Labor, Toil and a New Season

Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day.



I don't know if I am counted as such, but I feel like a worker. Company leaving, house to put back in order, Back to School Feast tonight, and first day of school tomorrow are only a few of the tasks on my list today.

New schedules, new routines, new activities - they all start this week. The weather is not changing yet, but it feels like we are entering a new season. Something crisp is in the air. I like it.


For now, anyway. We'll see how I feel later this week when I've forgotten some school papers, Hubby and I have miscommunicated on who is taking what child where and I'm actually doing the (part time) traditional American worker bit. As we get busier, I'm praying that some of the foundations we have laid this summer - family time, seeing God in the everyday, and making quality time with Him a priority, stick. I'm drawn to this passage:

What does the worker gain from his toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on men. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil - this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him. Ecclesiastes 3:9-14

Finding satisfaction when the it-sounds-good-on-paper stuff becomes difficult-to-pull-off-in-real-life toil . . . that is the gift of God. The living and the doing and the pursuing of happiness -it is actually a gift to find satisfaction in this world, and it is only found when I am living my life centered in Him.

Lord, let me live that, remember that, as I enter this new season.

Are you ready for a new season? What is your prayer as you go forward?

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10 Responses to “Labor, Toil and a New Season”

  1. We've been doing the kindergarten thing for just over two weeks, and the preschool thing begins this week. I wondered how we would settle into a new, more strict routine this year. Having to meet a bus is a whole new ballgame! I must say that we've risen to the challenge thus far and I'm loving having a little more solid routine in my life. Looking forward to cooler weather, fall activities and pumpkins.

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  2. What an inspiring thought! Thanks for this post! I've been reading all over these verses lately, and you just made it all click!

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  3. I do not feel "ready" in a lot of ways for this new season but I do feel very excited. My prayer has been "Lord, help me receive the grace and love You have for me and help me to focus on that which is really important and let go of the rest". Thanks for the post. It is nice to know someone else is feeling kind of nervous of the schedule ahead of them.

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  4. amen!  Thanks for sharing!!!

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  5. I've always loved the bigness of this verse: "He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end."

    My kids are starting their 3rd week of school tomorrow, so we are neck-deep in the routine already...but I still love the freshness and possibility in this post!

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  6. Thanks, Megan. It IS nice to know someone else feels the same, so thanks for sharing with me :)

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  7. Well I'm honored! So glad what I wrote made sense and that you commented.

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  8. Ha! Hi Brandee - thanks for commenting :) Thinking of you!

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  9. I love the intenionality of your parenting. Using your summer to set things in place . . . that will carry you through the school year. Bravo.

    Fondly,Glenda

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  10. Oh, Glenda - thanks so much. This means a lot to me coming from you.

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