live-simply-saturday2A central tenet in the world of Getting Things Done, aka GTD {an organizational method which has been extremely effective system to balance my life — ignoring the spiritual mumbo-jumbo that often accompanies it} is the Weekly Review. AND this has been a week worth reviewing and processing but more importantly to simply remember the places and times where God and I met.

Sunday . . . the praise and worship music left me with the phrase, “if we rend our hearts; He will heal our land”. These words played over and over in my mind and in my heart. Webster defines rend: to tear or pull with violence. Which indicated to me the severity of sin that entangles our hearts and effects “our land”.

Monday . . . Anxious excitement with the approaching US elections. A day of “capturing every thought to the obedience of Christ”  2Corinthians 10:5

Tuesday . . . A poll watcher for the Elections. Listened to proud 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation union workers hoping that Obama would ease their life and then spewing racist jokes in the next breath. Glued to the television until John McCain graciously conceded the Presidency. Turned off 2 long years of campaigning rhetoric, promises, and Godlessness.

Wednesday . . . Jesus and a puzzle carried me through the day. Turned on Fox news again! Listened to the once Obama-critical anchors and pundits move to safe, middle ground. Managed to grind the remaining peppers and green tomatoes for relish and was humbly reminded that Scripture requires us to pray for our leaders . . .

Thursday . . . Realized {in a progressive sense} that there is something completely satisfying about FINISHING a project, preserving the garden’s bounty, submitting my will (for a moment), admitting the Lord provides for my small business and not my striving to “grow” it.

Friday . . . Thankfulness for $2.45/gallon of gas. Said a prayer for Obama, reflected on repentence and saving faith for the better part of the day.

Saturday . . . A simple list of chores: making pasta sauce with the last of the fresh tomatoes, major cleaning of the family bathroom, grateful for a fresh, new shower curtain, felt led to read the minor prophets beginning with Joel . . .

. . . and Joel brought the week full circle as the phrase, “if we rend our hearts; He will heal our land” finds its theological reference in the words of the Old Testament prophet. On Sunday I had wanted to devote some research time but it became a low priority as the day unfolded.

While reviewing the week, life was put back into prespective. God’s Sovereignty and Truth cut its way through the choking fog that was rolling into my mind.

God still sits on His throne and

I am still a very sinful woman in desperate need of God’s grace and mercy.

God has the answers and God is the answer.

‘Yet even now, declares the Lord,
Return to Me with all you heart,
And with fasting, weeping and mourning;
And rend your heart and not your garmets.’
“Now return to the Lord your God,
For He is gracious and compassionate,
Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness
And relenting of evil.”

Joel 2:12-13