Archive | September, 2013

Stay the Course

1 Sep

1 Chronicles 28:20

I am way behind this week!  There have been so many things going on that it has been hard to keep up at times.  But, that is what this week’s study is all about.  Our bible study, “What Happens When Women Say Yes to God,” is focusing on being able to #StickWithIt.  How fitting that my week has been full of craziness.

I shared last week of going back to school and also putting my name on the Substitute Associates list at my children’s school.  Well, this week my classes were in full swing.  I started the week off great.  I was keeping up with my bible studies; I was starting in on my homework assignments; and I started the class that I drive to our local ICN meeting place for my 3rd class.  This all was going smoothly.  I even had all my homework done before time.  Then the call came.

Yep, they called and asked me to work as a Sub at the school.  I was so excited and ready to work on Thursday!  I had absolutely no idea what I would be doing, but I was stepping out with God and just going with the flow.  The day was good.  I ended up working as a crossing guard in the morning (fun experience to get out and see many people, most of whom usually honked and waved); then I headed up to the High School to work in the Special Education room.  What an experience for me.  I had no idea what I was doing, but I just decided to go with my gut instinct as to what I would do for these kids if they were my own.  I learned lots, and then I ended the day as a crossing guard again.  Whew!  I made it through my 1st full day of work after years of being home with my children.

Friday morning rolled around and the usual was going on for morning routines.  Then another call came in, they needed me again that day.  This time there had been a mix up and I got the call at 7:00am  and needed to be at the school crossing by around 7:30am.  No problem, right?  Well, it wasn’t too bad.  My husband was home that morning, so he jumped right in to take over the kids, and even had my lunch packed for me when I got out of the shower.  I hurried around and did actually make it to the school around 7:30am.  What a miracle!  I worked the same schedule as the day before.  Having this study really changed the way my day went.  I began to look at things differently.  I began to wonder what I could do to make a difference to just one person.  Looking at what I was doing as an opportunity to honor God, right where He put me, was such an enlightening experience.

Well, after this unexpected, but welcome, change in my routine, I realized by Friday night that I was way off track in other things to do.  I had not done my questions from my bible study yet; I had not done my blogging yet; I was not ready to teach children’s sunday school class yet; and I did not have my computer work done for the church service yet.  How do proceed?  I decided to draw strength from God and #StickWithIt!

Saturday rolled around with another HOT forecast coming at us.  So I decided to just have a relaxing day and jump into what needed done.  I could have just said to skip it this week and get back around to it next week, but this was not what we were learning about.  I need to forge onward and “do the work.”  I started the questions for the study; worked on my sunday school material; read some of my homework for next week; and did the computer work for church today.  I decided to not worry so much about if all the laundry was folded and put away, or if all the stuff was picked up off the floors.  I am letting go of my expectations that I never seem to meet and just accept what works for our family.  The kids loved having a relaxing day to do what they wanted, unfortunately two of them ended up laying around on the couch with terrible head colds.

Through this study I am starting to realize that #SayingYes is freeing.  God does not expect us to do it ALL.  He just wants us to focus on what is important at the moment.  This brings to mind Mary and Martha.  Sometimes it is not important to have all the right food and have the house look just so.  It may be more about coming to Jesus as we are, mess and all, giving it up to Him.  What is really important at this moment?  The mess in our house, or the mess in our soul?  Keeping on track with our studies or blessing someone else by being there to listen and talk?  What we must keep in mind is to #SayYes to God when he asks.  I am finding out that the answers to these questions will change every time you ask them.  One day it may be time to clean the house while another day it may be to just relax and jump into God’s word for the day.  Live my life on God’s schedule.  This is not exactly what I am used to, but it is what I am striving for now!  “PalmsUp to God and let Him work in my life!  🙂