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What does your week ahead look like?
Mine involves getting the kids and hubby off to West Virginia to meet up with their sister (who lives in NC) for a father-child white-water rafting and camping trip.
I won’t be a part of the sleeping on the ground in a tent, cooking over a fire, risking life and limb in a rubber boat whizzing speedily down a rocky river.
Well, not really since my idea of roughing it is when I can’t get an extra pillow from the front desk at the Holiday Inn. ;-)
Instead this week, I get to hang out with some of my favorite people in Colorado Springs.
I’ll be recording some shows for Focus and speaking at the Hearts conference. And, one of the nights, I’ll get to hang with my sweet and frugal friend Jonni McCoy of Miserly Moms.
This makes me happy. But, it also makes me a bit frenzied. There are notes to go over, a skit to rehears, packing to be done, etc…
You know when you have a busier-than-normal week, whatever that holds, you gotta be on top of the game. So, here are a few busy week tips for you that have helped me:
~Simple food. A fall favorite we are having this week? Pulled pork in the crock-pot. Place a boneless pork roast in the crock pot. Salt & pepper. Cook 8 hours on low. Drain off most of the liquid. Shred with two forks and pour over 2-3 cups Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce. Serve on kaiser buns with chopped onion and sweet relish. For the sides—deli coleslaw and fruit.
~Simple schedule. This is not the time to be running unnecessary errands. Sure, you may want to check out the new colors of paint for the living room. But if you aren’t going to paint it for two weeks, you don’t need to do it now. Don’t clog your week with errands and small tasks that can wait.
~Simple lists. If not doing those tasks and running those errands now makes you worry you’ll forget them, start a list or two. May this prior post on list making will help you. Just don’t get all confused reading it thinking the giveaway it featured is still going on. It is not, but the info on making lists may help you get organized.
~Simple prayers. I’m not talking about hours spent alone in quiet meditation (although those times are fabulous when you can work them in!) I’m talking about working prayer into your busy days. When you are folding laundry, pray for your family. When you are peeling potatoes, don’t listen to the TV, pray for those you know who are sick. When driving alone, talk to God about the anxiousness in your heart. I have come to believe this may be what is meant by “pray without ceasing” in the Bible. (1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18)
I’ll pause again in the midst of this busy week to check in again. Hopefully with a giveaway from an up and coming new worship artist you are gonna love!