Maybe age has something to do with it. Time is becoming more and more valuable to me. If I can complete a task using less time and energy, that's a win-win in my world.
Recently, I was given a sample of detergent pods. Since we don't have a small child in our home (except for our occasional Turbo Toddler), I didn't have any red lights go off in my head. To tell the truth, I didn't open the package for several days. Once I did, I was hooked.
It's kind of amazing to me how a small investment can reap big benefits. Our annual Friends and Family Tea is coming up soon. It's a great way to ease from winter into spring, which includes spring cleaning. We go from heavy, lined drapes to airy, white panels. I read about the switch in a magazine, and love it!
And you know what? God thought it was a good time for a two-fer. Not only did He show favor in the market place (getting over $200 worth of curtains for less than $75), I'm not nearly as stressed from spending way too much time ironing curtains. What an amazing reminder that God really does care about EVERY area of our lives. He delights in delighting us.
After a year into "retirement" I'm learning new ways to prioritize my time. Devoting 70-80 hours a week to teaching, in and out of school, no longer interferes with Tom and I participating in corporate worship.
I'm embarrassed to say, Sunday mornings had become our slow and lazy morning. Tom's electric razor and I had a standing appointment, along with exfoliating, moisturizing and other indulgent ablutions. (Isn't that a fun word? I've been wanting to use it for the longest time.)
Don't get me wrong. I don't think God has any objections to cleanliness or occasional personal indulgences. But He had been gently reminding me for quite a while that He calls us to worship with others. Without realizing it, I had slipped into disobedience.
There's no doubt God wants to be part of every day. And it's also true that He loves to meet us anytime, anywhere. I'm so thankful He does!
Dear Reader, I promise I'm not preaching about going to church. Three things work for me. One is intentionally listening for and to the "still, small voice". Another is trusting God wants only the best for me, including obedience. Finally, knowing God is the giver of time. ("There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven--" Ecclesiastes 3:1 [AMP])
Do you ever struggle with time? Are there distractions that interfere with fulfilling God's plan for your life? How do you regain your focus?
This Wednesday I will linking up to Giving Up on Perfect and Coffee for Your Heart.