Devotion for youth/blog
Devotion with kids
Pick up trash in yard (Left a bag out and the animals paid a visit. Yay.)
Re-organize your desk. (The prefix, RE is important here…..implies a repetitive action. Meaning I can’t keep it organized…. *rolls eyes*)
Play cards with the kids
Purge bookshelf and pack away for yard sale
Mop bathroom. Again
Clean bedside table
Study lesson for youth tomorrow at church
Prepare dinner. Fajitas
Call ATT about Stephen’s phone
Pay car note. Don’t forget!
Mop kitchen. Again.
Make grocery list.
Organize entertainment cabinet.
This is my to-do list for today. Let me repeat. This is my TO-DO LIST for TODAY! As I look back over my list, I am completely overwhelmed. Yesterday was a good day. I made my list, felt really good about it, tackled it with fervor and gusto. Yesterday I was productive. Yesterday I worked my patooty off.
Today, I feel tired. Overwhelmed. Frustrated. Today, I am on the verge of wanting to throw myself a pity party. After all, check out that list. And if truth be known, that’s not all I need to accomplish today. Today, just looking at the list makes it hard to breathe.
I see nothing on the list that is about me.
What about adding a pedicure to the list? I desperately need one. There’s no time OR budget for that.
What about curling up with a good book? It would be hard to focus with the kids constantly needing me.
What about a girls’ night out? Get away from it all? The hubby wouldn’t be thrilled about that. Who would cook supper? Besides, I haven’t talked to my ‘girls’ in so long, I’m not sure they remember who I am.
I toss my arms in the air in frustration. I begin to become annoyed and agitated over the simplest things. Someone is constantly needing something from me. Chores are constantly calling me.
Doesn’t anyone see what all I do for them? Don’t they appreciate anything?
That’s when the still small voice whispers, “I understand. I love you.”
And my world begins to spin. Just like that.
I am reminded of my amazing God who is mighty to save. He who can move mountains, was there. Listening to me complain. He who commands the universe was there. Listening to me whine. He who created the heavens and the earth was there. Watching me throw a full-blown pity party.
I’m sure my pitiful moaning, whining, and complaining were pretty pathetic in the eyes of my Lord.
But instead of scolding, I heard Him say, “I understand. I love you.”
Instead of turning from me in frustration, He wrapped me in His love and comfort. Reminding me of how my love and comfort are important for those I serve.
He does understand not being appreciated. He does understand doing and doing and doing for others and getting nothing in return. He does understand giving your all to others, only to hear more demands. More needs. More wants.
Suddenly, as I look back over my list, I realize I forgot to add quiet time to it. With all I had to do, I had forgotten to make an appointment with my Rock. My Strength. My Love. My Savior.
No wonder I feel overwhelmed! I haven’t fueled up on God’s goodness. Quickly, I grab my Bible, my iPad (for worship tunes), and I fall to the couch. I forget about the list. I forget about all I have to do today because I realize without Him…. without His encouragement, I will accomplish nothing.
That’s how it happened. Just like that. God swooped in and gave me just what I needed, just in time.
I am re-fueled and ready to face my day. I am energized and eager to tackle the tasks ahead. The list is toast. When God is with me, who can be against me?
My perspective has now changed. Those items on my list, I will do to honor Him. To be a good wife and mother. To train my kids in the way they should go. To serve my Lord.
After all, He’s done for me. That’s the least I can do for Him.