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Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path.
– Psalm 119:105
– Psalm 119:105
I can do all things through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
I believe this verse with all my heart, but today I need to believe it with my head! I’m really hoping he’s got a lot of strength because I’ve got a lot of stuff I need it for. I suppose my story today is like a hundred other “May” stories; too much stuff and not enough hours. Don’t you just hate that feeling of lots of tasks and events all piled up so high it’s almost like you might get swallowed!
I should have spent the day taking care of tasks yesterday but instead I enjoyed my boys on mother’s day. I cooked for them because that brings me joy; I played bean bags in the yard when I should have been grading papers. I played cards even though I should have done a dozen different tasks that are overdue. I picked people over paper which is always a good idea but this morning I’m feeling a little squished under a small mountain of “to-do’s” that didn’t get done.
Welcome to the club right! So, as I sit here very early on a Monday morning the way I see it, I have two choices. First, I could be panicky and cranky and feel guilty that I’m behind or second, I can repeat this verse Paul spoke to the Philippians about a dozen times until my heart and my head are in sync! It’s easy to be prayerful in church but when it comes to letting God’s Word seep into our mind, heart and actions; that’s the kind of prayerful that gets hard. I have to trust that he will give me the strength and the minutes and the ambition and the perseverance to get caught up. I have to believe that if I love and serve him through the piles of stuff and the things on the list; he will bless me. Crabby and guilty aren’t gonna get me anywhere!
As I get ready to post these thoughts I think they are a little silly but I’m guessing there may be one or two of you in the same underdone and overwhelmed boat as I am. I have hope that we will look back on all this in a few days and be able to say, “Wow…can you believe how God just swooped in and gave me the strength to tackle all that stuff!” I really hope he crashes into my life in such a mighty way I can write a whole post about it. But for now…I need to pray and tell him “I’ve got nothing…please come on in and take over because I can only do 5 things but you can do ALL things and I need you!”
A Seed To Plant: Before you make your to-do list today, put P413 at the top and repeat the verse a few times before you get started and then repeat often throughout the day!
Blessings on your day!
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