Friday, June 20, 2014

Get a Global Perspective

Dear American Christians,

Sometimes we feel that we are on the receiving end of persecution when we feel that our freedom worship how we would like gets restricted in the US. Maybe when a kid is not allowed to talk about God in a high school speech or when a politician speaks overly-generalized spiritual talk to not offend anyone. Sometimes though I see a "woe is me" mentality about the persecution and it really makes me sad. I am not denying that persecution does exist in the US, but rather I wish to make two points:
1. Complaining about being on the receiving end of persecution is NOT Biblical.
2. Focusing solely on our persecution is doing a great disservice to our brothers and sisters around the world.

Time and time again, Jesus and the apostles tell believers to expect persecution and to even rejoice that we can suffer for God. They do not say to get nostalgic and wish for the "good ole days". They did not say to complain and bash the persecutors. But rather they said:

Expect it:
  • Jesus tells us to except to receive family (a good thing) but also persecution!
  • Jesus tells us (twice) there WILL be persecution in the last days but we will bear testimony to Jesus.
  • Paul tells Timothy that there will be persecution & problems in the last days.  2 Timothy 3:12 "everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted". So expect persecution if you're following Jesus.
How to Treat Persecutors:
  • Twice in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus talks about persecution. We are to rejoice & be glad when we are persecuted, because we will be rewarded in heaven. We are to pray for those who persecute us that we may be God's children. 
  • Paul tells us to bless those who persecute us and not curse them. 
Have Hope:
  • Paul tells us that not ever persecution can separate us from the love of God!!
  • Paul tells us that while we're persecuted God does not abandon us. 
  • Paul delights in persecution & other hardship because Christ's power is shown in Paul's weakness.
  • The writer of Hebrews reminds us to keep an eternal perspective. Early believers joyfully accepted the confiscation of their property because they remembered their eternal reward. 
  • Paul tells how they endure persecution, not complain against it.
  • Jesus tells us in Matthew & Mark that some will leave the faith because of persecution. Pray that this doesn't happen. Pray for believers to get deep roots!!
  • Paul boasts of the Thessalonians persevering through persecution. It encourages others. 
  • James tells us to consider trials pure joy because the testing of our faith produces perseverance.
  • In Acts, the apostles left a flogging rejoicing that they could suffer for God's name. They viewed it as being worthy of suffering for Jesus' name.

A global perspective of persecution problems helps us not to become self-centered and only focus on our treatment. There is persecution all over the world. There is persecution that results in maiming and death. There is persecution where there is no legal protection offered to Christians in other countries. Instead of allowing the persecution in the States to turn you self-centeredly focusing on only the problems in the US, I challenge you to use the persecution that exists in the States to remind you to pray for your brothers and sisters around the world who are facing more persecution than you.

You may be asking yourself what you can do in the face of persecution. You can pray your way through the top 50 countries where persecution is the worst. (And no, the US doesn't even qualify in the top 50 countries with persecution). You can sign up for a newsletter on the persecuted church and pray for those in the newsletters who are suffering. (And yes, the US sometimes even makes it into the newsletter).

So my dear siblings in Christ, yes I acknowledge your persecution, but I challenge you to keep the perspective of the apostles while facing persecution, to pray for your persecutors, and to pray for other persecuted believers.

Liz o' the Niche

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Reaching True Forgiveness

Sometimes, I think I have this forgiveness thing down.
Other times, I am painfully aware of how far I still need to go.
All it takes is a word, a memory sprung up, unbidden & unwelcome. 
A verse connected to a lesson biasedly given. 
A memory of strong personalities walking over me.

The sudden remembrance births strong anger well after the point where I thought I had forgiven them. 
I list off their wrongs they had done to me. 
The anger grows, surges, & colors my gaze. 
My jaw sets firmly. 
I have been wounded by them.
Yet, I hear the soft voice of God. "Forgive them."
Bu I've been wronged, I tell to God, unable to keep the whine from my voice.
"Forgive them"
But they have hurt me, I tell to God, pointing to my emotional & spiritual scars.
"Forgive them"
But they don't deserve it, I tell to God, referencing my innocence in the incidents.
"Forgive them"
But I don't want to.
"Forgive them"
But they are a reason I want to blaze away from what I have known & settle down elsewhere.
"Forgive them"
My excuses ring hollow in my ears and don´t even convince me, let alone God.

