reorganizational laws, longing for eyes above, + do, read, learn, and be goals

You know, we humans try to predict the weather's behavior, but I really think the weather can predict human behavior even better.

No matter how long your to-do list, you stay huddled under the covers totally unmotivated to move when it's cold out. But then the moment it's warm and sunny, you suddenly get strange urges to reorganize and clean and do big projects. And it happens every single year. We are predictable creatures. :)

Last weekend, we moved this storage armoire out of our family closet/pantry:

To here in the dining room:

And the armoire took the place of this bookshelf:

But that was only the beginning, of course. Newton's third law of motion went into effect: every action had an equal and opposite reaction.

Empty/clean armoire = big mess on the floor:

And empty/clean bookshelf = big mess on the table:

So my goal is to work on those reactions this week. ;)

And I'm hoping starting with the mess will equal clean drawers in this case: 

But I doubt it. :) I will have a boxful of cups to donate by the end of it though. :)

I'm also wanting to make another round of bread kits for this week:

 And read this:

And learn this:

I took a picture with my phone so I can carry it with me everywhere!

I really long to be heavenly minded. That's what I want to work on this week- not getting caught up in house stuff, decorating, exercising, cleaning, or even being a mama or a wife. I want to focus on Christ, who is my life- not this world that is passing. EVERYTHING else will fade. My 1895 house will probably outlast me. The trees in my yard were here a hundred years before and will likely be here even longer after me. I am like grass- only barely living for a season and then this life is over.

Jesus is everything. People are important- they are souls that will live for eternity. I want to focus my energy on serving and loving the Lord and people. I want my eyes to be set on Jesus, not on my tasks. Tasks are necessary and good, but they are not my main reason for being here, you know? :)

Here's the do, read, learn, and be list again {for my own sake- I sometimes have to refer back to the blog when I don't write them down anywhere else!}

reorganize cup drawers
put away china on table
clean out back room/armoire mess
list two things for sale
find one bag of stuff to give away
organize kids toys upstairs
help kids clean back porch
sew pillow together from last list {I cut the pillow out but didn't sew it yet}
make bread kits

Experiencing the Presence of God^,  3 chapters
Proverbs 18
Colossians 3

Colossians 3:1-4
1If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is youra life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 

heavenly-minded and Christ-focused.

red beans and quinoa, being cooked by my good friends the rice cooker and the crockpot

And our tentative meal plans for this week:

:: dinners ::

red beans and quinoa

chicken fajitas + beans

beans + rice

chicken and dumplings 
{total cheater style- we use frozen biscuits for dumplings and they are amazing!}

 baked sweet potato curls + edamame + salad

BBQ chicken veggie pizza {with pre-made crust from Sam's}

dinner out

:: lunches ::

bread {hopefully homemade?}+ pb/honey
turkey sandwiches
beans and rice with chips/salsa

:: breakfasts ::

frosted mini-wheats
eggs/ egg white omelets

What are your goals for this week?

Ever made BBQ pizza? 
We haven't but my kids love it elsewhere, so we're trying it!

Do you have any reorganization projects {a.k.a. big messes all over everywhere} going on at your house right now? :)

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  1. Well, this is kind of a silly question, but do you guys feel gassy all the time with all those beans? I find that my stomach hurts from just one bean-heavy meal.

    1. I know you weren't asking me particularly, but I had the same issues when our family went to eating beans (and more veggies and legumes in general). It may take a while for a body that isn't used to it, but those tummy problems do go away. Believe me, your body and your wallet will thank you for it in the long run! Beans are high in fiber (hence the stomach ache and gassiness), but we meat-eating Americans generally need more fiber in our diet. Hope that made sense :)

    2. I would say it definitely lessens. I try not to eat more than a bowl at a time myself, but it's definitely gotten better! :)

  2. I love that verse your studying this week . Yes Jesus is everything ! Sometimes I think we can get so caught up in things we (and I stress the "we")have to do that we miss what Jesus is telling us to do. I love your heart for God and I wish I had a girlfriend like you that I could just talk with about Jesus . A lot of people I've meet just don't take it as seriously as I do . My one friend who I call my spiritual mama is 84 and she is one that I can talk with but it I'm praying for God to give me someone closer in my age but I love your posts iron sharpens iron and I've learned so much from you and relate to you .
    Ps BBQ chicken is a hit with our family :)

