Sunday, 29 November 2009

Stopping, stopped

Lovely ladies breakfast here yesterday. up to a dozen of us - different women every time, although there are a one or two constant regulars - who gather round my big table to chat.
It's a breather for those of us who work full-time Monday to Friday. And I know that EVERYONE is busy... but homemakers have other opportunities.
This is just for us.

I started hosting these monthly get-togethers about a year ago. I put together a rough schedule of ideas, so dragged it out a week or so ago.
Reluctantly, I have to admit. I have been SO busy.

'Normal' school is hectic enough. Then there are reports..(only nine thousand words this time) and a professional development course I am in the middle of. Not even to think about Christmas...(which is all I AM doing - thinking about it. Guiltily.)
Anyway, guess what the next topic was?

Ha ha.

So I scurried around doing a weekly clean up in an hour. This poor house rarely gets more than a spit and a polish: a Swedish proverb says 'better a little dirt in the corners than a clean Hell' and I take that maxim to heart.
I scurried round setting the table, baking rolls, preparing a fruit platter...
I scurried.
I don't think so.

And you know what? It WAS. I feel as refreshed as if I'd had a weekend away - and it's still Sunday morning!


PS: What I shared is over at Words From God for Today. Interestingly, the day I was putting the finishing touches, praying that it was what God wanted from me, a friend sent me this by email:

The Lord is My Pace Setter: an adaptation of the 23rd Psalm

"The Lord is my pace setter...I shall not rush
He makes me stop for quiet intervals
He provides me with images of stillness which restore my serenity
He leads me in the way of efficiency through calmness of mind and his guidance is peace
Even though I have a great many things to accomplish each day, I will not fret,for his presence is here
His timelessness, his all importance will keep me in balance
He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity by anointing my mind with his oils of tranquility
My cup of joyous energy overflows
Truly harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruits of my hours for I shall walk in the Pace of my Lord and dwell in his house for ever."

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