Wednesdays with Jillene: routine (or lack thereof)

Yup- you read the title to this post correctly, it does say “Wednesdays with Jillene”… I am sure you are able to see that I am, in fact, not posting this on a Wednesday but a Thursday. I debated not posting it at all, but then I would be further giving in.

Giving in to what? My lack of routine.

See since Children/Youth Camps ended on Friday my life has been full of activity but lacking routine and consistency. There are many thing to take care of, clean, put in order, phone calls to make, emails to write, shopping trips to be done… but what it is lacking? Structure.

For the last 7 weeks I have lived my life in the routine of camp, the flow of each week, the schedule of each day… it is what pushed me forward. And it was great (I think I have been pretty good at conveying that on the blog).

But now that that routine is done I am struggling to figure out the “new” normal. I have had a hard time sleeping, eating properly and getting things done. Because for 7 weeks, the routine and structure of camp helped me stay focused on my purpose. The routine wasn’t my purpose, let me make that clear. Yet having it helped me to clearly see my purpose and see God at work. But, like I said last Wednesday, no matter how great it was, it wasn’t meant to last.

And here is where my real struggle is since last Friday: seeing God’s purpose in the regular, everyday life and living the moments to the fullest in these days of “normalcy” as I would have during the powerfully “thin moments” during camp. Because God’s plan and purpose is no less present in the “normal”… it isn’t. So it seems I need to follow the guidance I have given to staff and campers for the last 7 weeks and not let these days pass me by. I need to make the most of the time I’ve been given.

My goal for today is to look into the moments and see God’s purpose. Romans 8:28 is true today:

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

“God I know you are at work today, even when it doesn’t seem so evident to me. Help me to live with the focus on my heart and mind of knowing that you have given me this day for a reason. I want to really be PRESENT and live this moment to the FULLEST… no matter how ordinary or extraordinary the day you’ve given. Amen”

And how about for all of you? Where is God at work in you and your life today? Let’s check in throughout today or tomorrow morning and share where God is at work in the big or little. Let’s CHOOSE to live this day to the fullest by CHOOSING to see God at work!

~Jillene

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