most current hip-hop songs illicit, are most certainly dishonoring to the Lord.
Insert this guy (among many others). Flame has been a huge part in a movement to reach out to my generation with GOOD music that glorifies the Lord. Skeptical..? Try this out and see if you don't find yourself singing it all day!!
I saw this video a few weeks ago, but I'm just now getting around to posting it. It is an issue dear to my heart, one that the Lord has radically altered my life in.
What we tell our students on our Beach Projects (where the Lord first convicted me of my immodesty) is very similar to this.
PS: the music at the beginning is Tedashii.....LOVE. Look him up!