Loaded title, huh?
I wrote out a plan for last week. It helped.
Really, it did.
Not that I ever looked at it again or printed it out so I could use a pen to cross things off.
It was more about thinking ahead. Accepting that even though Tuesdays and Wednesdays are taken up with commitments, not letting the other three days just happen will result in a more productive week.
So, I’d like to plan out this week as well. But this week’s plan involves conviction, priorities and purpose.
I’ve mentioned that October was very rough due to the fact that I dropped waaaayyyy too many yes-bombs. My priorities were all out of whack because essentials for my real-job (mom, wife and home manager) were being neglected for noble but not eternal pursuits.
Yes, I do believe that my mom/wife/home-manager job is an eternal pursuit.
Working at the book fair? Not so much.
Anyway, God has been working on me. He’s kind and loving, so He has been giving me some gentle nudges and reminders. I’d really like to act on those so He doesn’t need to do anything more drastic to get my attention.
Yesterday, many of the nudges came into focus. We’re studying Ecclesiastes in our Sunday morning class, using Tommy Nelson’s video series, which is fantastic. I’ve loved the study because it’s such a fantastic reminder that God gets it.
By “it”. . . I mean life.
Perhaps you know this from reading my blog . . . but I’m not so much into speaking in ideals. Give me reality, something I can actually accomplish, and I’m happy. Not that I’m into depressing stuff. I truly gain a positive attitude from truth. I can work with truth.
Ecclesiastes is about life. The realities of life, as fully understood by God, because God created life. Some of it could be discouraging, such as the reminder that one big mistake ruins a lifetime of good reputation. Unfair? Perhaps. Reality? Totally.
Yesterday, the lesson focused on how knowing God’s Word isn’t just an ideal to put on your wouldn’t-it-be-great list. It’s necessary. Consistent study and prayer to the point where God’s words become my thoughts is necessary to navigate (well) through this world that He created.
I know this from experience. Three-and-a-half years ago, I finally developed a routine that made my personal Bible Study time a consistent (and favorite) part of my day. Through this consistency, I experienced a closeness with God and a true understanding of His concern and involvement in every aspect of my life.
With the craziness of this school year . . . I’ve let this Bible study time be the thing that gets pushed off of the schedule on busy days. Which is every day. Most weeks lately (including today), I’ve done my entire week’s BSF lesson in a single sitting.
Last week, I was surprised to get a tweet from @MontanaSherryC. She said: I’m praying for one of my Tweeps every day and YOU are next on my list! Any specific requests for today? #tweepprayer
Ummm. Wow. My answer: Wow! I’m honored! My prayer is that God will clearly guide my steps. Every single teeny-tiny step.
Which is true. That has been my desperate prayer of late. And I do believe that He has answered it with this gentle reminder of HOW He guides steps.
Through His word.
Sooooo, back to the scheduling thing. My days need to be determined by whether or not a commitment will steal away that time. It’s only 20-30 minutes in the morning, pre-shower, so it should be fairly easy to protect. As long as I’m purposeful about that protection.
With that as the foundation of my days, here’s the rest of my week:
Monday (today) –
- Finish laundry. Like, folding and everything.
Clean the bathrooms. Cook, puree and freeze our pumpkins.
- Write posts ahead for Tuesday and Wednesday. (They’re in my head, I just have to get them written!)
- Bible Study leaders’ meeting
- Errands, including grocery shopping for Thanksgiving
- Choreography rehearsal with my 9yo’s show choir.
- Bible Study day
- Half-price clothing day at Salvation Army!!!
- Write freelance post (AFTER completing Bible study for the day!)
- Shoot a video review and write a post for a giveaway of an Oreck Steam-It All Purpose Steam Wand
- Mop, dust, and vacuum (AFTER completing Bible study for the day!)
- Declutter something!!! (I have big ideas, but am just saying “something” in case the big ideas don’t happen!)
What does your week hold?
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