April 1, 2010 by Rieshy

Lately I've been finishing each day with the irritating feeling that though I worked all day, I didn't accomplish anything.  A few months ago I read a post over at Steady Mom about making your to-do-list only 6 points long.  I thought it was a great idea.

That's when I realized I'm an energetic lazy person.

Sometimes the 6 most important things are the hardest things.  They are the things that require true discipline of the heart as well as an organized life.

So how?

Next question...

I've been reading the book of James over and over for the past couple of weeks.  I've listened to quite a few good sermons on it recently as well.

I'm especially intrigued by the passages about counting suffering as joy.

Before I had children I thought this was a straightforward passage.  I didn't know then how hard it is to count as joy the lessons one learns through a child's illness.  Watching your child suffer... thinking down the road at sufferings that that child could experience because of their health problems...

Yesterday, I had pulled out my 777 pound sofa to re-caulk the front window and then had to vacuum (in horror) before I replaced the sofa.  As I vacuumed I was thinking about the Hows in my life.  This torn page fluttered out in front of my feet as I pushed the sofa back.

I googled the reference- it's from Zechariah 4:6.  

It's not a detailed How list.  It's not a Why list; but it is enough.  

Click through to Thankful Thursdays.

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The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

I go through times like that too and then I make sure to do the Hardest stuf right away in my day and I feel much better.

Aiming4Simple said...

Amen. That 6 item to-do post stuck in my mind as well. Application, as you point out, is the kicker. That's probably why I haven't been able to get this verse out of my head: "If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them." -John 13:17

In my case, the simplest tasks seem to require supernatural grace for me to accomplish them. It's very humbling.

bp said...

I have read James lately too and go back and forth between that and Ephesians. There is just so much there, I love rereading it.

Have a blessed Easter weekend.

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J.B. said...

I find that too, if I do the hardest thing or the one, I'm most avoiding first, then it gets easier.
Happy Easter.

Between You and Me said...

love your heart.

BeautifulDees said...

I really admire you. I have two boy's with muscular dystrophy, wow you have your hand's full. But thank God for you miracle boy's.
Love ya,Debbie

Susan Tipton said...

I was so busy yesterday I didn't get to read comments until today.- Thanks for the encouragement everyone!

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