Sunday, March 16, 2014

Organization - Storage Containers

You may remember how I said in my pantry organization video that I wanted to get a container for my medicine.  It has been in a cardboard popcorn box for years and I always forget about it until I need medicine and realize that I still haven't replaced it.  The cardboard box was ok, but it was hideous to look at and the medicine got a coating of dust.  I found some storage containers that I liked and they met several of my wants - big enough, easy to open and close and visually attractive.  I love it!


I bought more of these to consolidate a lot of clutter that was left on the laundry room shelf.  One for batteries, one for the tools and miscellaneous bits and pieces (some people have a junk drawer but we have a junk box) and the other for cleaning odds and ends (swiffer refills, lint cleaners, etc.).  I like the black and white zigzag design and they were cheap!


See that empty shelf?  That is going to be the home of our mail system that I'm going to try out.  We have a horrible time with incoming mail but I'm going to try out a system with shelves for each category and hopefully I can blog on that when I get it.  My husband likes to keep his shoes here rather than in the bedroom, so I got rid of an old shelf that was falling apart and used the bottom 2 shelves of this bookcase for shoes.  (I threw out 2 bags of stuff by the way!!)  I keep my 2 pairs of flats and then flip flops that I use to go check the mail, take out trash, etc. along with my daughter's flip flops for that purpose as well.  The top shelf is our towels and bedding.

I also redid my pantry since the last time I did so was in September.  We did our bi-yearly order with Azure Standard and I had to reorganize things to get it all to fit.  I bought some plastic food-safe jugs to store - mini chocolate chips, cornmeal and Cheerios and then I had an older container that was empty, so I filled it with popcorn.  You can see my medicine box on the top shelf, it looks so much better than that old cardboard box I had for years, love it!!



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Thursday, March 6, 2014

When Satan Lies To You

This post is referencing my miscarriage, which you can read about here:  http://www.christianhomekeeping.com/2014/03/4th-baby-awaiting-us-in-heaven.html

I had cried some last night at the hospital and then on the way home but it wasn't until I was trying to fall asleep that Satan attacked my mind.  The words came to my mind so forceful, "Your cursed, look at all that God has let happen to you in your life" and then came a flood of other things and the pain of all my past traumas poured on me like heavy weights.  I started screaming and crying and tried to hold it in so I wouldn't wake my children but I couldn't.  The pain was so strong, the thoughts that God hates me filled me and I cried so hard.

My husband kept trying to comfort me as he was half asleep but as my crying and screaming got louder, he started waking up and holding me.  I couldn't even get the words out but just saying help me.  Finally, I was able to ask my husband if God loves me.  He began to talk about how so many said that I would be unable to bear children and how God opened my womb and gave me my daughter and then again after years of not being able to conceive and being told that I probably wouldn't be able to have more children - God did it again and gave me my son.

Hearing reminders of God's miracles squashed all of the lies of the devil in a moment.  I was able to calm down and just lay there thinking on my daughter and son - 2 miracles in the next rooms sent from God Himself and now serving as a reminder of His love.  Not only that but God brought me to the truth at 19 years old by taking me all the way to Alaska and then He gave me a Godly husband and a happy home.  He delivered me out of sin, cleansed me and washed me in His blood and gave me a new life.  He could have left me in the world in sin like I was with alcohol drowning out my past abuses but God didn't!  He loved me so much, he saved me and took the alcoholism away and healed my past.  Satan knows that we are blood-bought, we are redeemed, we have something that he can never have and he hates us - it isn't God that hates us, it is Satan that hates us!

When Satan lies to you - remember.  Remember all that God has done and let it drown out all the hurt, sorrow, pain and lies that Satan tries to tell you.  Then, you will have victory and peace!  Remember that this isn't the end, we will see loved ones again in heaven, there is a reunion awaiting us!

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4th Baby Awaiting Us in Heaven

I miscarried tonight.  I had pain Wednesday morning but it went away and I rested most of the day.  Then, as I was making dinner and dessert I started having more pain and it got so severe I wasn't sure I was going to live through it.  At the ER the doctor suspected ectopic pregnancy and had the IV started but thankfully I didn't have that, I was rather miscarrying.

This is our 4th pregnancy lost we believe and we didn't have answers as to why with the others but we now know that it was because of my organs and uterus were not in their correct places after my c-section.  That was fixed with my past c-section 15 months ago, so we weren't sure why I was miscarrying this baby.  There is a possibility that a cyst on my cervix, which was there 6 months ago but should have gone away, has grown in size and is still there.  The ER doctor said it could be why the pregnancy was unable to continue on and removing it is probably something we will be doing before trying to conceive again.

You know this was sad for me but as I was praying, "Oh God, please don't take my baby!"  I changed my prayer to, "Your will be done God, you know more than me of what is going on in there, I give it to you."  I felt a release when I prayed that prayer rather than begging God to let me keep the baby.  God knows what He is doing.

I'm doing ok, I'm realizing that we must praise God no matter what - I praised Him yesterday for the child He gave me and today I praised Him for His hand of protection.  This verse came to me during my last miscarriage in 2008 and it came to my mind again tonight:

Job 1:21

".....the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."

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