“Get Ready for Tomorrow: Set Out Your Clothes Tonight” by Joan Y. Edwards
A great way to get ready for tomorrow is to set out your clothes tonight.
Before my late husband, Carl, went to bed, he used to set his clothes out for the next day. Socks in shoes; shirt, pants, belt, hat. He got up at 4:30 every workday. He left our home at 5:45 a.m.
When I was in high school, I wore a uniform to school each day. Sometimes, early in the morning, I discovered that a clean uniform wasn’t in existence. The skirt and blouse hadn’t been washed and ironed.
When you have a young child, you sometimes do this before going somewhere special, why not do it every day?
My point is, it would have been good if I had laid my clothes out or put them in a special part of the closet ready for service during high school. A few days ago, I started putting my clothes out for the next day. It felt amazing. I hope you’ll try it, if you’re not already doing it.
Having a valet stand would be great, but a chair with the clothes on it and shoes and socks under it would be good. Or a table. Your creativity will find a way perfect for you! I hang mine in the bathroom.
I hang my pants over the hanger. I put the shirt over the hanger. If I need a sweater, I put that on top of the shirt. You can put the socks in the shoes or use a clothespin to attach underpants, bra, and socks to your shirt, pants, or hanger.
What can you do to calm yourself from today’s events and be ready and quite spunky with energy for the next day? Setting my clothes out for the next day helps calm me down and gives me confidence I can make it.
Another way to calm yourself is to forgive yourself and anyone else who aggravated you that day. Ask God to replenish your basket of things you need. Ask him to give you more of all the resources you used up today. Patience, money, knowledge, wisdom, understanding, courage, etc.
Say the “Lord’s Prayer.”
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Do you plan what you are going to wear the next day the night before? Please leave a comment and tell me about it.
Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day.
I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.
Our watchposts today are our homes. Those who are on the front line have watch posts that are in the middle of providing services for people in spite of the fact that the virus is all around us.
It is especially hard to protect yourself when you are out and about because there is no scarlet letter on the forehead of those who have it. As a matter of fact, there are from ten to fourteen days when the person who is infected with it, cannot tell themselves.
My great grandfather, Christopher Henry Meyer and his wife, Laura Landis had a terribly sad experience with Scarlet Fever. It killed two sets of twins they had. Plus they had another child. They didn’t know the germs could stay on toys. They brought the toys down from the attic. The young child died of Scarlet Fever, too. Then they had two boys. One was my grandfather, John Francis Meyer; the other was my great uncle Chuck (Charles) Meyer. They lived a long time. Here’s a picture of Christopher Henry holding me as a baby in 1940. That’s my mother and my sister, Judith Carolyn Meyer (married name Thomson) in the photo with me. They are all deceased but me.
So glad that my great-grandparents persevered and didn’t give up. They kept believing that things would get better and not give up on having more children.
One of the prayers that brings me peace, when I can’t get to sleep at night or when my mind is bombarded with negative thoughts, I keep praying it over and over again.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give
us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us
not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
What is an astounding picture in my mind and reality today is the empty streets. Like a ghost town from western movies. However, this is reality. I watched the broadcast of the Pope yesterday. All the pictures you and I have seen of Rome were filled with people rushing by the side of the Pope to touch his hand. His walk across the street to the church was eerie and filled me with accepting the facts that this COVID-19 virus has made a deadly and feared attack on all parts of our world. Time Square New York, empty. Our highways traffic cut down to a minimal of people doing necessary work to keep us alive.
Doctors, nurses, paramedics, restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies, cleaning companies, and the list goes on, and on, and on.
Pope Francis blessing and words of his message asking God for mercy for all of our world on Friday, March 27, 2020: You can read the words in thia America Magazine article. Pope Francis compares this time to the time the disciples were in the boat with Jesus during a turbulent storm and they were afraid.
Here are the words of Pope Francis:
“Dear brothers and sisters, from this place that tells of Peter’s rock-solid faith, I would like this evening to entrust all of you to the Lord, through the intercession of Mary, Health of the People and Star of the stormy Sea. From this colonnade that embraces Rome and the whole world, may God’s blessing come down upon you as a consoling embrace. Lord, may you bless the world, give health to our bodies and comfort our hearts. You ask us not to be afraid. Yet our faith is weak and we are fearful. But you, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm. Tell us again: ‘Do not be afraid’ (Mt 28:5). And we, together with Peter, ‘cast all our anxieties onto you, for you care about us’ (cf. 1Pet 5:7).”
Here are two sources with words from Pope Francis and activities yesterday.