Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My Washer And I Have A Lot In Common

From time to time my washing machine goes a little crazy.  It starts making a racket, wobbling from side to side, and if left alone long enough it actually moves out of it’s cubby into the hall.  Yes, my washer can walk.  Today was a crazy washer day. 
There are two things that cause my washer to go on it’s crazy little rampages.  If I’m honest those same things can drive me a little close to insanity also.
The first and most easily avoidable cause is it’s being overloaded.  I know I shouldn’t put oversized loads in it, but I do anyway.  I put to much in.  Today it was blankets and pillow pets.  Ideally I should probably have washed the pillow pets separately from the blankets, but as it is those are two things that I have to sneak away from my boys to wash without their noticing and they HAVE to be washed and dried before nap time.  Lack of pillow pets and special blankets at nap time can easily incite a riot around here.
Being overloaded can make this mama a little crazy to.  Trying to be the perfect mom, the perfect wife, the perfect friend, the perfect Christian, the perfect writer, and the perfect woman in general can make me go into OVERLOAD.  But I’ve found that this can be avoided.  Just as I really can avoid overloading the washer I can avoid overloading myself as well. 
This is an especially important lesson for me at the moment.  I’m currently starting 3 new projects!  One at church, one related to the blog, and one big writing project.  None of which are small undertakings.  While it seems like a lot, I am convinced that they are God inspired.
So how do I keep from being overloaded?  By doing what GOD has called me to do, not what I’ve put upon myself.  If He’s called me to do it, He’ll supply the wisdom, strength, and energy to successfully complete it. 
The other way I am staying sane in all this is by not going it alone.  I have prayed and believe God has led me to one key partner in each of these undertakings as well as several other helpers to carry the load together.  I believe that doing what God calls me to His way will make it all a success.
Come back tomorrow to read about the second thing that makes my washer and myself go a little crazy!

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30


Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2


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  3. Ooooh, what a perfect paradox! So agree!

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  4. I love it when we moms can find wisdom in some of the simple objects that we deal with every day. Another blog that I follow has also learned a thing or two from her washer! Thanks for the reminder that we should keep ourselves from being overloaded.

  5. Love this thought! Can't wait till tomorrow!

  6. I like your analogy. I have never thought of myself as being like the washing machine but, I guess I am. (Well, in my case I'm more like the dryer. That thing goes crazy and the washing machine is stable by comparison!.)