Today we are featuring a Throwback Thursday article.
We are pulling an article from pages of the June 2015 issue of Cherished Magazine. We hope you enjoy but wait there’s more! Make sure you read all the way to the bottom to find out how to enter the “Strong Family” giveaway.
It happens so many mornings. As I awaken from a nice peaceful sleep I am bombarded about all the things I didn’t do, should have done, and could have done. It’s almost like an angry crowd of naysayers in my brain telling me I am not enough.
Okay, go ahead and grab your cup of coffee and take a moment to listen. I am going to share a personal story and I hope that it helps you. Let’s chat about the “To Do” list.
I started out using the “To Do” list in the way it was intended. A simple way to not forget to do something that really needed to get accomplished that day. With the many hats I wore it helped me focus and organize my time. It was really helping me be a bit more organized and productive. Then slowly, over time, the list became a bit more controlling … in not a good way.
It began to remind me day after day of all the things I couldn’t get done.
Without realizing it, my list became an unrealistic plan of what should be done and I would get so tense when I “didn’t get it right” and get everything on the list done that I wanted to do. Oh my, I certainly hated it when I “didn’t get things right”!
So today I want you to inventory your daily “To Do” list even if it is just a mental one.
Is it a list that you came up with or did you seek guidance?
You see my list of “things to do” was my agenda. It became an everyday set up for failure. In reality my never ending list became like an enemy. It became a tool to control my day and my life and I left no margin to let God get a say on how I should spend my day.
What I love about our God, is this–even though during that season I wasn’t letting Him help me write my true “To Do” list of the things He had planned for me “To Do”, He wasn’t the one telling me I wasn’t enough.
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Rom. 8:1
He lovingly sent a messenger to help me see how I am enough no matter what I accomplished in a day. God loves me and He is not condemning me for not being perfect. He is not disappointed when I don’t complete my list. So allow me to be a messenger to you.
Precious one when the naysayers come and begin to bombard your mind with thoughts of how you are lacking put out this sign in BIG BOLD LETTERS
I AM ENOUGH!
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Marva | SunSparkleShine says
Such a beautiful reminder. Two years ago I clung to the word ‘enough’ as my word for the year to remind me that 1) I am enough in Christ and 2) He is more than enough for me. Nothing else needs to be added.
Thanks for sharing such wonderful encouragement!
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Thanks for the giveaway!
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Roseann Hampton says
What a great inspirational message! Thanks for sharing at The Blogger’s Pit Stop! Roseann from This Autoimmune Life
Amy @ The Quiet Homemaker says
This is exactly how I was feeling awhile back!!! So overwhelmed by a to-do list that was supposed to be helping me be more organized! It was a very hard time, because it took me a while to realize what was going on! Thankfully, I now know, but that does not mean that I do not slip into old habits at times. I am so thankful to God for opening my eyes!!
Visiting from #TuneInTuesdays! 🙂
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A great reminder to silence those voices in our heads. We are enough! I realized recently that a simple change in my perspective takes me from being a critic to an encourager….for myself. For example, rather than policing my food by writing everything down and then judging, I’ll write it down as a “curious” exercise to see what’s going on and how I feel. Geeze, we can’t get enough of this good teaching!!
Praise God that there is no condemnation in Christ! Thank you for this powerful reminder!