He`s not interested in my corrections of others, but His corrections of me.
So I begin the process of forgiveness again.
As God forgives me, I forgive them.
Haltingly, slowly, but out of love of God.

True forgiveness takes time, but it is not beyond God's ability to work in you.

Friday, June 13, 2014

I Don't Feel the Sun

I don't feel the Sun.
I know I am supposed to,
But I don't. 

Some days it is easy to feel the Sun.
The day is cloudless.
The breeze is gentle.
The Sun warms me as I bask in Its glow.

Other days it's harder.
The day is cloudy.
The wind is violent.
I feel cold, alone, and abandoned.

Logically, I know the Sun is still there.
My evidence is I can see things outside.
Logically, I know this is just a phase,
The light & warmth will return soon.

Yet, my heart is aching
Because I don't feel the Sun.
I shiver & glance upwards,
But I don't feel It.

Sometimes, I see evidence that others feel the Sun.
I see evidence of the Sun in nature & behind clouds,
But I don't feel It right then.
I yearn to feel the Sun again.

Yet, somehow, I know that I'm no longer talking about the Sun. I'm talking about the Son.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Tyndale Kids/Teens Books that I Read

What are some Tyndale kids/teens books that I have read & reviewed?

Horse Dreams by Dandi Daley Mackall...This is a short, enjoyable read. It's about horses & receiving the answer to our prayers. While it is geared to younger readers, I enjoyed reading it as well.

New Kid Catastrophes by Bill Myers...I read this book to verify it would be fitting for my oldest nephew. While he may need to grow into the book a little (i.e. start by reading it with a parent), it should be a good series for him. There are lots of onomatopoeias for sound effects, although the "futuristic" (i.e. made up) words may be a bit difficult to grasp. All-in-all, a decent book.

Voyage with the Vikings is an Adventure in Odyssey Imagination Station adventure to teach about how we would treat our enemies with a bit of history of Leif Erikson. I found it to be highly similar to "The Magic Tree-house Adventures" It was a fun read & would open good dialogues between parents & kids about behavior & what it means to be a Christian.

Battle for Cannibal Island by Marianne Hering, Wayne Thomas Batson...This book is an Adventure in Odyssey Imagination Station adventure to teach James Calvert, a missionary to Fiji. It was easy to see God in the story even if it was short. It taught we should love our enemies & pray for me.

Challenge on the Hill of Fire by Marianne Hering, Nancy I. Sanders...This book is an Adventure in Odyssey Imagination Station adventure to teach about the meaning behind St. Patrick's Day. It is easy to see God in this story & bridges the gap between the secularized holiday & the Christian roots.

Problems at Plymouth...This book takes place right around the first Thanksgiving. It seemed disconnected from God & instead focused on a sub-plot of several books. Not my favorite Imagination Station Book.

Secret of the Prince’s Tomb...This book takes places at the start of the Hebrews’ slavery in Egypt. The children were reminded to trust in God even when things go badly & their adventure put their own problems in perspective.

Attack at the Arena...This book takes place around the last of the arena games in the Roman Empire. The children learned that it’s important to speak up for their beliefs, even when it’s unpopular. Other books in this series are more God-focused.

Peril in the Palace...This book takes place during Marco Polo’s travel. One main character tries to share the gospel & a Bible is eagerly received by another character. God is present in this story, but is more in the background.

Showdown with the Shepherd...This book takes place during the battle between David & Goliath. It encourages people to trust in God, but the sub-plot is the focus.

Revenge of the Red Knight is a fun short story, but God really isn't present in it, other than as the recipient of prayers. It doesn't teach a moral or show Christian values. A fun book, but not particularly Christian.

