Doubting Dilemmas

One of Webster’s definitions of “dilemma” is a problem seemingly incapable of a satisfactory solution.

This is a word I’d use for housework. Just when I think I have a satisfactory solution it’s totally messed up again. And my better, Christian self doesn’t want to harrange my family for just being, well, normal. They are not necessarily messy, just busy. I’m wondering how other homemakers keep things sane around their homes. It’s discouraging because I’ve managed million-dollar projects and budgets with ease….and I know I might be a tad harsh with myself, but honestly. This housework (even though I customarily enjoy it) can be taxing because there’s never an end or a deadline in sight.

I think it’s because I’ve been out of my normal rhythm with a sick child and a sick dog. Both are on the mend, but things are just a little skewed.

There may not be a Bible quote in today’s blog….although one about doubting might be in order. Sometimes I doubt whether I am disciplined enough to keep things afloat at home and write a book and a blog at the same time. (Other women have done much harder things, I remind myself.) I’m asking the Lord for guidance daily, and I’m met with new challenges for patience. James 1 2-8 gives me much to ponder, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anthing from the Lord, he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

Unstable. Sure don’t like that word. Same with double-minded. When I even have a glimmer of those thoughts about myself, I charge over to the prayer mode. Lord, please guide my work, my thoughts, deeds and actions — and especially my words — today and every day. Especially when I’m tired, doubting and feeling tossed like a wave. Be my anchor in the little turmoils and whirly motions of too much to do in one day. Amen.

Blessings and kind regards to you all.

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