Tuesday May 29, 2007

     If you’ve been visiting with me long here, you’ll know what happens whenever I make grandiose plans.  LOL!  Today’s plans weren’t even that grandiose, just some basic housekeeping stuff…..

     Copper took the boys to town to redeem Aaron’s recycling stuff, buy a fishing license, pick up a new skimmer basket for the pool filter…You get the idea.  I figured I’d have a couple of hours to tear around here and get all sorts of things done.  Wrong!  I spent half an hour on the phone with a dear neighbor.  I spent another half an hour visiting with Copper’s aunt and uncle who drove all the way out here to pick up their furniture dollies that we’d borrowed and hadn’t returned yet  and, funny enough, they brought Aaron another four big bags of cans to recycle!  When I came back in, Dani was on line and we used the xanga messaging system to chat for another half an hour.  I’ve got the double decker grilled cheese sammiches sandwiches in the oven, and the grandbabies will be here in about half an hour to stay while Corin has her pre-op appointment! 

     But you know what??  I wouldn’t have had today go any other way.  My friends, I have learned to hold *my* plans loosely and to just go with the flow.  Yes I still plan my days, and I think that’s important for us to do.  But we must, must, must allow the Lord to lead, too.  My neighbor is a recently retired widow.  She’s a relatively new Christian.  She gets lonesome sometimes, and I was glad to take the time to chat with her today.  I’ve not seen Copper’s aunt and uncle for a couple of months and it was delightful to spend some time catching up with them today, too.  They are very dear to us and have been especially great to my kids over the years.  I love ’em to pieces!  And I was really thrilled to chat on line with Dani today, too.  She’s caught a bad cold and, though she doesn’t feel too bad, isn’t at her best right now either.   All in all, my time was more profitably spent this way, taking advantage of the things the Lord sent my way to do this morning.

     Yes, the laundry still needs to be finished.  Yes, the watering still needs to be done.  My poor houseplants are WAY past due for water!  My house is dusty.  Yes, yes it is, it’s really dusty!  You know what?  The clothes are going to get dirty again.  The houseplants and outdoor irrigation will need to be done over and over and over again all summer long.  And the dust will settle on the furniture again.  My point is, these things can be done anytime.  The phone call, the visit and the on line chat were opportunities that I cannot guarantee will ever pass my way again.

     Please know that while I say we must hold our plans loosely, we must also guard against allowing Satan to come in and convince us to abandon our God-given responsibilites in our homes for selfish reasons.  There is a difference; and, if we’re really honest with ourselves, we can readily tell that difference. 

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your households!
Proverbs 31:27

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3 comments to Tuesday May 29, 2007

  • It can be challenging to be “instant in season and out of season”, but it sure does help to have a positive attitude.  It still sounds like you had a really productive day. 🙂

  • How important it is to put people before things and the things we have to do!  I’ve had days too where I had all kind of things planned, but people were more important that day.  I especially find that to happen with us, because my husband is a pastor and we live far away from our extended families.  There are some days that the urgent overrides the everyday.

  • Susan (bygrace3) – “There are some days that the urgent overrides the everyday.”  Ooooooo, I like that!!  Well said!