Thursday, October 2, 2008

Plate Spinning

Have you ever seen those guys who spin plates for an act? You know, they get one plate spinning and then set it up on a little stick. Then they get a few more plates spinning and have to keep running back over to the first plates to get them spinning again before they fall and break.

Yeah. I'm that guy. Or girl. Whatever.

I feel like I have a lot of plates spinning and it's hard to keep them all going at once.

I'm still working on decluttering....sometimes.
I'm still trying to transform our budget...once in a while.
I'm still trying to sew Christmas presents...when I can find time.
I'm still trying to lose weight...everyday.
Then there's the homeschooling, the regular housework, my marriage, reading to my kids, Bible study, etc. etc. etc.

There are so many things I need to do and am trying to do that I feel a lot like those plate spinners. What always takes precedence are the squeaky wheels. That sewing sits undone because S needs clothes to wear to work. The budget doesn't get worked on because the school needs to get done. The decluttering is halted because I'm so busy just trying to keep up with the everyday clutter around here.

Are these excuses? A little, I guess. I KNOW it was more important for me to go to the driving range with my family the other night rather than work on stuff around here. LOTS of things are more important than having a perfect house. And yet, things need to get done.

But I know I have not been given more than I can bear. God is able to help me with all things that I need to do.

So why is it I forget to ask Him for help?


  1. oh wait, I am having a brain cloud. let me think.... Ummmmmmm.......I know this one.....................................................

    Just remember one step at a time, have ya done flylady?

  2. Because there was a time once that everything was going well and all was getting done. So then you got proud and thought, "Hey, I can handle one (or ten) more things. Bring it on!" Then, a week later you realize that you have too many plates spinning and they all came crashing to the floor. You realized you were doing it all in your own power and not His, so it was then you asked for help. Only it was to pick up the pieces as a result of your pride and independence. Yeah, so then you had to confess and repent, too.

    Oh wait, that was me. Sorry. I don't know why you forget to ask Him for help.

  3. Because there are certain things we think we SHOULD be able to handle. We feel silly asking for help keeping the house clean,or keeping the laundry done. It's our JOB, we tell ourselves. We should know how to do it. We forget to ask for help because we forget a more important principle:

    Jesus said, "without me you can do nothing." However, we CAN do all things through Him who strengthens us, but then we have not (the strength) because we ask not. So there's a whole lot of other things we have to remember BEFORE we remember to ask. And our brains are already overloaded.

    Call it being human. I can relate.

  4. Oh, we'll always have those plates. It's about sitting down long enough to eat a little treat from each one every now and then.

  5. I'm a crazy plate spinning lady too!!!

  6. I know exactly what you mean. I use this picture to describe myself all the time.


I don't get to talk to a lot of actual grown-ups during the day, so your comments make me really happy! :)