The Hunt for the Devil's Dragon by Marianne Hering, Wayne Thomas Batson
Although the title doesn't make much sense (I read about a dragon, but not about a "devil's dragon) and I would have preferred a title along the lines of Sir George and the Dragon, this is a good, fast-paced book with a moral. Kids can learn to stand up for right even in tough situations, to befriend & be kind to enemies, and to pray & trust God often. A good read.
Danger on a Silent Night by Marianne Hering, Nancy I. Sanders
This is a birth of Christ adventure that examines gift-giving vs. helping the poor. It is fast-paced & deals with common misconceptions about the Nativity story. It also talks of earning money for gifts or making gifts. We are taught that we can help the poor & show our love to family too.
The Redcoats are Coming! by Marianne Hering, Nancy I. Sanders
This book is a little too pro-American church & anti-seperation of Church & State. I found it to be unrealistic & cheesy. You can't really see God or learn life lessons in this book.
Captured on the High Seas by Marianne Hering, Nancy I. Sanders
This is a decent book, but God is rarely visible. Adventures in Odyssey Imagination Station should stick to faith-based stories with morals and not American history.

Death Trap by Sigmund Brouwer is an enjoyable book that is 2-stories-in-one. The plot takes many twists & turns. The characters face realistic dilemmas. The main character wrestle with the divide between science & religion and find a good balance.

Wild Thing by Dandi Daley Mackall is a decent book. The horse & animal comparisons are over-done, as the main character compares everything & everyone to horses and other characters follow suit. It’s a sweet story, but has unresolved issues for the series to handle.

Runaway by Dandi Daley Mackall is a nice story about finding God & love through people’s love & forgiveness. It’s a little cheesy at times, has unresolved conflict, & references another series by the author, but it’s a nice book.

Haunted Waters by Jerry B Jenkins & Chris Fabry is an intense, suspenseful book which you read from several characters’ viewpoints. The characters are realistic & face normal struggles & intense struggles. It starts with a spoiler & ends with a cliff-hanger.

The Vanishings by Jerry B. Jenkins, Tim LaHaye introduces & follows 4 “kids” (teens really, 12-16 years old) at the start the Last Days. The book has tie-ins to the main Left Behind series. I expected this series to be stand-alone, but was disappointed at all the references to the adult series. The story stops right after all the kids meet each other & ends as a cliff-hanger. 

Night Mare by Dandi Daley Mackall is a decent book. It’s cheesy at parts, but God is visible in different parts of the story. A good story about God is always present & trusting God in hard situations.

Fiction Books from Tyndale that I Read

What are some Tyndale fiction books that I have read & reviewed?

All for a Story by Allison Pittman...This is a story set in the 1920s during the era of speakeasies & flappers. It was a decent book, but I found the introduction & conclusion to be rather abrupt. While one character was a practicing Christian, we spend a lot of time on his passionate thoughts about another character, who causes him to violate his conscious. Characters come into the story & then drop out. There were several strings left untied, but overall it was in interesting book.

Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta...I am very surprised to find Born of Persuasion as a Tyndale book. As I read it, I kept excepting to find the redeeming quality of the book that marks it as a *Christian* historical romance. Unfortunately, I just find it to be a historical romance. It is very sensual and focuses on the physical side of the romantic relationship. One character is a devoted Christian and strives to live out the gospel, but there are few glimpses of God in this book. The one Christian character is over-zealous for half of the book and then he decides the protagonist is worth choosing over God, his faith, and his job. Overall a disappointing book.  If you like confusion, two-faced characters, cliff-hangers and an undercurrent of the sensual, this this is your book.

It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren...This is an enjoyable hockey story. The characters are realistic, even if they have the stereotypical misunderstandings due to lack of clear communication. It was a wonderful read and I couldn't put it down. The characters faced issues and had doubts that are common to us all. The language is clean and the romance stays tame with a slight undertone of deep desire. An enjoyable read.

Left Behind by Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins...This is a story imagining what the end times will be like. The characters are realistic. The plot moves quickly. It is an intense story. I did wish that more scripture references were given for ease of personal study.

Damascus Countdown by Joel C. Rosenberg...I do not recommend this book. There were too many characters that cluttered up the pages & too few back-stories that were clearly told. This book encourages fear of Muslims, instead of encouraging Christians to pray for & witness to them. If I wanted to read doomsday hate-filled, fear-mongering propaganda, I would get online. The story is presented out-of-sync & out-of-order. People are introduced & then drop out for chapters at a time. Each chapter jumps from city-to-city and country-to-country, with a confused & convoluted timeline. Events are not chronological; you read events in one chapter that progress forward & then jump backwards in the next chapter to catch one more person’s view of the events. The conclusion was weak & rushed, despite being a 465 page-story. On a positive note, there are lots of prayers & references to God. The story is intense & captivating, but overall, I was disappointed in this book.

Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers...I couldn’t finish this book. Between the angst, teen drama, & aggressive, seductive males, I was too repelled to make it past page 120. I stopped reading at what was seeming to be a traumatic sensual seduction. This book may have redemptive qualities, but it came too late for me. I don't recommend this book.

Misery Loves Company by Rene Gutteridge...I hesitate to leave a negative review for a book about a blogger who gets kidnapped after leaving a harsh review. But nevertheless, I found this book to be confusing, lacking a clear flow of events. We jumped from event to event in no particular order. The kidnapper berates his victim, over-generalizing as he condemns her entire generation. The main character ends up with Stockholm Syndrome, even though it’s not called that in the book. Her kidnapper kidnapped her to get an honest appraisal of his worth as a person. The book is decent & engaging, but some parts are left unclear, strings were left untied, & the ending was rushed. God is visible in the book from time to time, but only in sporadic spurts.

The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate...I favor books with strong female characters & this book doesn’t have one. Every chapter is from the perspective of the female protagonist, who seems incapable of choosing a kind man for a partner. Her husband was verbally & emotionally abusive. Her boyfriend was jealous & rude. She has negative self-talk from time she spent with family. This character annoyed me. I kept reading, hoping she would grow stronger, or at least grow closer to God, but it was a slow process. It was a decent book even though it was a little slow at times & there were loose ends left untied.

Wish by Jake Smith...I stopped reading Wish at about the 40% mark, because it was a painfully slow read. The characters were unrealistic. The details slowed down the plot. Although there were a few prayers (and threats) to God, God really wasn’t present in the storyline. Baseball is an idol to the characters, to the point where the baseball diamond is likened to a cathedral. Although admittedly I don’t really like sports, I have enjoyed other sports stories through Tyndale. I did not enjoy this book.

All for a Sister by Allison Pittman is a decent book, where the characters find solace in God, but I can’t help but feel that the characters drag me down to a lower level as I find out about their lies, faults, and sins. It’s an intriguing book, but one I doubt I’ll ever read again.

The Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg is a decent book, but it was too intense & gruesome for me at times. It is captivating, although it is a difficult subject to read about. It was frustrating to be introduced to characters who then disappeared out of the story for hundreds of pages. As a history major, I recognized some truth written into the story, but it is difficult to tell where the truth ends & fiction begins, making it possible for people to have historically inaccurate views of the Holocaust. The timeline in the story jumped around a LOT, making it frustrating to read at times.

Just 18 Summers by Michelle Cox is a decent book. It follows 7 characters, each chapter switches its perspective from a husband to a wife, or from a wife to a neighbor, or from a widower, to a pregnant lady. It was confusing to get into and hold the different characters & relationships in my head. The characters frustrated me as they acted contrary to how I would want to act in their situations. Many characters are two-faced, putting up a front, & faking their way through interactions until they do a complete 180 degree turn in behavior.

Mark of Distinction by Jessica Dotta is the second book in the Price of Privilege series and I found it just as secular as the first. The story line is out of sync with dire hints at past & impending events. I found it to be confusing & convoluted to read. God isn't present in what I read of this book & is barely referenced. I stopped reading this book about 30% of the way through because I felt like I was being dragged through the worst of society.

The Trail by Ed Underwood was an interesting read, but had a lot of extra drama cluttering up the pages & it was too cliche in the ending. The principles presented in the book were solid, but were a little too complex at times.

Annie’s Stories by Cindy Thomson is a delightful book. It is interesting & has realistic characters, albeit ones who sometimes make poor decisions. It’s a little long, but God is present & the story is moving. I recommend this book.

Critical Pursuit by Janice Cantore is a captivating, yet disturbing book. It is a thriller where you follow a haunted cop, an obsessed cop, and a pedophile. It is well-written, but the choice in a villain was in poor tastes. I felt slimy after reading from his perspective. Characters start the book by having given up on God, but by the end they are more open toward God. Some conflict stays unresolved at the end.

Tattler's Branch by Jan Watson is a captivating book, although it took a long while to pin down the era of the book. It deals with the darker side of humanity, but the characters are easy to relate to. God plays a minor role in the story, but He is present. A nice book.

