January 4, 2014 Already?; Say What?

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The calendar is already mocking me.

The calendar mocks me already. How is it the 4th of January? At this rate, I’ll be doing my Christmas blog for 2014 before I can say jackrabbit. Not that I would ever say jackrabbit, because why on earth would I? I mean, I think I’ve said jackrabbit like, never.

Anyway, I have until mid-March, early April off, and already I feel my vacation time is dwindling. I’m slightly panicked over it. Can we rewind those four days, please? (For those of you who get two weeks a year, or worse, one week a year of vacation, and are presently considering killing me…well, let me say, you, of ALL PEOPLE, should know how time flies while on vacation. I’ll stop while I’m ahead.) Honestly, I already feel the time flying. I’ll be hustling the garden season away before you can say jackrabbit, at this rate. (There’s that word again.)

My job is feast or famine. I am either working 24/7 till I drop, or I’m not working at all. And, when I’m not working, there is so much to catch up on. Sleep, for one. Bills (but I’m not working, so go figure). Doctor appointments. Car servicing. Sleep. Long walks. Organizing everything before spring when I’ll be working 24/7, again. Sleep.

Today, I had designated to update my resume, wanting it done before I leave for a ten day vacation. But, typical me, I got distracted. Look! Something shiny!

I did this, instead.

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Scripture memorization for 2014

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The Book Of John, my favorite to memorize, study and teach

In case you’re thinking I am oh-so-creative, I downloaded the pages from The Holy Experience blog. While pilfering the web, while sitting by the fire, while fiddling with my camera, while deciding if I need/want a new computer, while staring out the window, while flipping through seed catalogues (yep, that time already—so psyched). While doing anything but updating the resume, which I have now decided should be turned over to the hands of a professional. If I pay someone, it might actually get done.

I did compile my resolutions for the year, Scripture memorization obviously one of them. I tried to stay away from anything that involves heavy lifting, running shoes, or typing. Here’s my list for the year:

1. Be an encourager.

2. Drop the victim mentality and live fully, presently.

3. Love the young’uns.

4. Love Christ.

5. Have mercy.

6. Scripture memory.

I am doing pretty good, so far. I told the 19-year-old I liked his hair, which might qualify as a lie instead of encouragement, but hey he was happy. And, a 19-year-old happy is the same as a two-year-old happy. I’ll do dang near anything for that.

Number 2 is getting easier, a life long journey to realize it really isn’t all about me. Number 3 will be a piece of cake, number 4 not as easy, though I long for it to be. I’ll pray for it to be. I’m good at mercy…..when it comes to me. So, 5 should prove challenging. However, 6 will help with all of them. In fact, without 6, 1-5 wouldn’t happen. So perhaps, it should be number 1. And perhaps, not working on my resume but cutting out Scripture verses wasn’t a waste of time. Maybe it will prove to be the most productive thing I do this year. And maybe, it will slow time down. Because stepping into the presence of God, through the communion of his word, is stepping into eternity, where there’s literally all the time in the world.

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