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Dinner, Anyone?

So, it's a wonderful Sunday afternoon. We have had a great day at church, enjoyed celebrating Palm Sunday, enjoyed fun and fellowship with church family, and plan to relax this evening. But alas, it is dinner time. Okay, in our house, it is past dinner time! And here I sit, typing away, no where near the kitchen... So, does this make me a bad wife and mother?

I know that I will spend a good part of the evening working on next week's school plans. I am certain I will get up early in the morning and make my husband's lunch, do some laundry and maybe some dishes, after spending time with the Lord, and start our Monday morning strong. Tomorrow I will know what we will have for dinner before we have lunch. The rest of the week will follow suit. But today, I've just been enjoying life with my family so much that I haven't planned dinner. And since I have failed to plan, I have planned to fail.

This holds true of me in many areas of life. Once I decided to L-I-K-E doing the dishes multiple times each day, and made a consistent plan to be sure I got them done, I no longer failed in that area. Same for laundry - we are not always all caught up on laundry, but we are not behind - and I don't dread it or avoid it. My plans have paid off with success! We have a plan for our library books, and we never fail to return them on time or even early. My husband and I have a plan for our bill payments, and we never fail to pay our bills because the plan works.

Now, I'm not saying you should become a works oriented do-er and forget all about God's grace and His government over your day to day life. That would be a sinful trajedy! But since we know that our God is a God of order and not of disorder, we can trust Him to guide us and bless our attempts at ordering our days aright so that we might gain a heart of wisdom. And, as I am sure you know full well, my "plans" only work when I put the Lord first and make certain I am spending the first fruits of my day with Him. Nothing is more important than my time with my Savior.

The good news for me this evening is that I can always put together a quick dinner of soup and sandwiches with some fresh fruit on the side. It won't take long, the family won't go to bed hungry, and we will end our Sunday together as a family enjoying dinner and conversation. And maybe next weeekend I will work a little harder to plan NOT to fail!

Lord bless you on this Palm Sunday!

Day 25 done :)

Jan L. Burt
www.homeschoolingmothersbiblestudy.com

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  1. I think it was the day - I didn't have dinner ready until 7:00. We are normally starting baths at 7:00. I'm a planner too - I find planning helps take some of the stress out of thinking about what I need to do day to day to make it all work. :-) But I am constantly trying to not over plan...which I have been guilty of! Thanks for the encouragement!

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