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Taking Stock of Where We Really Are


Sometimes I get caught up in all the things that I haven’t done, things I long to do but can’t, and mistakes I’ve made, pain I have had.  It can be a miserable, downward spiral!

The other night I was having a similar session when I couldn’t sleep.  I finally decided to grab my calendar (where I keep everything) and left the room.

As I walked out, wondering what I wanted to do, the thought came to brainstorm what I would do in my life right now if anything were possible and nothing was holding me back.  Hmmm, interesting idea.

So, I started a list.  Pretty soon I had a good-size list going, over a dozen items.  Most were not costly as that is not what my life is all about.  Many of them had to do with developing closeness with family and friends.

When I’d written everything I could think of, while contemplating what to do next, it occurred to me that I am doing some good things already.  So, next to my list I started a list of things I am doing well right now.

I started with simple tasks – keep up the laundry on Saturdays, keep up pretty well with the dishes – doing them when I have a load in the dishwasher, etc.  Then I moved on to more varied topics – doing well at my job, reading the scriptures almost every day, attend Church every Sunday, connecting with extended family, etc.

I started feeling pretty good about my life.  It helped to realize that I am accomplishing more than I give myself credit for, even though I’m not doing everything I can picture.

And, suddenly, I started looking at that first list a little differently.  If I do this thing a little bit differently, or tweak that a smidgen, look at what I might be able to start doing now after all!  Wow, this is starting to be a little exciting!

Taking stock of where I really am, instead of just feeling completely overwhelmed and under appreciated, opens up a whole new realm of possibilities!

Talk about a good day, and being able to get some sleep again!  🙂

Prayer Made My Day A Success!


This morning I set the alarm early because I knew what was ahead.

And I didn’t know how I would handle it.

A 2-day retreat at work, Beloved Hubby coming home Wednesday, and several people I had to get processed, with more adding on every day.  I was so worried my insides were all knotted up and I was almost shaking.

What to do?  What do I do first?

You got it (you’re getting to know me pretty well, huh?)

That’s right.  Prayer.

So, I knelt beside my bed and poured out my thoughts, feelings, worries, and to-do list to Father in Heaven.  I didn’t know how I was going to get through these next few days.  I haven’t worried this much in a long time.

As I was getting ready for the day, a call came.  I had to run an errand before going to work.  I looked at my watch.  Well, there was time, sort of.  Good thing I got up early.

So I quickly finished getting ready and left to take care of the errand.  Once I completed it I suddenly realized I’d forgotten something very important at home.

You guessed it, a quick stop at home on the way to work.  I’m trying no to think about the additional time all this is taking.  I focus on my driving.

Finally I arrive.  I stop briefly to share with a co-worker how concerned I am.  Then it’s off to my desk to round up my materials, check the schedule, and see about getting something done.

Nothing major in my emails or voice messages that has to be done right away.  Good.  I turn to processing my folks.  There are about a dozen of them!  I don’t know how many I’ll be able to squeeze in today, the rest will have to wait until tomorrow.

Well, I’ll do what I can.  Better start calling them.

I do a little of the preliminary work, then dial the first number.  He answers!  Good.  Hurray and get him scheduled and try to not take too much of his time.  He’s very understanding and it works out well.

But, there’s a glitch with the computer and I can’t finish the process right this moment.  OK, make a note and set him aside to finish after the next one.  The next one also answers right away!  Same process, same glitch, set her aside.

I take time to visit the retreat for an important topic that should help me with my work.  Thus goes my day, calling people between sections of the retreat.  Wait!

I just reached the last one who has to be done today!  How did that happen?  And there is time left to finish most of the preliminary work!  And to get past the glitch in the computer (operator error, of course!).

Now we are going to dinner together and I have completed all of the 8 or 9 who had to be handled today!  And I feel great!

Dinner is good, I’m meeting new people, we have a great team.  And Beloved Hubby is doing well.

This day sure turned out differently than I thought it would.  I expected, though I hoped it wouldn’t, my stomach to be tied in knots this whole week!

But by taking a few moments to talk with God, He helped me through this day in unexpected ways and with marvelous results!  He truly guided my path and showed His great love for me.

All because I asked.

Prayer Made My Day A Success!  🙂