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I must admit that all the back-to-school sales & the subtle arrival of the newest Fall fashion took me a little by surprise. This year is going by so fast…For many, this is a busy time of the year. School will be starting at the end of the month if it hasn’t already and the holidays are right around the corner.
For us, we’re coming upon our busy season. We picked up two new Friday Farmer’s Markets in addition to our every-other Saturday Market. We’re steadily harvesting beans, zucchini, & banana peppers that we’re preserving! We got a few jars of pickles & some relish preseved from our cucumber plants! The squash vines are producing spaghetti squash, acorn squash, & pumpkins. Tomatoes are abundant on the vines so once they start to ripen we’ll be very busy putting those up. We’ve got over 30 ears of corn almost ready for harvest too.
Add to that, September is our busiest month with the bakery. We have a few Farmer’s markets in addition to the Mum Festival at the end of the month. A two-day long local festival with a parade & lots of fried food, vendors, & people!
As our calendars start to fill up it’s easy to feel overwhelmed & exhausted.
At the beginning of the year, I chose a word to focus on. Growth. What’s funny is that this year has been more about perspective. When there’s a lot going on I tend to gravitate to my to-do list, making sure that come day’s end most, if not all the tasks are complete.
Along the way, I forget to pause & enjoy the moment. I forget to acknowledge that God has blessed us with the produce from the garden & the knowledge to preserve it. Or that the sink full of dishes means that we ate a good home-cooked meal. The piles of laundry mean that we all have clothes to wear.
I recently started reading a book by Emily P. Freeman called “The Next Right Thing“. It’s about learning to simplify life so that we can discern His voice more. The book’s main focus is on making decisions. However, I’m finding a lot of the principles apply to everyday life. Simply put: do the next right thing. Do what’s right in front of you well.
I don’t know about you but I’m a lot more like Martha than I care to admit. I’m always worrying about what’s next. The truth is I forget about Mary. About her ability to pause, savor the moment, and “choose the good part which will not be taken away from her.” (See Luke 10:38-42).
If I’m being honest, I really want the ability that Mary had. The peace of being able to choose what was better & not have that worry in the back of her mind that she wasn’t doing enough or that she should be doing something else.
What we’ve come to find out is that it all boils down to priorities.
Taking life one day at a time. What needs done today? Which of those tasks should be done first? Then doing that task well & moving on to the next. I don’t always do this well, or sometimes at all. If there’s one thing that I’m learning it’s that I don’t want to get to the end of my life feeling like I missed out on living becasue I was so focused on my silly to-do list. I want to soak up the beauty and joy of the life that’s right in front of me. TODAY.
So with the turn of the calendar and soon the turn of the seasons let’s remember to take life one day at a time. One hour, one minute. Focusing on not only doing the next thing in front of us well, but also on simply enjoying. Taking a minute to pause, silence the noise and distractions that are so prevalent and take a look around. Thanking God for what He’s given then enjoying it! Play with your kids, savor that meal, bask in sunshine, enjoy the feel of the wind through your hair.
Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Until next time,