Our week has been full of busyness, beginning with celebrating my daughter’s birthday last weekend. Happy fifteenth, dear Shae! (She blogged about her celebration here.)
As well, we attended the county 4-H fair over the course of two days, where my kids’ projects for the year were judged, with happy results. My oldest two will advance to the Illinois State Fair, and my youngest did the best that he could for his age (he’s too young to show at the state fair).
I’m thankful that their many hours of hard work on their projects were rewarded – especially since my older two did their projects almost completely on their own this year. They earned their awards for sure!
We also helped for an evening at our church’s summer Bible school program. I was blessed to help a little girl receive assurance of her salvation, an issue I dealt with myself as a child. I felt as though I understood what she was going through.
In the midst of all that, we had a day of errand-running, doctors’ appointments, and our monthly grocery haul.
And I do mean HAUL. We live in a rural area equidistant from several larger towns, and it’s not convenient for us to run to the store often. So, we get most of our groceries once a month, and shop for fresh items when we can.
As you may know, we have chickens, so at least we don’t run out of eggs often.
And next year, we plan to have a vegetable garden at last. Our own property is too shaded, but a kind neighbor offered a sunny, open space to us for a vegetable plot. It will be lovely to be overwhelmed with organic produce and herbs, and I plan to pay him back for the use of his land with all the vegetables he wants.
I haven’t solved the issue of running out of milk, though. Chickens are one thing…but I draw the line at a milk cow.
Our busyness ended today, with an early morning trip to the county fairgrounds, where we picked up the kids’ 4-H projects and helped with a bit of cleanup.
On the way home, my long-suffering kids waited patiently as I had my son pull over to the side of the road so that I could dig up some roadside wildflowers to transplant into my perennial beds.
I am all about anything beautiful and free.
And I love that my garden is an eclectic mix of tidiness and wildness. I have a few pruned boxwoods, climbing roses, and other neatly shaped, pricey perennials, alongside annuals that seed themselves each year, sturdy prairie grasses, and native wildflowers.
When we finally got home, I put the flowers in a bucket of water in my garage. I’ll plant them in the morning.
And then, I took a nap.
Like me, I’m sure you’ve been through days or weeks at a time where you simply had to put your head down and keep on keeping on. And maybe, like me, you drink more coffee than usual during those times and pray for extra strength!
During all the driving, and despite all the fatigue, I tried to focus on a few thoughts from Scripture.
If you’re in the midst of a busy time of life, perhaps these verses will give you food for meditational thought as well.
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men. – Colossians 3:23
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. – Isaiah 40:31
From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised. – Psalm 113:3
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. – Psalm 23:2
What do you do to make it through busy, stressful times? Did you ever notice that Psalm 23:2 indicates that God directs us to rest?