Thursday To-Do’s and Too Many Tabs

Do you head out the door to work most mornings? Today is my one day off from work this week. Ahhh… I awoke at the usual early hour and was thankful for a warm shower and a calm morning. Then I remembered:

It’s my ONE day off!! And we are moving in ONE month!

I intended to get busy, but before I could make a To-Do list (my normal house management modus operandi), I noticed that our dog, Teddy, had gotten sick on the living room area rug. That trumped making a list and was definitely Job Number One. Soon, the rug was clean and Teddy seemed fine.

On a roll, I put away some clothes carelessly heaped on the floor in our bedroom. Then I washed a few dishes, stamped a letter to mail, and made a couple of phone calls. Next, I sorted through and organized some papers and made list of other papers I needed to find.

Now, I’ve had my share of rapid breathing, walking in circles, and even tears when faced with disorder and chaos. But there I was, sipping my morning grapefruit juice and listening to a favorite speaker’s message on the local Christian radio station, and in that moment, I felt a sense of peace and order even amidst the chaos on my kitchen counters and the piles of yet-to-be-packed boxes lurking in the basement. And no, my eyes weren’t closed! Only God can do that. Only the peace of Christ passes understanding and lists our vision above the chaos and despair.

So today, I will NOT make my normally overwhelming To-Do list. I will NOT fret over the number of tabs I have open on my laptop. I will NOT stress over the myriad things to do, pack, mail, or write. I will simply hold on to the anchor of my soul spoken of in Hebrews 6~the person and saving work of Christ~and strengthened by the peace He gives me~by that right relationship with God through the cross and the tomb~I will do the next thing. (John 14:27)

That anchor, that peace can be yours, too. Let’s purpose to hold onto Christ, our soul’s anchor, come deep trouble or high water. Let’s remember Jesus’s words, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

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Easter Morning’s Almost Here

It’s Friday morning. The morning of Good Friday. Rain is gently falling, a tangible message from God to slow down. Even so, my to do list is cluttered!

  • The car is due for an oil change and new windshield wipers. (I can thank God for washing it!)
  • I hope to leave on a short trip after the Easter worship service, so I should pack and get everything at home in order (a.k.a do laundry so I have something to pack!)
  • The dog could use a bath and
  • My son could use a new pair of running shoes, and
  • What about Easter dinner?? (Guess I’ll grab a salad and one of those beautifully iced spring cookies at Panera…)
  • There are cards to write,
  • Bills to pay (yikes!–TAXES!), and
  • Empty Easter baskets to fill. (If I could only remember where I stashed the Easter candy I bought weeks ago…)

I’M NOT READY FOR EASTER! How about you?

For a moment, forget the oil changes and dog baths, the dinners and bills–whatever’s on your to-do list. Let’s think about filling our hearts rather than Easter baskets. Let’s get ready. Easter morning’s almost here.

The rain still falls, so gentle, The maple tree is covered in tiny red flowers, so surprising. Masses of yellow daffodils bloom across the street, so bright on a gray day. I hear birds singing as if to call out, “God is good, good, good, good.” The cross on my door reminds me of our Savior, Jesus Christ, so submissive to the Father’s will and so full of love for each and every one of us. “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17-19)

Easter morning’s almost here!

Empty baskets will be filled with eggs and candy.

Empty hearts will be filled by an empty tomb!