The To-Do Blessings

Last night, as I was sitting on the couch watching the little boy move and talking with Derek, I had a nice little stress attack.

Why? It just struck me how much stuff I have to accomplish before this little one arrives, and how soon that could be.

I've been feeling like this for a few days, and I either have one of two reactions: I get grumpy and moody, or I start to cry. Both are the result of the fact that I feel completely overwhelmed.

Maybe I'll share the list of things to do in a post soon, but that's not really the point of this post.

I decided to at least do a little house cleaning last night, even if I couldn't get going on any of the things on "The List" (they're all big things, so there wasn't much I could do with an hour left until bedtime). As I started cleaning the bathroom and vacuuming, it occurred to me how ironic it is that I've started getting particularly stressed about all of that this week.

This week is Thanksgiving week. This is a week that I should be focusing on how blessed I am, and how much the Lord has done for me.

You know, as opposed to stressing about my "To Do" lists, and how I'm never going to get it done, and oh, poor me!

Satan sure knows how to get at our weak points, doesn't he?

Yes, there is still a huge list sitting on my kitchen table. Yes, I still have to work on accomplishing some of those things this week. And yes, I really only have 11 1/2 weeks to get it done before I'm officially full-term and probably won't want to do anything.

But instead of stressing about it so much, which doesn't accomplish anything, I'm going to pray that the Lord will help me to be wise with my time and accomplish everything that needs to be done.

And then I'm going to thank Him, because even though there are alot of projects around here, the reasons that I have those projects are all huge blessings. It's a blessing to have this work, because each task stems from a blessing.

The "To-Do's" also give me a reason to remember why I must rely on Him - and that's a blessing in itself!

I have no reason to complain, and I'm always ashamed when I fall into complaining and stressing like this. He's given me so much - why would I complain about the tasks He has set before me?

I am thankful that His mercies and grace are new every morning.

Here's to a new day of remembering His faithfulness, and relying on His strength instead of my own!

And really, that's the best way to live, isn't it?

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Julie S. said...

I get this way, too, which does nothing for my anxiety. I KNOW that I need to focus on my blessings and not my to do list, but when everyone around me is wrapped up in it as well, it is easy to fall into that trap. Thanks for this reminder! :)

Lauren said...

OH girl, I definitely needed this. This time of year it's so easy to stress about all of the to-dos...when what we really need to do is stop and get on our knees thanking the Lord for what we have!

Claire said...

I love your heart! And I know the feeling of being rushed to want to get things done before a new addition comes! But thank you for sharing your perspective shift, because with Thanksgiving coming (this week, wow!) God is gently reminding me to stop and enjoy each moment, because the moment is all we really have to live in. Be blessed in these last months of your pregnancy.

Unknown said...

Lovely post Callie. It is ironic that we quite often think of how blessed we are when we feel stressed and low. I am sure your to do lists will get done steadily. Have a lovely thanksgiving week with Derek, your family and most definitely your growing bundle :)

Ginger said...

I so needed to read this post today! It's so overwhelming preparing for baby and I like you have had the same reactions of crying and getting grumpy because there's so much to do. I need to remember how truly blessed I am. Thanks for this great post :)

Kara @ Just1Step said...

I loved when you said this: "I'm going to pray that the Lord will help me to be wise with my time and accomplish everything that needs to be done." That needs to be my daily prayer, also. That He will help me be WISE and accomplish the things that NEED to be done.

Unknown said...

You are such a strong woman in Faith, I LOVE reading your posts!

Brittney Galloway said...

11 1/2 weeks! Wow! When you said it like that my jaw dropped- it'll be here so soon!

Natalie said...

definitely a great thing to remember! it is so hard to relax and be thankful when you have THINGS to do! Praying God gives you some extra energy and grace to get everything you need to get done, done. And more importantly that He gives you peace about it all!

Ashley said...

Thanks for sharing that, Callie! That's a great reminder for all of us. Remember that you have friends to help you along the way too:) We can help with that to-do list!

Unknown said...

I love it! I totally understand though because I often find myself getting overwhelmed at the little (or big) things. Thank you for your honesty and I will be praying for you. God is truly amazing and it always gives me chills when myself or other recognize that instead of giving in to what Satan is trying to tell us.

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