Do you ever have one of those weeks that feels two days too long? A week when there are too many questions and not enough answers? Where it seems everyone’s getting it right and you’re still trying to figure out how to begin? Or is it just me?
I’ve had one of those weeks. Two of ’em actually. If you can relate keep reading. I want to share a few things that have helped me get through and I think they might help you, too.
A Few Things To Help Get You Through
Joy, not grit, is the hallmark of holy obedience. We need to be lighthearted in what we do to avoid taking ourselves too seriously. It is a cheerful revolt against self and pride. Our work is jubilant, carefree, merry. Utter abandonment to God is done freely and with celebration. And so I urge you to enjoy this ministry of self-surrender. Don’t push too hard. Hold this work lightly, joyfully. —Richard J. Foster
This week I really wanted to stay in bed, have a pity-party, and binge on lemon pie and Netflix. Lemon pie and Netflix have their place but instead I chose “a cheerful revolt against self and pride”.
- First, I leaned into my habit of reading my Bible. I have a Read Through the Bible plan I’ve followed for years and this week Psalms and Romans were a great encouragement.
- Second, I read a good book. Actually, I’m reading several good books because I get bored with just one. Richard J. Foster’s Freedom of Simplicity is one that I’ve read before but during this crazy week I knew I needed to focus on simplicity.
- Third, I enjoyed some thrifty therapy. Here’s one of my finds: a cute pillow for $1.00 (Threshold brand from Target). It looks and feels brand new.
- Lastly, I cooked something simple and yummy. Some people like to eat out after a long day or week but I prefer to stay at home and cook. This dish is a super-easy, one-pan Rosemary Honey Chicken.
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Keep It Simple, Sweetie
When I have “one of those weeks” my soul longs for simple—simple truth, simple beauty, and simple food.
I get out of my head, let go of trying to fix it and figure it out, and savor slow and simple.
I’m feeling much better now and I think I’m ready to face another week.
What about you? I’d love to hear how you deal with a crazy, long week—if you ever have one, of course!