Attitude Adjustment & Weekend Reading

It feels as though this week has been hijacked by sickness and baseball.

As I’ve mentioned before, I am not a fan of feeling out of control. This has been a week where nothing has really gone as planned…and my usual schedule unraveled. When it comes to not being able to fit in time to study or write, I get especially antsy.  To be honest, I was giving myself a pretty hard time.  Feeling like a week had gone by without any productive progress towards my goals brought out the cranky voice in my head. These are my dreams, after all. Wasting time is not an option.

Ahem.

Did you catch that? ‘My dreams’?

Yeah. The Holy Spirit caught that, too. And I was quickly reminded that everything I am belongs to my Father. I needed to remember that if my dreams are God-planted, and if my actual purpose is bringing Him glory wherever I am and whatever I’m doing, then the controls aren’t in my hands to begin with. Sickness, baseball, laundry, whatever comes my way — God knows everything surrounding me and He knows exactly how to work out His plans for me.

 All I need to do is follow Him in every moment (pre-planned or not!), living out grace…joy…love…and patience (even with myself).

I felt that still, small voice saying, basically, chill out. I have everything under control.  In other words, “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)

And, once again, I was overwhelmed with relief and gratitude that I don’t have to have all the answers, the “perfect” time-table, or the spotless house. The King of all kings reigns and my schedule and to-do list have no bearing on His authority or His time-table that actually is perfect.

So instead of trying to write my next planned post, I’d love to just be still and soak in the wisdom of a few posts I’ve read this week. These bloggers consistently encourage and inspire me, and these are recent favorites. I don’t know how your week has been, but I just want to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen for a while. Join me?

All I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, by Jennifer Lee (Getting Down with Jesus)

If Your Heart is Breaking Just a Bit, by Ann Voskamp (A Holy Experience)

How To Make  Art When There’s No Time for Art, Emily Freeman (Chatting at the Sky)

When You Don’t Know the Next Step, by Holley Gerth (DaySpring)

The Sum of the Moments, by Nicole Querido (Christian Women Online)

And a quote — I loved this lesson from Lysa TerKeurst, author of “Made to Crave”. (You can find her full post here.)

“And what about my concerns with letting God down?

My pastor, Stephen Furtick, put that rest one day with a simple but very profound truth, “How can you let God down when you weren’t ever holding Him up?”

I had to choose to operate in the reassurance of God’s love, the remembrance of God’s grace, and the reality of God’s power. And according to Isaiah 41:10, God’s the one holding me up, not the other way around. Amen.

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10”

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7 thoughts on “Attitude Adjustment & Weekend Reading

  1. Hello! I think your problem you address at the beginning of your post is a far too common problem. We in the West have an urge to be on the go all the time, to produce, to be productive and to get things done.

    What we need to realize is that our inner development is productive as well. Just praying and sitting quietly and listening to God…that is very productive. That will cause us to be more compassionate and loving and that will help spread our peace to other people as well and influence others.

    I know sometimes you may feel like you are wasting your time and that you didn’t get that much done during the day, but I believe our inner development is ultimately far more important. And if you don’t have that inner peace you won’t be able to keep producing GREAT writing. Keep up the nice work.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, Anthony. I know that you are exactly right — I have to fight that ‘must-do’ feeling precisely because I DO need that quiet, feed-my-soul time…I appreciate you stopping by and your advice. I will certainly come back and read your comment the next time I’m feeling bossed around by my to-do list! 🙂

      1. Hey there’s nothing wrong with a ‘to do list.’ I have one and yes, sometimes it bosses me around! But whenever I realize I haven’t ‘done much’ that day, I put on my to do list things that I did but I take for granted. i.e. “Wake up and get out of bed and be joyful” or “get through the day without being angry” or if it’s late in the day and still haven’t done much and it’s a rough day I’ll write “Learning experience.”

        I think as Christians we are pressured to do a lot of things because we realize how precious life is more so than secular individuals and we are trying never to waste our lives. So we have to get by that urge to always be on the go. I think asking God to help you think about things of heaven and not things of earth is a good prayer in helping you keep the overall picture in mind.

        But then again, we’re Christians, we’re supposed to be always improving ourselves in some way. We will experience some darkness and that darkness is necessary. But you’re doing a great job it seems!!!

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