I had an extended weekend, that turned into hang out time, organizing my life, cleaning my room... and let me just mention, I have the cleanest most organized room that I have had since... maybe ever. Since I have moved 14 times in 9 years, I typically never completely unpack. I either do not care enough to unpack everything I have and love or I do not have places to put it. Along with that comes months upon months of bills, paperwork, cards, letters etc.. that I usually stick in a box somewhere and catalog it away in my head to remember which box I put which month's/year's stuff in. So, this last weekend I bought file folders and commenced to cataloging and organizing for real. I filed (no joke) the last 8-10 months of bills and paperwork appropriately.. I cleaned, unpacked, and put everything In. Its. Place.
This must be what people feel like who have a stable place they have established "roots."
It only took me 5 hours on Sunday night before I was able to look around my room and see it mostly accomplished.. I mean, there are still clothes to organize, hems to fix, and jeans to patch... but that can wait until another weekend.
I even went so far as to get a couple baskets for the mail that I will inevitably set down to take care of later... I am pretty sure I have never had my personal life this together. Weird.
On a totally different note, today marks day 8 of the 21 days or prayer my small group is doing... What a week it has been. This 21 days of prayer has been dramatically different than the last, and I have found this time that I more often than not, do not have words to speak... Almost as though I have spent more time praying with feelings than words... Which proves to be challenging for my mind to be still for extended periods of time, especially when it feels like I am not getting anything done.
But, through it all these two verses keep coming up as relevant (two versions of the same passage):
"But Moses said to the people, 'Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent.'”- Exodus 14:13-14 (NASB)
"Moses answered the people. He said, 'Don't be afraid. Stand firm. You will see how the Lord will save you today. Do you see those Egyptians? You will never see them again. The Lord will fight for you. Just be still.'" (NIRV)
Ok, I get it. I am working to be silent and still while the Lord fights for me...
This is... interesting.