“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, February 7, 2024


 by Macy Johnson

“Dominion and awe belong to God;

He establishes order in the heights of heaven.”

(Job 25:2 NIV)


Benjamin Franklin is credited with the quote “A place for everything, everything in its place.” According to, “the first known use of the exact expression appears in The Naughty Girl Won, a story published by the Religious Tract Society in 1799.”


I received an email from Family Search not long ago. In my pursuit to discover my birth family, I have connected with several ancestry sites. This particular email announced that I am related to Benjamin Franklin. I care more that I am related to my heavenly Father.


Maybe Mr. Franklin passed the genes of organization to me, because I love putting everything in its proper place. So, I recommended that our Friends of the Library group begin a new project to adopt book shelves to put books in order and periodically maintain. Librarians can work more efficiently when books and DVDs are in their proper space.  


My husband, Jeff, and I worked our assigned shelves together one afternoon. We both like to plan and organize. Jeff wanted to go a step further and created an electronic database to help monitor the books’ order. We can compare the list to the shelves more effectively than to remove and examine each book.


The desire for items to be in their appropriate place is a gift from our heavenly Father. He knows a cluttered workspace can reveal a cluttered mind. Like the library books, I want my time to be in appropriate order. Giving people and activities space in my days must come after my time and attention with God. He deserves all dominion and awe.


I will look to the Holy Spirit to reveal the proper times and places of my life here on earth. I hope you will, too!

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