Well, here we are! The end of October - why does it seem like it took forever and flew by at the same time?
As much as last week was a week of "doing" this week was a week of getting business done so not much happened in the "doing" other than what really needed it. But some weeks are like that, aren't they? I feel like we are now embarking on the busy time of year - I also feel like we can't seem to go far in our plans for upcoming holidays because no one seems to know what that even will look like this year! So there is a sense of being "on hold" - it feels like everything will be at the last minute this year and that doesn't set well with me (being a planner type person). But it is what it is and we all just have to go with it.
It won't keep me from keeping our home decorated and clean and cared for and it won't keep me from beginning to buy Christmas gifts, and it won't keep me from thinking about how we can give to others. There are times, I have to admit, when I look at something that I'm doing and asking if it even really matters. But it does. Life still goes on and things still need to be done and there are people who need us to help. So, with all the uncertainty, let's keep going. As women, our families look to us for keeping things the same (whatever that means to your family). So let's all take a deep breath and find our strength in the Lord, and carry on.
This will be a short post since, like I just said, not a lot got done and no new recipes were tried (as a matter of fact, our oven just pooped out on us - so we're waiting for it to be repaired!). But I DO have the November to-do's for you (a very short list):
*winterize your shrubs, cut down any perennials that can be cut, clean up the yard
*continue to clean out gutters from all the fallen leaves
*test and begin to hang holiday lights - let's be the bright spot of our neighborhoods!!!!!!! No matter what, let our light shine in a dark world.
*winterize your car(s)
*begin to shop for Christmas - begin to think of things you can make (nothing says love like a homemade gift)
*begin some holiday baking - breads, cookies and cakes all freeze well.
*think about the important dates in November and what you can do - first Veteran's Day - is there some way that you can honor a veteran this month? Express your thankfulness to them for the service to our country? And then, of course, Thanksgiving - send cards to those you are thankful for? Planning your holiday meal but then make sure that you contribute to the food shelf so that others can plan a meal too?
That's it for November! If you are interested in taking a bit of a time out from everything, a tea party (whether it's via ZOOM with friends and family, or actually getting together with someone, or just by yourself) here is an idea for that:
*Bring out your best - the nice china teacups, lace tablecloth, flowers
*Serve lemon scones, a beautiful sponge cake, sugar cookies
*Play Liszt, Schubert, or Mendelssohn in the background
Make it special. : )
I know that this weekend is close to the upcoming election on Tuesday and we ALL have that in our minds and it's very difficult to think about or even care about whether or not we care for our homes today and all the November to-do's or having a "tea party" or anything else that, at any other time, we might have cared about. I understand that. I truly do. And coming from a worrier like me, I mean it when I say that we have to take care that we don't allow everything from keeping us from doing nothing! It's not healthy.
As Christian women, we need to be on our knees right now in prayer - there is much at stake. And I won't go into what all that means because I think we all know. But when we give it to God in our prayers, we have to let it go and let Him take care of it and we need to get on with the business of living and taking care of what He has entrusted to us. Fear and worry comes from Satan - he is the confuser of our minds and he wants to keep us busy with nonsense stuff so that we don't have the time to pray and we don't have the time take care of what we have and take care of each other. Don't give into that.
Also, go out and vote!!! I just heard yesterday that 30% of Christians did not vote in the 2016 election. I do not understand that. It is a freedom that we have taken for granted. We are in a spiritual battle right now. We can either live under continued freedom or we can have all the freedoms taken away. It's literally THAT important. May the Lord have mercy upon us.