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When I’ve Done Everything I Can

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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Organization – New Calendar, New Bible Study New Prayer Journal – New Year – 2016

8 Jan

Monday was my first day at home alone in 2016, but it was also a day after we got many of the decorations down and the tree up in the attic, cleaning out some stuff to trash and donate as we went, but unfortunately some are still waiting to be put up in the house attic because  I tripped over a Santa Clause Brick  and went flying with a deer and a candle, one in each hand, and landed right dab on my arms.  Well that was bad enough and before I left to go to the doctor I started a 101 fever and a virus.  Let me tell ya’ it was one of my worst in 65 years, and I went on to the doctor to see if anything was broken with an extra set of clothes.  Just being real here.  No breaks but lots of tissue damage and a healing period she said of 4-6 weeks.  YUCK.

It’s the beginning of a new year.  It’s the beginning of a new calendar and planner, and I love my calendars and planner, and my awesome new prayer book.  My favorite certainly is the one at the top and here:

My kids and their spouses gave me that awesome calendar with pictures of the grandsons up there at the top.  I LOVE it hanging on my pantry door where I see it every single day.  I got all kinds of Nana presents this Christmas, and was blessed like never before or maybe so much more in love with Jesus the gifts were all just extra special this year.

What do you think?

Here is the planner I’m using this year.  I love, love this planner.  Google and phone just can’t do all I need to keep up.   You can read my review and all about it here.

Think about how the Bible starts, “In the beginning”.  God stirs our hearts at the beginning of a new year, and it seems for me life happens and gets in the way and I don’t finish as strong as I started – like a fall, a virus, etc..  And honestly sometimes I truly believe Satan intervenes and perhaps he gently pushed me to fall this weekend to slow me down.  I won’t be slowed down by him.  So how am I beginning this year, how I am I organizing my life and my home this new beginning with my Lord?

  1. God – I spend a whole lot of time in Bible study in the mornings until the sun is really shining – well some days lately it doesn’t shine so I spend a bit more time.  Some mornings it is a bit more rushed on the days I keep the grandsons, and on the days I go to sub.  I’ve started this year, just like I did last year reading thru the Word with Wendy Pope.  Nope, I did not finish last year.  It’s a lot of work because we read, watch a video and keep up a notebook every day (including weekends), but I’m making an effort this year to stay strong.  It can be hard because I started a study today reading the book Fervent, and in a few weeks I’ll be involved with my favorite, and let me tell you the most life-changing studies of my life and that is  Proverbs 31 On-line Bible Studies for our study of Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl by Lysa TerKeurst.                                                       “Becoming
  2. Prayer –  I’m spending more time in prayer in the mornings after seeing The War Room Movie and doing the Bible study at church.  I wake up many mornings just laying in bed praying.  And I received this beautiful new book as a give away to keep my prayers written down from Sarah Frazer. I could not believe when it came that it had the same scripture on the first page as I my newest coffee cup.

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  2. Health – I know we all start this bandwagon each year, but this year is different for me.   It’s truly a new beginning with Him, and I can’t do it without Him every single day.  If I am not healthy, how can I minister to my husband, my kids, and my grand kids.  How can I be faithful in my Bible studies.  How can I organize my home and minister to church family and neighbors?   I’m tracking my steps with a pedometer and walking on a treadmill. Been looking for an elliptical, but well with the little accident there is no way right now I can use that with my shoulder and arm injured.  When it warms up in the Spring I’ll go back to walking the grandsons through the neighborhood, but I am not one that goes walking in the rain and cold. Shivering just thinking about it.  I also signed up at this site who have free recipes, free exercise videos, etc.  Can’t wait to do the first workout when the shoulder feels better.
  3. Home – Today I am starting a new journey and joined a Facebook Group to organize the home.  I need some accountability, and the first week is all about the laundry room.  Mine is not too bad, but I always have things hanging to dry, and then I don’t put them away right away. And well as soon as I finish this post I am going to try to throw away old supplies with my one good arm before the trashmen come in a bit. If my home gets organized honestly it will be the first time since I retired. I’m excited to be doing all this.

So, how about your plans this year?

May we ALL be faithful to our commitments this year and not settle for anything less than what God would have us do!

This post was featured on Literacy Musing Mondays on 1/18/2016.

To Do or Not To Do!!!

4 Jan

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Are you a to-do lister or not?  Do you get anxious if you veer away from your to-do list? TO-DO, TO-DO, TO-DO

or not TO-DO!

I am a to-do list making girl.  When I am really organized, I have my shopping list and grocery list and meal planning done and it makes it so much easier for the week ahead.

I have lists for things to do around the house.  I have daily lists and I have monthly lists.  I try not to plan too far ahead in my daily lists for those hard chores because life can change at a moment, and it does so often.  I have learned that church, family and friends are much more important than my clean, organized home.  Don’t get me wrong I love an organized home, and I love deep cleaning and sometimes that gets in the way of a totally clean home.  I dwell on little things that are big things like cleaning baseboards while a dirty desk goes undone.

I am in a wonderful Bible study on goals – just a two -week study but it’s been awesome and it’s a short study for the gap between our big studies with Melissa Taylor at Proverbs31.Org.

So what have I learned this first week?  I am learning to prioritize it all.  I know I need to be exercising and would rather do anything else, but I am committing at least three days a week to walking on the treadmill, outside on a pretty day, or with a video.  It’s hard because I would rather be in my Bible or blogging or ancestry research doing something I enjoy!

I loved this picture surfing across Facebook from Time-Warp Wife.  How often do I forget I’m not fooling anyone but me!

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If Jesus knocked on your door today would he find a Martha, a Mary or neither.  It’s a scary thought when there are days I have spent too much time on the computer.  Would Jesus be pleased with my closets, my cabinets, my office desk, or how about that pile of papers to file or that email basket I think NOT!

Do you find yourself procrastinating?  I do.  Do you find yourself like me when you sometimes get really into a project and walk into another room to put something up and suddenly you are doing something else, or you stop to check your email or Facebook and there you sit an hour later?  I do!   Am I the only one that does that?

This year I have really started with a fresh, new focus.  I am looking at goals.  I have a scripture for the year and a word – SIMPLIFY.  You can read about that here if you like.   https://mixwilliams.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/my-one-word-2014-simplify/

I am working on simplifying my mind, my home, my body.  I ordered the Made to Crave Journal to keep my progress this year.  I know some days I am going to mess up and blow it, and other days there will be emergencies I need to tend to or a teacher calling needing a sub, my daughter-in-law needing help with the baby, my mother-in-law next door needing something and those are important even if I don’t get the chores done.  I have to be available and sensitive to where He wants to guide me ministering where I need to minister remembering also to take time to fill my soul.

I want to focus on 2014 knowing who is in control of all the intimate details of my life, and as He establishes my steps, I must remain faithful.  I want some simplicity so that when those trials and valleys come I will be prepared, and my house will not suffer or my heart because I’ve neglected them both in a way that is unpleasing to the Father.  We plan our course, but He establishes our steps, and we must be obedient in whatever steps He chooses for our lives and allow Him to guide us.

How about you?  Do you have goals this year?  Do you keep lists or have you thrown them out altogether?  I would like to hear your thoughts.

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