I'm really not sure how we can already be five days into November!! Are you??
Already, I feel behind -- having lost most of three days to sickness. Unfortunately, even when we stop dead in our tracks, the world around us doesn't! That means our work only piles up around us . . .
The natural response to feeling behind is to panic and then to fly around swatting at everything at once . . . which isn't very productive, and just insures that we will quickly exhaust what measure of energy we have, with precious little to show for it. Or, on the other hand, some of us may respond to such a situation by becoming so overwhelmed that we don't know where to begin . . . so we throw up our hands in despair and sink down into a chair and do nothing. I've responded in both of these ways at various times through the years.
However, neither response tends to nourish and build up our homes, our families, or ourselves.
So, how should we respond when we feel behind and overwhelmed and surrounded by so many tasks that need to be done that we have no idea where to start??
I think I can practically hear Elisabeth Elliot in her quiet, calm, but determined, voice saying, "Do the next thing."
This one motto served Elisabeth well, whether dealing with natives in the jungles of Ecuador or when filling in for her daughter Valerie and attempting to manage her home while keeping up with a house full of active grandchildren, as she explains here. Elisabeth's practice over a lifetime was to never allow herself to get ruffled or frazzled in an overwhelming situation. Instead, she established the habit of asking God for wisdom and direction, and then calmly setting about to "do the next thing." When that task was completed, she looked for the next job that needed done, and continued to just "do the next thing."
And that is the best advice I have for conquering any overwhelming situation you or I may find ourselves in -- "just do the next thing."
Welcome to Yes They Are All Ours -- where I answer the question I've heard more than any other through the years! I share glimpses into my somewhat crazy life as a home-schooling mother of ten children, while seeking to encourage other women to find joy and fulfillment in embracing their high calling as wives, mothers, and keepers of their homes. I hope you'll find refreshment here! ~Elizabeth
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