Today I'm Tired, and Thankful

Some days it feels like too much.
Too much noise.
Too many messes.
Too many demanding my time.
Too much laundry.

Today I'm tired.  I'm weary of being at home so much.  I'm tired of cooking.  I'm too weary to be creative.  I want to hang a closed sign around my neck and go to sleep.

And yet, God's word tells me not to grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time I will reap a harvest if I do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)

So, I look out the window and observe the birds.  I take a few deep cleansing breaths.  I remember all the things I'm thankful for.
Children healthy enough to make noise. GI Joe figures that jump over the railing with grocery bag parachutes. A husband who can work from home. Clothing, food and shelter that allow me to eat and sleep in comfort. The beauty of a sunset and the promise of a sunrise on the morrow.

Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, February 4, 2020

Looking out my window... a bright sunshine, a cardinal and a melting snowman.
I am thinking... that it is so easy to get distracted by life's busyness and yet God says, "Cease striving and know that I am God" ~ Psalm 46:10, NASB.
I am thankful... for friendship and the fact that my friends trust me to pray for them in the good and especially during the hard times.
One of my favorite things... being able to cuddle under a blanket and read a book on a snowy any afternoon, with or without children.

I am creating... a list of things I need to do this week in preparation for our Weekend for Women coming up soon.
I am wearing... cozy black pants and a souvenir sweatshirt from a visit to the Grand Canyon.
I am reading... Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You by John Ortberg.
I am hoping... to take a walk today and enjoy the mild winter weather. 
I am learning... how to balance being a teacher-mom and simply mom.  Sometimes it's hard for …

Sloth To-Do

Got this for Christmas

Life of a procrastinator. :)

Whispered Word

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. ~Psalm 34:8-10
I'm eliminating a few things from my day that are a complete waste of time.  To do this well, I need to replace these things with something else.  I'm replacing them with Jesus.  Especially this verse.

Time Outside

Patrick and I went snowshoeing on Saturday and breathed in the fresh air.  We enjoyed the quiet hush that surrounds you after a freshly fallen snow.  The snow was perfect for building a snowman too.

Thankful for quiet time together.

He can't resist throwing a few snowballs.   The tree answered by dumping a bunch of snow down his back.

Treat Yourself to Some Chores

When our kids are young, we strive to put food on the table, have clean clothes folded and put away for them to wear and a love-filled safe space they can enjoy.  This may leave little to no time for us to pamper ourselves.

As I was washing dishes yet again, I had the thought that I would treat myself to a manicure afterwards since the warm soapy water will soften my cuticles and make them easier to push back. (Sitting in a clean kitchen, doing my nails!  What could be better?)  Then my mind raced on thinking about all the chores I could treat myself to.  Yes, I just said that.

Do you want an inexpensive manicure?  Do some dishes.  How about a little soak in the tub?  Pick a time when the kids are napping, pop in the bathroom and give the tub a quick scrubbing.  When it's clean, fill it with water and bubble bath and enjoy.  Even 15 minutes can do wonders for a weary body.  Do you have a book you've been wanting to 'read'?  Why not fold some laundry while listening to …

Where Does My Hope Come From?

I have two devotionals that I read in the morning.  Both written on different topics and yet today the message was the same in both.  Hope.  Both books asked the question: What do you place your hope in?  The question is followed by the statement: Whatever it is will be your guide in life.  I had to ponder that for a minute.  Wherever I place my hope, that will be my guide in life.

Hmmm, I often say, "I hope..... "  I hope you do well on that test.  I hope your day goes well.  I hope you get that job.  I hope you find what you are looking for.  I hope you feel better.  I hope my son will get through this season of fear and anxiety.  I hope I lose some weight.  I hope my daughter will make good friends.  I hope we win the softball game.  The list goes on and on.  But what if what I hope for doesn't happen?
Then what?  What is my response if that job goes to someone else?  If I don't lose weight?  We lose the softball game?  The illness lingers or worsens?  The fear an…