Do You Have Enough Hours in Your Day?

by Janice

Do you feel stressed out by your To-Do List?

Last week, over at Guideposts.com, I wrote about how my friend’s Facebook status changed my perspective on my constant battle with the clock…

Enough Hours in the Day

It never fails to surprise me how quickly my day disappears.

Before I get out of bed each morning, I know I have more to do than is humanly possible, but I hold out hope that somehow time will work in my favor and I will meet my goals.

I haven’t yet.

A mother’s day can vanish in a blur of interruptions, unexpected messes and urgent demands. Distractions come in all forms—from the cute and cuddly, to the beautiful and inspiring, to the dirty and depressing.

I try to not get lost in my to-do list. I try to treasure each wonderful moment of motherhood. But the list looms and the stress builds.

Today was another busy day. I had too much to get done and even though the sun was shining and my kids were smiling, I was feeling stressed.

As I clicked my way through my inboxes and profiles, I happened to notice a friend’s Facebook status. It read: God gives us enough hours in the day to do what he wants us to get done.

I stopped. I read it again and again. It was so simple and yet it was a revolutionary concept to me. I realized that every day I don’t accomplish everything I want to do, I feel like I am failing, like I am not everything I should be.

But, if I am being a wise steward of the time and energy that God has given me, I am not failing him! He knows my limitations—he knows what I can accomplish and that is enough. He hasn’t planned for me to do more…

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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 Kim October 29, 2009 at 10:16 pm

What an encouraging post! Being a working mom, I always feel there aren’t enough hours in a day. I love how you ended your post…

“But, if I am being a wise steward of the time and energy that God has given me, I am not failing him! He knows my limitations—he knows what I can accomplish and that is enough. He hasn’t planned for me to do more…”

So very encouraging. Thank you.

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2 Jodi October 29, 2009 at 10:21 pm

That is a great quote! I will keep that at in mind when I am running around trying to get everything done! Blessings!

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3 Liz October 29, 2009 at 10:56 pm

What a great article! Whenever I am feeling discouraged in this area I remember the verses in Psalm 103:13-14 “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.”

Isn’t that great?! God remembers that we are dust. God knows our limitations. God knows that I cannot do it all. He wants me to see that I cannot be perfect. He wants me to remember that I NEED Him. I just have to remind myself to rest in that truth from time to time.

Thanks for sharing your heart. What an encouragement!

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4 Kimberley October 29, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Thank you so much for this, I needed it!

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5 Susan October 30, 2009 at 2:54 am

That is a great quote!!

“God gives us enough hours in the day to do what he wants us to get done.”

I really need to remember that.

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6 Valerie October 30, 2009 at 7:45 am

This is a wonderful quote and I hope you don’t mind but I took a few pieces of it to share on Facebook and hopefully continue to motivate and get more people thinking. Have a very blessed day. God is Good!!

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7 BabywiseGuides October 30, 2009 at 7:57 am

Amidst all the day to day activities one has to find time for oneself, most of the issues related to health find their roots from here only.You need to strike a balance between all your work and yourself.No one has got a 25th hr in a day, but have to find a place for everything.Maybe a better time management strategy would help.

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8 Casy October 30, 2009 at 8:04 am

Thank you…I needed that. We all need to remember to breath and not to get stressed over the little things in life. ;0)

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9 Melanie October 30, 2009 at 11:20 am

WOW!!!!! I SO needed this today! THANK YOU!

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10 Susie's Homemade October 30, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Profound!!

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11 Amy October 30, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Thank you so much for this! Just what I needed!

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12 paige whitley April 6, 2010 at 9:19 pm

I first heard a variation of this quote from Nancy Lee D’Moss. It has been fantastic in keeping me focused on Gods will through the day. Her version was more like “There are not enough hours in the day to do what you want. There are enough hours in the day to do what God wants you to do.”

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