Heart of the Country by Rene Gutteridge is a decent read, but the main character left her husband when he needed her support more. The story line is convoluted and jumps between past & present too much. Although the story is complicated & frustrating at times, it does have redeeming qualities. 

Non-Fiction Tyndale Books I Have Read

What are some non-fiction Tyndale books that I have read & reviewed?

30 Days to a More Beautiful You by Kylie Bisutti...This is a devotional written for girls by former Victoria's Secret runway model Kylie Bisutti. Each day starts with a verse, has a short devotional thought, has a couple of introspective questions, and ends with a true beauty tip. She is very open about her life, including her mistakes. The devotional was a little vague at times, but I only knew that from reading her other book "I'm No Angel." I would recommend this book to teenaged girls, but it's a little too mature for younger girls (in my opinion). If you had a daughter, you might want to read this devotional with her and discuss it, because, once more, it might help. Overall a good devotional.

I'm No Angel by Kylie Bisutti...This book takes you through Kylie Bisutti's modeling career and relationship with God. Sometimes I found her words to be a little too descriptive for my comfort, but she's describing the lingerie modeling world.

Praying the Attributes of God by Ann Spangler...Other books by Ann Spangler have grown my faith and knowledge of God and this one did as well. Each week you focus on a different attribute of God & where in Scripture you can read about it.

The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven by Alex Malarkey, Kevin Malarkey...The book is amazing. It describes a family’s car accident & how God turned something horrible into something that brought Him glory. It is an intense read, but it is a faith booster.

Appointments with Heaven by Reggie Anderson, Jennifer Schuchmann...It’s an interesting book, but not for children or the immature, due to adult themes. A lot of his experiences aren’t paralleled in the Bible, which makes me wary of accepting his experiences. This book has a lot of hinting to future events in the author’s life, but you still have to wait for the event to show up in his story to know what he meant. I do consider parts of the book to be heretical words designed to comfort. The author assures the reader confidently that saved people who commit suicide still go to heaven & I think this is a murky gray area. The author may not mean to offer false hope, but when it comes down to it, he is saying what people desperately want to hear and believe, not necessarily what can be verified through the Scriptures.

While the World Watched by Carolyn Maull McKinstry, Denise George...This is a powerful book. It’s difficult to read, because it presents an ugly part of American history. It doesn’t exactly follow a chronological order, but it flows well. Snippets of speeches of the day are included, but they sometimes are repeated. It is clearly presented within it's historical context & it teaches a powerful message of forgiveness.

What Did Jesus Really Mean When He Said Follow Me? By David Platt...This is a short booklet (3 whole chapters, plus the introduction & conclusion) to challenge Christians to follow Jesus. It examines what it means to follow Jesus today. His book challenges us to live totally for Christ, instead of marginally for Him. We are encouraged to trust Christ to change our affections. Platt discusses the changes that should be present in a Christian’s life, the differences between the old life and the new life. It ends with self-examination to test if we are a follower of Christ. I did wish Scripture references were given so we could study on our own. He defines “Christianese” terms in clear language.

Antelope in the Living Room is a decent book by Melanie Shankle. The storyline jumped around a lot & her book mainly focused on the mundane rather than the spiritual, but all in all, it was a decent read.

If I had Lunch with CS Lewis by Alister McGrath hopes to summarize Lewis’ work on 7 themes. It’s sometimes a bit difficult to separate Lewis’ quotes with the author’s thoughts & summaries. I listened to the audio book, so I couldn’t see the quotes or headings. The topics are more complex than light reading. It is sometimes repetitive & at other times it is too intellectual. A good grounding in Lewis’ works would make this book more interesting. An interesting book, but not life-changing for me.

Raw Faith by Kasey Van Norman is a difficult book to read because of the topic (cancer), but it is also an encouraging book to read because of the topic (true, raw faith). It dredges up my family memories of hospitals & sicknesses, but I kept reading to learn more about her faith. This book is raw & real, complete with excerpts from her journals. Her book is immersed in the Word teasing out spiritual truths, but I’m not sure which translation is used.

