There are many days I have great motivation to get things done. I have my list ready to happily check things off. Those days I am happy to scrub my toilet, happy to unload the dishwasher, happy to fold the laundry. (three of my least favorite things to do)
Then there are days like recently that I have not felt like getting up off the couch after work or after a lazy Sunday afternoon. The dishes are just piled too high. The laundry basket is overflowing. But I was reminded yesterday, a day that I didn’t want to do anything useful around the house, to just “Do the next thing”. This is a quote from one of my favorite women, a woman with great discipline and drive: Elisabeth Elliot.
I recently went to my Seminary Wives Class where the speaker for that session talked about this very subject- Time Management. I desperately want to be organized, driven, diligent to get things done (even the things I don’t want to do) but sometimes it can all seem like an insurmountable obstacle. Things can become so overwhelming that I want to shut down, not do anything. This only brings defeat. Instead, I must CHOOSE to do the next thing…whatever that is.
Last night it was sorting the laundry, putting new sheets on the bed, and preparing for an early-to-rise morning. Today, I do have a to-do list. But it all starts with choosing one thing to do at a time. This is a life lesson but one that I am learning to put into practice as a new wife/home manager. Tonight it is cleaning the kitchen, starting laundry, and maybe a few crafts/bread baking experimentation.
Matt is gone for a few days. 😦 So I am home trying to entertain myself- something I have never been very good at if you know me at all. I require human interaction. Alas, I will make use of the quiet to be productive and active about things that need my attention. I am actually looking forward to the possibilities.
Here are some pics of things I have been up to recently…and yes I have been getting most of my creative ideas from Pinterest
Moments of Gratitude: #405-
- More rain=more time to leave the widows open
- The official 1st day of Fall
- Interviews- more to come on that
- A joyful church family
- An eventful yet restful weekend
- Meeting new neighbors
- This season to be in the “bubble” to prepare well
- Hearing my husband share the gospel in an intellectually beneficial way to the young Agnostic-Chinese student (pray for him)
- Feeling a purpose in ministry again…sharing life with our new international friends
- making a connection with my Tibetan-Buddhist friend (pray for her)
- rejoicing with a sister who is going to East Asia for 6 months
- friends to ride to church with
- a date night , getting the practical shopping done then on to a good dinner before he left for a few days
- sharing in the joys of gospel ministry
- helping him get ready for his new adventure
- open doors
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