Making my task list, I thought I wouldn’t get it all done before church. God instructed, “Stop cleaning at noon.”
Psalms 11:4, “But God hasn’t moved to the mountains; His holy address hasn’t changed. He’s in charge, as always, His eyes taking everything in, His eyelids unblinking.” The Message
I wanted to tuck the rug under the china cabinet. I would have to unload it first. I didn’t clean the house yesterday or my zone. (I deep-clean one room a week.)
I started with the china cabinet. I moved the appliances to the guest room on cookie sheets. I stacked the china on the chairs moved to the living room. I corralled cups and glasses in baskets. I moved the table and turned the rug.
I was in the “moving mood!”
Earlier, while working in the office together, David commented there wasn’t enough room. I moved the filing cabinet over to the door frame. Shifting the desk over to it gave him three more inches of leg room.
My zone for this week was the girl’s bathroom. The lid of the white, Rubbermaid hamper was filthy. I soaked it in the tub with dishwasher soap and hot water. After a few hours, I scrubbed it with a battery operated toothbrush. It looks new! (I did the garbage pail next.)
I took a break to change the sheets and get out green pillowcases. I wrapped the accent pillow in St. Patrick’s Day material. That refreshed my spirit.
Back in the bathroom, the tub cleaned easily. I scrubbed the toilet – using the same toothbrush around the hinges. (No, it was not David’s!) Then I swept and mopped the floor.
At noon, David and I discussed the rug. If I put it under the china cabinet the table would be off-center. We decided to slip it under the stove. David dutifully lifted the stove and it wouldn’t fit! The rug fits exactly between the stove and china cabinet. I need to find a way to keep it from sliding and bunching up. We added the leaf to the table and ate lunch.
David went back to work and I turned on Christian music. I loaded the china cabinet and called it my workout! I put everything back in the bathroom. Then I dusted, swept, and vacuumed the rest of the house. I rewarded myself with a long soak in the tub.
Psalms 11:7, “God’s business is putting things right; He loves getting the lines straight, setting us straight. Once we’re standing tall, we can look Him straight in the eye.” The Message
I practiced while my hair air-dried. The bass player is sick and I’ll need to cover for him. I usually play 2 keyboards on the first song – one on strings and the other piano. But I also needed to play bass.
At church, I split the top keyboard between bass and strings. That meant both hands were jumping up and down between keyboards. The intro was strings and piano. The verse and chorus were strings and bass. The bridge was strings and piano. My left hand went back and forth between the strings and the bass.
The practice wasn’t pretty.
Before the service, I prayed, “God, You and I both know I can’t do this alone. I really need your help!”
Psalms 31:24, “Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect God to get here soon.” The Message
He answered! My hands jumped up and down and landed on the right notes!
Psalms 13:6, “I’m singing at the top of my lungs, I’m so full of answered prayers.” The Message
After worship, I told the other instrumentalists I was relieved it was over. God came through! I fell asleep on the drive home from church.
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