The Well-Played Life by Leonard Sweet was a huge disappointment. After reading 40 pages of the 262 page book, I was finally through the introduction. Sweet’s book is overly-complicated and confusing. The quotes by famous people that are put in sidebars don’t flow well with kindle format, sometimes going over 3 pages with ordinary text alongside it. The author throws around Latin (I think) & coined words from another book he wrote. I got this book because I was excited about its premise, but I returned it because it was a difficult & slow read.

Sinner's Creed by Scott Scapp with Diavid Ritz is a powerful testimony. He doesn’t hide his struggles & failures, but neither does he glorify them. He explains factors leading to his decisions without using them as excuses. He quotes his songs throughout the book & presents them at the end. I didn’t care for the demonology presented in the book. It was a hard story to read, but it was beneficial.

A Life of Miracles by Jon Schulze is a decent but, but there are parts that have bad theology. Moses never *longed* to shepherd God’s people, but Schulze claims he did. Schulze is open with his life & errors. I read this book hoping for wisdom & clarity in understanding how to follow God, but while this book was interesting (albeit self-centered with bad theology), it didn’t help me in my goal.

 Echoes of an Angel by Aquanetta Gordon was frustrating to read. It’s about her son who went blind due to cancer, but learned to see by clicking. The first part of the book is just her story, not her son’s, & she has bad theology (God will “never put more on [her] than [she] could bear.”) She tries to rely on her own strength through her self-inflicted or random ordeals. The author ignored the doctors’ instructions on caring for her son with cancer time & time again. I stopped reading this book at the 25% mark because the author frustrated me so much.

What are you afraid of? by David Jeremiah is an interesting book. The author knows his Bible verses & writes on common fears. He sometimes presents scholarly opinion as fact & looks too deeply into stories to make his point. It was a little lengthy & wordy in my opinion. An intriguing concept, but it didn't captivate my mind.

Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity by Jen Hatmaker is EPIC. Read it. Right now. Seriously. It is strongly rooted in the Bible with a lot of challenging food for thought. This is the best book I’ve read in Tyndale’s Summer Reading Program.

Epic Grace: Chronicles of a Recovering Idiot by Kurt W. Bubna is an interesting book, even if the author does have a tendency to overuse the phrase “epic grace.” He is real & open with his past mistakes & lessons learned. It wasn’t life-changing for me, but it was a good read. There’s a discussion guide at the end, but it would have been nice to read the questions at the end of each chapter.

Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Sparkly, Safe Faith Is No Longer Enough by Kristen Welch is a WONDERFUL book. It is real. It is captivating. It gave me a lot to think about & wrestle with God over. Each chapter ends with self-reflection questions. I recommend this book.

Overwhelmed: Winning the War against Worry by Perry Noble is full of practical advice & relevant Bible stories, especially Daniel & Job. It is real with lots of stories the author experienced. A nice book.

Impact Player is a memoir by Bobby Richardson. While God is mentioned from time to time, I found to book to be too technical. It contained too much unexplained baseball jargon & tends to get bogged down with the details (especially the numbers).

Game On: Find Your Purpose – Pursue Your Dream by Emmitt Smith concisely summarizes step-by-step ways to live out your purpose. God is present in his story & while he mentions his achievements, it’s not in a bragging manner. It’s a nice book.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Two Ways to Clean (your) House

There are many books on cleaning and organizing out there, but what if you don't want to spend money on a book and you just want to learn a quick method?

I've have alternated between these two methods as my apartments change and I like them both.

Method 1: Thematic.
Pick a cleaning appliance and use it all over the house. (Note: this works better when you have a larger house. No need to drag the vacuum cleaner out every day.)
On Monday, you can dust all the house.
On Tuesday, you can vacuum all the rooms with carpet (trust me, do this after you dust).
On Wednesday, you can sweep or mop the remaining rooms.
On Thursday, you can take out the trash.

Method 2: Room by Room.
Pick a room each day & clean it. (Note, this works better if you have 6 rooms or less, so you can observe a Sabbath).
On Monday, you can clean the kitchen.
On Tuesday, you can clean your dining room.
On Wednesday, you can clean the living room.
On Thursday, you can clean the bathroom.

There are daily chores that still need done, such as doing the dished, picking up stuff left around the house, and taking care of messes before they are harder to clean, but it helps me to have an over-arching goal for each day, whether it is to clean a room or to clean the house with one appliance.