Command Center

Monday, August 29, 2016

The fall season with its crisp air and notions of pumpkin pie spices, apple picking, and warm scarves used to bring me such joy.  It used to mean slowing down, but over the last few years, it now makes me anxious just thinking about how busy we will be.  I will go back into the classroom to teach, our son returns to school, which brings additional activities and expectations, holidays consecutively hit with a vengeance and by Christmas, I wonder, “how the heck did we get here”? 

Not to mention, my prayer life, reading, and creative pursuits go out the window with all of these activities. 

So here I am watching August quickly slip away, a little worried about how I will manage to juggle everything properly.

A priest told me recently that many great opportunities come your way, all of which are truly good and would please God.  The thing to remember is you don’t need to do all of them nor does God truly want you to say yes to all the things.  For a person like me who feels a certain satisfaction checking off a really long to-do list, his advice is tough to follow.

Thankfully, this wise priest left me with very practical advice, he instructed me to pray this very simple prayer:  Lord, help me to know your will for me today.  And then really pray it. Every. Single. Day.

I also created a small command center for our home because organized systems help me feel sane.  It’s a place for important papers and items that need to be signed or sent out soon.  There’s a board for messages or reminders, a menu planner and includes the most important command of the command center: the prayer I need to see each day to remind myself to listen for God’s voice and filter out the noise of my life.

The gold frame simply has a piece of pretty scrapbooking paper behind glass so I can use dry erase markers on it. 

The weekly menu planner is printed on paper and taped to the back side of a clear clipboard, again so I can use dry erase markers each week. 

I did not include a calendar to my command center because our calendar with all of the fun feast days of the church and other liturgical year information resides on a wall nearby.  

And just for fun, I have a FREE copy of the menu planner for you:


I'm curious to hear about you! 

What do you look forward to the most about the fall season?  How do you stay sane and slow down during the busiest times in your life? 


  1. That looks awesome! I need to do something like that too. Life is about to get crazy.

    1. Thanks!! I got the white hanging folders at Office Max. The clipboard from JoAnn's Craft store, and the frame for Goodwill for $5.00.

  2. Wow, that is so awesome. Your wall looks like something I'd pin on fact, I think I will :)
    By the way, Dollar Tree also has picture frames for--you guessed it--a dollar.

  3. Hmm, I couldn't download the menu planner, though. Anyone else have that problem?

    1. Jenny, I fixed it!! Try again and let me know if it works for you. :)

  4. This is awesome! I love using a paper on the back of a clear clipboard. I can think of about a thousand uses for this (like my kids chore chart)! Keep up the good work, love watching for your posts!

    1. Thanks!! The clip board wasn't getting as much use sitting on my desk as I thought it would so now at least it's much more useful (and pretty)!


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