This week seriously whizzed by for me! Doesn’t it feel like summer is just passing you by too? It does for me. Anyway, I want to keep today’s topic pretty light and talk about a few things going on in my life lately.
Overall, life has been great. Busy, warm, and lots to do. But settling into my new job has been tougher than I imagined. I knew that the Lord had this job in store for me, and before I started, I completely trusted Him to see me through any challenges I would have. Until the challenges came.
I’m finding I’m a lot more worried and fearful about things than I thought. Sometimes I worry I won’t say things just right. Sometimes I worry people hate Mary Kay ladies.
Sometimes I just hate picking up the phone and calling a complete stranger.
I mentioned earlier this week that I was seriously struggling with my schedule. I had been praying for a few days for the Lord to provide some insight and wisdom about how to get things done better & what my schedule should look like. He totally answered by using my husband to show me some perspective about my schedule. The new schedule I’ve been following this week has been great, so that is a huge answer to my prayers!
The challenge of adjusting to my new job has been surprising. Really, I think I was just so excited to start something new that I forgot that I have never done this before! I have a lot to learn, and I am learning every day. One step at a time.
On that note, I’m finding that I’ve been very convicted of how I use my time lately. I work for myself now, so it’s easy to think I have a lot of time. But when at the end of the day, I am frustrated that not a lot got done, I really have no one to blame but myself.
The Bible has a lot of interesting things to say about time, but here’s just a few verses that stood out to me.
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” – Ephesians 5:15-17
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” – Proverbs 16:9
“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12
This week alone, I’ve definitely felt God urging me to use my time more wisely and not procrastinate or use it poorly. When I do use my time poorly, it leads me to be more anxious and then mad at myself, two things I know the Lord does not want for me.
He has been teaching me that I do have time for everything I want to get done when I seek Him for perspective on it. When I rely on myself too much, I easily assume I have no time and there’s no way I can get everything done. But with a little bit of how He sees my life, a lot of clarity begins to peak through and show me just how I am meant to live.
Busy & Not
Another thing I’m learning specifically about time is that it’s okay to rest and it’s okay to be busy. Typically, I have issues with just sitting still and doing nothing or relaxing. That’s probably because I don’t use my time well enough on average, which leaves me “busy” all the time to make up for it. I’ve been reading a book the past few weeks, and God has shown me that it’s okay to stop “being busy” and that I need more relaxation in my life.
I’m also seeing that some of my days are instantly full lately. Tomorrow, I’m going to long run, go to a meeting at my church, and then do a customer appreciation event for Mary Kay for the rest of the day. And I might be going to a party after that! Whoa!
Usually, this kind of schedule would completely overwhelm me. But I’m not overwhelmed at all, really. I think it’s because I’ve trusted this schedule this week. And I trust that what He has planned for me tomorrow is the way it is meant to be. Maybe because I had so much structure this week, I’ve realized how my time is used. And having my time all planned out on a Saturday is okay then.
I’m thankful for what I’m learning. My schedule definitely isn’t perfect, but it’s been a miracle of an improvement over what the past few weeks were like.
I hope you have a great Friday & a happy weekend! 🙂
Questions for You:
- What is God teaching you lately?
- Is how you manage your time a convicting area of your life?