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You Did Good

September 27, 2011

    Weeds in the garden and dust on the shelves, so many things left undone.  I think a hobby we all indulge in from time to time is beating ourselves up.  We all slip into a little self condemnation every now and then.  And why wouldn’t we?  Aren’t we supposed to have homes that look like magazines, weed free gardens producing our table’s bounty and dinners straight from the food network?  By the way when was the last time you baked a cake that resembled the New York skyline?

     It is true that many things in our lives are left undone simply because we are over scheduled.  Too many things to do with too little time.  (read, “Are You Overdrawn” Sept 2)  But today I want to encourage you to leave a few things left undone.  Leave the dust for another day.  Forget the weeds; that is why God made tomatoes red, so you could find them in the weeds.

     It is easy to see the things around us that we have not accomplished.  If we don’t notice it, someone else or even the devil will point it out to us.  What is difficult to do sometimes is to remember all that we did do.  I would venture to say that no one is ever handy with a list of all that you DID accomplish.

     Well today I’m pulling out your list.  I’ve been keeping score and I want to point out a few of the reasons why the dust may be a little deep on your furniture or why the toilets have a lovely rust ring inside. 

     I know you’ve been running.  Sports, music lessons, dance; you have been giving all you have, to give them all they need.  Homework help or home schooling; their educational needs have received  your daily attention.  I know you’ve solved a few problems and broken up a few battles.  You’ve also dried a few tears and nursed a few colds.  There have been prayer times and story times, games and movies.  I’m sure you did not want to watch Shrek for the fifth time but they wanted you to watch it with them.

     You had a few picnics, roasted some marshmallows and ran on the beach.  You took the time for adventures, tea parties and blanket tents.  Do you really wonder why your house is a mess and the summer was a blur?

     Summer has passed, autumn is here.  One more season has slipped through our fingers.  Dear Mama, please stop and remember the time and love you had with your family this summer.  If you need to, make a list but don’t jump in the sorrow boat.  Tell that boat to just keep on sailing.  You did the things that mattered.  You spent your time where the rewards cannot be measured.  Who cares about a few weeds?  Snuggle time was far more valuable.  Kisses were beyond necessary.  You did good. You were a Mama and that’s what matters most.




2 Comments leave one →
  1. Carol permalink
    September 27, 2011 10:19 pm

    Hi Debbie,
    I heard something really neat recently – The success of our day is not measured by how much we accomplish but by how much we connect with God that day – not meaning hours, but a few seconds here or there, simply acknowledging His presence and telling Him we love Him and trust Him. Wow! things that seemed important are nothing compared to fellowship with the Lord.

  2. September 28, 2011 3:11 pm

    Great reminder! Thank you for the encouragement!!

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