Monday, December 26th I was overwhelmed. We still had not celebrated Christmas with my family and I had not wrapped one present! My refrigerator was packed with food brought in after my father-in-law died.

David tried to help by freezing some of it. He pulled the Christmas cookie dough out of the freezer, to make room, and put it in the refrigerator. When I discovered it, I panicked.

“It is only supposed to be refrigerated for 3 days.”

“It was in the refrigerator 3 days before I froze it the day John died.”

“They have to be baked today!”

“I can’t bake them –

Derek made pizzas and burned cheese on the bottom of the oven.”

“I have to clean the oven first.”

“I don’t want to bake them today – 

I have 6 loads of laundry and “Thank You” notes to write.”

I got out a notepad and started making a list:

  • Write “Thank You” notes
  • Laundry
  • Clean oven
  • Bake cookies
  • Frost cookies
  • Order prescriptions
  • Wrap presents
  • Clean house
  • Write weekly letter
  • Write Frugalfish blog post

I was on the phone ordering prescriptions when David read my note. He had the day off, and after I hung up, he said, “I will dust and vacuum.” Then he did an amazing thing, HE SHUT OFF SPORTS CENTER and started writing “Thank You” notes!

I didn’t mark all the items off of my list until Friday afternoon, but they all got done. There is a release when writing a note. You no longer need to think about it because it is on the list. Jesus instructed us to take notes!

Mark 4:3, “Listen! And take note . . .” Modern English Version

I blogged about taking sermon notes earlier. I can’t tell you how many times I have referred back to them. I even have a table of contents in the front of my spiral notebook!

Don’t just listen; take notes!

Dear Father God,

Thank You for the reminder to take notes. I am trying to work through this paper pile on my desk. It would be better if I made a list of what needs to be done for each file. Then nothing will be missed. It is easier to mark the less time-consuming items off the list than to go through the pile top to bottom. Help me to work smarter.

In Jesus Name,


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