I am creating ‘Note To Self’ because I have been known to do some pretty silly, and often downright outrageous things. Now this could be due to my aging, or it could be due to my role as a wife and mother which naturally includes having many tasks to juggle. Multitasking is a skill that needs to be refined as we women discover what we can accomplish simultaneously. But sometimes, things accidentally fall in between the cracks – literally and metaphorically.
OK, fine, I will share with you a few examples… perhaps they are potentially words of advice for you too!
1. NOTE TO SELF: DON’T decide to fill up the kitchen sink and THEN decide to multi-task while waiting…
(yes, the sink was just about to overflow, but my hubby showed up just in time. Thanks honey!)
2. NOTE TO SELF: IF you want your pizza to have a lightly browned, crispy crust, remove the cardboard BEFORE you cook it………duh…..
(I admittedly have done this 2x.)
3. NOTE TO SELF: Inside the frozen turkey is a bag of giblets – REMOVE them BEFORE you cook it.
(Don’t judge me! This was when I was newly married. Now I know better…)
4. NOTE TO SELF: When you manually dial the phone number for a friend and their line is busy, and for hours you hit redial and the line remains busy, double check to see if you entered your OWN phone number instead.
“These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling.”
Even though these stories are funny, they show a momentary lack of good judgment or clear thinking on my part. Now I know I am not alone in doing silly things like this. In fact, you all likely have some good stories to share! But this post is not really about our mishaps or near mishaps.
These moments show that we get so busy doing that we get easily distracted; our focus changes quickly; when this happens, our plans tend to fall apart. Perhaps we need to write out a NOTE TO SELF right then and there, to remind us of what is important; of what is in process; of what we need to be doing, so that we do not forget. These reminders can be placed next to our bed, by the sink, on a door, on a cabinet – somewhere that is visible for us to see when that critical time comes.
“So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.”
In our daily christian walk, we need to write many NOTES TO SELF.
(Do this in advance if necessary) –
Write a note to remember to pray about someone – your neighbor, your atheist friend, your church family, your child’s future spouse.
Write a note about controlling your tongue – put that one in the kitchen, and in your bedroom – because its your spouse that typically gets that tongue lashing, isn’t it?
Write a note about thanking the Lord for this new day, for the rain that spoiled your plans but watered your plants, for your spouse’s good job that pays the bills, for the last prayer that you offered up and He answered.
Write a note and date it about what you are praying earnestly for, and as you continually pray about it, note how and date when the Lord answers.
Write a note with Scripture and put it near your computer or TV remote about keeping your thoughts pure. Remember what you see and watch influences your thoughts.
Write a note to yourself about how you are deeply loved by the Lord, and are beautifully created. It’s the truth! We all need to be reminded.
Write a love note TO your spouse or child telling them how much you appreciate them.
“Therefore write down the things you have seen, and the things that are, and the things that will happen after this.”
Oh, and write down those silly things you do so that you and your children can laugh about it later. Who knows – one day, with enough short stories, it could turn into a relatable book!
Even the Lord ‘remembers’ things and acts on them accordingly:
“Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. “Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;”
“Then God remembered Rachel, and God gave heed to her and opened her womb.”
“And Elkanah had relations with Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her. It came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son;”
1 Samuel 1:19-20
Food for thought: Have you forgotten a promise you made to the Lord?
Fun facts: 1. Scientific research has shown that the human brain starts remembering things from the womb. In fact, memory begins to work 20 weeks after conception. 2. The storage capacity of the human brain is virtually limitless. 3. Many people associate memory loss with aging. However, the memory loss we see as people age is generally because we tend to exercise our brains less as we age.
Photo by: Kari Wiseman – Notes to Self