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Thirty-Eight Hour Days

Thirty-Eight Hour Days

There is never enough time in a day.

Never enough time to get everything done.

Never enough time to rest.
Never enough time to eat.
Never enough time to relax. And never enough time to spend with God.

I put in a request to God the other day: "How about a few more hours in a day Lord? Fourteen more ought to do it."

In my heart I heard His answer. "Oh sure- I give you fourteen more hours a day, and all you'll do is fill it up with more stuff. Nope. Besides, the calendars for the next few years have already been printed. That's a lot of wasted calendars."

Well, crud. 


Fourteen more hours would have been nice. I could get a nap in. Maybe get some more errands or housecleaning done. Maybe I can even get that at-home business started! Maybe I could...um...


Maybe God has a point.


Back in the olden days, we never used to be this busy. Or maybe we were, but we still took out time from farming and harvesting to rest and do crafty things. The Amish did it all the time - and still do.


Even in more modern times we had time for friends, families, road trips, and vacations. Now we burn ourselves out until we're too blurry-eyed to function and fall into our beds for a restless nights' sleep.


Imagine what we would do with a thirty-eight hour day. I wonder if we'd get anyrest. This is the age of 'Do Everything- Always'. The pressure is on to outdo not only those around us, but ourselves.


Better. Faster. More productive. Manage time better. Manage life better. And be the best parent/worker/whatever in the universe.


I think we've forgotten how to have fun. I know I've become much too serious for my own liking. I crave being creative and silly, but I need to reign it in because one can't tape multi-colored balloons to oneself and slip on a clear trash bag and act like a bag of jellybeans when one is on the job- unless that job is to act like a bag of jellybeans. 


Sometimes I'm so busy managing my time that I forget to make time to have fun. And I really, really, really need to do that.


It's getting to the point where I'll need those thirty-eight hour days just to get some sleep!


But God is right. If He gave me all that time, chances are I'd fill it with more stuff, and none of it would be about Him. I need to make time for God too!


I was put here to glorify Him. Not to micromanage the life He gave me. I also know that God is grinning His face off right now, because He knows that no matter how hard I try, I'll probably be micromanaging tomorrow- maybe even sooner. But He still loves me anyhow.


Well, you can't say I didn't try. Thirty-eight hours days would've been nice. So I'll take the twenty-four hours He gave me and do the best that I can.

Now where did I put those multi-color balloons and that clear trash bag?
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  • Summer is a busy time (but then, when aren't we busy????) and we've been running here and there with our girls the past couple of weeks . . . . and now we are looking forward to celebrating our nation's birthday next week. Even though we are all busy, I hope you will take a minute to connect with some of the other members here in the Ruby for Women community, visit some of the groups, and join us for our weekly chat time. Hope to see you there! Nina
  • Lesson 3 of the Bible study of the Book of Esther is now available! It's not too late to get started. Please join us here: =" http://rubyforwomen.ning.com/groups/bible-study
  • Thanks Beth for sharing your blog post with us today!
  • Good Morning!
    The Bible study on the Book of Esther is now available here at the Ruby for Women Community Page!

    To get started, CLICK HERE:

    http://rubyforwomen.ning.com/blog/bible-study-book-of-esther
  • Good morning Susan and all - if you click on the title of each blog post, it will take you to that post. Also, you can click on the Bible study title and it should take you to the Bible study page . . . . I will be uploading the first Bible study lesson later today. Be sure to let us know if that doesn't work for you or if you have any other questions. Thanks for your patience! Nina
  • How do I go about reading the blogs and Bible studies?
  • Today's words of wisdom on the Ruby for Women blog: "Giving our Time to God" by Erin Stephens
    http://rubyforwomen.com/2016/04/giving-our-time-to-god-by-erin-step...
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