Sunday, January 11, 2009

Beauty is Buzzzzzzzzzzzing Busily....

Sundays have always been very busy for us. My husband, as most of you know, is a pastor. Not only is he a pastor, but he is the pastor of a new church. Although at times it is hard, we really enjoy our work and know that this is what we are supposed to be doing. The whole family is involved. Hannah helps with nursery, the others are involved in their classes, and Marco and I have all kinds of responsibility on Sundays.
I was just talking to my girls about "being busy".
There are some people that are always busy, but they are busy getting into trouble. Others think they are busy - but they really are doing nothing. Being idle. How often have you heard someone say that they were "too busy" to do such and such? I have. I've said it myself. Most of the time it is a legitimate excuse. We ARE busy. I joked about the 60 second microwavable food taking so long that someone had to invent the 30 second microwavable food. =] But, there are times when we claim to be busy, but we were WASTING time. One reason I chose the word FOCUS for this year is because I thought that I could use my time better by FOCUSING on what my goals for the day were and tackle them head on!
I have had people ask me how I have time to do any of "those" things. They are usually referring to my blogging, scrapbooking, crafting... Let me tell you. It is not easy, but obviously it is not impossible. I enjoy these things. They are a part of me and they make me happy. I could be doing all "these" things and letting everything else go to pot. Ah, but if you know me at all, you know that I could not let that happen. I set goals for the day and I conquer them as best as I can. I love making lists and crossing things off! Try it!
Go with me to Proverbs 31 - Let's look at a few of the verses.
"[She] worketh willingly with her hands." (vs. 13)
"She riseth also while it is yet night" (vs. 15)
"She layeth her hands to the spindle" (vs. 19)
"She stretcheth out her hand to the poor." (vs. 20)
"She maketh fine linen, and selleth it" (vs. 24)
"[She] eateth not the bread of idleness" (vs. 27)

This is the type of example I want to follow. What are you buzzin' around doing? I want to make sure that I have my priorities in the right place. Maybe you are busy, but you are busy doing the wrong things. Maybe you need to stop the cleaning and organizing and take your kids to the park and play. Maybe you need to turn off the t.v. or computer and read a good book. Maybe you need to put away outside distractions and spend some time with your spouse. Whatever it is that you do - make it count. What did you do yesterday? What did you do today? What will you do tomorrow?
I want to make sure that what I do will matter for my family, for myself - for Christ.

"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth
and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But
lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor
rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. " Matthew 6:19-21

Okay, now I am sure you are wondering why I've got the Burt's Bee's picture of there...well, I love BB's products. All of them! So, I thought that I could encourage at least 3 of you with a reminder to make it count when you are Buzzzzzzzzzzing along in your day. All you have to do is be the first 3 to comment and tell me what one thing you'd do if you weren't busy and had oh, let's see, 3 hours to yourself to do whatever you wanted. Thanks for reading here dear friends! *Each item is different: Beeswax lipbalm in a tin, Beeswax lipbalm chapstick and Honey Lipbalm chapstick. Winners will get 1 of the 3!


Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

What a great post. I'm just now gettin around to read your blog and it's way past bedtime. Must admit, I was convicted as I read about business. But I loved the Proverbs verses and OH IF ONLY I could get my act together as half of her. Talk about a work in progress!
I have seen those Bee products, and wondered if they are good... cool to know they are!
My next 3 free hours, I'm going to make something with a scripture on it for a friend, and make her a box of blessings, and then when I'm done, I need to clean my craft room. That will take longer than 3 hours, but... that's the plan stan!
I hope you wb coz I need the ticker info. I can't find it?
I'm off to bed, with visions of NO FOOD dancing in my head!

Cindy S. said...

Three Hours! Mmmm.... Take a long hot bubble bath, give myself a mani-pedi and take a nap. Three hours of relaxation, wow! Not very adventurous, but I don't have any crafty projects to tackle right now.

Brynn said...

Ok, I'm up for this! LOL

Your post is absolutely perfect for this new year, one thing I have decided I'm going is getting off the computer more & doing more around my home. Not always cleaning, but spending time with the kids too. Yesterday, I had some time & I totally cleaned out (off) my scrap room & now have it all ready to get creative. Today, I decided I wasn't going to sit on here all day, I wanted to get something done, ,something that when my hubby walked in, he would notice. I did it! I got our room all cleaned up (about 8 loads of laundry put away & off the chair lol).

It has been so much fun (this is going to sound SO bad) potty training Chayli, it has really forced me to be more "focused". We have been spending time sitting down & really playing. I am realizing how short my time with these 4 kiddos really is. I want to enjoy them, not just the big things, but the day to day things with them. The small, "meaningless" things. I took my oldest to run an errand with me tonight, just so we could have some 1 on 1 time. It was so fun.

3 free hours, honestly, I would rather spend them with my family, having fun & getting to know each of them better. Making memories that we can all look back on & smile. SO that my friend, is how I would spend my 3 hours, with my family, because really, they're all that matter!

Lee said...

We are so on the same page, Sherry. You chose the word Focus, mine is Balance, but we're headed in a similar direction. Enjoy your journey :)

TrulyBlessed said...

Focus is such a good word to work on for the new year. I think PJ and I both need to stop and focus on what we really need to work on... awesome post sis like always. You are so wise and informative... If I ever need anything I just go to you instead of google. hahaha!!

SavedbyGrace said...

"[She] worketh willingly with her hands." (vs. 13)
I do this. Every morning when i change Joey's diaper. or cover my mouth to yawn.
"She riseth also while it is yet night" (vs. 15)
I do this every night.(guess why)
"She layeth her hands to the spindle" (vs. 19)
Spindle? like a sewing maching? mine broke =[
"She stretcheth out her hand to the poor." (vs. 20)
I am the poor!
"She maketh fine linen, and selleth it" (vs. 24)
I told you my machine is broke!
"[She] eateth not the bread of idleness" (vs. 27)
now, mmmm.... I prefer to call it relaxing !

McKay Family said...

A little late on this one...but I could think of a bunch of things I could do...But what I'd love to do is spend three uninterrupted hours in a day spa getting pampered...complete with a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure...the whole works!