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I know that old cliché “idle hands are the devil’s playground” but do you ever long for a period of time when you actually don’t have anything to do?  Those who know me are aware that I should get a prize for my skill at over scheduling.  I take on new projects like a leaky boat takes on water.  Everything just sounds so interesting, or so much fun, or so worthwhile that I can’t turn it down.

Therefore, quite often I find myself faced with a week like this one.  Because I work full time I have to stuff all my extracurricular activities in before, after, on my break or on my lunch.  This week there doesn’t seem to be enough of those stuff-it-in places.  I have to finish up plans and bags and props for the ladies retreat on Thursday and Friday, Tuesday is Bunco night and I’m on for dessert, Monday is dinner with three other couples, a friend needs her uniform altered, the grand kids need some time, the house needs cleaning, the laundry needs doing and – Monday is blog day.

I know I could let the blog slip until tomorrow but I made a commitment when I started it that I would be consistent and on time every time.

I could put the grand kids off for a few days but I’m writing a new middle grade novel about a town where memories don’t exist. The only way for the children in this town to have a memory is to purchase one that was available but never made in a town where memories do exist.  Plotting this manuscript has made me even more aware of the need to make memories while you can and not let the opportunities pass by. 

The ladies retreat – no choice there.  It’s going to happen and 30+ ladies are expecting it to be organized and fun and spiritual.  (And yes, I have delegated.  I just delegated a few too many things my way.)

I don’t want to let go of the other fun things on my list either and I can’t stand a cluttered house.  I feel a little trapped, a little stressed, a little out of breath.

One thing I know though, I work well under stress and I do accomplish a lot when I have to – which is almost all the time.  And, when I can’t seem to prioritize because everything ends up at the top of my list, I have an expert who will do it for me.  My God sits waiting for me to recognize that I’ve done it again.  He smiles when I finally take a breath and stop long enough to focus on His word.  He sends a refreshing of peace and quietness and He speaks to me.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Mat 11:28

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act.  Psalm 37:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Prov 3:56

Come, Commit and Trust – three words that need to come before Do.  When I remember that and lay before Him my impossible schedule, He shows me how to make it possible.  He knows everything is important to me.  He knows I can be driven and over enthusiastic.  He knows what tasks will bring Him glory. 

Most of all, He knows me.  I don’t have to explain myself to Him, justify what I do, or bargain with Him to give me what I need.  He already understands.  He has already given it.  He had a plan long before I set my schedule.  I’m going to be just fine!

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.  Psalm 32:8

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