We humans often put off doing some hard work until we feel more like it or want to or are ready to. But as we know, tomorrow never comes. It is always today.
When people procrastinate with important things like salvation, forgiveness, working for the Lord, serving others, helping people, using the gifts God gave us, it can have eternal consequences.
We do not know the day or the hour of the rapture. No one does. We don’t even know the day or hour we will die. Accidents can and do happen every day. Our next breath is never guaranteed us. We ought to live today in such a way that eternity can come upon us at any moments and that would be great.
So stop procrastinating. If you need to forgive someone, forgive them. If you need to confess, confess. If you need to repent, repent. Think eternally and be ready at any time to live eternally with the Lord. He loves you and wants you to.❤
Weeding is hard work. In small doses, it is small doses of hard work but never seems complete. It is character building work. It just is. You pull a weed, roots and all, and then in a few days, another little guy pops up there again and you have to do it all over. A lesson in futility.
But what of the results? Are they worth the effort? It is like every other menial chore like cleaning and washing dishes or laundry. Futile. Wash it then it gets dirty again. But. The results of doing it. What of that?
Maybe another view is that what if you don’t do it? What would happen? Thr world would not fall apart. But. Your space you are n in charge if would look like a disaster area in no time and that reflects on you and Jesus you represent. And the joy of weeding is the fruit, that after you have weeded, for that brief moment, you breathe a happy sigh and truly appreciate what God has blessed you with. That joy is worth the work. ❤
So, we had a work day today. The kids did their chores and we grouted the back patio. All day. Aaallllll day. Now it is finished. So glad that is over. Grouting is not hard on anything but your hands but tedious and time-consuming. However, we will use that space for schooling and relaxing and some much needed storage so it is worth the effort for our family. Super excited. Eager to get back to school tomorrow, however. Thank God for such a free schedule! Happy and tired girl here. ❤
Ok, so it wasn’t my love of oil painting, but painting n it was. I repainted the trim in our new back patio and my husband and son hung bamboo shades. And it us amazing how cozy a transformation that was! Little changes make a big change. Tomorrow we do the trim and grout the tiles and voila, all is finished and the room may be lived in. Super excited. And I love that the whole family helped with it as we will all benefit.
After a day of work, the kids and I went to the pool and that was wonderful. And my kids reminded me that work is not all there is. Yes, work for the Lord when you work anywhere for anyone else (even rude people). But God does not require us to be slaves that never get a break. Breaks are important. Fun is important. Too much of anything is not healthy, including work. So, I will work on the health of balance for my kids’ sake.❤
I was able to be a supportive wife with my kids today at my husband’s gig at Old Town. Yet somehow my special kind of talent again allowed me to help set up and tear down as well as do the sound check as the lead female vocalist and pianist were late. So I worked during the gig and supported my husband and the band he was helping out. I always manage to be helping or filling in or something. I arrive and end up being a teacher or roadie or sound checker or boss or janitir, whatever the need is. That seems to be my talent. I guess that is either competent or a humble servant’s heart or just naive. In any case, God knows full well I work for Him and no one else. Those I help I see as helping Him. Someone asks me to help, I assume God just asked me to help. That is how I was brought up and how I am. And I guess my stubbornness and faith kick in and I do it whether or not I ever have, and God always blesses my efforts for Him. For instance, the band appreciated what I did and asked me to sing lead for them in another gig. So… cool. And God always blesses my support of my husband (even if he was really mean that day). It is funny. When I drop my pride and be supportive and do what I know I should do, God blesses and the I am treated better. Most of the time. But even if not, I am not working for a person, I work for God, you see. So this night was very fun and they were great and I am rewarded and happy and exhausted. Going to bed now. Sweet dreams, friend. ❤
Today, Joe was helping someone else so I worked alone. Steve was helping our band drumming brother move things out of storage (he is selling a restaurant kitchen full of stuff if anyone is looking to start a restaurant) so he was gone all day. Earlier, I worked on my quilt a few hours and then got to work. After school, while Kat cleaned her room, Zach vacuummed for me. Thank God they can help now! And I, all alone, pulled up 8 of the trunks of established jasmine roots (they root and grow thick and crazy like Madusa’s hair). And I dug out some grass and dirt and round the ditch for too much dirt was still getting into the ditch and clogging it up. And I worked on preparing the garden area. That was enough. It was a lot. I am feeling it now. But thank God for hard labor. I love the challenge of it and sense of accomplishment that it brings. And I love God who gives us health and ability to work. It is such a blessing to work. It is wonderful!❤
My family worked our patooskies off today. I got a little sun poisoning in my shoulders, so it will be a tshirt and sunscreen for a bit. But I tell you we have a great team. I am not bragging but so very thankful to God for giving us each other and the ability and strength to do work. We did this:
And we are happy and content. Tomorrow big stones come for an outdoor lounge/eating area. Will post as we go. We are all exhausted. Rock work and tree root wrestling is no joke. God is so good to us!!!! I am blessed to have my family.