What You Did Today was ENOUGH

Does any other person ask themselves the question at the end of the day:

“Did I do enough?” or is it just me?  That’s a rhetorical questions.  You don’t have to answer that.  I just am curious how you and I view enough.

Webster’s online dictionary…

Definition of enough

  1. :  occurring in such quantity, quality, or scope as to fully meet demands, needs, or expectations enough food for everyone

  2.  (my definition) what my mind and body could do today was done

The definition #1 above seems like it is filled with pressure to meet the demands/needs/expectations of others.  The cool thing about my later 30s is that it has been teaching me daily that “enough” is totally relative.  There are days when I have enough energy to clean.  There are days when I need to lay on the couch and zone out with social media or a book.  There are nights when I am happy going to bed.  There are nights when I am frustrated and even in tears.  Enough is enough.  You have heard that before right?

May we all be enough today for ourselves.  Know that God views us as enough when we choose to follow Him, love Him, and love others.  That isn’t so hard.  Love and rest are defined in many different ways.  Give yourself grace today.

God is all mercy and grace— not quick to anger, is rich in love.

Dear God,

You always reassure us that we are enough.

We don’t see what You see.  Forgive us for putting too much pressure on ourselves or others to be “enough.”  Help us to find the Spirit filled life lived in love be “enough” for us today.

Thank you Lord for places we can speak, write, and breathe alongside others who see us as “Enough.”  Give me the heart to accept others as “Enough.”  Take away the desire for perfection or plans to take shape.  Let me roll with this day.

Amen.

Define My Job Lord…

Today’s five minute Friday prompt is “Define.”  Ready, set, write…

5:56 a.m.

Define my job Lord.  I often find my mind and heart asking God to give me clear direction.  What the heck do you want me to do today?  This week?  This month?  This year?  Am I to be a just a mom, an amazing back flipping (not ever going to happen unless I get the trampoline I’ve always wanted for the back yard) lady, or a rock start speech language pathologist?  Do you need me to volunteer more at the school?  Or less?

Lord, do you need me to volunteer in the community somewhere?  Do you need me to offer the homeless guy on the corner a job at our house doing hand work?  Define my job Lord.

Everyone doesn’t want a definition, but I do.  I want to know what to do, when to do it, and how to do it well.  I’m a great student.  I’ve always been a great student.  I love studying my Bible, non-fiction books, and reading online articles about so many topics your head may pop.

My head hasn’t popped yet, so I know God has a plan for me.  I know he has already fulfilled many plans through me and my family.  We have had such great blessings and hardships that we can share empathy, money, sympathy, and love pretty freely.

Sharing love freely.  I guess that’s my job.  I will go with that for today.  Thank you God for clarifying my job description in five minutes time.

6:01 a.m.

“We are each singular threads in the world.  We all get to decide what we will tie our lives to.  If I tie my resources, my time, my Esther-power, only to the thin thread of my own life-my life’s a hopelessly knotted mess.

The thread of your life becomes a tapestry of abundant colors only if it ties itself to other lives.  The only way to strengthen the fabric of society is to let threads of your life break away to let Christ, who is in us, weave around other threads.” 

Ann Voskamp, The Broken Way

This is a beautiful example of the work being done by my quilting teacher.: Photo Credit: Penny Berens

p.s. I need to read more about Esther, a Jewish Queen in the Bible who apparently risked some personal safety for others.  Maybe you need to find out more about her too.  Find someone to tie your life to today.  It may be someone unexpected!

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a snapshot or some Jenn Notes:

One of my favourite stories in the bible. I have always enjoyed reading and learning about this amazing Queen that God chose.:

Image: Crush Cul de Sac

Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor in your eyes, O King, and if it please the king, give me my life, and give my people their lives.”
Tirzah Magazine: an online Christian magazine for young women...empowering a generation of Esthers for such a time as this. Love love love!:
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Dear God,
You have placed us each in a place predetermined by You.
Forgive me when I look for new places to go or spread MY ideas etc.
Help me to look closer at those in my path today.
Give me grace to love freely.  Give me the hope in my heart that I am already where you need me.  Give me strength to bravely stand up for those who need an advocate.
Amen.