Out of Hand

Every day the top of my list of things to do says:

Live Simply. Love Lavishly.

Most days I don’t seem to do either.

Those four words are traditionally followed by a long list of things that need to be attended to, but can never quite get accomplished in a 24 hour time frame.

I will say this… many tasks immediately get dropped to the bottom of the list when I have the opportunity to spend time with a friend or a need arises that I can play a part in meeting.  People always trump projects in my life.  The reality is, there are also worthy and important projects that need to get done.

For instance, right now I have two projects that not only must get done, but are near and dear to my heart. I need to complete a scrapbook for my sister’s birthday by October 8 and I need to submit a story by October 31 for an upcoming book that I would love to be published in, entitled “21 Stories of Generosity.”

Thoughts of hiring house cleaners and professional organizers have entered my mind {more than once}.  I have thought seriously about it. Honestly, the only reason I haven’t hired anyone is because of money. From my perspective, there are always more pressing needs. I have books on time management but don’t have time to read them. Yet somehow I’ve managed to read Love Does, More or Less, 7 and The Barefoot Church in the last few months.

I am a wife, mother, friend, and sister, as well as a guardian for a disabled man. I work full time, teach a Bible study, host group dinners in my home, write monthly articles for a newsletter on behalf of Moms in Prayer, try to maintain a blog and help a variety of friends, strangers and acquaintances throughout the week as needs are shared with me. Most everybody I know can write the same types of lists of all that we are called to do in a week. Life just gets busy.

Although it often feels a bit chaotic to me, one thing I have learned in the last year is that God provides the strength and the grace – not to do it all, but to be who He created me to be and to do the works that He created me to do.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

There are those days that things seem “out of hand.”

Those are the days that He whispers to let go; to give up what I’m holding so tightly to.

I open my empty hands and trade my nothing for His provision.

His grace. His forgiveness. His love. His strength. His healing. His wholeness.

It’s not a fair exchange, but I will take it any day… trading my ‘out of hand’ life to receive what He gives me from His hand. As we make the trade, I utter a simple prayer. Lord, help me to

Live Simply and Love Lavishly. In Your name. Amen.


About debbierivers

I love to share what I can whenever I can. My goal is to live simply and love lavishly. I enjoy inspiring others with my writing. I am married to Steve and am the mother to two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Jenna, and grandmother to Kinsley. My desire is to encourage and to bless others through my life and my words.
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1 Response to Out of Hand

  1. Eileen says:

    Always love reading how you put life and words together! You’re amazing!

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