Several weeks ago I looked at this week on my calendar and took a very long, deep breath. I probably sighed and maybe even groaned outloud. Why, you ask. Well, this was the week I labeled in my planner (and I quote my scribbled penmanship here) “DO NOT SCHEDULE ANYTHING THIS WEEK other than homeschool group classes. No 4H. No sports. No karate. No appointments! Eat convenience food and try not to get stressed out!”
I remember writing this because I wanted to be sure I stayed away from all the stress I experienced for days after I had experienced quite a stressful day. This day would inevitably happen again on the week I wrote down the quote.
When an extremely stressful day happens for me, I get headaches and I am overly tired and irritable. I’m no use to anyone. I’m in “robot mode” or just surviving. Last fall when I wrote this I knew the day would come again when I needed to remember just how bad it could be and prevent it if it all possible!!!
So did I follow my own directions? Did I only do that one “thing” on the calendar. I mean, it’s just one day that stresses me out. I won’t go into what I do on that day that I do this “thing” twice a year.
Oh, well, let me tell you. You may think it’s a doctor’s appointment or a visit to a family member. HA HA HA…..noooooooo. It’s just the day that our big homeschool group starts its semester of enrichment classes. I’m on the committee (and love it) that does most of the dirty work–paper work, emailing, phone calls, begging for volunteers, etc. It’s worth the effort to plan and prepare and get our kids some nice, fun, well-rounded extra classes. But in a nutshell, the very first day is exciting to us all and just too busy for my slow-paced self. Therefore, I do make it through the day and later in the week I pay for the stress if I don’t weed out everything else.
Did I weed out everything else this week? Did I do better than I did last fall? I’ll just say that God blessed me this week. The calendar was cleared except for having my little (14 year-old) sister stay with me. She was a big help. My boys behaved well. We went to 4H even though I didn’t plan too. My husband got busy at work, so I took the boys to karate and also managed to get my paperwork done for the group and do a couple of other projects that I didn’t plan to be able to touch. Praying through the week was a big help.
I am so thankful for the people that helped this week. Having a friend to hold my sleepy baby so that I could prepare for my pre-school classes was a huge blessing. Another friend volunteered to get 3 of my kids to their class so I wouldn’t have to deal with that. No one was rude or passed in line (which does happen even with good ole homeschoolin’ Christian Mamas) this time. Everyone smiled and worked together. My husband helped me during the night with the baby that was teething, constipated and had an ear ache. I made a new friend who is a widower and single mom. I got a glimpse into her different, yet sweet life that God files with hope and encouragement everyday.
Those were the things that made this week seem better than just another week on the calendar. It’s helpful to write about it here. It wasn’t that same terribly horrible no good very bad week I had back in the fall. Thank God. Thank the good Lord it was good. He held me up and showed me once again how he gives me only what I can handle.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (New International Version)
13No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
I’ve been blessed this week. Now it’s time for me to do some weeding in my life. I’ll be praying that God will show me what these weeds are–even if they appear to be pretty. He notices them, even if I don’t. I want to be a beautiful garden to him, not one overgrown with thorns and weeds.
Proverbs 24:30-34 (ESV) reads:
30 I passed by the field of a sluggard,
by the vineyard of a man lacking sense,
31and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns;
the ground was covered with nettles,
and its stone wall was broken down.
32Then I saw and considered it;
I looked and received instruction.
33 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
34and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.
Wishing all of you many blessings this week,