I’ve noticed in my life that when I’m not working, God is usually working on things for me to do. When we moved to our last church, I didn’t have a job for about six months. In that time, I had lots of things come up that I wouldn’t have been able to do if I was working. It’s been feeling that way since we moved here.
For the first time in my life I feel like I’ve got some semblance of a routine going at home – cleaning, laundry, cooking, etc. We’ll see how well I keep up with it. But I also was just thinking about this fall and how quickly my time will fill up. I’m already scheduled to teach Bible study on Sunday mornings, leading first a class on the 12 disciples and then doing one on the Reformation. Both are areas in which I have little prior knowledge, which means I have some work to do before I can teach them. Our Christ Care group will also start this fall, something Travis and I are co-leading, but it also means prep work.
And those are the ones I need to prep for teaching/leading. Besides that, I will also be doing homework and studying for two classes I will be attending: the Tuesday morning women’s Bible study at church, and on Tuesday evenings, I think I’m going to sign up for Crossways, a two-year walk through the entire Bible. Whew! That’s a lot, but I’m excited. I probably haven’t had that much time devoted to delving into the Scriptures and theology since I was in college. And that was probably my favorite part of being in school!
If I was working, I doubt I would have time for all of that and keeping up with the house. But then again, keeping up with the house has never been a forte of mine. I’d always wait for a day when I “had time” but that day would rarely if ever come. Usually I’d just work under deadlines: cleaning because guests were coming, doing dishes because we ran out of spoons, catching up on paperwork because of tax time. Hopefully I’ll do better imposing my own deadlines and keeping them. Wish me luck, because I’ve always struggled with personal discipline!