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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Time's A Tickin'

So, only two more days until we leave for WDW, and I can hardly wait! I've planned for this trip for longer than I planned my own wedding!! This summer has been one of marked progress for me. I had several big things on my plate, and I've almost eaten them all. The first was District Assembly preparations for my church. That involved a lot of detailed work to help out my pastor. I just couldn't wait to be finished with it to get to the next item on my list...planning for WDW. That has taken hours and hours, and I pray it will be well worth the time and effort. Third, I have Kameron's home school curriculum sitting in the guest bedroom. I've sorted it out and put all the books in order of use by subject, but I'm still a bit overwhelmed! When we get back from Disney, my goal is to take those two weeks to focus on his curriculum and get everything ready for that. I plan on starting class with him on Monday, Aug. 16. Can't wait!!Last night we went and picked out our sweet puppy, Keely! We are going to get her the Sunday after we get back. I'm including some pictures of Kameron and I with her. She's a Llewelyn Setter, and we love her already!
This last photo is of Keely with her mother, Daisy. Aren't they such a pretty breed??

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

You know you're too busy when:

Today I was reading a book by Joyce Williams entitled She Can't Even Play the Piano!" In my recent revelation that I tend to take on too much, especially where church is concerned, this book is a lifesaver! There is a similar list in the book, but I decided to make my own. Hopefully you can relate and even add some of your own to the list in the Comment section! All of these are true...just ask my husband!
YOU KNOW YOU'RE TOO BUSY WHEN:
  • You start to smell something funny in the car and finally decide to check it out only to find your four-year-old's half eaten ham and cheese sandwich from two weeks ago. (You remember thrusting it at him on the way to church).
  • You start to smell something coming from the kitchen/laundry room area only to realize the load of laundry from three days ago never made it from the washing machine to the dryer.
  • Someone hands you something that is really important on Sunday morning while you're rushing to do a multitude of things...and although your intentions are good, you either lose it or it winds up behind your office bookshelf.
  • The drive through attendant at Taco Bell says, "Girl, I missed you yesterday! Where were you?"
  • Your child calls your neighbor, "Mommy"...more than once.
  • Your e-mail account has 100+ unopened messages.
  • The mail carrier leaves a note saying, "Due to no room in your box, you can pick up your mail at the office in town."
  • You forget your father's birthday.
  • All that seems to be left to eat in the house is flour, frozen peas and a Slim Jim.

Listening to God while the Bugs are Biting

I wonder if anyone else is as stubborn as I am? All my life, I've had to learn things the hard way. Ya'd think that after all those hard lessons I would have learned to do it the easy way, but no. Not me. Not the one who tends to think she can handle it All by herself.
I teach a young adult Sunday School class at CrossPointe Church of the Nazarene, and one of the things we've been discussing lately is, "How do you hear the voice of God?" "How does He talk to us today?" For each of us, it may be different...like through the words of a song, or a scripture you keep hearing over and over, a series of pennies or rocks that you find that look like a heart, a person you respect or a mentor speaking to you, or something life-changing that you cannot ignore and that is cast upon you only by God's grace. I don't know what it is for you, but I know I have clearly heard His voice in a variety of ways. Sometimes, though, I don't listen. Sad, but true. God is NOT One to be ignored though. And this is just one example of what He did to make sure I not only heard Him, but get His message. And clearly.
This past weekend, I was camping with some friends from church. As my husband went off to play horseshoes with some of the guys, one of my friends approached me and began a conversation. First, let me tell you that this person is thankfully, a "tell-it-like-it-is" person. While sitting there fighting off bugs who were threatening to bite and listening to my dear friend, I heard the Lord speak. He was telling me that I was doing too much, and not being adequate at anything because I had overextended myself. This is something I knew in the back of my mind, but had chosen to ignore. My sweet friend helped me to realize that, because of my inability to say no when asked to do something coupled with my controlling nature, I was overextending myself. It really hit home.
If that were not enough, at church the next day, reality hit me like a freight train. I had my hands in so many pots on this particular Sunday that I had accidentally neglected a few important things. Not on purpose, mind you, but all the same, I hurt some people out of my shortcomings that were, in part, due to "doing too much". I felt awful. I was made to realize, yet again, that I could not control or be a part of everything. My heart was broken. I felt defeated. I felt like I was a failure.
Since then, I have prayed to God and He has graciously given me a peace...and a plan. To rely on Him MORE and LESS on myself. To focus on things He desires to be my focus, not on EVERYTHING!
I am thankful for friends who open your eyes. Thank you, Lord, for sending these people my way. Thank you, Lord, for speaking to me. Forgive me, Lord for not listening when I should have. My prayer is that I would hear You when You whisper, so you don't have to get louder. I know He is refining me, pruning me, and I am so thankful that He cares enough to do so.