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Sweeping Out Sin

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, think on these things. Philippians 4:8 {From Chaos to Calm Series: Day 56} @ AVirtuousWoman.org

From Chaos to Calm: Day 56

Recently, I was cleaning out some old boxes of books from when I was a teenager. I had not gone through them in years. I had forgotten many of the titles. You see, when I was a teenager, I was fascinated with the occult and creepy, spine chilling stories.

In fact these were just the kind of books I refuse to let my own children read. Looking back on those years, I realize how easily I could have taken the path of witchcraft because of my fascination. I am thankful that I put those things aside in favor of a relationship with Jesus.

Recently, we were headed out of town on a short vacation. My husband, who always double checks and triple checks to be sure the house is secure before we go anywhere, had commented to me, “How can we ask God to protect our home and expect Him to do so, when we have things in our house which are not pleasing to the Lord?”

Sweeping Out Sin

I sat in the passenger seat stunned, as I had never thought about that before. So, the day I was cleaning out the box of books, I immediately grabbed a large trash bag, dumped the books inside and hauled it out to the trash bin.

How many movies, books, magazines, computer games, or video games do you have in your own home that you know would not glorify God? I made a commitment to sweep sin of every form out of my house. Whether it be that really “good” war film that has an inspiring story but a few too many bad words, or a novel that promotes promiscuous living, or your son’s video games where the “good guy” gets to shoot up the “bad guy,” it probably doesn’t have a place in a home where God is the center.

Get your home in order today… sweep sin out to stay!

An Alarming Trend

I’ve noticed an alarming trend among Christian women in recent years. With the popularity of books like Harry Potter, Twilight, and 50 Shades of Gray, it seems that more and more Christian women are reading the books and embracing the idea that this is okay.

It is NOT OKAY. These books and books like them are not only harmful to your spirit and relationship with Christ, they can be harmful to your marriage as well.

The Bible says,Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

Ladies, guard your hearts!

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The Living Rooms {Day 55}

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From Chaos to Calm: Day 55

Scripture Memory: “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” Proverbs 24:3,4

The Living Room is very often the room that we take guests who come to our home. In my house we also have a “Family Room” downstairs. The rule in my house is that the children do not play with their toys in the “Living Room” but they can in the “Family Room.” By enforcing this rule, I never have to fear guests dropping in unexpectedly because the Living Room is always neat and orderly.

   If you only have one Living Room, make that space friendly for the children as well as comfortable for your guests. There are many books available that offer creative ways for making your living space pretty as well as functional. If you feel challenged in the way of decorating, get a few books from your local bookstore and study how rooms are decorated and maybe your creativity will be sparked.

 Any room always looks nice if it is neat and clean – even if you do not have much money to spend on furniture or decorating. Clutter always gives an unpleasant feeling. Use pretty baskets with fabric linings to hide toys, magazines, books, office supplies, and other items in your home that would otherwise look cluttered. Pretty patchwork quilts or handmade afghans always give a warm, cozy feeling – and if you are able to make your own that is even better!

Artwork can be pricey, but creating your own work of art with watercolors or by cross stitching is just as pretty – or prettier! And you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you labored in love for your home and created something pretty. Family photos – especially good photos are wonderful to decorate with and they bring back happy memories at the same time!

Here’s a handy “How to Clean the Living Room Checklist” that you can use daily, weekly and monthly to stay on top of your living rooms.

How to Clean the Living Room Checklist

Cleaning the Living Room: Daily:

1. Pick up clutter.

2. Fluff pillows.

3. Straighten quilts or throws.

4. Vacuum or sweep floor as needed.

Cleaning the Living Room: Weekly:

1. Vacuum or sweep floor.

2. Dist tabletops, bookcases, shelves and piano.

3. Throw out accumulated clutter.

4. Vacuum upholstery if needed.

5. Remove musty odors by washing slipcovers and blankets. Or, use a product such as Febreeze®.

6. Clean windows and mirrors.

Tips:

1. Placing a fragrant air freshener such as Glade Plugins® or a Tart Warmer or candles in the room will ensure that there is always a welcoming scent in the room for friends and family to enjoy. I personally prefer a cinnamon spice fragrance all year long – it reminds me of pies baking or cider bubbling on the stove. Always yummy!

2. If you have a pet that lives indoors, you may not be aware of the odor in your home. However, guests will notice! Never allow pets to sleep on the upholstered furniture without a washable cover underneath them. Wash it frequently to keep odors from building up. If you have a dog, bathe him/her often. Vacuum fur up daily or use a lint brush in between vacuuming. Allowing your guests to leave your home with fur on their clothes is not nice!

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Anchored by Radical Love

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Today I’m welcoming my good friend, Sarah K. Asaftei, who I met last year when she was filming my husband in the productions of the Thunder in the Holy Land series. She’s here to tell us about a special time of retreat coming up in just a few months! Plus, one of the speakers is a sweet friend of mine, Gail McKenzie! 

Oh, and by the way, next week I’ll be giving away music from the artists, so be on the lookout! 


If you’re like me, you probably put a lot of energy into making sure your husband and kids get quality time with Jesus. I shoo our preschoolers off to play when Daddy is on his knees, I pray with them each night and play the Bible on CD when we’re driving in the car. Once a year I stay with them for a weekend so Daddy can spend a spiritual retreat weekend in nature. But here’s the thing – too often I don’t succeed at making sure I get enough devotional time myself.

I think Jesus and His disciples faced a similar challenge. When they were getting worn out from teaching and serving others, Jesus said “Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” (Mark 6:31, NIV) Now I don’t know when you last went away by yourself to get some rest, but I know it has been far too long for me!

A couple of years ago, I was lamenting this reality with some girlfriends, and we decided perhaps it was time to make a change. We crave the chance to rest, fellowship, pray, and retreat – and since we’re social creatures, we wanted a way to share it with friends. Someone mentioned that if we want it to be relaxing, we ought to plan it on a cruise ship, and the Anchored {by radical love} concept was born.

Since then, the idea has grown until we decided to open our retreat cruise to any Christian women who wish to join us. Our lineup includes fresh, deep speakers who get right to the heart of things, and chart-topping female Christian artists who will give exclusive concerts and spend the rest of the time relaxing with the group.

If you are also craving a chance to “come away and rest awhile”, Anchored {by radical love} is an opportunity that will transform your relationship with Jesus and give you the tools to love others well.

Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/reTREATcruise2015
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Sarah K Asaftei is a resource broker, producer/director, and owner of skaMEDIA Productions & Films in Tampa, FL. As a pastor’s wife and mother of two rambunctious preschoolers, she needs this retreat as badly as anybody she knows. Sarah blogs on ethical leadership and women in business at http://www.medium.com/@skaMEDIA. Follow her on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/sarahkasaftei, Twitter: https://twitter.com/skaMEDIA, and Instagram @skaMEDIA.

Anchored in Radical Love Retreat Cruise for Christian Woman @ AVirtuousWoman.orgAnchored in Radical Love Retreat Cruise for Christian Woman @ AVirtuousWoman.org

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