Working...I do still work full time outside of our home as a Church Administrator (traveling 65 miles round trip 4 days a week) Although I am considered part time because I work less than 40 hours a week, my brain stays busy with the responsibilities of my job 24-7
|One of the beautiful stained glass windows|
in the church where I work
I am still married...quite happily, I might add, for almost 46 years...so that occupies an extremely large part of my time and energy, definitely 24-7!
My Hubby and Me...acting normal for us...
Bless their hearts, I still have two adult sons living at home...and that is another responsibility that I take seriously 24/7...even though they are mature, hard-working, and very helpful...a mother's heart is always thinking about her children...
|My two ADULT sons looking for their Easter Baskets...|
|He found HIS basket...|
|Baking cookies with "Nanny"...|
|And fellowship time|
|Family gathering when our grandson came to visit from Maine|
|Ladies' Prayer Fellowship luncheon at our house|
|Wonderful "old" friends from the past here for lunch and visit|
"Begin the day with open hands of faith, ready to receive all that I am pouring into this brief portion of your life. Be careful not to complain about anything, even the weather, since I am the Author of your circumstances. The best way to handle unwanted situations is to thank Me for them. This act of faith frees you from resentment and frees Me to work My ways into the situation, so that good emerges from it.
To find Joy in this day, you must live within its boundaries. I knew what I was doing when I divided time into twenty-four-hour segments. I understand human frailty, and I know that you can bear the weight of only one day at a time. Do not worry about tomorrow or get stuck in the past. There is abundant life in MY presence today."
WOW! I find this fascinating! Why? Well, because as I was listing all of the responsibilities of my life above, I was beginning to feel a bit overwhelmed with it all...not complaining or resentful in any way, but just overwhelmed. And then I read this passage from "Jesus Calling", and it was as though God was speaking directly to me...reminding me to find JOY in each day...and to thank HIM for each and every circumstance and/or responsibility...trusting HIM to give me the strength I need to live one day at a time...and to focus my eyes on HIM...not on my present situation.
How about you? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed with all of your responsibilities? I can imagine that many of you have much bigger and more difficult issues to deal with than I do. Mine are really not hard at all...they are a joy and a blessing as long as I don't allow myself to do everything in my own strength. That is the key to survival in this life...let God be present in your life...let His strength carry you through your busy 24/7 schedule. Stay focused on Him, be thankful...and enjoy abundant life in His presence!
Okay, now I've written something...I can cross that off the list for today! Just kidding...this is my joy and act of thanksgiving...sharing what God is doing in my life today. I hope it was encouraging to you in some way. Have a joyful day, my friend!
(courtesy of the Red Bellied Woodpecker in my neighborhood, this morning)