When I Forget Who I Am {Faith Life Preservers Day 25}

 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, 
unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 
 But encourage one another daily, 
as long as it is called “Today,” 
so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
 We have come to share in Christ,
if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.
Hebrews 3:12-14
There are times in my day I get busy. I am running here and there, planning even as I am driving to my next destination,  mind racing faster than a speeding bullet-OK, that might be the caffeine.
 But still, don’t we get caught up in our days? 
I awake before the alarm, pat myself on the back, thinking quiet time in five minutes. I roll over and wake up 35 minutes later, as my feet hit the floor and I rush to my daughter’s room to get her up for school. The race begins as I become Mom. Exit my time sitting at the feet of Jesus as His disciple, that will have to wait. She makes the bus, I find the coffee pot, and three pairs of eyes are pleading for breakfast. Two cats, and one dog make their case, and I am grooving through the morning. They see me as Master. At least the dog does. We all know cats have an upside down perspective and look at their owners as Servant to them. I haven’t had a cup of coffee yet and already a multitude of agendas are pressing me from every side. There is a bunny  in the other room who communicates his annoyance with my slowness to meet his needs by dumping his leftover food bowl, and chewing on his plastic litter box. The sound of that sweet symphony greets me as I am walking down the hall. I grab him a carrot, water and fresh food, rounding out my Small Pet Aficionado role for the morning. Just when I think I can sip that coffee, I realize I never really did get to that role yet- Coffee Making Expert (Hubby likes it ready in the morning, because I make it best. At least that’s what he says. Got me?). I am eyeing my devotion as I pass the room where my desk waits, looking rather neat, I might add. Inviting, yes. The norm, no. I want to get over there, but hubs is up, looking for coffee and lunch still needs to be made- I am all fresh Wife now as he asks if I have done laundry. The Laundress has been busy this week. This is where the lack of quiet time starts to rear it’s ugly head. Luckily he is mostly good humored and patient with me. What do you do with a husband who just won’t take you seriously when you get all dramatic on him? You just laugh at yourself, that’s what. Then you thank God you have a husband who gives grace when you don’t even deserve it. 
Course you know there are so many roles we live each day.
Many hats we wear, faces we share.
I crack up at the thought of my “diversity”.
We as women are like amazing chameleons!
Besides the above, here are a few more of mine:
Expert Soap Box Preacher 
Housekeeper (tee-hee)
Landscaper (I really just mow the lawn- but landscaper sounded better than lawn mower!)
Fitness Instructor
Sunday School Teacher
Available Shoulder – to lean or cry on (as needed)
Sometimes I get so busy living out these blessed roles,
I outright forget who I am.
Because my dear ones,
before any and all of these roles,
 and all of my precious goals, 
even the godliest goals-
I need to remember
I am His child. 
This I never want to forget.
There is a way that seems right to a man,
 but in the end it leads to death.
Proverbs 16:12

I need to be careful that I am not leaning on my own strength, 
relying on the wisdom that permeates this world 
and dancing to the beat of a different drummer.
 Instead I listen hard for the beat of the Drummer whose 
very heartbeat I follow.

I remember:
When I forget who I am, 

He does not forget me!

He preserves my faith.
He has His eye on his prize- me!
He has His eye on the prize- you!
Knowing I am prized by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords,
is a powerful Faith Life Preserver.
Did you know that this King crowns 
His own with Loving-kindness?
31 Days of Faith Life Preservers 
October 1-31, 2012
See all other Faith Life Preserver Posts HERE.

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31 Day Topics and Bloggers HERE!

I have decided to keep it quiet by not replying to comments over here
 for the next few weeks.
I will instead be visiting and reading blogs and trying to keep pace
 with my own life and writing!

Please accept the words here as gifts, and have a blessed day.

 I can always be reached
via e-mail and on the FB page.
Grateful for you.

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Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at dawn.paoletta@gmail.com

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