As I sat down to my quiet time this morning, my mind was racing with everything that I needed to accomplish today. I am wrapping up with several Career Flight Plan clients soon, decided to be a volunteer class coach for Dale Carnegie (after having an incredible experience as a participant of the course), and am working on developing my businesses… which includes trying to get as many students, parents of high schoolers or college students, young professionals, and managers as possible to take my survey. If you’re in one of these categories, would you mind taking 5 minutes to fill out this survey? I’d so appreciate your insights!
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Now that you’ve finished the survey (thank you!) I’ll fill you in on the wonderful weekend that John and I had together.
John was traveling most of last week for work, and after being on the road, he was craving some vegetables. So dinners this week/last weekend have featured several delicious veggies. A must try is Bon Appetit’s crispy salt and vinegar potatoes – so easy and so tasty! I think we’ll always do baby potatoes this way. Other meals included roasted chicken, served with steamed artichokes (now in season and a favorite of mine) and fish fajitas for Cinco de Mayo. I’ll have to put this recipe up soon because it was a winner! We have also enjoyed most of our meals outside on our newly spruced up back deck.
But we didn’t only eat veggies… Saturday morning brunch was (gluten free) waffles, and they made an appearance that night for dessert after we melted chocolate on top of them!
In between all this (mostly) healthy eating, we also had an active weekend. On Friday night, we had a bowling date. John of course beat me, but I counted it a success that I only had 3 gutter balls! We then went to Jeni’s, our all time favorite ice cream (and sorbet) spot, afterwards.
Saturday afternoon we played tennis, and John of course beat me in this game too. But the beautiful weather made up for it! Then on Sunday we took advantage of the beautiful weather again and went for a 20 mile bike ride on the Silver Commit Trail.
Before the busyness of the week took off, my friend Caitlin helped me plant our garden. My rosemary and lavender somehow survived from last summer and made it through the freezing winter… success! We tilled the soil, removed the layer of dead leaves, pulled up weeds and dead plants, and tried to get out all of the mint that had taken over one of the boxes. I don’t think I’ll plant that again! We then added in new soil before planting a variety of herbs and vegetables including two kinds of basil, oregano, thyme, chives, jalapeños, several kinds of peppers, squash, zucchini, cucumber, strawberries, and tomatoes. We’ll see what grows!
And that brings me to sitting down to my devotional this morning and thinking about my busy week. (I’ll be at the Leadercast Conference all day on Friday, but it probably won’t beat meeting Michael Hyatt at the conference last year!) I read Daniel 9, which may be one of the most confusing passages in the Bible, before I “happened to” flip to Psalm 131.
As my footnotes state, Psalm 131 is all about being content even when there are many things we’d like explained, like how our story relates to the bigger story of the world. In times of complexity and chaos, we can still calm and quiet our souls. I reminded myself that it’s better to work out of rest, like the wonderful weekend that we had, rather than resting after work. It is in this stillness that we find hope. We remember that it’s ok if we don’t get everything done or if we don’t understand how everything is going to work out. Our hope is in a Lord who does understand and who does see the whole picture and who does have a plan for how our story fits in.
Let’s rest in this hope today.