Uncommon Sense

com-mon

adjective

1: occurring, found, or done often: prevelent.

2: shared by, coming from, or done by more than one.

I’ve been aware lately that, more and more ,common sense is hard to find. Common…prevelant, you could even say typical…but not so much anymore.

It seems we have reverted to what would better be called uncommon sense. What should seem obvious and the apparent best answer for the “common” good isn’t even an option anymore.

We need something outrageous, complicated, incindiary!!

It permeates our lives.

I’m proposing a look at the mislaid standard of “common” sense. It’s become uncommon but was it really meant to be laid asid? NO! That is a definite NO!

So where do we find this common sense. Usually among people who are living balanced, stable, moral lives that are guided by something greater than themselves. G0D! Wow what a concept!

GOD!! Remember God? He created the world ? He gave us our lives? Remember?

He even gave us a set of rules to help us on the path to Common Sense!! Just 10 quite simple rules!

Rule #1. Just remember….I AM GOD…you’re not. Don’t try to make something else ME. I AM ME. I AM GOD. I created you and everything around you. I know your past, present and future. I know things you don’t even know about yourself!! OK?

Rule #2. Ok so while we’re on this I AM God topic….Dont try to make some man made thing out to be God. I AM God and trust me nothing any man could make could even come close to what I AM! So don’t belive anything else can be as good as I AM. Just stick with me. I AM worth worshiping!!

Rule #3. Hey be nice. Don”t use my name lightly or in an evil way…Don’t use it to curse or swear something common, or pointless or evil. Use my name with reverance, respect and humility. This will help you remember who I AM and that I deserve respect above all other things. Even my NAME is holy.

Rule #4 I gave you a day to rest. To worship me and spend some time just being. You don’t always have to be a human “doing” : be a human “being.” This day is HOLY. I made it HOLY so you would remember to set aside special time for me without distractions.

Rule #5 I gave you parents. I could have just made you appear or poof…there you are, but no. I gave you parents. Guardians of your life and formation. They gave you life through their love and they deserve your acknowledgement and respect. Dishonoring them is in a way dishonoring yourself because you are part of them. Show some respect.

Rule #6. I alone give life!! I alone decide when it is finished. That’s all. Do NOT Kill!

Rule #7 You should not commit adultery. I gave you the wonderful sacrament of marraige so that you would have a faithful partner through life. When you marry you become one. One flesh, one mind, one heart. This was my plan. Betraying that is betraying me and this beautiful gift I have given.

Rule # 8 Dont’ take what doesn’t belong to you. Don’t take money, or things or ideas. (Also: see rule #7).

Rule #9 Always tell the truth. Don’t tell something that is a lie. Don’t try to make someone else look bad or cover up something YOU did that was bad. Just don’t lie. Always tell the truth and I promise it will work out better for you.

Rule #10 Don’t feel bad because someone has something you don’t. It’s ok. I will give you everything you need if you just trust me. Believe me when I tell you even if you had it…it wouldn’t make you happy. I know what will and IF you follow my rules..whatever it is you don’t have…you won’t need it anyway.

There…simple rules FULL of common sense given to us by GOD Himself.

One little thing….we’ve all broken the rules. Every ONE of us!!! Some of us have broken ALL the rules.

God says try again. Are you sorry? Will you do better? Can you honor and respect my rules so I can bless you? I WANT to bless you more than you know! Come to me in my cenacle of Mercy. Tell me your sins, make up for them however you can. I will bless you for it and you can start anew! I love doing that…making things NEW. New hearts, new minds, new marraiges, new lives!!!

So, there you have it. My take on common sense. Simple isn’t it? I know we want to make it complicated….But I bet if you take the “rules” and apply them, you’ll begin to see how this works and enjoy all the side benefits of peace, joy, and happiness.

Till next time

Fiat,

Debbie

The Best Day: Sunday

Ahhh Sunday!  Don’t you just love it?  A day to relax! A day for family and friends or just being lazy.

Sunday is the day I allow myself the luxury of things I might feel a little guilty about indulging  in, or too busy  through the week to slow down and truly enjoy.

Things like reading a good book, or binge watching my favorite shows that I missed .  The day certainly doesn’t feel complete unless I can go to church, come home, get into my comfie clothes and start planning my week.

I do have a certain routine when it comes to planning . I have been planning for many years,  but about 2 years ago I discovered the Happy Planner and it has become somewhat of an obsession.   Not to be a cliche` but my Happy Planner makes me happy,  It does double duty.  It gives me a chance to be creative and productive at the same time.

