How to organize your attitude without faking

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We all want to know how to organize our lives, and I am fond of saying that we start not with the closets but with our attitudes. I use the tagline “organize your attitude” – but what does that mean? Is your attitude something you can actually change? Does it mean faking a smile or pretending what went wrong was actually ok? There isn’t faking involved, but there is humility and repentance. Yes, you can actually change your attitude by … Read More

Fill your mind with truth.

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Want to know how to organize your life? It begins with your attitude. Organize your attitude #47 Our minds are busy places. We are constantly noticing needs, evaluating behavior, noting things to be done, and thinking things through. On top of that, we listen to children’s chatter, keep up with phone notifications, and maybe even top it off with a podcast in the background. Our days are not still and silent. They are humming with thoughts, conversations, and noise. But … Read More

Read a novel.

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Organize your attitude #41 Yes, read a novel. It doesn’t even have to be a Great Book. Just a story. Get out of your own particulars, relate to someone else, and gain perspective. When we read novels, we are able to see the world from another point of view, experience different settings and lifestyles and circumstances, and are better able to see how small circumstances build into a big picture – into a story. Novels are not a waste of … Read More

Own your thoughts.

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Organize your attitude #13 I recently went to a seminar with the Femina Girls in nearby Moscow, ID. There I heard two of my favorite speakers and writers: Nancy Wilson and her daughter Rachel Jankovic. In her talk, Nancy reminded us that we are to set our minds on what is good and true and excellent. It is active; it is purposeful. We might have a thought or a feeling, but we don’t have to let it in to stay. … Read More

Recite mottos.

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Organize Your Attitude #7 A motto is a short saying that helps you stay focused and committed. Having little mottos will make it easier for you remember to do what you want to do. SO063: Give Yourself a Motto Some of my mottos include Work the plan. Roll with the punches. Choose the right next thing. Uses est magister optimus. (Practice is the best teacher.) Come what may, time and the hour run through the roughest day. (Shakespeare) Prayer is … Read More

Change the story.

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Organize your attitude #3 What we think matters. While it’s still awkward and uncomfortable, we accept the story God is telling in our lives and tell it to ourselves. We can take the reins and “take every thought captive.” We can change our thoughts. And by changing our thoughts, we can change the story we see ourselves acting. Notice the story. Our racing thoughts include an interpretation of what is happening to us. What is happening? What does it mean? … Read More

Clean house with the end in mind

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If you’re like me, you try – at least occasionally – to become better, more effective, more competent in your roles and responsibilities at home. And then after a period of trying, you peter out because it turns out it’s quite exhausting to grow and change and fight entropy and bad habits. We have to become accustomed to and accepting of small change over time: faithful application, faithful repentance, day in and day out. Rather than huge life overhauls that don’t … Read More

Motivation Monday: Tell a true story.

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Mornings and Mondays – fresh starts – are key to setting the tone for the rest of the day or week. Let’s do our best to start with a burst that will keep us going. Keeping Productivity in Perspective Two weeks ago my week did not at all go as I had planned. It was a break week in our homeschool routine, so I had all sorts of things I wanted to get done around the house and online. Plus, … Read More

Life is a Story: Tell God’s Story Rather Than Your Own – Simply Convivial

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We must submit to the master narrative rather than trying to tell our own hero tales. You are not the hero. I am not the hero. Christ is the Hero. This means we must be familiar with God’s Story, which happens by rereading and rereading and rereading the Bible all our lives. Life is God’s story; therefore, do not complain under hard providences. The testing of your faith develops steadfastness. Let steadfastness have its full effect. No story line happens … Read More

Life is a Story: You Are Not Always the Protagonist – Simply Convivial

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Life is a story, and it’s not all about you; therefore, realize that there are millions of competing stories going on at once. You see yourself as a hero in your own story, but so does each person in the grocery store. Who are you in their story? You’re just background color. Perhaps you’re even a petty annoyance. You’re not usually the big shot. My son, when you feel overwhelmed by a trouble, calm yourself down by changing the perspective … Read More

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