Days off are weekly for me. Usually I have so much to do on those days, that I yearn to return to work to “rest”. I am notoriously bad about writing lists of things to do that could never get finished. I tend to “bite off more than I can chew”.
Not so yesterday. I actually found myself without a list of to dos. And I found myself stuck at home for several hours, and discovered the energy finally to get my teeny tiny study in order. I am deliriously happy. I have always called the little tiny space “my happy place” – for several reasons. It is seriously a happy place. It can’t help it – it just is. I have a great view of the lake. and my pecan trees. ( that I think actually may produce pecans for me this season!) I have a pocket door on it. When i’m in it, usually no one knows where I am. (I find that so funny, cause our home is really not all that big.) And – it’s all mine. 🙂 Not that I am all about me. truly I am not. However, a small space to call your own is a wonder unto itself. Especially when you’ve mothered for as long as I have. We are just used to doing for others, sharing, all those good, wonderful relational things.
I also house most of my books here. That really makes me happy.
When we moved here over a year ago, I unpacked in such a hurry since I was to have surgery two weeks later. A few boxes were tucked under my “happy place” desk area, and were still there as of yesterday morning. And my four deep drawers were a disaster. truly. I don’t really procrastinate much, but sure had on this project.
but now. . . . Ah, now, it is a place of order. Everything, and I do mean everything is in its place. I love order, and organization. love the result of it, though I am not often very good about accomplishing it. Life moves so fast, it’s hard to tackle such projects that take a while. Yesterday’s adventure took several hours. My body was a bit sore from all the stretching and lifting, but IT. IS. FINISHED.
I love it. What needs help in your home these days? Let me encourage you to plan on tackling that issue soon – there is great joy in accomplishing projects, and a deep satisfaction in the finished work.
So, I looked up “finish” in my search on biblegateway, and found a few favorite mentions of this concept. My this holiday weekend be a time where you finish something God has given you. His blessings to you as you press on toward the prize………
“Use all your skill to put me together; I wait to see your finished product.” the message
“A life frittered away disgusts God; he loves those who run straight for the finish line.” the Message
“But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you. He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you. God takes the time to do everything right—everything. Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.” the message
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”
2 Corinthians 8:11
“Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.”
“Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” the message
2 Timothy 4:7
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
“Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began andfinished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!” the message
“Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
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