- We went through the garage, made note of all the stationary and movable areas of storage we had available.
- Next we wrote out a list of 7 categories of things in the garage that needed organizing (it really should have been 9 or so)
- After that determined the best storage area for each of the categories.
Up until this point everything seemed golden…Planning it out would save us TONS of time…that’s not how it worked out.
4. We emptied 2/3 of the garage of…EVERYTHING, sorting into categorical piles as we went.
5. Swept out all the dust, dirt, mousey gifts, and started trashing loads of old garbage..satisfying to be sure.
6. Started organizing stuff back into newly assigned area.
- Mice have powers of invisibility. I didn’t even know we had mice, and their poop was EVERYWHERE! They are clearly invisible.
- Spiders love social events. Seriously, spiders ranging from its bits, to an inch and a half across all reside in the jungle that was my garage. It was like a family reunion including the long lost cousins you didn’t know about.
- Mosquitos are vampires. I made it through the whole day without a bite and then got eaten alive once the sun went down. Coincidence? Not likely.
- Friends are for doing life with! A lot of times people think that we have friends for the extremes. For the road trips, nights out, sleep overs, girl talk, break ups, stress eating, and angry rants. Good friends are there for all of those things, sure, but they are also there to be part of your day to day. The doing homework, grocery shopping, and cleaning out/organizing an eyesore of a garage. We should stick together during those times, because those times build strong friendships.
Sometimes days aren’t easy. Sometimes weeks and months aren’t so hot either. It isn’t always an internal thing. Lots of things in life can make things difficult. Lately my restaurant job, has given me a lot of grief. In all honesty it has grown highly unpleasant for me at many times.
Times like this are no fun. However, God I know gave me this job because He wanted to use me for something here and as far as I can tell it hadn’t happened yet. As I prayed about what to do, situations at work grew worse and worse. It seemed that the enemy wanted to squeeze me until I give up and leave. After a time, I now know that God definitely wants me to stay where I am for now.
That gives me a choice. Each day I decide again whether I will merely complain and be angry at my place of employment, or will I call on God for His peace in this storm and allow Him to make me the blessing and testimony of His grace that He wants me to be there as I wait for whatever he wants me to do comes along? As the writer of Great is thy Faithfulness understood, God will give us strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow. We just need to ask Him.
Lord, help us to step out in faith and in your strength into the difficult situations we live in.
Changes. They can be some of the scariest, or most exciting things in life. They often seem overwhelming; expecially if you are struggling with depression. Thank God, I haven’t had many bad days at all lately, but still, the changes going on in my life (New job, being back at home, etc) are still quite difficult for me. Personally, I am terrible at sticking to schedules, so balancing my at-home job, and my other job, without failing to help my mother with house work, invest time in my family, blog, workout, eat right, take on all of my other personal projects, and get enough sleep seems impossible. Trying to do it all at once didn’t work out so well. I must admit, I crashed. Balance lost completely.
Changes don’t need to be that way. Sure they are a challenge, but they don’t need to be a tense, heart raising, self hating, “I’m ashamed of me, and you should be too.” thing. Change brings new horizons and opportunities for grand adventure.
Now that I’ve gone through it for a little while now and have learned a few things, let me share a those things that may help turn the challenge of change into the adventure of new horizons.
Change is a difficult, uncomfortable thing sometimes, and you can drive yourself insane trying to make everything you want in your schedule flow smoothly right off the bat. SPOILER: It doesn’t work. Take on one thing, maybe two at a time. Which item on your agenda is the most important? Figure out how to make that one work. One step at a time you will achieve stability. No need to panic.
Have some grace with yourself.
One big lie you may believe is that if you’re not fitting everything in, than you’re a failure. It’s really hard to accept that it takes time to get the hang of new things. Remember the grace that God has for you, and that He loves you just how you are now. If He can be patient with you, you should be too.
Call for Back-up.
If you are like me, awful at sticking with things that I am doing alone, find somebody to report to. Find somebody with a similar something they have to add to their schedule. It may be working out, personal study, devotions, whatever. Whenever you complete the thing you are working into your schedule, tell that person. Allow them to encourage you and hold you accountable. It will make the transition much less daunting.
Let the changes in your life create new opportunities for life, and growth. Never let them paralyze and hurt you. You are made by God for great things, it just takes a lot of baby steps, and some big changes to get us there.
We all love having plans. Plans with friends, plans to travel, plans for future accomplishments, etc.
This past weekend I had the privilege of going to my cousin’s bridal shower. In May I will get to be involved in her special day. We all love having moments like this in our lives.
Recently I was thinking back on all of the great plans I’ve gotten to live out and I realized that I could have missed out on so much if I had allowed myself to give in to the voices telling me to end it all back in 2013. I wouldn’t have traveled to Northern Ireland, Florida, or Minnesota. I wouldn’t have been there when my sister got engaged or married. I would have missed my brother preaching for the first time, and going swing dancing during my last semester of college. I wouldn’t have won the 48 hour film festival or found out I could graduate with a 3.7 GPA. None of these were things I planned on. I thought there was nothing left, and I was nothing. These were all things that God had planned out for me. Wonderful happy experiences planned out for me to enjoy that I could have missed if I hadn’t held on.
If you are feeling like its not worth holding on today, think of all the plans God has for wonderful memories in your future that you want to make it to. You don’t know what they are yet, but I bet He is excited for you to experience them all. Hold on. God has plans for you that you will love. If you tell Him why you don’t want to, He’ll show you why you should.
This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. – Jeremiah 29:10-12