A Mary Moment Monday post

It’s hard to imagine not blogging. I’ve been doing it for a long time, and it’s become part of my regular routine.

In the next couple of weeks, I have quite a number of obligations that are going to interfere with my blogging. Or maybe my blogging would interfere with them. Or it might be best to say that blogging can’t be the priority it has been many other times.

Our priest will often rearrange his office when he needs to think about something. “It gives me fresh perspective,” he has told me many times. I’m not a furniture-mover-arounder type, but I do have quite a fresh perspective, seeing as how we moved recently (more on that in an upcoming post). I also have quite a few deadlines, and three little kids, and an obligation to our parish Confirmation class.

It’s awesome to be blessed like I am. The busy in my life right now is all a result of God smiling and opening his arms to me.

  • The writing: I have a book and a pamphlet deadline coming up and I’m working on final edits for my book coming out at the beginning of 2012 through Pauline Books & Media (the one I wrote last summer).
  • The Confirmation class: It’s been a few years since I’ve taught religious education and I’m SO EXCITED at the opportunity to be a part of this summer’s “boot camp” for our Confirmation class. My niece is also in the class, which makes it triply exciting. Did I mention excited? Oh, and that I have a BUNCH of lesson plans to get ready?
  • More writing: I have an exciting book contract and I need to write a chapter this month. The rest of the summer will be spent writing the book itself, but I have a revised chapter due July 1. And, um, ahem. Editor dear, if you’re reading this, DON’T WORRY. 🙂
  • Family time: It’s summer. My six-year-old, fresh out of kindergarten, has PLANS. (I don’t know what they are, but she’s walking around saying it in all caps, just like that.) We have a new back yard, a sprinkler, and friends to invite over. We have a tight budget this summer, and for a while, but that makes me think of last summer’s guest post by Colleen Mitchell.

With all this blessed busyness, I can’t help but turn to Mary with a smile. She’s there, in the background. She’s not interested in credit or attention, but she deserves a lot of it from me. She remains my inspiration and my model for saying Yes to the abundance that God is sending my way.

Getting everything done is a constant challenge for me. Except, I notice that it’s more a challenge in the planning phase…if I leave it up to God as his problem, it all seems to work out. That’s a lesson from Mary, at least for me. It’s a bit of wisdom that seems to expand and grow, leading me to an ongoing appreciation for the Blessed Mother’s trust in God’s will.

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