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Monday Madness

This was on one of my journal pages today. How fitting for my Monday Madness.

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Every day we get a new wave of God’s mercy, grace, and love, and boy have I needed it today! It’s Monday. The kind of Monday to complain about, when nothing seems to go right, and emotions are not being kept in check. Yet it is all my fault that it was that kind of morning; a Monday morning full of sinful, stubborn selfishness! Ugh!!

Have you ever had a day like that?

I knew I could not and did not want to carry on this way for the whole day. I had to stop, and change my attitude. The sooner the better! I took myself to time-out; calmed down; assessed the situation, made a to-do list, and got started.

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“Forgive me, God, and help my focus and obedience be only unto you.”

Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Psalm 51:7, 10 NLT

Was yours a Monday of madness? It’s not too late to start over. You can even borrow my to-do list. Take credit for your contribution to the madness, and make a change now. You’ll be glad you did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Early Morning

I awoke early, 4:30 am, with my checklist in the forefront of my mind. I tossed and turned as I wondered how I was possibly going to get everything done, and the bigger question was where to begin. Sleep alluded me, and I probably should have just gotten up to start the day rather than waiting until the alarm began to play.

I usually start the day with some quiet time with God, getting my thoughts fixed on Him. I have been using the devotional book “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young to jump-start my  quiet time, and this time I was given a jolt! As if speaking directly to me, it began, “You tend to make mental checklists of things you need to do in order to gain control of your life. If only you could check everything off your list, you could relax and be at peace. But the more you work to accomplish that goal, the more things crop up on your list.  The harder you try, the more frustrated you become.” At this point, I was fully awake feeling like I had been doused with cold water. Those were some of my exact thoughts! I prefer order, structure, schedules, rules…for some reason it gives me a sense of security and accomplishment knowing what, when and how things are expected of me. However, sometimes my planning and expectations get in the way, mess things up and distract me from following God’s leading.

How does one find balance between structure and freelance? Finding the balance is something I have worked at for most of my adult life, some days being more successful than others. For me, it begins with my attitude and mindset. How important are the tasks on my list? How can I glorify God through them or while completing the tasks? How is my attitude when the schedule is unexpectedly changed? No matter how much scheduling and planning I do, no matter how long the to-do list is, I must keep my focus on Jesus and let Him be my source of security and guide.

God has a plan far greater than I can imagine. Today, I fix my eyes on Him and let him lead the way.

Isaiah 55:8-9 says: “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.