Two weeks of great times and wonderful memories.
Two weeks of celebrations.
Two weeks of sleeping in a little and staying up a little.
Two weeks of special occasion foods.
Two weeks of fighting colds that have traveled through our home.
Now the two weeks is over. It is time to start over, catch up, clean up, get well and reboot. And time to try to get 9 smaller people to come along willingly.
The task this morning has been overwhelming!! And so my planning, school, meals, and Bible study all must be streamlined. And so I fall back on my rescue plan – meals, chores, school, housekeeping – everything is back to the basics. It is not a perfect plan but sometimes you need to just “doe the Next Thynge”. That’s how I have survived this morning. List. Task. List. Task. Not a list I made this morning (although I added a few things to it), but my rescue list. My “when everything else goes awry” list. My trusty all-purpose charts so that I can just “Doe The Nexte Thynge”. No thought. Little if any planning. “Doe The Nexte Thynge”. (I even see the phrase in my mind in the traditional old English spelling). The phrase and the poem has echoed through my mind this whole day . . .
Doe The Nexte Thynge
At an old English parsonage down by the sea,
there came in the twilight a message to me;
Its quaint Saxon legend, deeply engraven,
Hath, it seems to me, teaching from Heaven.
And all through the hours the quiet words ring
Like a low inspiration, “Doe the nexte thynge.”
Many a questioning, many a fear,
many a doubt, hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment, let down from Heaven,
Time, opportunity, guidance, are given.
Fear not tomorrows, child of the King,
Trust them with Jesus, doe the nexte thynge.
Do it immediately, do it with prayer,
do it reliantly, casting all care;
Do it with reverence, tracing His hand,
Who placed it before thee with earnest command.
Stayed on Omnipotence, safe ‘neath His wing,
Leave all resultings, doe the nexte thynge.
Looking to Jesus, ever serener,
Working or suffering be thy demeanor,
In His dear presence, the rest of His calm,
The light of His countenance be thy psalm,
Strong in His faithfulness, praise and sing.
Then, as He beckons thee, doe the nexte thynge.
– Author Unknown
Do you have a rescue plan in place that will keep things running when you are overwhelmed? Do have a verse that repeats in your mind, that inspires you?
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