Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Overwhelmed Procrastinator

Time to admit what everyone knows already.  I'm not very good at this blogging thing.  Yep, it's been over 3 months since I last posted, and I have A LOT more to say about Israel, among other events/revelations.  Why haven't I up to this point?  Procrastination.  Again.  Or more likely, still.

Earlier today, I posted the following status on Facebook, "I want to write, do art, spray paint, clean, go to Troy Daze, be lazy. So far lazy is largely winning."  It was a lighthearted status, but it ended up getting me thinking about my life and why I procrastinate.  Truth is, I get overwhelmed with life's tasks...and to top that off, we are supposed to take the time enjoy life too (you know, life abundantly).  So, today I literally walked from room to room, saw how much needed to be done in each room.  Then thought about the things I would have enjoyed doing instead.  That's when I sat back down on the couch and kicked my feet up. Don't get me wrong, I did accomplish some tasks today: twoloads of wash, cleaned out my car,  and bought a few groceries.  Still, I could have accomplished more had I not been overwhelmed to the point of doing nothing (for a while).

This is one of those neat and tidy posts where I have everything figured out.  Yeah right!  Plus I am quite sure it has many grammar and/or content errors.  That's ok.  My goals are 1: Get back to blogging, 2: Get some feedback...

What do YOU DO to keep from being overwhelmed to the point of procrastinating??

Today I am thanking God that He is always working on us to make us more like Him.  Lord, give me a willing, changeable heart!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Beauty for Ashes

Isaiah 61:3 (NLT) -
To all who mourn in Israel,
he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
that the LORD has planted for his own glory.

What does the phrase "beauty for ashes" mean to you? I'm still figuring it out, but it's definitely been a scripture on my mind lately. I see it as an exchange, or even as something new being created out of something old. God is so good! He can take our broken lives, give us joy, and use us in helping spread the good news of the Bible. Wow. Every time God uses me, even in such little ways, I am overwhelmed...but I am learning that being overwhelmed in God isn't such a bad thing.

Go ahead and spend some time with God today, and be overwhelmed.

(I'm new at this blogging thing...but sending out this first - short - post NOW to keep me from being too nervous and not doing it. This has not been edited by anyone smart, yet. Any takers? Seriously though, let me know if you have any thoughts suggestions, or questions.)