Good morning, all. I hope this post serves you a big cup of morning motivation and inspiration!!!
Over the last two weeks I have had to rush and scramble to complete a project that was due before August 3rd. Specifically, as a result of poor time management and procrastination, my husband and I had to allot every free moment to a 400 question, 42 page exam in hopes of obtaining our certifications as Specialists in Fitness Nutrition.
With little time to spare before the midnight deadline, I completed my final exam late Sunday afternoon and couldn’t bring myself to spend another second in front of my computer. With a sigh of relief, I checked this task off my priority list. My final project for the day, writing my Sunday blog post about our Cambodia mission trip, would have to wait until tomorrow.
Being a woman that struggles daily with letting go of control and allowing someone much greater than me steer my life has made this week a MAJOR challenge!! Monday morning arrived with a bit of anxiety due to starting my week a day behind in my normal schedule. As fate would have it, technical difficulties have prevented me from writing a single post until I found a new website hosting service. The process of moving my blog and all its contents to a new server was completed late last night (Wednesday) and led me to writing this morning’s post. Please pardon the lack of photos for this post. Unfortunately this is due to technical difficulties that are still being resolved with my new server.
I began my morning routine of spending quality time feeding my spiritual life before moving on to my “to do” list for the day. As I read a chapter from Amy Carroll’s book, “Breaking Up with Perfect” I realized my disobedience and the impact it has had on my week. Tasks and to do lists all have their place in our daily lives. However, if our goal is to have a day filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22–23) we need to seek God’s guidance on his schedule for our day. When we rush ahead with what we think is top priority, we unnecessarily open the door to frustration and disappointment.
I hope the two excerpts below from Amy’s book, “Breaking Up with Perfect” inspires your morning as it has mine!
(Excerpts from Chapter 8, “You were always on my mind”)
WAVING THE WHITE FLAG
…my control-freak tendencies got a chokehold grip on me. So much became beyond my power that I tilted toward anxiously grasping for control and micromanaging the joy out of life. But as I surrendered to God’s timeline, I began to breathe more deeply and ease my grip. Relaxing into the crazy ride, letting the schedule flex, and intentionally enjoying the up-and-down pace of life.
Before my surrender, my hands were tightly clenched as I tried desperately to hold on to control . . . and God’s showered blessings fell to the ground uncaught. When I began to release my controlling ways, my hands opened wide to receive God’s blessings. It was like taking a slow walk around the block, with time to admire every bug on the sidewalk along the way. (paraphrased)
***No matter what stage of life you’re in right now, you can embrace this paradigm shift. Raise the white flag. Breathe. Relax. Unclench your hands, and open them to God’s blessings. Stop trying to squeeze the last drop of juice out of every minute. Surrender and enjoy. Surrender and love.***
THE HEART OF THE MATTER
…What if we could knock on the door of God’s office and ask for a look at His heavenly calendar? When He opened the record of time, space, and His will, what would be written on the calendar for each of us? She then followed with an even more piercing question—what would not be written on it that we’re currently doing anyway?
Sending love, peace and happiness to all!