Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Honey Do List

We followed her like eight little ducks in a row, looking for a table. Unfortunately we couldn't find one where we could all sit together, so we linked two tables together. We shared stories about our past week and in anticipation of the coming week. We laughed, the husbands told jokes and one of them shared the misadventures of his "honey do list." I sat listening to these friends interact with each other, with such joy and love in their hearts. While Dave shared his up and coming week, I reflected on mine. Paul shared with the Thessalonians at Cornith their "honey do list." In the letter from I Thessalonians 12-13: Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. This morning while reading HIS word, I was reminded of that "honey do list." We have company coming this afternoon. My husband, on his way out the door to the golf course mentioned, "you don't need me this morning, right?" Of course not honey. I've got everything under control. I said under my breath. But actually, I do have things under control. Especially by God's standards. I Thessalonians also tells us 14-15: And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. I'm working on edits today. I do that alone in my office. We're going out for dinner. There are clean sheets on the bed. My husband will share "golf stories" with us tonight at dinner. If there are any last minute things I need help with, I know my husband will be there when I need him. Finally in Paul's letter he reminds us: I Thessalonians 16-24:Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not put out the Spirit's fire, do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you, always.

6 comments:

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Your life sounds "Norman Rockwell" wonderbar.

I'm so happy for you.

Kathryn Neff Perry said...

Most days it's more like Edith Bunker! I write fiction---remember:D

Carol J. Garvin said...

Life as it is, or life as I wish it was? Some days I reflect that my days are relatively orderly and calm and I'm accomplishing lots; other times I feel like a hamster on a wheel, constantly on the go and getting nowhere.

I've just spent the past five days off the beaten track at our little cabin. I was free to do my writing while my hubby and son tackled some renovation projects that have been on the "honey do list" for some time. It was one of those "count your many blessings" times. That passage of Thessalonians -- Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances -- seemed especially appropriate.

Kathryn Neff Perry said...

Thanks Carol. I appreciate your thoughts. I have to share with you, one of the hubby's shared a laundry experience---he threw all the clothes together---to save time and water. They wore pink "clothes" for a while. The wife had to modify his "honey do" list. No more laundry!
Blessings to you my friend

Carol J. Garvin said...

That's so funny! Not for them, I guess, but the "pink laundry" image is such a cliche that one tends to forget it can really happen.

Kathryn Neff Perry said...

The other thing is just being able to be with friends. We enjoy each others company---and it's good to know that "we all" have worn pink underwear at one time! lol