The "To Do" List

My weekend “to do” list is as long as it was on Friday afternoon.  I’ve worked on some projects but not one of them is complete.  The kitchen cabinets still aren’t sanded and painted.  The business letter I need to write is only half written.  My closet is still a mess.  

I did other things. 

I helped my oldest daughter get ready for the military ball Friday afternoon.    She was beautiful.  Then I stayed up late so I could hear about it when she got home. 

Saturday morning, we watched our 10-year-old daughter play her very first softball game. 

Had a great conversation with my teenagers and their friends.  Stayed up late talking with my husband. 

Lingered after church talking with friends.  And something I rarely do….I took a nap.  It was splendid.    

I’ve noticed this for a while.  My plans aren’t happening when or how I want them to.    It’s frustrating.  This weekend I chose to be flexible instead.  With three kids, full-time jobs, aging parents, and all the other things we have going on…..we have to.         

I will check those things off my “to do” list eventually.  I have more important things to do first.  

What if the choices you thought were small, were actually the ones that mattered?

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  1. Wendy Payne on March 12, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Thanks Marie,

    I needed that, I have been reading Jesus Calling and I love everyday how it’s a reminder of being in His presence moment to moment. Expectations are delayed disappointments and resentment and I don’t want that in my life.

    It’s so hard to fight the ebb and flow sometimes of the “forces” around you, what would happen if I don’t get all those plants in the ground immediately, tackle that pile of laundry, finish proposals for funding, work on that quilt that keeps staring at me.

    I did the same thing, and was glad God ebbed me in that direction. I spent time with my husband and children laughing and hanging out instead. Hung out talking with my father-in-law who misses his sweet Jan so much. Took my dog for a walk and my daughter to the playground.

    I know those “things” are gonna get done, I’m just choosing to do them when He prompts me, one thing at a time. So out of my comfort zone and not my nature. I am learning God’s way is a much sweeter place to be.

    Thanks girl,
    Love you

    • mariegriffith on March 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      Thanks, Wendy. You are right – that’s the sweetest place to be!!

  2. Robin Turner on March 13, 2012 at 11:44 am

    catching up on my Marie stuff!!! And its all so good.

    Thanks for writing.

    • mariegriffith on March 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      thank you – we have to get together soon!! love you.

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