Two wings lift a person up from earthy concerns: simplicity and purity. Simplicity should be in intention, purity in feelings. Simplicity reaches out after God, purity catches hold and tastes. ~ Thomas A’Kempis

Friday, 8 January 2021

Just do the next thing


Hi everyone, I just wanted to write and encourage anyone who may be feeling a bit overwhelmed right now. I know events that have happened in our world over the last year with the virus, unemployment, political woes, personal burdens, financial worries, health concerns or even just being unsure of the future. There are so many things that can strip away our inner peace and take our eyes of God.

I remember a time a few years ago when life was quite hard for various reasons, I was praying to the Lord and reading His word and I felt impressed upon me quite clearly to keep on doing what I always do, which was reading His word, seeking Him in prayer, walking in faith, believing he's in control and just doing the next thing that needed to be done.

And do you know what? it worked. It took my mind of things and put my thoughts back onto caring for my husband, looking after our home, and thinking about others. 
This week I felt some of those burdens reappear, I felt a bit weighed down and couldn't really put my my finger on why? So do you know what I did? I just got busy :)  I cleaned my house, I washed windows (hey if your windows are dirty, your outlook is skewed anyway!), I took down curtains and put them through the washer, scrubbed down the verandah, pulled weeds in the garden and now that the week is over I feel accomplished and the house feels clean and loved. 
My husband said how nice and tidy and clean everything looks. I consider it my job/role anyway to be a Keeper of the Home and to do that with love and attention. It really is a full time job to do it well.

However...I know a clean house isn't going to fix the worlds problems, but I also know me getting down because of it all or anything else in life isn't going to help much either. The only thing I really have any control over is right here and right now and how I live in this moment. So this day I purpose to have a good attitude, to make my home a welcoming space, to bake something delicious and have it in the tins for my husband, to put clean sheets on our bed and just do the best I can to make life comfortable for Him (which gives me joy anyway). 

I truly hope this little word will help someone today. As woman theirs so many things which can ruffle our feathers such as hormones, misbehaving children, ageing parents, feeling overwhelmed with what needs doing, commitments, the list goes on. 
So I think it's good to just get busy, spend some time with the Lord first and then focus on what needs doing, do one thing at a time and try to do that well. Don't try to do everything at once, or if your like me nothing will get done very well. 

Each day I make a list and then at the end of the day I tick off things I got done. If I don't achieve it all that's okay as there's always tomorrow. The sun will rise on a new day. Keeping busy stops my mid from lingering on negative things and I also send little prayers up to the Lord while I'm at it !!

Blessings to you all - Linda x


  1. Wonderful post! Yes, as Elizabeth Elliott used to say and what I revisit..."Do the next thing"! Oh! So true! Yes, we must keep our little places a place of Peace and Joy. I keep informed and pray to the Lord, He knows those who trust in Him.

    Beautiful, beautiful post. Looking forward to more. Love, Amelia

    1. Thankyou sweet friend :) I love Elizabeth Elliot's wisdom, I have one of her books. x

  2. Such truth in this!

    It reminds me of "...and make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands..." ...1 Thessalonians 4:11

    I was watching a movie recently called From Time to Time. It is set in historical eras and goes back in forth in time within one family's life in a large castle-like home in the English countryside. As it came to a close I realized something. The house still stood. Outside the world changed many times over the years, but the inside of that house remained the same. They could have just stayed put and never even known the world was in turmoil.

    1. I just looked up the movie and am renting it from itunes which we will watch tonight. We love 'clean' period dramas - thank you Sandi !! and for the scripture - so very fitting. I should have added scripture, but I wrote it late last night and just wanted to get what God had laid on my heart out there. I know so many people are truly struggling x

  3. Thank you. I really benefited from reading that today.Here in England we are in complete lockdown with cases surging. Each day is a long worry and so many of us just feel overwhelmed. Your words helped. I shall tidy my bedroom tomorrow!

    1. Bless you Elizabethd...oh my it sounds so terrible over there :( I will continue in prayer for you all x (and yes tidy your room :) I did my bedroom windows and washed the curtain and it made me so happy !!! )

  4. Thank you Linda for a beautiful, uplifting post ❤️

  5. Perfect timing! Thank you so very much! I truly appreciate it. I just lost my job this past week. I think I'd like to share it on my weekend reading list this weekend.
    Hugs to you!

    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

  6. Hugs to you sweet Laura xo I sent a reply to you via email...and please share away ! If this writing encourages someone, praise the Lord :)


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