Busy Seasons of Life

Ever feel overwhelmed?  I am in one of those seasons right now and I just keep reminding myself to take one day at a time-Don’t worry about tomorrow, tomorrow has enough trouble of it’s own:):). Do you know what comes right after Halloween?…Thanksgiving and CHRISTMAS!!!  I love this busy season of the year, but I do not like feeling overwhelmed.  Thus, I am a perpetual  planner.  I love to be organized and get things done in advance.  However, the older I get, the harder that seems to be for me.  All of you young mommies out there are just dying laughing right now thinking how can she not be organized…what has she got to do…her kids are grown…she gets to pick and choose when she spends time with her grand-kids…how can she possibly have that much laundry?!  But, I am here to tell you that the Lord always keeps more on my plate than I think I can handle.  I am convinced He does this so I will always have to depend on Him to help me get my “to-do” list done at His pace, not mine. I love to read a blog called girltalk(http://feeds.feedburner.com/girltalkhome) and just the other day, the blog talked about this very issue.  Look at this great advice given by C.J. Mahaney to his wife several years ago:

I still remember the wise and helpful counsel my husband CJ shared  with me many years ago when I was having one of those “I just can’t get  it all done” breakdown crying sessions. When he finally got the chance  to speak, he said: “Carolyn, only God completes His to-do list. We are  not God. We are finite creatures with serious limitations. Therefore we  need to humble ourselves by accepting our limitations and draw upon  God’s strength to simply do what we can.” CJ’s advice not only helped me  then, but continues to benefit me to this day.

Here are 3 simple ways we can be mindful of our limitations as we make our to-do lists these days:

1.      Separate the-really-do-matter items from the really-don’t-matter items—of course doing the really-do-matter items first.
2.      Simplify the really-do-matter items where possible. (e.g. pizza for dinner or store-bought cookies for entertaining.)
3.      Trust God for all the things on the list that don’t get done.

Isn’t that great advice?  So all you young and old moms out there-hang in there-take one day at a time-enjoy this upcoming busy holiday season and most of all…depend on God to walk you through all your busy seasons, holidays or not.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kendra/The Queen of Brussels Sprouts
    Oct 21, 2010 @ 14:58:39

    I did giggle. My parents are both retired, and my Dad swears that it is harder to plan anything now than it ever was before. They have turned into quite the busy bees.

    I have had a couple of those moments of “can’t do it all” lately. So, if anyone ever comes to my house, please leave your shoes on. Otherwise, your feet might stick to the floor. It seems I can’t keep up with spilled “sippy” cups 😉


  2. ginicraven
    Oct 21, 2010 @ 17:35:42

    So true Kendra-I do not like spilled sippy cups at all:):) You moms really have lots and lots going on-that’s why God gives us little ones when our energy levels are higher:)


  3. Holly Dennis
    Oct 21, 2010 @ 18:37:52

    Oh my gosh … this part of the quote is amazing … “We are finite creatures with serious limitations. Therefore we need to humble ourselves by accepting our limitations and draw upon God’s strength to simply do what we can.”

    I can’t get it out of my head. Loving it. Thank you.


  4. Pat Sherman
    Oct 22, 2010 @ 21:09:39

    Thanks so much, Gini. I needed that. NOW!


  5. ginicraven
    Oct 23, 2010 @ 14:20:13

    Thanks Pat-amazing how I need this advise more and more often-I usually write to help me more than anything but I am glad it benefited you too. God is so good to do that also. We are praying for you and Jud and his surgery:)


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