Friday, What took you so long? I missed you, but now that you are here…I realize that my week wasn’t as productive as it needed to be. And all week I have been looking forward to seeing you and now its your day and I’m not ready! I mean, I did get the guest bathroom painted (Which by the way, looks fantastic. A fresh coat of paint is always nice).
I did check off various activities that were scheduled throughout this week, but still…there are so many things to get done before we move. And I only have hubby here to help for a few more weekends, because he leaves for a deployment for three months(only to return shortly before boarding the plane that will take us to our new assignment). I really don’t know how I will get it all done. And as much as I would like to dwell on the upcoming adventure, I simply do not have time. (Hint…that photo above is Terceira, Portugal. One of 9 tiny, and when I say tiny, I mean 12x20ish miles small, island in the Atlantic. The Azores. Google it.
I am a planner… I like lists, I love checking items OFF the list. But I am not chained to my lists, and I do like the occasional spontaneous adventures that come up. However, I don’t like having to carryover….and that is what I seem to be doing a lot off these days. How can I avoid the carryovers? And as I go through my day…I seem to get things checked off, only to add twice as many more. Moving out of the country requires a good six months worth of planning, or more…depending on other circumstances. We will not be taking our two older sons with us on this journey, they will be staying behind to go to college. This is the first time for our family to be separated…EVER! That requires another list all of its own. (Stay tuned for a blog on empty nesting in the near future.)
So even though I have a freshly painted bathroom…I still have the dining, kitchen, and master bath, and three bedrooms waiting to get their just rewards for having a family…truly live within their walls. I hear them crying out…Paint me. Paint me next! So getting my list prioritized is key!
My new list for today!
First of all…my goal is to not let my quiet time suffer, because I know I need God for every step I take. I will need His strength to keep going. And I will definitely need to turn to Him for rest!
Second…is to not get sick from all the paint fumes.
Third…I am not going to list a third, as a reminder to myself, to cut back some things on my lists…that I impose upon myself that are unrealistic and unnecessary. Okay…at least it’s a start.
So…what is on your TO DO list today? Maybe you can find some things that will be okay to carryover, but I encourage you to find those things that do not have eternal value and erase them or hit the delete button. There were two sisters in the Bible that had different views on what was important to them.
Luke 10 Martha and Mary
38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
Let me ask you…are you a Mary…or a Martha? I, for one, would like to choose the good portion.
(Lord, be with us today…showing us the things that are most important to you. As we plan our day, help us discern between the things that have eternal value and the things that…well, if they don’t get done…they are not going to cause the world to come to an end. Amen!)