Monday, February 28, 2011

Haven: Day 1

This week I'm joining my friend Monica in her Make Your Home A Haven challenge.

My focus this week is to get back into a routine that works better for me. Every time I get into a schedule of sorts, my schedule changes. I am not complaining... many times these changes mean that prayers are being answered or that I have more work which means more income! However, change always causes me a bit of frustration as I struggle to be productive and manage my time effectively.

Today's haven assignments focused on my quiet time with God, doing something special for breakfast and completing a task that I've wanted to do.

Quiet Time
I'm reading in the book of Romans this week. Today I read Romans 2.  What jumped out at me was the phrase in verse 4: "...Not realizing that God's kindness leads you towards repentance? "

I want God's mercy, kindness and compassion to flow freely through me to point those I come in contact with to a relationship with Jesus that is based on repentance and a desire to obey every command of Christ.

Special Breakfast

So when I read this part of the challenge, I was trying to come up with something special based on time and availability.  I decided on making eggs-in-a-nest since that's a favorite of ours and one I don't make nearly often enough! Then Baby Girl arrived making it known that she was having an ECR (Extra Cuddles Required) sort of morning. So I changed my plans to oatmeal which could be cooked with one hand while holding the baby. A handful of chopped pecans and frozen blueberries were added for fun. 

We love grapefruit and my husband especially likes them chilled so before I headed out for exercise this morning, I tossed one in the fridge so it would be cold by breakfast time.

I also put a fresh tablecloth and place mats on the table. 

Special Task 
Since this is the last day of February, I took down all my Valentine decorations and put them away. Also included in this were a few Christmas decorations that were missed before.

Otherwise, I focused on following my routine and not getting sidetracked!

So today has been a  good day. Looking forward to the rest of the week!


Phyllis said...

It sounds like you have a great start on making your home a haven!

Abbi said...

Sounds like a good morning! I hope the rest of your day goes well too!

Valerie said...

Wow...blueberries and pecans on your oatmeal...yum! It certainly sounds like you have quite the knack for making your home a haven!


thehomespunheart said...

Mary Ann - sounds like a lovely day! Your breakfast looks cheery and like a great start to the day! And, I need to take my Valentine decorations down too! :) Good for you for getting that done! Hope your Haven was blessed for your efforts today!

pippasmum said...

That looks like a wonderful day! It's funny, I'm reading Romans, too. What a powerful book!
Enjoy the rest of the week!