Stop Letting “Should” Paralyze You! – Day 33

Our to-do lists are often too lengthy for the papers we jot them on to contain all the items. How does this happen? It’s because we tend to feel like we should do things, simply because we’re capable of doing them. This is wrong. 

God gave us the abilities he wants us to use to glorify him, but we won’t have any time to do anything on God’s list if we’re stuck on the “shoulds” on our own.

Example #1: 

Should: My dogs shed, so I should vacuum every day to keep the kids from looking like hairy little beasts every time they play on the floor. 

Reality: If you spend twenty minutes per day vacuuming your floor, that’s nearly two waking hours gone, every single week. 

Solutions: Buy a robot vacuum, get a great hair remover brush, or recruit help.

Example #2:

Should: My kids never put away their folded clothes and I always end up running them back through the laundry! It drives me insane and increases my workload so much! I should shout about it some, and then just rewash them.

Reality: Rewashing laundry is another 1-2 of your waking hours down the drain. If your kids are old enough to put their own laundry away, they can help with laundry. You don’t have to do it all. Being a mom doth not make you a house elf!  

Solution: If you teach your children how to wash and fold their own clothes, you are teaching them the fine art of responsibility, a life skill, and they’ll appreciate you a lot more. AND – they’re a lot more likely to put their clothes away if they know they’re the ones who will be rewashing and folding them. It’s a win for you, your bambinos, and your utility bills! (Married? Your spouse can count as a big kid in this scenario. Recruit him to help, too!)

Overflowing Jesus Journal: Day 33

Read the following verse and let it sink into your soul:

Proverbs 22:6 NIV – Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

When you’re ready, pray for insight and wisdom, then write the following as a prayer:

  • Are you willing to accept help from others? Why, or why not?
  • What one delegatable item on your to-do list steals the most of your time? 
  • Can someone else help you with it? If so, write down how you’ll present your request/expectation to them. (When you finish this, make the request, then show them how to do it. Don’t hover and get all OCD on them. Ensure they do their best and be grateful for it.)
  • Write a prayer for someone else, by name.
  • Thank God for three blessings from the last 24 hours. Remember, no repeats from previous journal entries. 

Thanks for joining me! If this is your first time here, or it’s your first experience prayer journaling and you can’t wait to get more journal prompts, AWESOME! Start with Day 1. It explains the whole concept. You can do the posts after the Day 1 post, in chronological order, to get the full healing experience. Just click the left arrow on the post carousel, below, and it will guide you through them.

No pressure though! If you’re crunched on time, you can treat them like a buffet and only write on the ones that inspire you or tug at your spirit. Let the Lord guide you through your process. This is your journey and I’m thrilled that this little blog is a part of it!

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