Off Kilter

Earlier in the week my husband had to travel unexpectedly to California--for two weeks. The day after he left, I backed out of the garage to run some errands, when I noticed the red cedar in front of our garage ackwardly imitating the leaning Tower of Pisa.

After making a slightly panicked phone call to a friend who works with trees, I left the house confident that our sad, bushy friend would be prostrate on the lawn when I returned. Defying gravity and all logic, the tree remains in its off kilter position as I await its rescue.

With my husband missing in action, all of the many errands and the helpful things he handles around the house have landed on me, making me feel as off kilter as the tree in my front yard. So I'm doing what any self-respecting mom would do: I'm leaning on God. I'm praying. And, I'm delegating.

My kids (19 and 13) awoke this weekend to find an 8x10 sheet of paper taped to a kitchen cupboard, bulleting all the chores that needed to be done on Saturday morning:

  • Mow the grass (yes, we still mow in Florida, even in February)
  • Weed-whack entire yard (ditto)
  • Wash the car
  • Vacuum the house
  • Mop the floors
  • Sweep out the garage
  • Everyone clean their own bathroom
Imagine my surprise when both my son and daughter got to work that morning without a word from me. Every single chore got finished. And surprise, I only did one of them. Wow.

Are there too many things on your To Do List? Lean on God. Transfer the weight of your load onto Him. And pray. Ask the Lord to show you what you can delegate or delay. And watch Him rearrange your load in surprising ways.

"Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully."
1 Peter 5:7 (Amplified Bible)

Still Leaning,



Speaking from the Heart said...

Awesome kids. You are doing a wonderful job training them. I am going to send my kids over for some lessons.

Melanie said...

I am working on "delegation". It's not my natural inclination.

achildoftheking said...

Thank you for the reminder Julie.

My life seems to have gone walk-about lately. If it weren't for the Lord's having my back I think I would've blown up by now. Praise God for HIS love, grace & mercy to get us through.

Kelly said...

Good work by all of you. So glad the kids were supportive...MUST have been a God thing, huh? LOL! It would be with my kids. *smile*

Edie said...

I can delegate, I just need someone to delegate to. :)
Hope your tree is upright soon.

B His Girl said...

Great visual of being off kilter. Maybe it was the way you wrote the list....simply amazing results. Teach the word chicks how to do that! I like the button. b

Spring M Fricks said...

This is a reminder I am in great need of. Thank you.

Gwen Stewart said...

Oh Julie, did I ever remember the few times my husband has been away when I read this. I tend to over-organize without him, and by the fourth or fifth day of his absence, everything seemed dull and too routine, devoid of the wonderful goofiness he brings to our lives.

Thank God for marriage, right? We really are better together.

God bless you this week. May your tree continue to wait patiently for your husband's return. :)

Wendy Blight said...


Hi, it's Wendy. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!! And thanks even more for your sweet words of encouragement. I am excited to get to know a fellow speaker, writer, and lover of the Word of God!!!

What precious children you have. How wonderful that as you surrendered your needs to God, He provided through your children...a double blessing!!!



Tea with Tiffany said...

Your kids showed you love through action.

Thank you, Lord. You provide even when there's one less at home.

Keep leaning towards the right tree! The true vine.

Hugs! And thanks for praying for me.

Sandy said...

Lean on God, and make a list for your kids! I love that - that's what I do, too!

Julie said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and your sweet words.
I am glad to meet another "Julie"....

I'm on my 17th year of home schooling. It's the best decision we have made for our children.

I'm impressed that your kids did their list without complaining. Mine do that sometimes too. I love it when it's easy like that.

How's the tree?

Again, thanks for stopping by my blog. You blessed me today!

GodsOwn/Bernice said...


Once on your blog ( linked at Truth for the Journey), i could not get enough of your postings......
You inspires and teaces the same time...
For sure i come back...
Blessings for the week

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