My brain is a little bit fried tonight, but I really have been wanting to share a day in the life post, because … yesterday was such a wonderful day; it was a reminder of just how amazing life is. Tonight I was thinking it would be a fun way to showcase my day of eats with Arman and Laura and Jenn.
One of the verses that kept running through mind all day was this one from Psalm 55:12. It came up on my Bible app in the morning. 🙂 ‘Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee. He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.’
The more I try to ‘take my burdens’ on myself, the more I crumble. The more I learn that God doesn’t need to me to do anything, because He has the whole world in His hands, the more relaxed and restful my tasks become.. I realize that work is a privilege, but it’s not something that gains me ‘brownie points’ or puts me on a ‘more important’ status with my Heavenly Father.
We were listening to a sermon in the car, and the preacher remarked that one of the marks of a child is that they love to serve and honor and do things for their father. How much more should I never feel burdened to do things for my Heavenly Father? To serve Him isn’t grievous; it’s a joy.
So what does a day of joy and messiness and service and rest and fun look like around here?
Some of my other friends who have shared ‘Day in the Life’ posts have inspired this post:
and when I find more I will share those!
Em’s day always starts with:
7:30 AM – Get out of bed and savor the quietness of the house. This year, I think I’ve been marveling more and more at the beauty of each morning and learning to get up and praise God in prayer in the morning instead of being a grump. All glory be to God, because I know that I couldn’t work this change in myself.
It’s tough; don’t think that I’m a ‘shining example of this’, but it really has helped shift the morning attitude so much more.
This morning I read a chapter of Judges, amazed again at God’s mercy despite the many times the children of Israel rebelled. He always rescued them when they cried out and turned from idols.
7:30-8:50 AM – This is rather odd, but the way that I do morning quiet time is:
a. Listening to a sermon from Romans. And then going through and visiting my blogger friends and commenting.
9:00 AM – This is a late breakfast for most of y’all, but I usually eat breakfast around now.
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM – Clean up the kitchen. Bake some bars for a friend. I baked these bars from Taylor at Food Faith and Fitness.
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Work on gathering news and sending news links to our writer for the daily newscast that I work for; it’s really fun AND somewhat draining cause news can just be… CRAZY. My favorite ones are the stories about rescues, babies, the church of God growing, and brothers and sisters in other countries.
12:00-1:00 PM – Eat lunch. I ate a leisurely spread out lunch. It started with this AMAZING scone from a family in church topped with cottage cheese, more Georgia Grinder’s, and chocolate. Chocolate is a MUST. 🙂
Also in that time, Emily starts to feel a little stressed out so she reminds herself that she is being selfish. Then she reads a quote from C.H. Spurgeon on Psalm 27:14, ‘Wait on the Lord.’
Here is part of it:
‘It may seem an easy thing to wait, but it is one of the postures which a Christian soldier learns not without years of teaching. Marching and quick marching are much easier to God’s soldiers. There are hours of perplexity when the most willing spirit, anxiously desirous to serve the Lord, knows not what part to take. Then what shall it do? Vex itself by despair? Fly back in cowardice, turn to the right hand in fear, or rush forward in consumption? No, but simply wait. Wait in prayer, however. Call upon God, and spread the case before Him; tell Him your difficulty and plead His promise of aid.’
That snapped Em out of her self-pity and pride really fast. Wow, it really shifted my perspective at that moment from my own selfish desires to the desire to wait upon God and to be more peaceable instead of argumentative.
Waiting is HARD, but it is worth it.
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – It is literally so amazing how God works, because I just finish this little bowl of trail mix with peanut butter malt balls when I go onto Kaila’s site and see that she has posted ‘Trail Mix Recipes!’ How cool is that?
My mom and I take some junk over to our neighbor’s dumpster; they said it was ok. We lift it in as best as we can with our 5′ (something) frames. I’m starting to wonder if any of my weight lifting is doing anything, but PRAISE the Lord that we got the items into the dumpster.
Then I go to the post office and drop off some goodie packages. It wasn’t the last time they saw me that day.
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – I helped mom fold laundry; we seem to always have a trickle of laundry on Monday and Tuesday around here. 🙂
I’ve also been more inspired lately by all my Instagram friends doing meal prep and being really good about getting all their meals done and ready for the week.
I don’t quite do that, but I’m thankful we have a dinner plan for this week. That enabled me to make up the burger mix for these ‘Southwest Taco Burgers.’
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – I’m almost embarrassed to say that my brain is a blank as to what I did this hour. I think it was productive.
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Go out to run more errands. Take some stuff/food to the church building. Go to the post office again to drop off some book packages.
5:00 – 5:30 PM – Help clean up and declutter the kitchen for my sweet mama who is always working at about 150% energy while I’m working at about 100%. She is truly a Proverbs 31 woman who is never sluggish.