If you follow my Instagram you have seen  posts of my planner pages and how they are arranged and decorated.  I found an entire group following of “planner babes” on YouTube who share their weekly calendar spreads with other planners and tips on organizing the week.

Wow…who knew?  So how has it helped and what do I plan?

It keeps me focused.

I know that if I don’t keep things ordered and focused my life tends to go a little sideways.  Chores and papers pile up, deadlines are a little on the late side and appointments can go completely out the window.  It’s not just the inconvenience of things out of place or punctuality problems….it makes me feel lousy!  I need order and I believe it is something innate in us that requires it.

We’ve all heard “God is in the details”.  I believe that is true.  God IS in the details and our daily life is more fulfilling when we stay on a certain track to our goals.  12 step programs use the slogan Good Orderly Direction: G.O.D.  To keep my life running in a Good Orderly Direction I write down everything for the week. Meals, appointments,  exercise, social engagements, and shopping lists.  My calendar is filled with to do’s, motivational stickers and quotes to keep me going through the week: Helping me stay on task and get to Sunday feeling accomplished.

I love the feeling a “good Sunday” gives to the start of my week.  A few things I do on Sunday to make my week better:

Fresh Sheets!  I put fresh sheets on my bed on Sunday.  It feels good to crawl into a freshly made bed and somehow makes awakening to Monday morning just a little easier.

Check medications and supplements.  I like to make sure every thing I need is on hand and ready for the week.  This includes any meds I may be taking as well as vitamins and supplements.

Make ahead meals.  Any meals that can be prepped or made ahead usually happen on Sunday.  I like the feeling of knowing what I am going to eat and having ingredients on hand helps to avoid any last-minute trips to the grocery.

So what about you?  What do you like to do on Sunday?  Are you a coach potato watching sports or do you like to get outside and play?

Do you have a special routine you follow on Sunday?
Share in the comments below and give us your idea of the perfect Sunday.

“A Sunday well spent brings a week of content”

 

 

Welcome to My World

Welcome to my world. The world of Byrdology. Let me introduce myself.

My name is Debbie Byrd and I am so happy you have stumbled into my little corner of the internet. I look forward to getting to know you and hope that you will stick around and get to know me. We are going to explore together how to make our lives richer, simpler and more meaningful and beautiful! I am passionate about planning, decorating and making home a sanctuary from the kinda crazy outside world.

What is Byrdology? Its my approach to life, love, family and lifestyle. It is my understanding of the things of the past and how they have shaped my life and future and how to move beyond all the ways life is holding you back.

My life has been a river of clear and muddy waters that have left me older, wiser, grateful and longing for being the best person I can be. Most of us long to become and enjoy the best version of ourselves and writing clarifies for me what thoughts, behaviors and people will help me achieve that goal. Life has a way of slowing us down, distracting our pursuits and finding ourselves leaving the dreams of life and our own thoughts laying by the side of the busy road we are traveling. I want to help you slow down and think deeper and live simpler but richer.

Writing is a way of sharing with others, ( and validating for myself) all the thoughts and feelings that ramble around inside my head and need an escape to be seen clearly and understood. Sometimes you just can’t sort out feelings and ideas until they are written down to be contemplated and analyzed.

I write because I know that there are so many others that face the same challenges I do and it encourages all of us to know we are not alone with our feelings and longings. So many times I have thought I was the “only one” that felt the way I was feeling only to find out that it was simply not true.

BUT….the biggest reason I write and want to write is that I know there are others who feel they are unforgiven or worse, unforgivable. This is such a lie from hell. We are all forgivable and if we don’t realize that and can’t even ask for forgiveness or believe our life can be better, hopeful, fulfilled we are lost. Losing hope in God and our lives is the greatest loss we can experience because with it we lose ourselves.

How CAN we become the best version of ourselves if we have lost faith in our best cheerleader? Our most ardent lover? Our biggest fan? There are so many hurting and lost people in our world, community, neighborhood and in our own homes who need encouragement and acceptance wherever they are in their lives!! I want to reach out to others and offer that encouragement and hope to the marginal, the silently suffering, the lost who don’t really know what to do to crawl out of the black hole their souls have fallen into. This is my purpose. This is my passion. This is what God is calling me to with my blog and however else He may choose to use me.

Come along with me….lets see where we can go together.


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