Monday, October 24, 2011

Energy Drainers

                                                My friend Becke' took this photo!

This weekend I got the chance to get away with the women of our church for the most amazing time of resting, reading The Word, praise and worship, smores, antiquing and enjoying being in the presence of God in nature.  It was glorious! 

One of our assignments from the weekend is to list 50 Energy Drainers.  50, do you and I even have that many?  The question intrigued me because all weekend I could not for the life of me think of even one to get my list started.

Prayerfully this morning I asked God to help reveal to me 50 things that drain my energy.  I've come up with 28 and am asking God to help reveal more so that I can understand a little more how He has wired me.

One thing is certain from my list of 28.  I have a high need for order and simplicity.  I mean it is wild!  And it doesn't come naturally.  Here is my list of 28.

  1. messy office
  2. things out of place
  3. un-orderliness
  4. starting the day too late
  5. paperwork piled up
  6. phone calls during the day
  7. unmade bed
  8. a full calender
  9. cluttered drawers
  10. cluttered closets
  11. cluttered counters
  12. cluttered floors
  13. not planning ahead
  14. too much stuff
  15. when I haven't spend adequate time in The Word
  16. a dirty car
  17. smudged windows
  18. chaos
  19. too many commitments
  20. being away from home multiple nights in a row
  21. my purse
  22. too many bags
  23. broken things around the house
  24. unfinished projects
  25. unmowed yard
  26. weeds in the flower beds
  27. junk mail/email
  28. dirty fridge
I'm so excited!  God has revealed some things that drain my energy.  You know how I know these are energy drainers?  Because when I wake up to the chaos I immediately want to head straight back to bed.  When my feet hit the floor, if I walk into a living room with clothes strewn about, piles of paper, and a kitchen counter piled high with paper and dishes I want to go back to bed.  It drains my energy and it drains it fast.

What about you?  What are your energy drainers? 

This weekend I learned the first step towards change is not action-it is awareness. 

1 comment:

Becke' said...

I finished my'll have to go check it out...we are wired very similarly! Thanks for sharing your list! hugs.