life too complicated? Big life events cause a reordering of priorities.
Big life events help us whittle down our long lists and over-stuffed
homes. Big life events remind us of who is important, what our goals
are, and why we do what we do. Doubt me? New babies, major surgery, and
major life changes all make us take stock.
Why do we allow the big life
events to be the catalyst? Productivity soars with clean desks and
uncluttered surroundings. We know this, right? Yet the to-be-done and
to-be-read piles climb higher like vines across the windows. (I know.
I’m looking at the verdant climbing vine in my office as I write.)
Start with prayer then follow
these ten tips for taming the big life:
1. Get filing cabinets
2. Use filing cabinets
3. Follow a daily schedule
4. Have an accountability partner
5. Take time off to rest and refresh
6. Exercise—it’s proven to create higher productivity and critical
7. Set personal goals
8. Reward yourself for reaching small goals as a stepping-stone to big
9. Invite a friend to help prune the climbing vines
10. Add enjoyable touches through color, music, and favorite items to
your office area
Remember to take your big life
situations to the Lord. Then immediately ask: What’s the next most
Do that one thing, whatever it
is, then ask the question again.
The stunning result is an
incredibly productive day led by the Lord. String a few of these days
together for an incredibly productive week. String a few of these weeks
together and watch miracles happen.
Dear Lord, what is it You would
have me to do today? What’s the most important thing? Help me to see
it, commit it to You, and do it. Guide me into the big life You have
planned for me instead of this crazy cluttered life I’ve created. In
Jesus name, Amen.
The perfect meal
to make for Mom
on Mother’s Day. But it’s also a great
party food for Memorial Day weekend. Low fat, high fiber, high protein
that tastes great any time. With minimal supervision, children can
assemble these quesadillas in simple steps. Use a food processor to
chop the foods if the children are young. Use it anyway because it’s
flour tortillas (I prefer high fiber, high protein like the La Tortilla
1 can fat-free refried beans (black beans are great too)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
2–3 large tomatoes, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 cup olives, chopped
Butter pan spray
Greek plain nonfat yogurt (tastes like sour cream, but much more
Spread ¼ cup fat-free refried
beans on half of each tortilla. Sprinkle each of the rest of the
ingredients onto the beans in layers. Fold over the tortilla to make a
half circle. Heat a skillet to medium on the stove. Spray one side of
the quesadilla with butter pan spray, place in skillet and spray the
other side. Cook until light golden, a few minutes each side. The lower
heat allows the quesadilla to be heated all the way through. Too high
and the outside cooks too quickly while the inside is still cold.
Serve with a garnish of salsa,
Greek plain, nonfat yogurt, and your favorite fresh salad.
Tip: when making for a crowd,
these can be toasted on a cookie sheet under the broiler for 3 or 4
minutes per side. For a fast lunch, microwave 2 minutes instead of
grilling or toasting.