  3. Thanks again for a great post Mandy!!! I feel like we would have a lot in common if we met:) I live in a heritage home in our city built in 1909. My husband and I are renovating and restoring it back to it's original glory but I find I struggle with it spitritually a lot. I guess it's because I have such an interest in home, design, decor and thrifting. I often let it consume me and I forget the most important thing in my world...Jesus. Oh he's there but sometimes takes a backseat to all the other tasks I'm trying to accomplish. I'm also the mother to two amazing little kids! Addison and Liam are my heart! It sure takes a lot in my mind to balance it all. But I guess lately it's become more apparent to me that I do crave Jesus more and more. I thank God for the Holy Spirit who convicts me so instead of feeling guilty I can choose to praise Him in that moment. I wish you all the best this week! I too will be focusing on some sciptures and hopefully getting some tasks accomplished too:) Lots of Love, Lindsay:)

  4. Love the meal ideas...thanks for this post!

    1. Mandy, the above post is mine....Lindsay Morgan:) I just figured out how to add a!

  5. Love your heart for Jesus! Would you post your chicken & dumplings recipe please? Thanks!

    1. I'll try to make one for you guys- I kind of make up my own! :)

  6. We love BBQ chicken! We just use our favorite BBQ sauce instead of tomato sauce. Delish!!!

  7. Thank you for this post. I too want to be Heavenly minded, and I love that you took a picture of the Bible passage that you want to meditate on; I needed to read that. God has saved me and changed my heart. I completely surrendered to Him, and I am getting baptized on sunday. I am so glad that you share your goals for the week; it is very encouraging, and also thank you for creating the do, read, learn be goal sheet; I am starting mine this week and plan on doing this every week. This week I want to take some time out for myself, call and invite a neighbor over, Go to YMCA and library with my kids, call an old friend, work in my followers journal, read a good Christian book for enjoyment, read, write and meditate on all the verses in the Bible about the grace of God and His forgiveness, and I want to learn about my spiritual gift that God has given me and how He would like me to use it, I want to learn a new meal, and how to schedule my days. I want to be a woman of great faith, focused on Christ.

  8. Hey! I am so encouraged by your blog. I am a mom of four kids 3 & under and want a few more๐Ÿ˜Š. I love how you keep things focused on Jesus and especially this post. We can often get carried away into being a great mom, home maker, wife... But its really all about Jesus. I love how you encourage people to be in their Word! I also love your thrifty ideas on things. Keep walking the straight and narrow sister. And keep blogging ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  9. Your heart's desire completely and totally reflects mine. Right now, I am reading a short book called: The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness: The Path to True Christian Joy by Timothy Keller (along with books by Spurgeon, Piper and others that I am reading...I tend to keep many books going at once). I am trying to forget SELF! It is so hard because all I really ever feel is SELFISH! Know what I mean? :) Thanks for sharing your heart!


  10. We love BBQ chicken pizza too! I made some recently and added caramelized onions - SO delicious! It brings such a depth of flavor to the pizza. :)

  11. So question...what are you doing with your clothes now. We're building a family closet now that we're adding another baby! (4th baby)

  12. My hubby loves bbq pizza and has me sold on it, too. I make it for him every birthday. He's not big on sweets, so I make him a pizza.

  13. I can so relate to this! I have been moving my living room around and wouldn't you know it- company stops by unexpected just when your house is a WRECK!! I love how you pointed out that we should not be tied up with our tasks that we forget about what is important- SOULS! I have to remind myself of this ALL THE TIME!!! Great post!

  14. Your blog has been a blessing to me for years. Loved the pic of your Crock Pot. I have one just like it. Now that I use Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners - I love it. It's not as "green" as the way you are using yours; but in this season of my life I need all the easy I can get. :)

  15. I love reading your blog!! I too am a homeschooling mama and was wondering 2 things: a) What curriculum do you use? b) What is your red beans and rice recipe? Sounds yummy!! :)


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