Thursday, March 10, 2011

"Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom"

 Rewritten and  re-tooled:
I love this verse from Psalm 90. It's verse 12.  I know that I waste a lot of time.It's easy to do. We all have things that we know deep in our hearts are a waste of time. Some of those things, in and of themselves are not "bad" things whatsoever, but in light of Eternity, what I see is that RECOGNIZING what I/we waste time on and getting it under submission to a real schedule of productivity aims us toward the " gain a heart of wisdom" goal. I don't see where the "Proverbs 31 woman" is forbidden to have a second cup of coffee, or linger a bit longer over the wonderful myriad, plethora, (OK I just happen to love those two words and enjoy being able to seize opportunity to use them!) or abundance of recipes in her new cookbook, or blog-hop, blog write, watch tv game/talk/news shows,  but I suspect that "She" ie, US, are always learning to be ever more consistent in time management; let's call it what it is : good stewardship of our time and self-control. Numbering our days means numbering our hours and minutes. SO often I say " I just do not have time for that" but what I mean is and the truth of the matter is, I used up the time I had doing something else: be it a necessary thing or a good choice/bad choice thing. Like it or not, to choose doing one thing is usually choosing NOT to do something else. My prayer is that I will make the best choices while not getting angry, impatient, or bitter about the necessary choices. Yesterday was an easy stewardship of time day. Everything fell into place with children, school, chores, and Bible time. There are also days when the normal routine activities take up more time and energy, than "normal" and the extra time I'd hoped for is a vapor in the wind...like today. Daniel  had a very hard start to his day and was super difficult this morning. His getting-up-and-fed routine took a very long time. as he drew up extra tightly and was extremely irritable to every touch and motion.Every thing I did for him caused screaming and more drawn-up tightness, and  lots of pauses to help him re-group so I could continue with his routine. I numbered my days against how  the uncertainty of just how many days I will  have to love on Daniel and care for him. Love on my cranky baby or  wish I could go write? NO BRAINER. My baby is now and writing anything, doing anything  else,  can wait a while. I, me, myself, wanted to write NOW, but now it is time to go across town and pick up Sopheak for work. Numbering my days..................I love being able to help Malachi and Sopheak. One day she will have her driver's licence and I will have an extra 45 minutes back in "my day". Numbering my days for me also means keeping a "heart of wisdom" attitude even if the time can't be spent the way I planned or hoped it would go. Lord please help me to be mindful of the increase when it returns and not let myself fritter it away !! Psalm 90:16-17 wrap up that chapter with these words:
"Let Your work appear to Your servants and Your glory to their children, And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, And establish the work of our hands for us, Yes, establish the work of our hands!"

5 comments:

Mama D.'s Dozen said...

Glad you enjoyed my MIRACLE blog post. :)

I couldn't remember if you'd popped over to my blog this past week and heard our BIG news.

When I told Jim that we were going to have another baby, he said, "I'm too old." After telling him that "obviously God doesn't think so" ... I actually told him about you and Charlie (who, I believe, are even "older") and that you had recently adopted a special needs baby. It was fun to share with him, again, about your sweet family ... and that the Lord hasn't held back children from you because of your age.

Hope you all are doing well.

Laurel :)

whenpigsfly said...

HI Laurel! I have to admit, your post WAS a big surprise!! Yes Charlie and I are "older" than you and Jim............we are.Yes God has certainly blessed us with a "Forever Baby" in our well-seasoned years. I smiledwhen I read about yourhaving babies over 4 decades. I had my first son in my teens, a few babies in my twenties, a few in my thirties, adopted a newborn baby at 47, and a 5 year old too, at at 49 we adopted an 8 year old, at 50 1/2 a 7 and a 9 year old, at 51, an 8 year old, and then Daniel our Baby ( who is going to be 3 next week , but is for all intents and purposes a 6 week old) I went to Liberia and adopted after my 55th birthday!!!! When Junior and Diamoh finally come home.......well, um. yah...who knows ??!! God has indeed not held back His blessings and I will be the LAST ONE to tell Him to stop!! Grandbabies and babies all coming in the same year is pretty cool to me!! You'll enjoy it too!!!!!

Sharing Life and Love said...
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Sharing Life and Love said...

Hi! I had to re-post after I noticed a typo.

I just wanted to let you know that Angel's file is with BAAS. She is on hold but please contact the Waiting child coordinator, Xiaoqing Cai, at: xqcai @ comcast.net

Feel free to email me if you have any questions...
address is on my blog.
8-)
Erin

whenpigsfly said...

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm I think my blog was commented on in error. Lest anyone reading the comments, We are not pursuing a child named Angel.