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I am happily married to an amazing military man who spent 9 years enlisted and is now an Officer in the US Army. We have two amazing boys who are not so little any more! They still infuse every moment of every day with creativity and energy, and make my life an adventure.  I was educated at home, and am now teaching our children - second generation homeschoolers! I try every day to become more like Jesus Christ, and to love like HE does. If you want you can try and catch me at bethylovesandy@yahoo.com

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"For the Lord gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6 NKJV 
The Message translation puts it this way "God gives out Wisdom free, is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding."

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Waste not, Want Not Wednesday

It is Wednesday, and I am supposed to be thinking green.
 I took the recycling out to the bin a little while ago and realized I hadn't posted yet today. The clothes are on the line out back - I could write about that. The boys made very interesting forts out of the cereal boxes a few days ago - I could write about that.
 Thinking green is second nature to me, as much as I can afford to.
 Today however I feel like preaching to myself, and I listen so much better if I write it out, and have you all (am I southern enough to say ya'll?) to hold me accountable. If I type it up it is not just words floating around in my head, but black and white in front of me, and something I have to accept.

 Waste not - those words are something I write about as a reminder for protecting the beautiful earth that God created.
 But what else do I waste besides natural resources? Time? Energy? Emotions?
  This week I must admit to being very guilty of wasting my energy on emotions that accomplished nothing. It is much easier to preach about it now, chastise myself now, when it is over and I don't have to stress any more.
 The truth is that I really should have spent less of my time stressing during the middle of the stressful situation.
 Day after day I laid it down, told God that I trusted Him, and knew that whatever He had planned for us was the best.
 And then I worried anyway.
 "What can I do to fix it" "Is it happening because I did something wrong?" "Did we hear God incorrectly?" "If we just work harder, sleep less, stand on one foot and hop up and down with our tongue to our nose...."
 You know how it goes.

 There were things that had to be done. But worrying about them didn't help them get done faster, or better. Stressing about "why" the problem occurred in the first place didn't help fix it.

  What a Waste.

 And it left me Wanting.

 Wanting for peace. Wanting for comfort. Wanting a reminder, which my Savior gladly gave, that I am not in control. He is.
 I seem to be learning that lesson a lot lately.

 I never would have thought I needed to learn that lesson.
 I wouldn't have described myself as something who thought she was in control - but with the way I have been acting lately, I guess I was wrong.
 I certainly hope I am done learning it - but I am not going to hold my breath. Learning how to live the right way is a lifelong commitment, and some of those lessons take longer to learn then I would like to admit.
 Waste not, Want not - in more ways then one my friends. There is more then just God's beautiful earth at stake here. Our souls are part of his creation too, and He guards them with infinitely more love and care.  


Carrie said...

A great perspective. And true. So much waste going on in the world in this area too.

autumnesf said...

tagged you in a post