I'm so glad you've stopped by my blog! I am a Women's Minister and a former Pastor's Wife. I love finding God in my regular-everyday-stuff. I struggle with keeping up with the laundry, I love blogging, and my kids are my first line of ministry. I am recently widowed. So God and I are on a brand new journey as I try to find peace and understanding. Please grab a cup of coffee and let's get to know one another as we journey on our faith walk together.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Leave Nothing Undone!

I love making lists! They give me such a feeling of accomplishment! Sometimes, I even list things that I've already done - just so I can have more things that are "marked off" on my list. I know it's crazy... but it makes me feel good to actually "see" what I've done, what I've gotten accomplished. I remember as a kid, Saturday mornings were "clean-the-house-day". And my Mother had a way of making it fun for me & my younger sister. She listed all the chores on small slips of paper and put them in a jar. My sister & I would choose a chore and race to complete it - just so we could go to the jar and choose another one! Brilliant Mom, really!

I read a verse this week in my One Year Bible that got me to thinking about another checklist. It inspired me to make sure that I don't just make lists for making a list sake - but to rather work to accomplish the goal that has been assigned to me.

Joshua 11:15, 
"Just as the Lord commanded Moses his servant, so Moses commanded Joshua, and Joshua so did. He left nothing undone of all that the Lord had commanded Moses."

Do you ever get to the end of your day and re-evaluate your checklist and move things to the next day? You just ran out of time. Sometimes, after moving things day after day to the next day - I just eventually let them "fall off the list." Visualize Joshua's "To Do List" for just a moment...
1) Get people to the Promised Land, 2) Fight off the nations currently living there, 3) Teach the people to serve only the Lord... etc. These are pretty BIG tasks! And notice what this verse says - "so Joshua did" and "he left nothing undone" - Wow!!!

Can I say the same about my "T0 Do List?" On this morning I prayed that the Lord would renew a fresh spirit within me to have follow through. In the big and the small. To pick up those few small things in the living room before going to bed - to set the timer on my fancy coffee pot so my husband has a cup of coffee on the way to work, to focus on eating right, to lead women to follow Christ, to love graciously, to seek to serve Him with my whole heart!

I want the Lord to look at my checklist and see that nothing was left undone with all that He commanded me to do. How is your checklist? I know you can do it! Don't give up! Joshua didn't and neither should we!!!

Your sis in the faith,

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Rev. John Franklin said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Pen... and for the coffee!


Faith Imagined said...

I love this line, "I want the Lord to look at my checklist and see that nothing was left undone with all that He commanded me to do." You have inspired me!!!

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