Tuesday, January 10, 2012


My days never seem to go as planned. 
I've been told it's the stage of life I'm in. 
(which I love)
But being pregnant with two little ones running around I never know what to expect. 
Being up multiple times through the night and waking up exhausted.
A teething toddler I just can't take anywhere cause she's in so much pain.
Discipline issues that take much longer to deal with than expected. 
Having too many contractions in a day and needing to lay down when it's time to get dinner on the table.

To be honest it's been hard for me. I like a plan and I don't like to wander far from it. Being married to Caleb has taught me a lot about being flexible and going with the flow, but I still have a long way to go. When things don't go as planned I tend to see the day as a waste. If I'm still in my pajama's at noon and nothing is accomplished on my to do list I think God isn't pleased with me. 
I know this is wrong thinking, but thoughts of earning  God's approval by what I accomplish can creep in without me realizing it. I know I can't earn anything from God. It's all a precious undeserved gift and his love is unchanging. I know he wants me to use my time wisely, but I also know he cares so much more about my attitude honoring him than about what I accomplish. 
I'm also reminded that my time is not my own. I need to wake up ready for whatever God brings to my day instead of seeing these things as interruptions. 
I love this quote from C.S. Lewis,
“The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own,’ or ‘real’ life.  The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life—the life God is sending one day by day; what one calls one’s ‘real life’ is a phantom of one’s own imagination.  This at least is what I see at moments of insight: 
but it’s hard to remember it all the time.”

I've been praying that I would use my time wisely, 
while holding my schedule with open hands ready for whatever God brings in my day.


kenzie said...

i hear ya! I always dread "suprise" visits from people because Im always in my pjs AND haven't showered or done my hair/make up lol

britt said...

thanks for this :) such a great reminder for me. i found your blog a few weeks ago and really love it!

Phil and Bri said...

you are amazing! keep it up! you are a great mama! Kinda feeling like I should go get ready for my day... ;)

Rebekah said...

Such a timely reminder. Oh I've got to blog. This fits with my "Goals" for the semester.

Anonymous said...

this post was just what i needed to read today. thanks friend

bandofbrothers said...

ah, thanks dear for always pointing me back to God. Loved this post!

kaylee@life chasers said...

Oh wow have I had those days...defInitely needed this!

Michelle said...

Hi Jess!!
I just caught up on reading your blog, and was so encouraged!! I'm praying for you, friend. Thanks for the C.S. Lewis quote...so timely for me in this stage of life. Also, I LOVE your Christmas card scrapbook idea!! Thanks for the many ways you pointed my eyes to Christ just now.

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