Wisdom for Wives

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Overcoming the Tyranny of ‘To-Do’

on July 14, 2014
Mom's to-do list

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We are about a month into our summer vacation, and I think I’m enjoying the break from homeschooling as much as my students are. Not that I’m exactly on a break. Most summer days, the clock seems to fill up and pass by as quickly as it did during the school year.  If it’s not school, it’s housework (and long overdue de-cluttering).  When I devote more time to work, the house falls apart. And if I’m working on the blog, forget it! Nothing else is happening. 😀

I’m certainly not complaining about my responsibilities–they come with great blessings. I’m grateful to have a family and home to care for, for the privilege of homeschooling, and for my job that allows me to contribute to my family’s support.  But some days I wish had been more productive, and long for enough energy to accomplish just one more task before crashing into bed.  How can I complete everything I need (and want) to do in 24 hours, when some of those hours have to be spent sleeping (and, I kinda like it too)?

Get organized. Ask for help. Delegate. Spend less time on Facebook and HGTV? I’m pretty sure all of those things would help.  “Do less,” is another obvious solution, but much more easily said than done.
~~I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)~~
Now, I have to caution the checklist-checker in me that bearing “much fruit” might not be a reference to my to-do list. Does God care how I manage my time? Does it matter whether my sink is (often) overflowing with dirty dishes? I believe it actually does matter.  But I’m sure that the fruit borne of abiding in Jesus—starting my day in prayer, keeping His word in my heart, seeking and listening to Him until I go to bed at night—is much more significant and eternal than the items written on my schedule.  Could the fruit be:

Patience to speak to my children with tenderness, even when they aren’t piling into the car as quickly as I’d like them to.

Peace that comes from knowing that I am responsible only for my actions and attitude, while my sovereign and loving God is responsible for outcomes.

Wisdom in determining what I will, and will not, devote my time to.

Plain ole Joy, for crying out loud!  It’s true that my sink is full of dirty dishes AS I TYPE THIS, but as a child of God I have a long list of reasons to rejoice.  Longer than any to-do list.

Thank you for stopping by,
Susan

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