February 3, 2010 at 9:55 am Leave a comment

About this time every day, things feel redundant.  If I’m not careful, it’s easy to feel like all I do is sweep more crumbs (which cover the table and floor and bar, again, right now), do the dishes (the sink is full, again), and sort and do laundry (which I just “finished” yesterday). All I do is keep up with tasks, and prepare for the next thing, and long for a deep breath, which I do get, on rare occasion.

It’s easy to forget that I was at ball practice until 7, at Wal*Mart for school supplies, watching the game with the guys, preparing for a 4-H how-to demonstration until 10, and up at 6 to get everything ready, fix special request pig-tails, shuffle kids to school, come back home for forgotten items, get the dog fed, and stop by the drug store to run chap-stick to a child with bleeding lips.

It’s easy to forget that the most important part of my day is from 2:30PM until 8:45AM.

And in this little window from 10 to 2, I get THIS redundant work done so that I can do the work of that time well.

In this time, I refresh.

In this time, I pray for them, and worship.  I stay available.  I get focused.  I catch up, run errands, and prepare.

Prepare meals, prepare clothes, prepare schedules, prepare the house.

Lord, help me to know feel overwhelmed and tearful at the sight of the bomb that goes off, a little bit at a time, between 2:30PM and 8:45AM every day.  Work with me to chip it away, a bit at a time, until 2:30PM.

Tonight, we teach the financial class…my turn to teach.  Preparation to do for that.

I’m three days behind on my chronological Bible reading, hope to catch up on that.

Two loads of laundry need to be run.

The kitchen and dining area need 4-H project clean-up, and tonight, one has academic team practice.  I’ll made trips to pick one up at 2:30, one up at 3:30, and another up at 4:30.  Church supper at 5.  Class at 6.  Home at 7 for homework.

Long winter days.  I love winter, but days like today, I just need to sit and refocus on the reason for it all.

Entry filed under: Everyday.

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