Interruptions and Good Works (Blog Hop)

by Susan Stilwell



                               

I’m finding myself in a season where my time is not my own. It’s a glorious time, really, and I’m loving every minute of it.

But I haven’t always enjoyed it.

Stressed woman thinkingI’m ashamed to admit it, but I used to get quite aggravated. I’m a Type-A personality who keeps a tight calendar. I resented the interruptions to my schedule, wishing someone else could step in when last minute problems arose.

Oh, I could mask my frustration in a churchy way, but deep down I didn’t feel churchy AT ALL.

Can you identify?

I think a lot of women feel that way from time to time, especially moms. We’re the ones who know where everything is in the house. We have a pretty good idea how much money is (or isn’t) in the bank. We have doctor’s numbers, know medical histories and can list everyone’s drug allergies.

We know things and people need us.

But they not only need our knowledge; they also need our attention and our patience. Jesus taught His followers,

John 15-13

Not many of us will be called to lay down our lives for anyone, but nearly all of us will be called to lay down our schedules from time to time. To lay down our plans or our preferences. Our natural response might be to flinch, but …

What if we instead looked at interruptions in a different light:
As the good works He’s prepared for us that day (Eph 2:10)?

Jesus’ life was filled with interruptions, but He told His followers that He only did what He saw the Father doing. That included interruptions: stopping to talk with a hemorrhaging woman, going out of His way to visit a sick friend, spending a little extra time with someone hurting.

I’m learning that good works aren’t always the big ministry opportunities. Each day He prepares good works for me to do, and most of them will never find its slot on my schedule.

What unscheduled good works has the Lord prepared for you recently?

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And now it’s time to join the Faith ‘N Friends Blog Hop

Top Posts from Week #2

The Opportunity of This Moment by Ginger Harrington @ Ginger’s Corner

Do Not Be Overwhelmed by Laura Rath @ Journey in Faith

Of Interruptions, Plans, and Waiting by Joanne Viola @Days & Thoughts

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Susan Stilwell is a wife to Steve, mom to Scott and Sarah. After that, she writes, teaches, blogs and speaks. If you want to see her get really excited, ask her about her travels to Israel! One of Susan’s favorite things to do is to chat over coffee. And don’t forget your smartphone and laptop — this former programmer is full of helpful hints! You can connect with Susan on her websiteTwitterFacebook, Instagram, or Google+

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1 Joanne Viola February 7, 2015 at 7:06 am

Sitting here editing a post & the computer “pings”. I was so surprised to see it was to let me know my post was being mentioned in such good company. Thank you so much for the most pleasant surprise this morning! Blessings!

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2 Debbie February 7, 2015 at 8:04 am

Thank you for hosting!

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3 Yolanda DeLoach February 7, 2015 at 8:42 am

Susan, I can very much relate to being in a season where my time is not my own. It’s satisfying, but yet at times is frustrating. My unscheduled time is given to my kids, right now. I like how you mention that God has good works for us to do daily, but most of them won’t make it on our schedules. How true! I want to be open to seeing the opportunity for those good works in my days.

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4 Mary Geisen February 8, 2015 at 11:17 am

I was so thrilled to see Susan featured here today. Susan, your post is such a good reminder that making time for God and good works is as simple as stepping away from our schedules. Thank you for your words. Glad that this post was linked to The Weekend Brew.

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5 Ginger Harrington February 9, 2015 at 12:46 pm

I can so relate to the challenge of laying aside our schedule and the pressures of our days. Availability to others is a powerful ministry of presence that is easy to overlook. Thanks for the great reminder today!

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