Motherwit for Extra Time at Home
As many of us are spending more time in our homes because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, I encourage you to use this time to attack projects that you typically avoid. The key is to not try to handle everything at one time. Pace yourself! You can begin the process by making a list of specific projects (or areas) that you would like to do, and then prioritize them. I recommend that you designate a few minutes per day and start with smaller tasks that will not require a lot of time initially. Once completed, check it off the list and move to the next one. If you are not into making lists or you can’t find the other five lists you started, not to worry, just getting started with handling something will be helpful. That sense of accomplishment that comes from “finishing” even a small task is often the spark that can ignite a determination to move on to bigger things!
I did not find the picture that I was looking for while organizing and decluttering my decorative boxes. Several days passed and I accepted the fact that perhaps I had tossed the envelope by mistake and the photo would not be found. But I just couldn’t imagine having done that because the picture was a treasured one. As I customarily do, I prayed and asked the Lord to please tell me where the envelope could be and then I let it be. Well, about three days later I was doing the floor exercises in my bedroom and the idea struck me that I had not looked in a cabinet in my bedroom. At first, I brushed aside the thought because I am familiar with the items in that cabinet and couldn’t imagine the envelope being in there. But the thought would not go away so I obeyed.
One of the items in the cabinet is a folder that I always carried while working that contains work-related phone numbers; among other papers/documents that I would stick in the folder from time to time while employed. I did a cursory glance of the contents but still didn’t see a white envelope. I did, however, see a larger manilla envelope that obviously contained several smaller items. And of course, the white envelope with the picture I was looking for was in it. I was elated to find the picture and take another quick walk down memory lane. The story behind the picture is a priceless part of my journey as a woman. Although the journey has included some rough spots and uncertain times, the picture served to remind me once again of God’s faithfulness.
I hope this encourages you to take on some simple yet meaningful projects during this extra time spent at home. Not only will the projects result in being better organized, they can also give you precious moments of remembering and reflecting on how good God has been to you and your family. I also hope that sharing my personal experience will remind you to never doubt your instincts (especially when you have asked the Lord to help you); to always follow through, never give up, and enjoy the journey.