Note to Self…

Have you ever had a day that went seamlessly…a great day where everything seemed to be going right…and then…it all fell apart?  That was me yesterday!  We had a wonderful day!  Then once we got home…things started to unravel.  It started small and gradually ended with near catastrophe!  A few weeks ago Nathan was commenting on the blonde strands in my long red locks from the sun and commented that I’m entitled to a few “blonde” moments.  He didn’t exactly say that last night!  Talk about dumb things I’ve done!  Yikes!

It all started with dinner.  We got home from a jam-packed fun-filled day of playing with friends, grocery shopping and wishing Grandpa Paul and Grandma Julie a Happy 30th Anniversary to dinner that needed to be made.  I had planned chicken quesadillas on the menu and was in a bit of a hurry since it was already after 6 when we got home.  I put the chicken on the grill and started dicing the bell peppers and mushrooms to saute them before assembling our Mexican grilled cheese sandwiches (my ploy to get the kids to eat them).  Things were humming along and I looked down in my saute pan and saw something.  A tiny piece of the sticker that was still on the pepper.  Ugh!  There were at least 10 of them I had to pick out and throw away.  Not a huge deal but really…how hard is it to take the stickers off?  Note to self:  Take the sticker off the pepper before you dice it…and preferably before you wash it or it will get all sticky and gross!

Dinner was a mild success.  Daddy loved the quesadillas and the kids ate them…slowly after I told them they needed to appreciate the food God provides for dinner and not complain…as they typically do when our dinner isn’t macaroni and cheese…or they will go to bed with empty tummies.  The past few nights I’ve been in a lot of pain as I’m trying to settle into bed so Nathan suggested an evening walk to help me relax.  I decided to load Jackson up to have some extra weight to push and head out.  I happened to meet up with a good friend and her little guy and I couldn’t figure out why every time I passed our house onto the next lap Jack wanted to go home.  Then I remembered I forgot to change his diaper before we left.  He was one wet boy when we got back.  I think his diaper weighed more than he did…but it didn’t leak…bonus!  Note to self:  Change the baby before you take him on a 3 1/2 mile walk!

I’ve been trying to get my kids to wind down into their school sleep schedule…as in earlier bedtimes for at least a week.  We have yet to be successful.  When I got Jackson to bed last night Emalynn still had her BFF over from across the street and it was probably 45 minutes to an hour…after bubbles and ice cream and stickers…that we were ready to pack it in for the night.  After we were all headed to the door Emalynn asked on her way in “Should I close the garage door, mama?”  I told her to go ahead since I didn’t want any more escapees and then I heard the most horrendous noise.  Needless to say when I opened the door to the garage and saw the bent metal bar and the garage door half closed hanging diagonally I realized that I had forgotten to close Nathan’s tailgate on his truck that I used for opening  the bubble package.  Oops.  Thankfully it was fixable and there wasn’t any damage to the truck though Daddy wasn’t very happy!  Note to self:  Always, always, always put the tailgate up BEFORE you close the garage door!

In my little mishaps yesterday thankfully no one was hurt and everything was able to be taken care of.  But it was those minor things…and one major…that made me think…why am I so side-tracked and oblivious and in a hurry all the time that I miss the obvious?  If I do it in my physical life…what am I doing in my spiritual life?  What am I missing?  What am I forgetting to do?  What catastrophes will happen because I’m too preoccupied to notice?  God really spoke to me last night after all of those instances happened.  It is so important to remind ourselves constantly what God says in His Word because too often we forget…or get sidetracked…or misled. 

In my OCD fashion I really don’t like things to be sitting out-of-place and lately Nathan has been leaving his devotional on the counter in the morning, Oswald Chamber’s My Utmost For His Highest.  After reading it in additional to my devotional lately…and especially after yesterday…I’m really glad he leaves it there.  Today’s devotional jumped out at me…

Is the Lord Jesus Christ being abundantly satisfied by your life, or are you exhibiting a walk of spiritual pride before Him?  Never let your common sense become so prominent that it pushes the Son of God to one side.  Common sense is a gift that God gave to our human nature-but common sense is not the gift of His Son.  Supernatural sense is the gift of His Son, and we should never put our common sense on a the throne.  The Son always recognizes and identifies with the Father, but common sense has never yet done so and never will.  Our ordinary abilities will never worship God unless they are transformed by the indwelling Son of God.  We must make sure that our human flesh is kept in perfect submission to Him, allowing Him to work through it moment by moment.  Are we living at such a level of human dependence upon Jesus Christ that His life is being exhibited moment by moment in us?

Yeah…that book is going to be a permanent fixture on my center island!  In my desire to learn more about God I quite often feel…pretty much everyday…that I just don’t know anything!  Clearly my common sense…especially lately…isn’t worth all that much.  Oddly that passage made me feel a lot better this morning about my “blonde” moments.  Note to self:  You don’t know anything…but that’s okay because God knows everything!  He’ll tell you what you need to know.  Make sure you’re listening! 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
   and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
   and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
   neither are your ways my ways,”
            declares the LORD. 
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
   so are my ways higher than your ways
   and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

Romans 11:33

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