"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ." ... Colossians 3:23. 24
Way back (less than a month ago, eegads) when the powers-that-be first ordered us to burrow at home, I sat at the dining room table putting on my make-up. I called over to Tom in his recliner, "I'll apologize right now for just slapping on my make-up during the duration of all this."
He chuckled. I smiled.
But the Holy Spirit? He rolled His eyes. "Really?" He asked. "You're aiming for mediocrity already?"
Gulp. He got me there.
Hey. I know how mediocrity works. You start small, say, let the laundry slide a couple weeks, skip sweeping the floors, eat only carbs and chocolate and bam! Suddenly you're in stained, too-tight clothes stepping around sticky kitchen floors, searching messy cupboards for chocolate bars long ago scarfed down.
Sloppiness always starts with tiny compromises.
So yeah. Next day I put on my make-up with care so I'll look pleasant for my husband who's
(I know, I know. You don't wear make-up. I get it. And if I had your scar-free, smooth, sweet skin I might not either. But I don't so I do, ok?) シ
I'm determined these coronavirus days will make me better, not bitter. That someday I'll step out our red door, not just free, but more educated, creative, skilled and compassionate.
That I'll have spent the majority of my hours focused on learning how to better keep --
our food pantry supplied
trying new recipes
meals cheap, but varied and interesting
the house running efficiently
the garden growing well
informed, but not overwhelmed (nor frustrated)
exercising when I'd, ugh, rather not
encouraging everyone I know.
And also? Keeping the Holy Spirit, my for-everything healer(including a lousy, it's-all-a-conspiracy attitude), so close. May He need only whisper--not shout--when I even think of becoming a sloth till summer.
I have my excuses to be a slacker, of course. We all do. But there comes a time--and this is certainly one--when God expects us to practice what He spent decades teaching us.
And wow, what He's taught us. And taught us. And taught us.
"If you focus more on your joys you'll have fewer sorrows." -- Bruce Van Horn
Yes, we've lost much control over our lives and perhaps it will only partially return. But what I'm trying to do? Besides remembering God's still in control, I also remind myself there's much I can still control within myself, my home, my yard. And that's where self-discipline becomes more important than ever. In other words, I can stay mad or I can remain busy with good things.
"Whatever you are facing--- worship your way through it!" --- Paula White-Cain
I'm loving all those inspirational Youtube videos about how to make 370 meals for $40 (well......). Here's a good video with lots of use-what-you-have recipes.
And as I shared at Facebook:
Well, I'm feeling more Grace when it comes to cooking (thank-goodness), but still, some extra inspiration never hurts and hey! I found lots of free Kindle cookbooks this morning. Here you go (just make sure your choice is truly free before you click to buy). Have fun!
Oh, and over the weekend via Amazon, Tom and I watched Dark Waters. Wow. Very informative and another reminder that heroes don't always appear as we imagine.
(Rated PG-13. Based on a true story. There was just a smattering of language, otherwise everything else, to me anyway, was fine.)
"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15