Thursday, September 17, 2015

Only One Hour

I'm writing this on  Wednesday. I glance over at the clock: 1:00. I have only one hour until I leave for work. Working each day, even if only 4 hours, makes the rest of my life feel hectic. But part of that is my fault. Part of it is perspective.

Monday was crazy: prayer time at church, errands, then work, get home after 6:00, gulp down some supper, then off to community chorus, and back home at 9:30. Not much time at home.

Tuesday was just as bad: Off to church before 9:00 for a community event/lunch there, dash home about 1:30, be at work around 2:00, home after 6:00, gulp down supper, back to church for weekly Bible study, home before 9:00. By then, I'm really missing home.

Today I took Julia to school in New Bern at 8:45, home for lunch. Now I have only one hour until I leave for work.

Or should I say instead, "I have a whole hour! Wow! What a luxury compared to some people!"

I don't want to slip into complaining. It's too easy to be disgruntled and discontent. And for what reason? Because I'm busy, productive, active, working? Because we have a busy church and I have busy children? Those are all things to be thankful for.

Now it's 1:09. I think perhaps I'm settling into a good routine at work; the kids and I are beginning to understand each other. I took massive amounts of my boys' old legos yesterday for them to play with, and the boys there were so excited, so focused, so quiet. Sometimes you find something that works.

Tonight I'll have an evening at home, at last. Adam is mowing and tilling the field this week and making satisfying progress. And ... he says he enjoys it! That's amazing to me -- hot, buggy outdoor work that's labor intensive. But he does. The first tilling of the field is always the hardest, turning up old sod, battling the grass. I'm thankful.

1:11. Forty-nine whole minutes to enjoy!


  1. I know what you mean. I used to look at the clock during my planning period and think to myself, "YIKES! Why does the time go so fast!"
    It happens to me still when I am quiet in the morning.
    You are blessing those kiddos at school, MK! They don't know how good they have it, having such an expert!
    I always figure you can get used to anything. It just takes a little time.

  2. It takes awhile to settle into a new routine. You can do this!

  3. I know how you feel too. You're into a new phase in your life, with several changes. It takes time to settle in and with Christ, you can do all things.

    When you mentioned the work that Adam is doing again, I thought of his accident last year was it, and recovery, and look at him go now.

    God's blessings on you all ~ FlowerLady

  4. I'm still working on my attitude after 11 years of working outside the home. If I ever learn this lesson I bet God will let me go onto something else! lol!
    I've always felt like cocooning and hoarding my free time and found I was just watching the clock to see how much time I had left before I had to go to sleep or to work. I feel much better if I just DO something productive in my off time. I think as long as we're on this planet we'll feel like time is slipping away from us. It is! But eternity awaits us with the promise of endless good things. Our "home" sickness will finally be cured. ;)


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