Back to the Grind

photo(14)I am SO thanking God for the upcoming three-day Labor Day weekend!!  You’d think with school starting this week and the kids gone for eight hours a day, I’d feel free, refreshed and at a loss to what to do with all this extra time…NOT!!!

Getting back into a schedule and ramping up with school, homework, permission slips, sports, clubs, friends, birthdays and the never-ending list of to do’s is never an easy task.  Include a different sleep schedule (get up at 6:00 instead of 8:30) and you’ve got a bunch of grouchy peeps walking around the Hays’ house.

All this being said and yes, I know this sounds contradictory…I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR!

Getting out of vacation mode and getting back to the grind is somewhat refreshing to me and it is definitely a challenge that I look forward to each year even though I’m exhausted and a bit of a pill in the beginning.  Plus, summertime may be laid back, but the constant questions, requests and complaints from the kiddos can be just a tad draining…surely not, you say!!!

The truth is that everything seems easier when I have a schedule to keep and little time on my hands.

She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.  Proverbs 31:27

The Proverbs 31 woman knows that taking care of business is a blessing and better than any day of sitting on the couch and eating bon-bons.  Although…has anyone ever actually done that?!?!?!

A break here and there is necessary to keeping a balance in the work/play part of life, which is exactly why this weekend will be great to revamp and get ready for the months ahead.  However, all play and no work makes for a dull boy, too – a girl in this case.

Idleness is not what He has planned for you or me.  Get organized, make a schedule, work hard and plan for some play time in between, but keep God’s will in mind when you think about the future.

I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. Proverbs 24:30-34

Today’s message is an important one, especially for me.

I didn’t want to write today’s GEM.  I’m tired.  I’m a little overwhelmed.  I really just didn’t want to take the time.

HOWEVER, I started to think what I’d rather be doing…a nap or a good book were my first two thoughts…sigh!

Those just don’t cut it.

I don’t want to be idle.  I don’t want my days to be a waste and neither should you.

Think about whom you want to be today and what you would like to accomplish.  Is idleness something you’d be okay telling God that you did with your time?

Some Wisdom for Today:  Proverbs 18:9 – Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.

 

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