When You Can't Do It All

To do list I'm sure some of you have noticed that I've been rather sporadic at posting here in the past month or two. I've missed more days than I have since I started blogging.

The first few times it happened, it really bothered me. I wanted to have a post here every weekday. I wanted to be consistent. I wanted to stay on the schedule I had created. I didn't understand why I couldn't get everything done.

Every year,  I do a big freelance project in the spring. It's time-consuming and a bit tedious. It takes several months to get it done. And that was when I wasn't homeschooling my younger daughter. This year, though, I threw in homescchooling and another job teaching at a homeschool enrichment program.  And I discovered that I can't do it all.

As moms, we have a tendency to think we can do everything. We think we should do everything, and we feel guilty when we can't get it all done. We feel like we're letting someone down when we fail to do the 25 tasks on our daily to-do list.

In the past couple months, though, I came to the realization that I simply can't do it all. I can't be all things to all people, and I need to quit trying. I can only do what I can do.

So, here's what I discovered. There are some days that the blog will go unwritten. There are some days that the laundry will go unfolded. There are some days when dinner will come from the drive-thru. There are some days when the bathrooms will go uncleaned.

Because I can't do it all, and I was never intended to do so. God didn't intend for us to spend all our waking moments chasing our tails. He intended for us to spend those moments chasing Him.

In the past few months, I've discovered that God wants us to seek Him and the things He has for us instead of the things on our to-do list. He'll make enough time for everything if we turn that list over to Him and let Him order it.

And God doesn't care if you order pizza for dinner so you can spend 20 minutes playing Uno. He doesn't care if your house is messy today because you chose to help your child with his homework. God doesn't care if the fish bowl really needs to be cleaned because you chose to spend an extra 15 minutes talking to your husband before he left for work.

God does care that we make His priorities our priorities, and God's priorities are always people and relationships -- not things. So, today, if you're feeling like you can't get it all done, if your to-do list seems longer than the day, give it to God. Ask Him to order it and provide enough time for everything. And remember, God never intended for you to do it all. He simply intended for you to do the things that He asks you to do.