Don't Be Dottie

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What’s a Girl to Do?

Ever have one of those mornings where you just don't know where to start? Yea, that's me this morning. It could be the kitchen, or maybe the laundry. How about the bathrooms and the dusting. Did I mention cooking? Well, there is always that little part time job that needs some attention or the 1000 projects that have been on the back burner? Oh yes, there are the ministry opportunities, too! What's a girl to do? Where should I begin?

This morning I feel like taking the Scarlet O'Hara approach and thinking about it all tomorrow. The problem with this approach is that when I wake up again tomorrow morning my bleary eyes will have to admit that I am in the same spot as I was the day before. Asking myself the same questions and looking at the same piles,of dishes, papers and laundry. Putting off till tomorrow didn't work for Scarlet, so it's doubtful it could really work for me.

Or how about the Samantha Stephens way? If only I was Bewitched with those special powers and could wiggle my nose and snap my fingers and it would all be just perfect. Unrealistic I know, but a girl can have dreams can't she?

There is also my imaginary friend from Proverbs 31. She is that up before the sun rises girl who takes an efficient hands on approach and gets things done. Her family is fed, clothed, and out singing her praises in the street corner. I think today's equivalent would be a Tweet or a Facebook post! Valor is her name. I've tried to be her and though she is inspiring, I just can't keep up with her.

Don't forget Mary Poppins, she is my personal favorite! “A job begun is a job half done,” after all. Her approach is spiffy. She knows the value of hard work, but adds that bit of fun and magic. I can turn that familiar song on in my head instantly and start singing, “For every job that must be done there is an element of fun, you find the fun and snap the jobs a game”. You know you can hear that song too! But, some how with out the magic, my motivation fades and I'd rather put that old favorite I the DVD player and make some tea!

Truth be told, there isn't a starring role to play. And my mind games won't be enough of a motivation to kick start me into action. As I sit on my couch with a cup of Chai tea, I think of all the hours spent in keeping up with that daily round of living. Solomon says, “Life’s a corkscrew that can’t be straightened, A minus that won’t add up.” (Ecclesiastes 1:15 MSG) He's right, the dailies have a way of subtracting from the day and not adding up to anything.

The Pastor is up now and from the other room I hear him in the kitchen. He is unloading the dishwasher, putting away the dishes and loading up the dirty ones. The dishwasher starts and it hums through its wash and rinse cycle, cleaning away the dried on yesterday. He walks into the room with his morning scruffiness and offers a good morning kiss. My heart hears an answer that is hard to put into words. Maybe it's the idea that two are better than one and how that the daily round is a ritual. A sweet kiss of a reminder that today is a gift.

Oh, how sweet the light of day, And how wonderful to live in the sunshine! Even if you live a long time, don’t take a single day for granted. Take delight in each light-filled hour… (Ecclesiastes 11:7, 8a MSG)

And your day? How is it going where you are?




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Working on the new blog and posting from my iPad. I am using Blogsy. This is a test!


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Our new breakfast favorite is this Smoky Sweet Potato Hash that has the perfect combination of flavors and textures. Smokey bacon, creamy sweet potatoes and fresh eggs with a touch of warmth from the spices.  You will need to allow some time to prepare it in the morning, but it is quite simple. Most of all, you will want to set the table and sit down to enjoy this yummy breakfast with someone you love. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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