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If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in its place,
but have not love,
I am a housekeeper, not a homemaker.

If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative achievements,
but have not love,
my children learn cleanliness, ­not godliness.

If I scream at my children for every infraction,
and fault them for every mess they make,
but have not love,
my children become people-pleasers, not obedient children.

Love leaves the dust in search of a child’s laugh.
Love smiles at the tiny fingerprints on a newly cleaned window.
Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk.
Love picks up the child before it picks up the toys.

Love accepts the fact that I am the ever-present “mommy,”
the taxi-driver to every childhood event,
the counselor when my children fail or are hurt.

Love crawls with the baby, walks with the toddler, and runs with the child,
then stands aside to let the youth walk into adulthood.

Before I became a mother I took glory in my house of perfection.
Now I glory in God’s perfection of my child.

All the projections I had for my house and my children
have faded away into insignificance,
And what remain are the memories of my kids.

Now there abides in my home scratches on most of the furniture,
dishes with missing place settings,
and bedroom walls full of stickers, posters and markings,
But the greatest of all is the Love
that permeates my relationships with my children.

-Adapted by Jim Fowler

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Organization 101

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I struggle with being organized. If I get one part of the house organized than another part falls apart or I am not paying enough attention to the children. Life is crazy, teaching the oldest, taking care of the baby, recovering from a miscarriage (or for some of you being pregnant), cleaning house, making meals, getting groceries, having people over, helping at church, and loving our husbands. 

I have discovered a new organization system from Grace Works. I have tried Flylady before, and I think Flylady has a lot of wonderful ideas, but I get hung up trying to create my note book and routines. Grace Works (Jennifer Lamp Neef) has taken all of the guess work out of it. I just began working through the “Beautiful Life Management” pages. They are wonderful.

I would encourage any of you who struggle with organization and planning to purchase the Beautiful Life Management Set. Even if you don’t it is a wonderful help. It comes with the planner, and all the pages, tabs you will need to get started. It also includes 3 tapes of Jennifer explaining everything and helping you get started. I sat and listened to her tapes yesterday afternoon and what a blessing and encouragement they were to me. I have only used it 2 days, but I know that if I am diligent and stick with it, this plan will really work well.

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