Friday, January 1, 2010

The More (Most?) Important Thing

I find that I'm quickly getting to put into practice the fact that I'm trying to allow God to direct my steps and to take this blog where He wants it to go.

If you follow along, you know on Friday's we've been studying Created to be His Help Meet. We're a little more than half way through the book and I had wanted to pick back up today. But with the course of the week, I didn't have the time to sit aside to read and study the chapter we are on and form a post so.......God willing, we are going to be picking up next week and continuing our study.

Why wasn't I ready for that post? Well, I found myself reflecting that this morning because I want to be able to see God's hand guiding and directing and for me, that's going to mean taking a few moments and looking back to see what things changed the course of my day or week.
Here's what I found:

Normally I take the Christmas decorations down the day after Christmas. This year both kids had to work the day after Christmas and on the days they work, I try to spend a little extra time with them. Also, DH's side of the family was able to get together to celebrate Christmas on that day. DH comes from a big family and to synchronize all of those schedules can be quite overwhelming, but this year it just all fell into place.

Time with kids and family or taking down decorations? No contest.

Then of course came Sunday and I don't plan any kind of work on Sunday. I don't even make my bed!!!

With Monday came a trip to the grocery store. No, we weren't in need of food, I still have a shelf full of leftovers that are going in the freezer today but it was those things like toilet paper and dish soap that were calling my name added to the fact that the dogs really wanted to eat that day!

So Tuesday began the exodus of the Christmas decorations and because I tend to have several (approximately 9 or so) boxes (BIG boxes) of decorations, this is a very time consuming job. Add to that the fact that I have a very claustrophobic hubby who hates clutter...well you can see how this could quickly get out of hand.

Now, in the midst of having a totally destroyed house, we learn that DS needs a thermostat put on his car. He rode with his sister to work that night so that dear ole' dad could put the thermostat on, however we soon learned that under the hood of DS's car is a very tight spot to work in...add that to my claustrophobic hubby..yeah, he needed my help to hold things and hand him tools. After finishing DS's car, we were frozen, but my sweet man climbed into the attic and put up my 9 or so very heavy boxes of Christmas deco's. By this time it's late evening and we heat up some leftovers and call it a night.

Wednesday brings a couple of unexpected errands that couldn't be put off and church. Now mind you my dining room is still begging me to clean it up as I still have things laying all over the place in a sad effort to take my house out of Christmas mode and put it in winter mode.

Thursday I manage to finally get the house totally back in order...it literally takes all day to accomplish this and catch up on the laundry. Then a very dear friend of mine called to catch me up on what was going on in her life. Safely put, she and her family are under an incredible attack of satan and God is not being allowed to come in and work His wonderful power. Anyway, I talked to her for about an hour, or rather listened because I cannot physically help or change her situation. I truly would if I could. Then last night we took my Dad out to dinner to celebrate his 68th birthday.

So...here we are at today. Looking back over the week, here's what I think I've discovered...The entire week was filled with interruptions and frustrations of not being able to 'get done' what I wanted to. But, I was able to spend time with my family, immediate and extended, help my son, be there for a friend and celebrate with my Dad. When God directed my steps and I refused to fight Him on it, I was able to bless and be a blessing, and wasn't that the most important thing??

4 comments:

Andrea said...

It is always better just to let GOD direct our steps.
Hope you have a wonderfully blessed New Year!
Andrea

Gina Stinson said...

Great post. Thanks for sharing your week...and your walk. It's encouraging to know that we all struggle with the same things. Thanks for being a good example of a Christ Follower! His interruptions are divine appointments!

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Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

I can't believe how off my routine has been these last two weeks. I'm barely keeping up with the laundry, barely blogging, and my kids have watched too many movies. I can't wait till Monday. I'll start school, menues and hopefully have my home running like a tight ship again.