My {calm, chaotic} day

I woke up this morning with the day’s events running through my mind. I knew each thing I had to get done and what time to do them.

6:30 Wake up

6:45 Work out {Yay PIYO!}

7:15 Finish workout and make protein shake

7:30-8:15 Get ready for work

8:15 Devotion and coffee

8:40 Leave for observation #1

8:55 Arrive for observation #1

9:00–12:00 Observation

12:00 Pick up lunch, eat in the car

12:30 Drop off paperwork at DO and pick up book

1:20 Arrive at school for observation #2

3:00 Drive to parent’s work to pick up small refrigerator

3:30 Hang out with G for a few hours {on his only day off} and relax for the rest of the evening.

But what really happened….

5:30 Wake up and feed dogs

6:35 Wake up for workout

6:45 Workout {whoa! that was a good one!}

7:15 Finish workout and make protein shake {so good so far}

7:30-8:20 Get ready

8:20 Begin devotion and read Colossians 3:1-2

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

WOW! Conviction! Heavy heart! Prayers for my loved ones! Call to action!

So I pray and thank our Heavenly Father that not only has Christ been raised from the dead, but I have too.  I thank Jesus that He is seated at the right hand of our Father–His work is done! My salvation is complete! And I lift up the week ahead, praying for each day, laying it all at the foot of the cross and ask for strength and endurance and that above all I will be act like Jesus. Then I pray for many of my friends, that they too will have a week set on things above. And I send a few text messages. Then I think that all my friends need to hear this and know that I am praying for them so I create an Instagram picture {see picture to the right}.

Yikes! I need to brush my teeth and hit the road!

8:40 Brush teeth and gather stuff

8:45 Head out to observation #1….maps app decides it does not want to give me directions…drive quickly to destination. Thank  you for so many green lights Jesus! {I HATE being late and late is being there on time. Arriving 5 minutes before the scheduled time is being on time.}

8:58 Arrive at observation #1. Observation goes great, but it runs over.

12:35 Leave school. Contemplate canceling second observation and going home to start report. Decide to skip trip to the DO and just get food and go to observation #2. Hit every red light.

1:00 Miss turn off for preferred restaurant so go to second choice. Eat quickly in the car.

1:15 Arrive at observation #2. Observation is interesting and I am full of ideas but contemplating how to best advise the teacher so as to not overwhelm her.

2:45 Receive text from my sister calling me out on not writing daily like the blog-tember challenge says I must. Oops! But thanks for the encouragement sissy!

3:00 Leave observation.

3:15 Arrive at DO. Drop off paperwork. Walk to second office to pick up book. No one can find the book. Talk with Program Specialist for a bit about new student {who started today while I was out}.

3:40 Head to pick up fridge. Thank you helpful employee for loading it into my car! Love those guys!

4:10 Arrive at G’s. He has no AC {its 105 degrees outside so the power company turns off air to save power and save people money}

4:30 Go to G’s parents to pick up dishwasher. I’m literally melting as we stand outside.

5:00 Drop off dishwasher at G’s. Decided on dinner. AC is back on! He heads to the store, I head home to get dogs fed and AC turned down.

5:15 G arrives with dinner.

5:45 We begin watching documentary “The Hornet’s Nest”. This is a must see! Its the story of a father and son journalist team covering the fighting in Afghanistan.

7:30 Mom calls. Informs me that I need to call my cousin sometime this week who lost her Grandpa on Saturday. My heart aches for her. And I don’t know if she really knows Jesus. But I do and I have healed {somewhat} from losing my Dad thanks to the mercies and grace and comfort offered by God alone. My mom is confident that I can speak truth to her. I pray I can. Please pray too.

7:45 Cry at the end of the documentary.

8:00 Eat cheesecake standing at the island with G. He’s so good to me and knew I needed some dessert!

8:05 G heads home and I sit down to write.

Do you know what ran through my head all day as the time line got screwed up, as I sat at red lights and thought about the next thing on my list? “Set my heart and mind on things above. Set my heart and mind on things above, not on earthly things.” The Lord used two sweet, yet convicting verses to remind me throughout the crazy day that He is in control and that my salvation is complete in Him. The Holy Spirit reminded me {like I prayed for it to do this morning} that God is my source of strength and He is forever with me, He will not forsake me. Thank you Lord for writing down these verses, for making them my devotion this morning, and for using them to keep me {pretty} calm when things didn’t go the way I planned! While my day seemed chaotic, it wasn’t. There was just a different order to the events and there were a few extra things to do. But that perspective comes only because God’s words were on on my mind and in my heart. While the day could have been crazy, it wasn’t because it was planned by the God Most High and He filled my thoughts with His truth. Can you imagine how I would have felt had I not had read those verses this morning?

Did you plan out your day as you fell asleep last night only to have it go completely differently?  How did that make you feel? What did you do in response? And what are you going to do tomorrow to make sure things go a little bit better?

My recommendations?

  • Have plan or a list and pray over it. Give each thing over to God. Ask for strength. Ask for wisdom on how to best approach the day. And thank God that He is with you and filling you with His peace and love.
  • Be flexible. The Lord is not a God of chaos. He likes order as do we, but it is His ways that prevail. And His ways are best.
  • Start each day with Him. That will look differently for each of us but whether it is time in prayer, the Word or worship, starting your day in the presence and stillness of the Holy One will ensure you walk out the door with a happy spirit.
  • Memorize scripture. The Psalmist says “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” {Ps. 119:11}. The Holy Spirit will bring Scripture to mind when you need it most.
  • Be grateful. “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever” {Ps. 118:1}. Everything is a gift from above! Even that red light, long line at the coffee shop and extra errand. Be thankful for it!

I pray that your Monday was full of joy and that the week ahead, no matter how many things on your to-do list, is one that glorifies God.

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