EKM Blog

Caterpillar Lipstick

God’s timing is just amazing! Just this past week I have completed revising a booklet entitled “All Things New”. It’s a compilation of sort vignettes teaching how God uses the caterpillar butterfly metamorphoses illustration in our daily Christian walk.  You’ll find a link on EileenKoffMinistries.com home page. Yesterday, as I read a devotion booklet sent by “The Hope of the World” by Jonathan Cahn, my spirit leaped with joy. I wanted to share this short devotion because it perfectly echoed my thoughts, but said in a unique way. I pray it brings you as much joy as it did to me. I will highlight my own impressions in green as you read.

Caterpillar Lipstick

Imagine a caterpillar that spends its’ life trying to be the prettiest most popular caterpillar around, or truing to be the most successful by gaining money and caterpillar riches? The point of the caterpillar’s existence isn’t to become beautiful, popular or successful as a caterpillar. It’s to die as a caterpillar and be born as a butterfly. So with us. You’re not on this planet to look the prettiest, become the most popular, successful or wealthy. As a professional organizer, I see this example every time I begin organizing many wardrobe closets. It would seem for many, how we dress is to reflect our image of wealth and superiority. I have written a 2014 blog on this entitled  “My recent client couldn't wait for me to witness her closet”.  This whole life is a caterpillar life. You’re here to exchange it for a butterfly’s life; to die to the old life, so that you can live the greater life. That means letting go of this caterpillar life, dying to self, the flesh, to ego, dying to the caterpillar life, giving instead of taking, letting go, decreasing.   In another short vignette, I also explain that the caterpillar does not understand what is about to transform, but that it’s instinct is to spin a stay in its chrysalis for up to 3 weeks in a dark place. The caterpillar undergoes a total transformation, as it turns itself into a soup like substance and lets God do the transforming. The caterpillar just allows God to do what is intended, not willing the transformation, never second-guessing its creator. Don’t lose sight of why you’re here. This is what it’s all about. Don’t get caught up in caterpillar stuff. Look beyond, press beyond, let go of that caterpillar life. Enter the realm of the butterfly so that you can become that beautiful, heavenly creature that God calls you to become in Messiah. It’s your choice…caterpillar lipstick or wings.

 

Giving God all the glory, on the wings of a butterfly, 

Eileen Koff,CPO

 

Transform Your Destiny

There Can be no Happiness

“…be ye transformed (changed)

          by the [entire] renewal of your mind

     [by its new ideals and its new attitudes]…”

               Romans 12:2b (Amplified) 

 

The Word of God exhorts us to be transformed into the image of Christ by the renewing of our minds. Renewing our thoughts, as revealed in the following famous quotation by Frank Outlaw, outlines that the deepest root to our desired destiny is hinged on our most intimate of thoughts.

 

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.

Watch your words, for they become actions.

Watch your actions, for they become habits.

Watch your habits, for they become character.

Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

~ Frank Outlaw

How do we transform our thoughts so we can effectively adjust the sails in our lives to reach our desired haven?  Jesus said in Matthew 12:34 “…For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”  According to Jesus, you will speak what you truly believe. With this understanding, I would like to add an additional line to Frank Outlaw’s quotation:

Watch what you believe, for they become your thoughts.

Therefore, the key to fulfilling your calling is right belief. While it is true that actions follow what you think, what you think is proceeded by what you hold dear at your very core. How well do you recognize your core beliefs? This belief system can be reflected in our homes, our businesses and our lives.

As professional organizers, we know that in order for our efforts to come to true fruition, in serving and in organizing our clients’ systems, space, etc., there must be life-changing results.  It is imperative that our clients believe the principles we teach and demonstrate for them, so that these principles and tools will change their minds and change their behaviors forever.

Renewing - This word means to renovate. We are to let God's Word tear down our long held false philosophies, attitudes, and actions, and renew our beliefs according to the truth. As demolition experts, we teach our clients that they must face their false beliefs and recognize that those beliefs have held them captive. As we shed light and truth we help our clients to renew and rebuild into their lives systems and spaces that allow them the freedoms that they are desperately seeking. I know from personal experience that the majority of clients will not easily adopt or practice this renewed thinking. But for those that understand, well let’s just say, that’s why we do what we do.

