Thursday, September 1, 2011

When Life Happens...

We would like everything in this world to be all "hunky dory." (Good 'ol southern gal term for ya.)

We would like our house to always be clean.

We would like our spouse to know exactly what we need, when we need it, without telling them or giving a hint.

We would like our children to be loving and respectful at all times, eager to please their mom, whatever the cost.

We would like our boss to understand our point of view at all times and feel our daily frustrations.

We would like all the people we work with to have a servant's attitude, always thinking of the other person, never giving in to bad mouthing or gossipping.

We would like to always have more money than we could ever think of spending.

We would like to have the perfect pair of jeans fit even on a bloated day.

We would like to never have another zit, have to worry about extra pounds, PMS or headaches.

We would like the dog to never have another accident in the house.

We would like to have "alone time" when taking a shower or using the little girl's room.

We would like...

We would like a lot of things. Wishing for these things are not wrong, but what if we change the "we would like" to "God wants?"

I remember being frustrated one time. I was young and in college, living with my Nanny one summer. I can't even remember what bothered me that day, but I remember her words like it was yesterday...

"Michele, you can plan your life the way you want. You can organize, dream and schedule, but just remember, at the end of the day LIFE HAPPENS."

I am not a fly by the seat of my pants kind of person. I like a plan. I don't like surprises. I want to know what is going on and I want in on the planning session. I want everyone and everything to follow my plan too. Taking life one day at a time is hard for me. I feel the need to worry. I need to always have a plan and a backup plan. But, I know in my heart that my Nanny was right. Too much planning can lead to much frustration, for around every corner in life there will be a surprise or two, something unplanned. The good, bad and ugly in life will happen, whether I am ready of not. My house might be messy, someone at work might frustrate me, I may stay busy to the point that even going to the bathroom is considered "me time."

As I look at my calendar for the next two to three months, WE ARE BUSY. I can look at the calendar, worry over plans, get caught up in being tired before it even happens OR I can look forward to every turn, finding blessings in all we are able to go and do. My family is busy, but I am blessed with healthy kids who are active, enjoy people, sports and music. I am blessed to be a part of a church ministry that keeps us busy doing the Lord's work. I am blessed to be able to just...

let life happen.

I am blessed with the knowledge of my Lord's saving grace, that provides daily strength to work my way through that calendar, one day at a time, with peace.

***sorry I have been out of touch, but life has been happening, full speed ahead. Football, band, soccer and church activities have us running these days. What is keeping you busy? Love to hear from ya! Blessings.***


Kellie said...

LIFE is keeping me busy, too. It is insane... and, I must admit, I have needed it to slow down a bit and it has. We are still busy but seemingly at a more organized pace. lol Glad to hear from you!

Ashley said...

I couldnt agree more. It's so hard to not have a plan. I have everything scheduled out and like set times and schedules.
We always seem like we are so busy it's hard to stop and just let life happen sometimes. But God throws things at and we just have to go with. But it's still hard! Have fun with tour busy schedule! I'm so glad I found your blog!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

"Let life happen..."

I think one of the most comforting words of encouragement I've received as of late. Could we ever just get to the place of letting life happen without needing to control it?

Praying God's peace, presence, and protection over you and your family as this season of busyness unfolds!