Have you ever gotten caught up in the whirlwind of "things to do"? You've got your work list, other peoples' lists, goals to be reached, family responsibilities, and the never ending daily chores to complete. Every. Single. Day.
How about those "unexpected" troubles that crop up to add to the maelstrom of endless unmet needs?
Reminds me of the commercial where the "Indiana Jones" type dude escapes into the desert by jumping into a quagmire of mud. As he gets sucked into the sinkhole we watch the bad guy pressing down on him in a jeep with no help in sight. Except an extremely nonchalant kitty cat. He yells. "Kitty, kitty go get help!"
Today, I asked the Lord why I'm so tired. Then it hit me...am I really listening to his direction for me these days? Or, somewhere along the line did I get caught up listening to the "other" voices in my head? "Go do this..." "You haven't done that..." "What kind of a person are you?"
So a friend sent me a text with a link in it. The link led to a message on a critical spirit. The writer suggested checking to see if there is a "chunk of wood" in your own eye before looking at the speck in another's eye. Guess what? Sometimes that "plank" may be directed at yourself.
So what if the bathroom didn't get cleaned while you listened to your teenager share his heart. Maybe that already prepared chicken in a bucket isn't the healthiest meal to feed your family, but totally worth the sight of everyone joining in for dinner.
Maybe you didn't get that word count finished because a friend called to say her father was sick. Or, that dog hair didn't get cleaned up right away because it's the last bit of fluffiness from your puppy that passed away a few months before. (Don't judge me! :-D)
I hear mamas of young children bemoan the fact that they can't post pictures publicly because of the shame borne from revealing their messy house. Hah! I say post them and enjoy the freedom of knowing you have more important priorities than a spotless home.
You know the older I get (I'm a 'smidge' past 25 ;-D) the more I see what is truly important in life. I've learned to let go of having hanging baskets up on my back porch by the end of May.
Or keeping my house spotless in case someone drops by. I've learned the value of shopping for groceries as needed, so I can enjoy the moments when an old friend says, "Hey, can I stay with you when I come into town?"
Feeling exhausted? Here's my advice~ unplug the electronics, grab a glass of tea and go sit in the sunshine.
Just for a minute. Go sit in Daddy God's lap and listen to your Father's heart beat for you.
Luke 11 One day he was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said, “Master, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”
2-4 So he said, “When you pray, say,
Father, Reveal who you are. Set the world right. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.”