Catching Up with Christ

"A well-run home is a microcosm of sanity in a world that is plainly mad.
If a home doesn't make sense, nothing does."    ----Henrietta Ripperger

I sometimes wonder if it is just me... or just in my home... where so much
of how we function flows from how our home is being run at the time. Around
here, a well-run home means much more well run everything else. When things
fall out of whack and the basic runnings of the home are thrown off... each
one of us finds ourselves frustrated with rushing around, needing something,
and missing out in one way or another.

It is surprising how bittersweet grabbing the reigns back and getting the
horse on track again can be:) In one way... it seems that it will take more
strength and endurance than we have to get everything back in place and in
another way... it can start coming together much quicker than we think it

We are sharing a washer and dryer with my oldest son and his girlfriend
(long story) and our dryer with my husband's parents. In order to keep up
with the laundry, I can't miss a day of regular washing, drying, folding,
and putting away. Waiting for an appliance around here can be like trying to
weave a basket of clothes through a maze!

I thought it would take days to get caught up when I faced the blankets,
rugs, towels, and other regular loads in need of being done. It may be done
far sooner bec/ the more I keep working on it... the more I think it could
be finished today!

Isn't this the way of life?

Things get placed before us and we stop the usual routines and/or regular
habits of our days to accommodate those things and find that when we
"return" ... there is a lot of work. It can seem hard to get back in our
"groove". Once we get started... it is often realized that things can get
back in place with maybe less struggle than it seemed when we first started.
The important part is in the starting back:)

I even have flowers in vases from my daughter's and niece's hand picked
roses the other day to the $1 sale at Walmart with bunches of colorful
bouquets. This makes my catching up easier and the results of getting some
things done nicer!

"Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a
crowded day."

~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh ~

Along with catching up can come a need for restoration of the heart, mind,
body and spirit.
I find that even though we are called to a life of consistent prayer...
there are times in our lives when even deeper prayer times are called for.
Specific prayers prayed with not rush to finish and with time allowed to
listen for God's sweet and beautiful voice.

My aunt came down (she lives two hours from here) and had another of our
prayer days and we just loved it! We have some coffee and conversation here
in my home and we leave for a meal out. During our meal, we'll catch up on
each other's lives and go over what we want to pray over. We leave our meal
and search out places for prayer. So far, this has meant in a vehicle at a
store's parking lot, in a school across our street's parking lot, in my
home, driving down the road, and in the woods behind my home!
How the LORD blesses us during these times! He encourages us on and
refreshes our hearts...

Zep 3:14 Shout for joy, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!

If you can find a prayer partner to pray with as you can manage it (we will
often go many months between these times) ... it is so well worth whatever
the trouble to meet may bring. Maybe your situation keeps this from being a
real possibility right now... use your home as your sacred prayer place and
have this time alone or with a precious family member.

Home is a shelter from storms - all sorts of storms. ~William J. Bennett

Zep 3:17 "The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will
exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over
you with shouts of joy.

I am working on so many things right now and catching up in almost all
areas: Paperwork, housework, financial work, prayer time, Bible reading,
kitchen duties, correspondence, and much more. God is helping me along and I
praise Him for that. I wanted to write this simple letter to wave you on
towards a bright hope yourself... each blessed and beloved soul in need of
it... for getting beyond any area you might be catching up in.

From the so simple to the most complicated... we have a Savior on our side.
Words for the working homemaker --- may she rise with SONshine right away!

He will help this daughter get her home back in order... He will be a
sweeter fragrance to her very spirit than any vase of fresh flowers might
ever provide and HE is her very shelter from ever storm along the way.

Love in His grace,


Copyright 2005, Sandy Willoughby


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