Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Word FILLED Wednesday: Doing what He's prepared...

I love this picture of this Mom taking time with her little girl. No, she's not so little...and such times become rarer the more they hang off your lap. I want this verse and this picture to encourage all of the busy women out there (surely I'm not the only one...hahaha) to say no to some good things. Well, at least to check and make sure that they are the good things that GOD has prepared for them.

I'm a doer...and usually that's a great thing. However, it is easy for me to say yes too quickly. I'm able to do many things (praise God) and figure that's an "if, than" sort of situation. IF you can do it, THAN you should. Uh...of course, I end up over scheduled and stressed. When it comes down to it...I'm doing a lot of GOOD WORKS...but not necessarily the one's God's prepared in advance for me to do...just those that I thought were fun, or needed to be done, or that I could do better, or sort of fit in the cracks of my time schedule.

I heard recently this check list...and I'm anxious to apply it to my life. Before accepting any new thing into your life...

1. Pray...and ask if it is His plan for you.
2. Look in His Word...does it even line up with what the Bible says you should be doing...
3. Practical application...logistics...does it fit the schedule...
4. Ask your husband....does he see room in your life?
5. Have a good reason to say no...Don't just say no cuz it's not your plan...when it might be God's plan.
If you still have a nagging feeling...go through steps 1-4 again. Chances are if you've gone through those steps honestly...then you have a good reason for saying no.

I don't know about you...but I don't want to be busy doing a bunch of stuff that's not even what I'm supposed to be doing. I want to see the important God given roles of wife and mother for the opportunities they provide...and not see things that I'm capable of doing...as something I really have to be doing.

True satisfaction comes from doing God's will. Where do you look for satisfaction? What work has God given you to do? Is it the delight of your heart??

12 comments:

Mary Moss said...

Very wise words! Our children need us through all stages of their growth and development.

Love this picture!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Amen! Sometimes we get so caught up in the urgent that we never take time for the important. Thank you for the reminder to take time for the important. May you have a beautiful WFW!

Susan said...

Wow, this was great!!!

Thanks for sharing this with us, such wisdom♥

Lauren said...

beautiful -- so true. motherhood is such a gift and a huge responsibility to God!

Twinkle Mom said...

Great words! I've had to learn that the hard way these past few months from feeling overwhelm from saying "yes" it seems to everything and just having to cut back on everything.

God bless You on this WFW!

Karen said...

This was awesome...really touched my heart...and the picture was precious!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Thanks for your kind comment. No, those weren't my flowers. The picture was taken at a local Botanical Gardens. They have beautiful orchids there. We visited several years ago. I have been going through old pictures to come up w/WFW pics. Works great!

Stacey said...

Hello, I am new to your blog!

This is a great verse & I LOVE the picture!

Cathy said...

Very beautiful ~

Denise said...

I love this.

Eevee said...

Beautiful, full of truth and wisdom!

Thank You for sharing that checklist with us, I know I will definetly be keeping it in mind from now on. I tend to just do things and as you said on your post I end up at times over scheduled and STRESSED which I know is not God plans for me.

Blessings,
Eevee

Kaye Swain said...

I love vintage pictures like this and what a great verse and devotional to go with it.