Getting Ready

photo(16)Now that Halloween is over and we are on the road to Thanksgiving, one can only assume that Christmas and New Year’s will be here before we know it.

YIKES!!!  It’s the first week of November!  Can you believe it?  Where has 2014 gone?  I feel overwhelmed just thinking about it!!!

So, guess what?!?!   I’d better get a move on.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this time of year, but I don’t want to miss a thing, I want to do everything fun I can possibly squeeze into the next seven weeks and I want to make each day count.

Quite the mountain to climb – you should see my list! (You can.  It’s in the picture above.)

O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Psalm 39:4-5

Wait a minute?  Shouldn’t I have this attitude about every day of my life?  Yep, but I sure don’t. Sigh.

Instead, my mode of operation usually entails:

  • Worrying about getting stuff done.
  • Wringing my hands (figuratively) over the amount of things I have to do.
  • Complaining about all that I have to do.
  • Wishing I hadn’t signed up for so many things to do.
  • Waiting impatiently for the days to pass to get to the fun stuff.
  • Procrastinating instead of doing.
  • Whining when it’s all over that I didn’t do what I wanted to.

Does any of this sound familiar?  Maybe I’m alone in the fact that my intentions and expectations of myself and others can be a little out of whack.  (I’ve always said I’m a big talker, Betty Crocker, but not as much of a Debbie Doer.)

For me, when I concentrate all of the ‘me’ items on my To Do list, I tend to get dazed and confused.

However, in those rare times that I remember to ask God what should actually be ON my To Do list…I get things done, I have enormous energy to complete the tasks at hand AND I feel His peace while I’m at work to accomplish these said tasks.  Imagine that!?!?

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:12-14

This time of year really is incredible because 1) we get to remember all the amazing things we have to be thankful for, 2) we get to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, and 3) we get to look forward to the possibilities of a new year!!

BUT (and it’s a big one)…don’t let your own agenda overshadow the true miracles of life!!

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

Sure, we all have the never-ending list of errands, chores and responsibilities; but, if we don’t enjoy the journey…what have we accomplished?  Hmmm…

So, as you are making your list of things to do this holiday season – ask God what His agenda is first!

Ooooohhhh…and writing down one thing you are thankful for and a favorite bible verse each day is a great way to keep God first EVERY DAY!!

Some Wisdom for Today:  Proverbs 26:12 – Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

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