Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Taking the Time

Can we truly find the time to do it all? What exactly does "all" include?  What are my priorities?

My word for the year is Intention.  I posted about it here. What will this mean for me?

  1. I need to start my day right.  My day should begin with a devotional time.  First, I need to feed my soul, set my mind and heart on Christ, and then move forward with the rest of the day.  This is key for establishing a right heart attitude that I can carry through the rest of my day.  If my eyes and heart are set on Christ, I can handle whatever may come my way that day.
  2. Set a plan for the day.  I want to start each day with a guideline of what I would like to accomplish.  I just need to remind myself that it is only a guideline, not set in stone, and allow for changes if needed throughout the day.  I don't want to pass out on an opportunity to grow or nurture someone who may need me because of a schedule.  I want to find time to create, to garden, to drink in the small moments that are meaningful and so often passed over.
  3. No matter what my plans I have to accept that they will not always go the way I want them to.  There are times when I have everything played out in my head ahead of time.  I know exactly how things should go, down to the last detail.  But there always tends to be a curveball in there somewhere and my best laid out plans will go awry. I want to accept this and make the most of whatever opportunity I am faced with. Not letting wrong emotions take over.  This is certainly a struggle for me.
  4. Not compare myself to others.  I often feel like a failure because I can't do something like so and so blogger, and I don't have a perfect home like so and so.  I can actually sit at my computer at times and sink deeper and deeper into despair because of my inadequacies.  I need to be true to who I am in Christ.  Finding myself in him and not by comparing myself with others constantly.  I can never be anyone else, I cannot walk in their shoes, or understand their struggles, and no matter how beautiful things may look on their blogs, they are real people, with real everyday struggles and challenges.  I can no longer believe the lie that anyone does it all.  None of us can and if we try we will surely end up miserable and making those around us unhappy.
Edie is hosting a link party: Life. On Purpose.  Don't miss it.  So many wonderful bloggers sharing their ideas.

I realize that I won't be able to:

  • Have a perfect house, everyday, but I want to be thankful for the home God has blessed us with.
  • I won't cook every meal from scratch but I will try to prepare healthier meals for my family.
  • I can't sew all our window treatments.  I bought the fabric longer ago than I care to remember.  I've washed it with plans to get started and it's been sitting in the laundry basket ever since.
  • Thrift shop and refinish all of our furniture.  I have a secretary I purchased almost two years ago waiting to be refinished.
  • Use every book I've ever seen and loved for homeschooling.  After all there are only 2 1/2 years left homeschooling our son and he's off to college.  He is interested in art, mainly comic book/graphic novel art.  I need to focus on what he needs for acceptance into a great art school and not what I want at this time.  By the way, any tips on this?  It is so out of my league.
  • Bake my own bread from scratch.  Of course in my eyes, this would mean grinding my own wheat, which means I would have to purchase a grain mill and a new mixer because mine just isn't powerful enough.  And it goes the way of "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie."  I do bake my own bread occasionally, with store bought flour, and sometimes it's even white flour.  GASP! But I'm keeping it real.
  • Create amazing art everyday,in one form or another.  I want to incorporate this more into my days.  My craft studio is busting at the seams with all the supplies.  Now to be intentional in setting aside the time to put this into action.
  • Read Classical books.  I love reading, the printed word, stories from other times, becoming involved in the lives of the characters as you journey with them through joys and sorrows.  But I won't enjoy all the classics.  Some will challenge me and cause me to put them down and never want to return to them.  
Time will always be a challenge.  We never seem to have enough.  I want to take each day as a gift from God, embrace all He has for me.  Know that I will fail.  There will be things left undone and even dreams I may not achieve but He is gracious and will redeem our messes, heal our broken hearts, and place new dreams within us.  And in Him all things are possible.


Adrienne said...

Time - we always want more (of everything !) I'm right there with you. Trying to focus on - well - becoming focused!

Laura said...

Love that you visited me today - thanks for commenting.
So struck by your sentence above - "I need to be true to who I am in Christ".
Yes, yes, yes, Ruth - If we miss that we are at risk of squandering our time.
It is, after all, all about Him - the One who makes all things possible. :-)

Judith said...

"I don't want to pass out on an opportunity to grow or nurture someone who may need me because of a schedule. I want to find time to create, to garden, to drink in the small moments that are meaningful and so often passed over." I LOVE this and I'm silently screaming "me too!!". Thank you for sharing your heart on this topic, and thanks for visiting me and commenting today. :)

Dawn said...

I won't be able to do a lot of the things I want to do either, and it's okay. Priorities. I love the honesty and realism of what you've written here.
BTW, my 9 y.o. son in interested in comic book art too. : )

oursomethingnew said...

I love that you made a list of things you won't be able to do. I think that would be so freeing! Sometimes we just have to set out boundaries like that to make space for the things we CAN accomplish.

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

I really enjoyed reading this!! So important to start the day right. Thank you for sharing and thank you for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House. It means the world! Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party. Here's the link: Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

{edie} said...

So many pearls to think about, Ruth!
Thanks for linking.
Sending hugs and love,

Marie Wreath said...

Hi Ruth! I feel slightly acquainted with you by reading your comments on Edie's blog, so it's really nice to visit you in your own online home. XO I love your lists... and I appreciate your sense of reality mixed with high expectations for yourself.
Making an intentional plan but remaining flexible every day is a value of mine too, I think it's key! Can't wait to explore more of your writing, have a beautiful weekend! ~marie

Jaime Lyn said...

I love this post Ruth! I need to try to be better at not compairing myself to others as well. It is hard in the blogging world! And I think I need to just realize that there are things that I just won't be able to do also, and that is okay with me! :o)
Thanks for being so open and honest!

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