Diligence in Everyday Things
There have been a lot of changes and activity going on in my life lately. While finishing “To Be a Handmaid of the Lord” life does need to go on though. Two unusual things happened that got me to thinking about my need for diligence in everyday things.
The girls and I have been working on our soon-to-be-five-year-old’s birthday party. I’m generally NOT crafty when it comes to these things. I like crafting things that you’re going to use for a while – not two hours then throw away. Christmas wreaths = fun. Minute dog tags for take home puppies for a party = really? But, it will add to the fun for the birthday girl so I will finish it. It’s not the only thing that’s getting really cute in details.
This party is shaping up to be all DOG. We will have –
- an adoption table, where they will choose their little puppy, a collar, and a name;
- a vet’s table, where they will have their new puppy “checked” over to be certain it is good to go home;
- a doggie dress up table, where the children will choose ears to put on a visor (that is already equipped with puppy dog looking eyes) and then get their faces painted to finish the look;
- a table with doggie “treats” for everyone to take home, puppy chow sweet mix (cookies and cream flavor and cupcake flavor no less), cookies in the shape of bones, paws, and puppies, and candy popsicles in the shape of puppy paws in a variety of flavors. (It is so nice to have teenage daughters who love to bake and decorate – the two of them have made all of those goodies so far.)
I sure hope that all eleven of the five year old and one three year old party-goers have a good time!
This week, too, I’ve talked to my doctor about the blood work he ran. He is trying to figure out why I’m tired so much of the time. Apparently, I was mistaken in thinking that creeping up on 40 and homeschooling five girls was a good explanation. His initial suppositions seem to be right – Chronic Lyme Disease. My vitamin D levels are sky high (anybody want some, I could donate!). This indicates an infection from way back when. He thinks 1997 because of the Bells Palsy that affected my face when I was pregnant with our oldest daughter, which has just never been dealt with completely. The good thing is: my only real complaint is that I’m tired. If I do the protocol now, I won’t have all of the other things that come down the pike with this type of thing.
I get to do research now, Doctor ordered. He wants me to be certain that I agree with the diagnosis and that I am willing to do the treatment. After reading some of the material I understand WHY he wanted me to make the decision rather than just prescribing it immediately – it’s going to take at least a year, maybe longer. Lots of structured antibiotics layered on top of each other and diet changes to remove anything with Vitamin D in it. Have you looked at a label on your food lately – just about EVERYTHING has been fortified with Vitamin D!
My DILIGENCE will really be tested now. Diligence to finish a project for a birthday party with lots of tiny bits. Diligence to add taking pills everyday, but not every pill every day, when I haven’t been taking anything up until now. The birthday will bring the results almost immediately. The health issues will not. I will pray, I will take one step at a time, and see where this road takes me.
Diligence Every Day
So all of that on top of the normal getting through the week: taking the girls to classes with their home school friends, teaching “To Be a Handmaid of the Lord” to a class of girls, laundry, cleaning, and organizing Bible curriculum for our congregation, etc. I just realize that DILIGENCE is something that effects EVERY day of my life and every aspect of it. Even things that come easily need to be done diligently. And above all – I have to remember to be THANKFUL that I have ALL of these things in my life. The fact that I am able to do what I do is a blessing, there may come a day when I cannot.
Interesting how that sounds like the instructions Moses gave to the Israelites. It’s not only my children who are getting that daily training!
Deuteronomy 4:9Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and grandsons.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.
I believe that it is providential that we have begun a study of the book of Job in our Wednesday night Bible class. Last night focused on the first two chapters of the book. Job was blessed with so much. This meant that when he lost it, he lost a great deal. Everything I have, all that I am able to do – even just sitting without pain – is to be appreciated. There is no guarantee that I will always have things this way. Accidents happen; LIFE happens; things change. GOD is always constant, always caring, and always PRESENT for me. This is the thing I need to remember. I need to focus on it every day.
Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God!
I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your works of old. I will also meditate on all Your work, and talk of Your deeds. Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; Who is so great a God as our God?
As I prepare to celebrate with one of my five biggest blessings, I realize that I need to own the moment and not expect to be able to do the same for each girl. I will live in the moment, even while I prepare for the future. Today a birthday party is how I redeem the time with my children. I will work on improving my health, but also remember that this might be a “thorn in the flesh” for me.
- Diligence to find the joy.
- Diligence to be thankful for all things.
- Diligence to remember this world is not what it is all about.
- Diligence to enjoy what I am given.
Diligent in EVERYDAY things.