5:30 PM – After procrastinating for way too long on my decision, I’m so thankful that the Lord provides an opportunity for me to go on a trail run/hike with my sisters.
Amanda from Run to the Finish is always making me want to do more trail running, and I’m so thankful that we did it tonight.
6:20 PM – Begin trail run and my jaw begins dropping at just how I do not give the Almighty God enough glory in my mind and heart and words for all the wonder that He has made around us.
Even the rocks and hills declare His glory.
Psalm 24:1-2, ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof, the world and they that dwell therein. For He hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.’
Psalm 65:10-13, ‘Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly, Thou settlest the furrows thereof; Thou makest it soft with showers, Thou blessest the sprouting thereof. Thou crownest the year with Thy goodness, and Thy paths drip with fatness. They drip upon the pastures of the wilderness, and the little hills rejoice on every side. The pastures are clothed with flocks, the valleys also are covered over with corn. They shout for joy, they also sing.’
It doesn’t matter HOW bad the journey can get or how hard the valleys can be, but the BEST gift is who is with you on the journey .
My family and friends and most of all my Heavenly Father are with me on this journey, and that’s what makes every valley and mountain worth while.
Psalm 41:10, ‘Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.’
Well, God made my body to need food, and I’m not going to starve it for starvation’s sake anymore. I’m so grateful because just that little thing was a huge victory. <3
8:00 PM – We SKIP through the fields all the way to the car. It was literally the freest and most peaceful that I had felt in a long time, and it was such a reminder that to just stop and be still and know that God is in control, not me, is comforting and rooting and grounding especially in all the messiness of life.
8:00 PM – 8:40 PM – Drive home. Listen to Fernando Ortega.
Have you heard his version of ‘How Firm a Foundation?’
This song is like my battle cry for every day!
These are just 3 of the 7 verses.
‘When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.
Even down to old age all My people shall prove
My sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love;
And when hoary hairs shall their temples adorn,
Like lambs they shall still in My bosom be borne.
9:00 PM – 9:30 PM – We get to eat dinner as a family and just savor the mercies of God at the end of another long day.
I also have been drinking these really unique electrolyte drinks from Drink Nooma. It was such a gift to be able to win these from a giveaway; they are a little sweet for me if I’m not in the right mood, but they seem to do wonders for me when it comes to hydration and pre or post-workout drinks.
9:30 PM – 10:00 PM – Send interview clips for the newscast to our radio editor; do a short core workout.
10:00 PM – 10:15 PM – After writing this post about my struggles with digestion I was so thankful for this gem that the Lord put into my path.
“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed.”—Jeremiah 17:14 “I have seen His ways, and will heal him.”—Isaiah 57:18.
IT is the sole prerogative of God to remove spiritual disease. Natural disease may be instrumentally healed by men, but even then the honour is to be given to God who giveth virtue unto medicine, and bestoweth power unto the human frame to cast off disease. As for spiritual sicknesses, these remain with the great Physician alone; He claims it as His prerogative, “I kill and I make alive, I wound and I heal”; and one of the Lord’s choice titles is Jehovah-Rophi, the Lord that healeth thee. “I will heal thee of thy wounds,” is a promise which could not come from the lip of man, but only from the mouth of the eternal God. On this account the psalmist cried unto the Lord, “O Lord, heal me, for my bones are sore vexed,” and again, “Heal my soul, for I have sinned against thee.” For this, also, the godly praise the name of the Lord, saying, “He healeth all our diseases.” He who made man can restore man; He who was at first the creator of our nature can new create it. What a transcendent comfort it is that in the person of Jesus “dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily!” My soul, whatever thy disease may be, this great Physician can heal thee. If He be God, there can be no limit to His power. Come then with the blind eye of darkened understanding, come with the limping foot of wasted energy, come with the maimed hand of weak faith, the fever of an angry temper, or the ague of shivering despondency, come just as thou art, for He who is God can certainly restore thee of thy plague. None shall restrain the healing virtue which proceeds from Jesus our Lord. Legions of devils have been made to own the power of the beloved Physician, and never once has He been baffled. All His patients have been cured in the past and shall be in the future, and thou shalt be one among them, my friend, if thou wilt but rest thyself in Him this night.
10:15 PM – 11:45 PM – I’m kind of like Laura. We both keep late nights. 😀 Some times it’s the only time of day I can write blog posts, so you’ll have to forgive me if they seem to be edited as the day goes on because I make mistakes that I don’t have time to fix before getting in the necessary hours of sleep. 🙂
What does a day in your life look like?
Do you like trail or road running better?
Do you worry too much (like me)?
What’s your favorite song or hymn or psalm?
Favorite Cereal? Go! Favorite cereal mix?
(And how in the world did I get this post to 2300 words? If you don’t read this all I will not be upset. In fact I might be shocked if you read the whole thing. . .)