Friday, June 11, 2010

To Do or Not to Do

It's raining today, one of those slow, drizzly, humid, drippy, warm, not-so-inviting Fridays. That's why my print is in gray. :) No garage sales today! No walk for me early this morning. Here's what I would like to be doing today:

Watching the birds

Working in the garden

Taking a stroll along a lovely path

Going for a nice swim with the grandkids

Instead, it has already been a morning of this:

Cleaning a very sticky hardwood floor. Our twin grandsons were over last night, and one of them spilled his fresh pineapple all over the floor. Talk about a sticky mess!
And here is what I will likely be doing today:

Helping my daughter repaint this furniture that was give to her.

Sewing with a granddaughter. She is going to learn to make an apron today.

Watching "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness," a movie about Gladys Aylward, missionary to China. If you haven't read about her, read up! She was a jewel.

Needless to say, my plans have changed. Not by design, but by The Designer, the Blessed Controller of all things. Now, I could do one of two things; I could mope around all day and do nothing (tempting), or I can get up and get busy, which I must do as soon as I finish this.
Paul the apostle wrote in Col.3:23; "In whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ." In other words, it is not just at church when I am teaching a class or cleaning the missionary house or doing a work day that I am to do my best. Everything that I do is a "ministry" to the Lord. When I make pancakes for the family, when I clean the hardwood floors, when I sit down to sew with a granddaughter or paint furniture--all of this I am to do as unto the Lord, and not for men.

If you have not read The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence, it would behoove you to get it and read it. In fact, I think I should drag it back out for myself! I don't know what it looks like outside at your house, but I pray that as you go about your day, you will do all as "unto the Lord, and not unto men."

Have a glorious weekend!
(I can't believe it! The sun may be coming out! I wonder if I should change my plans?)

I'm linking to:
Home Grown Families

Never Growing Old


Cranberry Morning

I'm wondering where it isn't raining! :-) Hope that sun coming out isn't just a small gap in the clouds. We have friends from Britain who are currently taking a huge train journey across this country. I'm hoping they encounter good weather somewhere. :-)

Everyday Kathy

Happy Friday Hop! What a lovely blog you have over here!

Good choice not to mope around!!

The Thrifty Designer

NO, don't change your plans. We need to get that furniture painted!


Nice blog. I am sure gonna be back
do visit me if u get a chance

Blackberry Cottage

Stopping by from Follow Friday 40 and Over - and now following! Looking forward to getting to know you better!

So many things about your blog caught my eye - first the grey type for a grey day (very clever), then your great photos, and, a reminder to watch Inn of the Sixth Happiness again. So glad I found you!


So love the way you look at things. Coming to you by way of Follow Friday 40 and Over; now your newest follower, hope you will stop by my blog as well.

Mama to 3 Blessings


Ro Magnolia

I just popped over here from Java's Follow Friday 40 and over blog hop. What a lovely post! Not always easy to keep a good attitude when our plans get changed around on us, is it? I look forward to reading more about Gladys Aylward. Sounds intriguing! :)

(p.s. I'm your newest follower!)


hope the weather gets better so you can enjoy the outdoors. if not, what a great experience to be with those you love and can share your love and efforts. god Bless. rose



Thanks for stopping by my blog and visiting the Follow Friday 40 and Over Blog Hop!

I am now following you. And what a great blog you have!! I'm really looking forward to our friendship!!

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Have a wonderful Sunday!



So true! We can get so caught up in what OUR plans are instead of enjoying what HE gives us. I find myself having to say, "Okay that wasn't what I planned to do today but, it gives me the opportunity to do this or that".

I hope you ahve a wonderful Sunday!


I enjoyed reading through various posts here. What a great point you make here about ministry being intertwined throughout all our activities whether for grandparents and their grandchildren, mopping the floor, dealing with rain, sun, fog, etc. Definitely words of encouragement! Have a blessed week with those grandkids! :)

PS Great suggestion about Brother Lawrence's book - You can buy The Practice of the Presence of God - in the original or an updated version, but you can also find it free online at Gutenberg - - enjoy

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