"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." ... Romans 12:2
Do you remember G.A.'s? You know, Girls' Auxiliary? I barely can, but I do recall making little gifts for those mysterious people called "shut-ins" and well, this morning I thought, "What a dreadful name--"shut-ins". Talk about your negative spin (as G.A's, we were taught to feel terribly sorry for them.Hmm... that explains a lot.).
Some people can't leave their homes. Some won't because they don't want to. Others leave only sometimes for appointments or special gatherings. But to call them shut-ins? I hope that term has, like my childhood, faded away, for there are better names:
Lovers of Home.
Choosers of home.
Non-choosers of home.
People who mostly stay home.
Not homebound, infirmed, invalid, certainly.
But "shut-in"--to my mind--is especially bad and brings a picture of a little, elderly woman behind a prison-like-door as it's clanging shut. Ack.
One of my major goals for this blog? To give you who stay home a lot--for whatever reason--many fun, creative ideas of what to do there. For oh, what you can do at home, especially if you have a computer!
Create something, even a small thing.
Redecorate a table top or a corner or a whole room.
Read hundreds of free books by way of a free kindle.
Read the books in your home or ones you order online or by way of your local library.
Watch lots of interesting tv shows through a myriad of ways online or by cable.
Research what you've always wanted to know more about--take online courses or make your own path.
Discover others' creative ideas which then inspire more of your own.
Play with your pets.
Invite a friend over for coffee or tea and good conversation.
Clean your home to make it a more pleasant place.
Visit other countries by way of travel videos or documentaries.
Pray for others.
Wear an apron, play retro music, read vintage ladies' magazines and pretend it's 1950.
Become a better cook, photographer, seamstress or crafts person.
Watch your world from your window. Greet the mailman. Wave to passersby.
Rearrange your furniture. Garden, exercise, paint a wall.
Write a book about what you know.
Paint a picture for your walls
Research ways to become healthier naturally.
Crochet a bedspread or embroider a tablecloth
Join an online group or book club.
Hold a weekly book club or home Bible study group in your home.
Order what you need, even groceries, from sites online.
Send paper cards,ecards, emails or Facebook posts to cheer others.
Sit on your porch with a neighbor.
Tend flowers in a window flower box or keep houseplants or grow herbs on a windowsill.
Babysit a friend's cat or her child or houseplants.
Spend much time with God. Meditate upon Bible truths.
You can think of things I've forgotten, I'm sure.
I believe that--when we step into Heaven--we'll realize how much better Life down here could have been if only we'd approached it differently and not made so many darn excuses nor put so much blame upon people or circumstances.
Really, I do.
"Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech." ... 1 Peter 3:10
"One of the first signs of a Spirit-infused life is enthusiasm." ... A.B. Simpson
#Heaven on Earth is a choice you make, not a place you find! ...Paula White
I finally lemon-oiled my sweet little table (who was ever so thirsty).
Over at Netflix I'm watching Secrets of Selfridges and finding it super interesting because of Mr. Selfridge's having thought way out of the box of his times!
Free kindle book:
Confessions of a Prayer Slacker