Saturday, January 15, 2011

50 Things in 14 days

"Harvey called in sick. He decided to blog at home today."
This week I came down with another, even worse, virus than last week - the stomach flu!  At first, I kept bursting into tears, not because of  the room-spinning dizziness or the draining fatigue or the roller-coaster nausea, but because of my forced hiatus from achieving this year's goals! Then as I was reading James, I came across these verses:

4:13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into this or that town 17  and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” 4:14 You 18  do not know about tomorrow. What is your life like? 19  For you are a puff of smoke 20  that appears for a short time and then vanishes. 4:15 You ought to say instead, 21  “If the Lord is willing, then we will live and do this or that.” 4:16 But as it is, 22  you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

God has been teaching me for years that my value is not in how much I accomplish, but in Him alone - I guess this lesson is one I am still learning. My life will not end if I only end up accomplishing "48 Things" or "39 Things" or even, gasp! "25 Things" off my list this year :). What matters is if God's will is accomplished in my life. 

I was somehow able to:
 44. Finish hand-mending pair of jeans I've been working on for three months! 

Next week, God willing, I will:
- keep reading God's Word and praying, resume exercising, and
33. Start a shop on etsy.

What are your goals, God-willing, for the next week? month? year?


  1. Yes, sometimes it is hard to submit our will to God's. I think this is a lesson that lasts throughout a lifetime for most of us if we are honest with ourselves. My goals are many but I don't put any pressure on myself to accomplish most of them. Perhaps only to start some of them ;-) (I've posted them all at my blog so I won't add a list here. It is too long!). Keep well....I'm sick with flu myself and so I know how tiring it can be. Hugs. xx

  2. @ Joyful - yeah, I am a "Martha" not a "Mary" - most happy when I am getting things done, and unhappy when I "have to" rest! God is working on me on this though! Hope you get well soon!

  3. I can so relate to your Mary/Martha moments :) Nice blog you have here .. we have a lot of similarities. I like your Speak Up for those who cannot speak for themselves sign .. my son cannot speak well (he has Down syndrome) .. so we/I do a lot of interpretation for him .. just discovered an IPad with an app called Proloquo2go .. that is GREAT!

  4. How awesome that you found an IPad app which can help your son! I have a nephew with aspergers so I can relate!

  5. Oh I'm so sorry you've been poorly, I do hope you are better now?

    Those sound like great goals :)

    Did you get my email re the creative writing signs?

  6. Frugal Trenches, Thank you - I am feeling better now! I didn't get your email, and I don't see it in my spam or anything like that. Sorry about that!

  7. Heather - ha! we will see if I can get it done tomorrow!


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