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18 Feb

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Do you have days where you’ve done everything you can, but you feel like you have not accomplished anything?

I know for me some days I have done everything I can, and I feel stretched thin.  It is in those stretching times that I can really look back over the day and see all I have accomplished.  The washing and ironing are done, clean sheets on the beds. kitchen counters are clean, floors mopped, but there is still so much clutter lurking in closets and desk drawers and I can’t get to it.  And then, you look outside at all the work to do in the yard and flower beds. Why is that?  What have I done?

  • Spent and hour or two in Bible study.
  • Read a chapter in a current on-line Bible study I am in.
  • Posted and loved on my Bible study Facebook group.
  • Blogged a few lines or finished up one.
  • Visited some blog parties and posted encouraging comments.
  • Kept a grandson or two.
  • Substitute taught at school
  • Attended Wednesday coffee at church
  • Exercised
  • Cooked a gourmet dinner
  • Spring and summer I may have mowed for 3 hours on all this acreage
  • Spring and summer I may have been outside moving water hoses all over

Days are never the same at my house.  There is no scheduled routine because my schedule is not based on me, but others and serving.  I’m doing everything I can since retirement, and honestly can’t get enough of the Word, the grandchildren, blogging and teaching.  The weeks fly by and I want them to slow down a bit so I can savor it all.  Sometimes I just want to sit down and watch a movie or just read a historical fiction book out by the pool, but that does not happen as often as I would like.

Am I doing everything I can?  I think so.  The organizing is going slow, but I did throw away a whole lot of papers this week going through the office, and set aside a box of stuff to donate.  The more I do, the more it seems there is to do, but the house didn’t get this way over night.  It sit here while I worked outside the home for 40 plus years, raising a family, going back to college for my degree, and working in church.

I think God would say “well done”.  I think He would agree I am doing the things that bless and honor others.  I sure hope so because on those days when I can’t get it all done and feel stretched thin, I can look around and see that I am doing those things that really matter in the Kingdom.

When I’ve done everything I can each day, it feels GOOD.  Sometimes when I can’t do all I want to do each day, it’s a bit frustrating, so I figure out what is important and what is not and do what I can do, and not worry about the rest.  BUT, whatever I do, I know that I am heartily doing it as unto the Lord, not unto me.  How about you?

Linking up with Suzanne Eller this morning.

This post was featured on Oh My Heartsie Girls on 2-26-16.

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Honoring Him in the Daily Mundane Tasks – What Happens When Women Walk in Faith – Blog – Chapter 1

22 Apr

Mundane Tasks

I am participating in the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies.  We are in week 2 of What Happens When Women Walk in Faith by Lysa TerKeurst, and it is my hope to have time to blog through this book.  All quotes below are right out of the book.  Go read it, you’ll be glad you did, and it’s not too late to check out P31 studies, and it’s easy to do the study with us or go back because previous studies are still right there on the blog for your future use.

Chapter 1 – The Map

“God does not call the qualified.  He qualifies the called.”  What are you going through right now?  He is qualifying you for the call. No matter what I am going through today, He is using that to qualify me, Debbie for whatever calling He has for me.  He knows exactly what He is doing.

“And yet what we call mundane is, in some very important ways significant in God’s school of preparation”.  Did you hear that?  In our everyday lives, will we honor Him?  I did that today washing the sheets and thinking about how much my hubby loves it every week coming home to clean sheets, shopping for groceries, washing and folding clothes, scrubbing toilets, and cooking dinner.

Colossians 323

Will we honor Him washing clothes?

Will we honor Him folding them?  I sit here many days folding my husband’s clothes and praying over him.  I did that with my children too, and now for my grandchildren as I wash their bedding, towels, bibs.

 Will we honor Him when we sit down and read a story to our kids or grandkids and tasks go undone?

 Will we honor Him when our children are not making wise choices?

Will we honor Him changing stinky diapers?

Will we honor Him in that job we don’t like being a witness to those we work with that are not Christians?

Will we honor Him as we check off those to-do lists?

 Will we honor Him when our parents health is failing, and they start slipping away?

 Will we honor Him when we’re taking our last breaths?

 Will we honor Him in taking care of our bodies?

Everyday life – will we honor Him?  Everyday life are you  “serving, loving, and enjoying those whom God has entrusted to me” (you).  In order for God to use us, we have to honor Him in all we do.  Everyday we have a choice – a choice to honor God or not to honor.  “If you are a woman (or man) who honors God right where you are, you are in ministry.”

Our memory verse this week:

Hebrews 1035-36

We have to choose to be confident in Him.  We have to persevere/endure.  We have to keep our eyes on the promises He has for us.  Paraphrased it is saying, hold on, don’t give up, honor Him in all I do, confidence plus endurance will equal God’s promises.

Step by step He will show each one of  us how to walk in faith.

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