Monday, February 15, 2010

The Never Ending To Do List

Making your home sing Mondays


I have lots that I want to blog about and this morning none of it is coming to mind.

Instead, what keeps haunting me is an overall feeling of inadequacy. I feel like I can't get anything done and keep it done.

The Never Ending To Do List

-Floors to sweep and mop.

-Books to order for our homeschool.

-A lesson to teach for tomorrow's co-op class.
(not to mention, get my own son ready for it)

-Checkbook to be balanced
(how much money did we spend this weekend?)

The list could go on and on............

The problem is I just feel inadequate to get it all done. Instead, I'd rather sit on the couch and have a pity party. Anyone want to join me?

Then this morning in my quiet time, I read 1 Corinthians 15:14. Paul writes, "Do everything in love."

Um seriously, Paul? Have you seen my to do list? It's never ending. Yet, I'm supposed to do it all in love, including mopping the kitchen floor?

Then I remember the scripture I saw on a church sign yesterday...

We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19

And who is He? Our Heavenly Father

And what was on His to do list?

-Creating the world in six days

-Building a Nation

-Watching that same nation reject him

-Sending His Son to save them

-Then giving His Son as the ultimate sacrifice for all sin.

That was His to do list. It sounds pretty daunting to me. Yet, He did it all in love. And I'm so glad He did. I'm thankful He didn't give up and say, "Oh I don't feel like doing it today. I think I'll just stop here." We would have been left without the grace and mercy of the cross. Then we really would be inadequate.

But because He went all the way, we can.

And we can do it all in love...His love.

So instead of having a pity party today, I am going to get busy. I'm going to surrender my inadequacies to the Lord and ask Him to replace them with His strength.

I'm not going to focus on my Never Ending To Do List, but instead I am going to focus on my family, the family that God gave me to serve and to bless. May I shower them with His love today.

How about you my friends? What are you doing to bless your home today or this week? Why don't you join my friend, Nan @ Momstheword for Making Your Home Sing Monday? It
is always a great time to focus on our homes and our families. Thanks for joining me today!

Take care my sweet friends!

I pray you have a blessed week!

Just keepin' it real,

19 comments:

  1. Oh...I've been invited to that party too! Maybe I should go home and get busy, too :) That is a wonderful reminder to get us motivated in our small tasks in comparison! I've been scrubbing the grout on the kitchen floor for about 3 days and I'm still not done... and that's as far as I can get...everything else is piling up...and with all the snow days we've had you'd think I'd have plenty of time to finish...but sitting around has been much more my pace! ugh! Good luck...and I'm going to get some things accomplished today...I hope :)

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  2. I am glad you posted this I was feeling the same way this morning now I am going to get moving an carry on

    have a great day
    Carrie

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  3. I have several of those partys a week! I find myself complaining alot and always get back to ...."one day you can have a spotless house, missy, your kids will be all grown up and be on their own... your going to wish you had a mess to clean up!" Laundry is one of my least favorite things to do. Years ago I heard someone say the everytime you do laundry and have the dreaded feeling... when you put a family members clothes in the the washer or dryer, thank God for that person. It really does make a diff. I am thankful that I have that person and their clothes to wash!!!
    Hope you get alot done today.... with God's help you will!!! :)

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  4. Been there (ah, still am). I have so many things I want to accomplish but have noticed I haven't take strides to tackle many of them. I too have been feeling inadequate. So today I will ask the Lord for some help (Duh!). Blessings!

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  5. Isn't it funny that a pity party is the easiest party to plan and give? No preparation, lol!

    My to-do list is long too, thanks for reminding me to do it in love! And thanks for linking up today, my friend!

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  6. surrendering our inadequacies is SOOOOOOO important! thanks for sharing this great devotional. today we are having a fun family day so my list is not a burden, but tomorrow i'll be facing my to do list again and i will remember your encouragement =)

    Blessings dear friend!

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  7. I know the feeling. It seems as soon as I get one thing done, it's time to do the exact same thing again! Blech.

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  8. Oh I totally know what you mean! I woke up sicky this morning and still have things to do like clean our bathrooms for our company tomorrow. thankfully it´s a holiday today and tomorrow, so I took the time to just rest.

    I love your post about God´s love and his to do list. We can do it all in His strength.

    Big hugs!
    Dani Joy

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  9. Oh Alicia I can so relate. I get so consumed by my crazy, long "to do" list that sometimes I lose heart. Thanks for bringing me back to the right perspective, to serve, love and encourage my family along the way. God has given us a great task as moms! May He continue to use you! :)

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  10. This is a very transparent and powerful post dear friend. We've all been there. love ya!

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  11. Ive been invited to the same party. Is it EVER really fun to figure out how much money you spend on the weekend...NO, No it is not!

    Hope that if you are like me, you will chill out and start over tomorrow!!! That is my plan!

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  12. Great post! I do that, too! I'm working on getting my house in order and being the best that GOd has called me to. :D

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  13. Thank you for sharing this because somedays my to do list overwhelms me for sure.
    Hugs,
    Mimi

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  14. That was great, Alicia. It's so easy to grumble about things we need to get done. But we should do all things unto the Lord!!

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  15. Alicia, I wanted to call you David after reading this post! lol You began with listing all of your constrainsts and inadequecies and then you listed God's consistencies and attributes and in light of those, praised Him! I loved it! So many of David's Psalms start and end in the same way. Oh Lord, let it be so in all of us. Let us not remember us or our frame, but YOU and YOUR abilities!!

    God bless you!

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  16. I think we've all been there and can totally relate. Unfortunately the list overtakes our joy. Trust in the Lord and those gifts and talents the He has given you! Thank you as always for sharing so openly from your heart. :)

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  17. My to-do list always makes me feel inadequate. that is why i usually try to avoid making them unless it is absolutely necessary. :) This post was very refreshing Alicia! Surrendering those feelings of inadequacy to Him and asking Him to empower me with His love that enables me to be able to do anything, that is my answer in being able to get done what i need to and/or satisfied with what i was able to get done for the day without feeling inadequate. Excellent!

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  18. There's always plenty to do, that's for sure. I go in spurts and get things done. Unfortunately, things sure do build up, like drawers full of stuff I haven't used or needed in a year.

    Fortunately I do at least one load of laundry a day & that keeps that in check. We don't have a lot of space or clothes to be able to have a lot of dirty clothes piling up. God gave us a small house for a reason, eh?

    More later,
    Nannette

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