In the blogosphere, there’s a lot of about household management, parenting etc. Today I’m writing about a simple dilemma of time: Trying to decide what to do seven days called “spring break”
- do I clean out closets that are well over do?
- do I wash down walls that are well over do?
- do I paint bedrooms that I have promised the children?
I also am a grad student finishing up the final weeks of a three-year program. I have a comprehensive exam in 5 days, which determines whether I graduate or not, plus portfolios to put together, a presentation to university faculty, and hours to finish for internship.
- do I spend all my time the next week working on these things?
- do I prepare for the new job I am starting before I finish school, working on the pieces that I need to work on now?
As a mom, there is the all-allusive goal of just spending fun time with my kids, reconnecting with my husband, my parents, friends (the list goes on…..)
- do I throw caution to the wind and just play over the next several days, doing what is most important?
In the last two weekends, friends have attended wonderful retreats of which I was unable to be at. A friend of mine suggested I Get Away for my own personal retreat. So, last night I made reservations at a local bed and breakfast and have time between now and noon tomorrow to be by myself.
Wow…more time options are spinning in my head….
- Do I study those 40 essay questions for the comprehensive exam of which I am not sure will be asked?
- Do I take other work along, getting ahead so I can do more of the tasks above next week?
- Do I sleep in or go to bed early, robbing myself of precious time to do (the other things listed above)?
As I have been pondering these things this morning, I’ve decided on a game plan.
Because the intention of the get away is to recoup much-needed spiritual retreat time, I am deciding to take a change of clothes, my bible, and a notebook. That’s all.
The decision’s been made.
I trust as I seek the Lord and am quiet before Him, the time to study, clean, play, and (rest) will fall into place after noon tomorrow.
I’ve never done anything like this before – getting away exclusively to seek the Lord, without work, responsibilities, or multitasking. For the past three years wherever I go, my laptop has gone with me. Efficiency has been the name of the game.
I don’t feel real efficient this morning, but I guess I will be a student the next 24 hours learning what it means to be still, seeking to know more of Him.
Where ever you are as you read this, whatever your plate may hold in the days and weeks to come, join me, even in the small moments, in being still before Him….leaving the other results at His feet.
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
P.S. I’ve also decided to take a hymnal and leave my cell phone with internet.