Organizing is not an event, or a doing activity, it’s a mindset of tearing down long held thoughts and emotional attachments, and recognizing what you want your future to reflect. If what is important to you today, should change tomorrow, can you adopt a new lifestyle by letting go of yesterdays beliefs?  In Mark 2:22 it states “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins

The following is taken from my Bible study, Organize His Way:“Understanding that our beliefs control our thinking, and that our thinking controls our actions and ultimately our destinies, what does the Bible say about right thinking? God’s Word very clearly says that you must not only be born again, but that you must be continually “renewing your mind” (see Eph. 4:22-23). This is not a one-time event, but a lifelong process. If you do not change the way you think, you will remain stuck, trapped, stifled and unable to grow. Old thoughts, like cement, will keep you bound up, preventing you from moving forward to a clear, resilient, and creative way of living. The pursuit of an organized life, or even a slightly more organized life, will remain illusive unless our beliefs about change are clear. Solomon offers us a powerful approach to use as we think about change. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Prov. 23:7 KJV).”

“There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.”

—Freya Stark

 

and make music to your name

Happy Thanksgiving

 “It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD; I sing for joy at the works of your hands.”     Psalm 92

Giving thanks is at the heart of scripture.  The Old Testament is filled with verses referencing the call to give thanks:

“Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done”.       1 Chronicles 16:8

The New Testament strengthens the Old Testament terminology…

…”always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”.        Ephesians 5:20

Continue reading
A Wellness Home

A Wellness HomeIt is safe to say that the vast majority of people understand that “junk” food is aptly named. A diet consisting heavily on fast and processed foods leads to poor health.  We also know this industry laces these items with additive chemicals so that we continually crave these foods. Detoxing is now a multi-million-dollar business.

So let’s think for just a few minutes how this correlates with the “junk” or “clutter” in our homes.  When clutter overtakes an area in our homes, it often leads to an unhealthy physical atmosphere which spills over and negatively affects our family relationships. When clutter abounds, dust builds up because cleaning becomes almost impossible. I have seen bathrooms where there is so much clutter build-up that the shower is unusable, and at the same time, the mold and mildew build-up goes unchecked because it can’t be seen. 

Continue reading
Shine

"Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

(4) But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge."

Continue reading
Seeking God’s Order in Your Life Part 2

In my previous blog, it was stated that our world is obsessed with new media exposures highlighting the function and dysfunctions of life either well- organized or the extreme hoarding cases on TV, and given the myriad of organizing books out there, I’m always left wondering why anyone would have a hard time figuring out how to get organized.  There are a million and one reasons why people can’t deal with the overload in their lives, be it stuff, activities, or the mental perception of time; as my clients put it, “cluttered brains equal cluttered rooms.” So let me raise the question: Is clutter really a faith issue? Does God have anything to tell us how to finally–once and for all–deal with our internal and external clutter? 

Continue reading
Seeking God’s Order for Your Life

Remember 9/11? Before that infamous day I used to spend a lot of time explaining to people what it is that I do, as a certified professional organizer. I would get questions like, what group do I organize, or am I part of some labor union? Needless to say in 2016 I do a lot less explaining. Immediately after 9/11, a deluge of media began to take notice of this industry.  Our society decided that since we could no longer control outside forces, we could at least find comfort in our own environments. TV shows like “Clean Sweep” and “Mission Organization” began educating the public that the world needs professional organizers. Pick up any women’s magazine, and on the front cover “ Get Organized” is sure to attract attention.

Getting organized is multifaceted. Our society understands the need for productivity and goal-oriented tasks to help reach a higher level of productivity and efficiency. With multitasking mania and time tyranny, we are no better off today than we were in 2001 when it comes to obtaining that higher level of organized bliss.

Continue reading
The Rejoicing of the Lord

The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing”. ~Zephaniah 3:17

This past month, the Lord has been pouring into me His truths about love. It is with upmost importance to understand that God IS love.  He does not have love, which can denote that he can have more or less love for someone depending upon His mood, but that this is the very core of who God is.  God IS love.  

Continue reading
The connection between love and giving

February month is the “ Love” month. With velvet red hearts, trappings of roses and cupid’s arrows, it’s so easy to get caught up in our world’s expression of love. Many client’s achieve a true breakthrough in their declutter process comes when clients can visualize giving away their excess to a good charity. Their ability to discard is greatly improved when they feel that their “treasures” will continue to be used in a meaningful way. However, more than giving to those with great need, giving comes from a grateful heart. The act of giving is connected to the feeling of love…. 

Continue reading
THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE: BIGGER THAN YOU THINK

"Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God".

Matthew Chapter 19, Verse 24. It is one of the most iconic scriptures of the New Testament, and one I've used often to illustrate the impossibility of finding peace and order if you're unwilling to unburden yourself of encumbering worldly possessions.

Translation: You can't get organized if you aren't willing to throw stuff away. This is a difficult truth for many to accept, especially those who have acquired a lifetime of material goods. The more stuff someone has, the more unwilling they generally are to get rid of it, and the harder it is for them to achieve the peaceful life they seek.

Continue reading