Love, Lists and Little Things

Mondays fill me with excitement. There’s nothing like having six whole days stretching before me waiting to be filled up with accomplishments. I’m sitting here with my Berrylicious candle burning, my blogging coffee mug half-full of decaf coffee, music playing and my dog sleeping by my chair. I woke up on time this morning and despite having a later night than planned, I didn’t have too hard of a time getting into the rhythm of the day. Life is pretty great.
It’s easy to praise God during moments like these. It’s easy to love being me and think I have the best life ever when things go according to plan. I know from experience, though, that my perfect mood can rapidly deteriorate with just the slightest change of plans. A lot of people like sticking to their schedule for the day; I’m a fanatic about it. 
I think that’s one of the reasons my mom impresses me so much. Her plans constantly get changed around and her life is full of surprises. She’s a mom after all. Yet she handles it all graciously. I want to learn to go with the flow of changes, too. To know how to praise and sing for joy even when I don’t get to do the work I was planning on doing. 
Making a plan for my day is great. That’s the way I roll. That’s the way I can get things accomplished. Yet I’m learning that even when my day doesn’t go according to my plan, that doesn’t mean that it’s not going according to His plan. 

Psalm 113:3 says From the rising of the sun until the going down of the same the LORD’s name is to be praised. That seems to include the times when life doesn’t go how I had mapped it out.

I have the opportunity to spend a lot of time with younger siblings and cousins. They’re around me almost constantly. I can choose to pour into their lives or I can just live my life around them. Like an obstacle course.

But people aren’t obstacles. They’re a lot of what life is about.

I love the time I get to spend with my siblings and cousins. I really do. Yet sometimes I get to the point where I’m only half there for them because my brain is freaking out over a self-imposed deadline. Sometimes these deadlines are good, but sometimes I need to learn to wave at them as they zoom by while I’m experiencing life with someone else.

Learning the balance is the interesting part.

I am a serious enjoyer of the little things in life and I want to make sure I share those little things with other people. My writing and work are important, but so are the people in my life.

My coffee is cold. The day is getting bright outside. My office is now light enough for me to see all the work that needs to be done in it. I have a list that’ll keep me busy all day long. And I’m happy. I can almost see a whole week in front of me. A week waiting to be filled with what God has in store for me. From the planned to the unplanned. From the days when I feel like I accomplished a lot to the days where I feel like I flittered from task to task, always getting called away before I was ready. I’m going to live this week with purpose. Not necessarily with great physical achievement.

But, sometimes life isn’t about checking things off a list.

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What about you? How do you deal with things not going according to plan? How excited are you about this next week?

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2 thoughts on “Love, Lists and Little Things

  1. Sarah Howe says:

    I'm looking forward to getting a lot done in out house this week. Especially redoing the couch. Thank you for this post, I realize that this morning I need to set my heart to trust God with however the plans go.


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