/ 13.3.10 / 8 Comments / From the Heart , Organization , stress , worry
Stressed Out? Time for a 'Worry List'!
But if it's the second cause, and today, that's where I am, then I usually have to make a 'worry' list. The first time I ever did that is engraved on my memory...it was the day my husband to be decided that we should get married this summer rather than next summer, which meant the wedding was exactly four months away. Now, granted, I was thrilled beyond belief! But it also meant that whatever was on my to do list got joined by a thousand other items and suddenly, for the first time in my life, I had too much to do. And there were other things worrying me...things that weren't just tasks, but nagging gnawing things..fears, minor failures, relationship stresses with family members, insecurities. If fact, the reason I finally wrote that first list is I just couldn't really tell why I was so 'down in the dumps' when it was the most exciting time of my life!
So I got out a piece of paper and started writing down everything..this wasn't just a to do list--this was things that were worrying me to. Things that were making me feel stressed or anxious. Sometimes these items were things to do and sometimes they were just situations that I could do very little about. I then marked everything that absolutely had to be done and could be done with a one. These were things that had to be done or the world would stop..today..literally. I might have ended up with 10 or 15 ones on the list. Then I marked everything that I FELT like needed to be done today, but in reality could probably wait until tomorrow or even later. Those items were all 2's.
Next I marked everything that really needed to be done, but could probably be done any time with a 3.It's funny how many important things were on that list. It's amazing how often the important is rarely urgent. That's why we put off things like making wills and calling family members or apologizing and making a bad situation right. Those are all important..but they don't have to be done today or the world will fall apart. (Not a good thing..right?) The next group, is all the things that I'd love to do, but don't have to do..they can wait but I probably would prefer to do them and skip the 1-3 items! They all get 4s. The very last group is things that it would be nice to do, but if they don't neither I or any one else is going to care. You know you will have time to get to them eventually...like my 15yr. old's baby book or the chicken border I bought a year ago to put in our kitchen.
The bible says not to worry about any thing, but to tell your heavenly Father everything you need with a thankful heart, knowing that he not only knows about your needs, but cares about them and will meet them in His perfect timing. I've had a lot of things like that on the list..difficult things--really logistical situations that I could not in my own efforts change. In fact, he already fixed several things this week. Nothing is too small for his loving attention. Difficulties and impossibilities are His opportunity to show us his love and his power. He just wants us to ask. That's it..
Well, I'm off to make my worry list, but I feel better all ready. I didn't get to do any sewing this week or projects, but I got a lot of things off my worry list!!! I still have a ways to go..(I hate deadlines like two week trips that start on such and such of a date.) But at least I'll have a plan.
How about you? I'll say a prayer this morning for all my readers, who might be worrying to day or stressed. Let's make those lists and give all those difficult items to God and while we're at it, lets give him the rest of the list and ask him for wisdom to know which ones we REALLY have to do TODAY.