Monday, November 22, 2010

The 'to-do' list

“Did you put the turkey in on time?”

“Yes.”

“Did you remember the little timer thingy?”

“It's there on the side, you can't miss it.”

“Oh, the wine. Did you pick up the wine?”

“Yep, I got it.”

“What kind did you get?”

“I don't know...a red, a pink and a yellowish one.”

“What??”

“Stop! You are driving me crazy! I have no idea why we ever host anything for your family because it makes you a basket case. You need to stop freaking out!”

Greg was right. Why do I get so stressed out about having my family over? I love them and don't get to see them much. There's just something about being all 'Martha Stewart' that makes me frantic. My mom and sisters are able to pull off amazing dinner parties effortlessly. They make beautiful centerpieces, serve gourmet dishes and mouth watering deserts. Here I am on the verge of a nervous breakdown with a husband who's fed up with me.

“God I need a little help here. I'm irritated and tense. Please give me a new perspective!”

I stop for a minute and just listen to the silence in the house waiting for my new perspective to arrive. Another minute passes...nothing. Assuming God was busy elsewhere, I went back to my 'to-do' list.

#1 - check the Jello. I made the Jello first thing this morning so it could just chill out in the refrigerator until the meal was ready. I gave the bowl a little jiggle to check the consistency...nice and firm. Hmm, it started as a liquid but has become so much more with just a little time and patience.

#2 - bake the crescent rolls. I do believe the world would come to an end if we didn't serve crescent rolls at our holiday meals. The twisting may go awry and they look a little weird but their buttery, flaky goodness still melts in your mouth. These go to show even when things get twisted up they can still turn out beautifully.

#3 - check the stuffing. I was amazed how much stuffing the turkey could hold. The turkey was filled to overflowing with the moist mixture of herbs, raisins and bread crumbs. I guess we can choose what we're filled with; stress and anxiety or appreciation and gratitude.

#4 – let the pies cool. These will be the best part of the whole meal! A pumpkin, cherry and pecan pie were now cooling on the baking rack. What a sweet reward for all the hard work. God, You are so faithful in rewarding our efforts when we work with all our heart.

The doorbell rang and soon the whole family had arrived. My stress and tension was gone and I was able to relax and enjoy the day. God's peace blanketed the entire house. It was the best Thanksgiving celebration we'd ever had. I took a moment of silent thanks for each blessing as it came to mind throughout the day. But I was most thankful for the new perspective God gave me through a simple 'to-do' list.

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