I hesitate to participate in "Works for Me Wednesday" because none of what "works for me" is particularly domestic, ingenious, or original in nature.
What works for me? "Cooking" a frozen pizza after a long day at work because Jason won't be home to whip up a healthy hearty meal.
What works for me? Piling all our clean laundry on our old recliner in the den, digging through it when I need something, and waiting patiently for it all to fold itself.
What works for me? Making about 95% of my children's lunches from prepackaged foods so that all I have to do during the morning madness is throw it into a lunch box, zip it up, and go.
What works for me? Turning up the radio in the minivan to deafening volume when the boys start arguing with one another in the backseat.
What works for me? Neglecting to wash off my make-up each night before I fall into a coma because every sleeping second counts.
(OK, that one actually doesn't work for me, as evidenced by my adult acne. But Proactiv works! Any Proactiv reps out there who want to send me a free skin care set in exchange for a glowing (no pun intended) review, I'm your woman! I know you have Jessica Simpson and all, but who pays attention to infomercials? Blogging is where it's at. Try me.)
Attempting to be a good wife, mommy, professional, friend, blogger, hostess, and housekeeper means that I spend a lot of time juggling, multi-tasking, scheduling, anticipating, and generally feeling like a grand failure at all of it.
So what else works for me? Giving myself permission to say "no" without guilt when I already feel overcommitted just by my daily life's demands.
What works for me? Giving myself permission to let some things go and relax, even when the dishes aren't clean, the floors aren't swept, the bathrooms aren't spotless, and the sheets need laundering.
What works for me? Trusting in Matthew 11:28 that says, "Come to me all who labor and are heavy-laden and I will give you rest."
What works for me? Believing in II Corinthians 12:9, "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
I desperately need the Lord's grace and rest. It really does work for me.
For more WFMW tips and posts, head over to We are THAT Family and see what others are saying works for them!
(I'm hitting the publish button on this a tad early according to Central Standard Time, but it's Wednesday somewhere, right? )
This is post #198! Only 1 more post, then a PAR-TAY! In celebration of 200 posts, I have a giveaway planned! It will be super fun, so stay tuned. I'm a terribly sporadic poster, so I can't promise an exact DATE, so just keep checking back. But I promise not to keep you waiting long.