9.29.2011

Seize The Day- NOT!

If you try to seize the day, the day will eventually break you.
Seize the corner of His garment and don't let go until He blesses you.
He will reshape your day.
~ Paul Little


Well, my head is about to explode and I felt the strong need to share this with the Blogosphere. The fact is I cannot keep up with:

1. All of the blogs I am following (although I am so in awe of the wonderful Christian Community in the Blogosphere!)
2. My housework
3. The ideas that are randomly flying through my brain and desiring to be birthed and blogged!
4. The stack of books on my nightstand
5. Scrapbooking...it's been MONTHS...(OK, I confess- I did 2 pages during Hurricane Irene before we lost power)
6. Did I mention my housework?
7. My own workouts  (but the dogs have been enjoying more regular walks and are thrilled about this fact)
8. My poor, pedicure-less toes...still lacking some attention and a sassy Fall color
9. Blog "hopping" - apparently I stink at this, but I am still trying!
10. The latest, newest, greatest trend in anything (nor do I seem to care - a sure sign of old age)

So is there anything you feel you cannot "keep up with lately"?
Fill in the blank. Come on, be honest with yourself. It's OK.

I just cannot keep up with: ____________. Go ahead fill it in AND add another.
Doesn't it feel good to just say it. My head feels less explosive already! How about you?

Now let's consider what we ARE doing and keeping up with despite our feeling that we are not able to measure up to our own standard, or the standards of others (both perceived and actual).

By the grace of God I am healed and exercising again. SO WHAT if I am inconsistently consistent. In June, I could barely walk and was in excruciating pain! Praise my Great Physician! By the grace of God, despite a job loss and a 50 percent income reduction we have been able to keep our daughter in her Christian school (thanks to Financial Aid provided from the wonderful school community). Praise Him who is Our Portion and Provider! By the grace of God, I had an interview where I could more clearly articulate my goals. Kinda. Praise the God who is Redefining Me and who is Our Refiner! By the grace of God I am walking by Faith and not by sight and able to share grace and truth with others, as He leads. Praise Him who is is The Light and The Way, The Truth and The Life. By the grace of God, despite a car accident in February which left my neck whip lashed and car totalled, I have a restored neck and a newer model car which accommodates our family nicely (and the dog, of course). I am stylishly mobile AND safe! Praise Him who is the Burden Bearer and the Restorer of the crops the locusts have eaten.

The things God has allowed me to "keep up with",  that are not burdensome and which bring me joy: The whole Summer shared with my daughter since I was "jobless", prepping and teaching Sunday School lessons for two, sweet (1st and 2nd grade) boys, One on One time for Bible/Book Study with a Sister in Christ this Summer (and we finished!), The Proverbs Challenge with some of My Bloggy Gal Pals and  Guys too, leading our school Moms In Touch Group weekly, praying and/or fellowshipping with some very faithful friends as we carved out, travelled and squeezed in precious time together. Times of grace and refreshment with my hubby despite a very random work schedule that really keeps us on our toes.

I love that when I am not able - I have a God who is!

Now go and Seize the Day-

NOT

Be still and KNOW that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
Psalm 46:10

Whoever is wise,
let him heed these things
and
consider
the
great love
of the Lord.
~Psalm 107:43


8 comments:

  1. Thank you for the sweet comment Dawn! Praise God for all of the victories in your life and hallelujah for the healing!!!

    And Sister -- I AM SO BEHIND ON EVERYTHING it seems. This is the 3rd time I have washed this load of clothes in the washer right now. (Did I just confess that?)

    This is a very busy season for me. I'll be glad when November 1st arrives. :o)

    Bless you!
    Beth

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  2. Our to do lists can become such a rod for our backs - thanks for putting them into perspective!

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  3. I agree! Sometimes I feel like I can't keep up with my blogging friends as well. Getting to leave comments takes time and I feel guilty when I don't! Thanks for the reminder to take the time and be thankful for everything the Lord has given me. Enjoy your day!

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  4. I'm cannot keep up with my correspondence. I'm the one who urges everyone to shelter and I'm behind on mine. I have blocked out one day next week to catch it all up. So many needs.

    Your post was a blessing to me!
    Pamela

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  5. Hi this is Nicole from Colie’s Kitchen I just discovered your blog and wanted to drop by and say hi. I am now a new follower. I would love to have you stop by Colie’s Kitchen if you get a chance. www.colieskitchen.com

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  6. It is always wonderful to meet fellow believers... ones who want to Praise Him in all they do. I look forward to reading more of your blog.
    I am now following you on Weekend Gathering Hops. Please come visit me @www.happyfamilyhappykids.blogspot.com

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  7. awesome message....going to seize the day!!!!!

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  8. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving the kind comment. I like your blog and promise to come back another day when I have time to spend poking around.

    LOVE the thought behind NOT seizing the day. It's the only way I'm getting by these days. Work, family, seminary classes, and trying to keep up with blogging and Facebook....I just can't do it all, all the time, and do it well. I'm doing what I must do and then if there's time for the rest... And God has been good. He knows I need the social media stuff to relax and it seems there's always at least a bit of time to fit it in at the end of the day.

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walk along the shore with me and leave your footprints in the sand-
I'm listening, friend...in November I will not be replying so often, but instead slip quietly over to your place for a visit. ;)