For the Woman Trying To Do it All

October 30, 2015

So far today I’ve scouted the spider outside the window, googled how to unclog a toilet, and made six peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, among other things.

And when I say spider outside my window, I mean spider as big as my hand that currently holds me hostage inside the house. And when I say clog in my toilet, I mean I’m apparently about to own a plumbing snake because the plunger just won’t cut it.

I also studied my van’s owners’ manual to identify the warning light above the steering wheel and decide how to make it go away. And with half of my crew either sick or sleep-deprived I found plenty of teachable moments around here, too.

So, what’s not happening today is the beauty of words strung together to form profound, life-changing sentences! But, I did want to write you, because we all have days like these don’t we? One mess leads to another disaster and just when you think you might be getting your stuff together you find a wet spot on the kitchen floor that isn’t water.

You wish for more hands on your body or minutes in the day or brain cells to spread across the endless demands.

But today, my scattered thoughts drifted to a prayer I wrote months ago. I need this peace, this confidence today and thought maybe you might, too:

Lord Jesus, my day belongs to you.

I expect You will provide ample time for me to accomplish all that You desire. Align my direction with Your desires.

I commit every minute to You, that I may work willingly and with all my might. Set my pace that it may compliment, not compete with, Your purposes.

I’m excited to see what You have planned for me today. I trust You will give me all I need and use every moment, big and small. Amen.

Even days like these – when nothing seems to go right – are not wasted. In fact, I think it’s quite the opposite. Days like these are necessary. To challenge us, equip us, humble us and send us straight to the throne.

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)

If you’re praying this prayer with me today, leave a comment. Let’s pray together. Or if you know someone trying to do it all, share this prayer with them.