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There are too many potatoes on my plate

There are too many potatoes on my plate

There are too many potatoes on my plate.

Too many things to do.

Too many potatoes on my plate. There are so many potatoes they can not stay on my plate. They are falling off and sitting on my fork, knife and spoon.

I have to take some potatoes off.

I need to say no.

No more potatoes.

Each potato has a name: writing, drawing, cleaning, reading, editing, reading, mother, wife, lunch, cook, clean, night class, part-time job, children, toys, mess, dust, vacuum, company, dust, garbage, phone calls, thank-you notes, doctor appointments, auditioning, play practice, running, walking, belly fat, shoes, socks, pretty-link lite, self-publishing, kindle, cover-art, chapters, dreaming, Facebook, e-mail messages, litter boxes…

Today I will take off some of the potatoes.

Take off some of your potatoes

The potatoes I have left will let me sleep at night. They will not wake me up at 1:00 in the morning and keep me awake for two hours until I take a bath and rest my body and my mind before I can fall asleep again.

And today, I will not worry about the potatoes; it will seem like I don’t have any potatoes on my plate at all. I don’t have to carry around my plate of potatoes by myself.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
I Peter 5:7

Today I give God all of my potatoes.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Matthew 11: 28-30

At one this morning, I didn’t think to give God my plate of potatoes. I tried to do it on my own. I thought, “I can do all things.” I forgot to pray. I forgot that I can do all things, but not through my own strength.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13

Today, I give God all of my potatoes

And you?

Do you have too many potatoes on your plate?

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Really liked this one, Pamela. I do okay as long as I remember God gives us grace for only today. I find myself getting anxious about tomorrows. And I don’t want to doubt God’s ability to provide. I know God wants me to be dependent on him so I will continue to thank him for each situation he allows in my life. Right now I don’t feel I have too many potatoes on my plate. I ask him what it is he want’s me to do and as long as I do “that thing,” I am being responsible. Jesus didn’t do everything, just what his Father wanted him to do. I am not higher than Jesus.

  • Janelle

    Pamela, one of the things With which I am struggling the most is in this writer community that has developed. I’m on the fringe of it, because I just don’t have the time to read everyone’s blogs and manuscripts and be part of launch teams and review books, and yet I know the day is coming when I will be asking for that for myself. I feel guilty already. It’s not lack of interest. I just can’t do it all. There are some potatoes I can happily scrape off my plate, but I’m having a hard time with this one.

    • Janelle

      Oops. Was that complaining? Today is my no-complaining day.

      • Janelle,
        I understand that potato. You can not do everything in the writing community.
        What you have done is connect well to a few people. You comment on their blogs when you can. All you need to do is be sincere and be a friend. And,you already do that potato well.
        I didn’t think you were complaining.
        Just talking produce.

    • Janelle,

      We can only do so much. Although I was interested in Mary DeMuth’s new book I knew at the time I couldn’t be part of that. I have two books I need to read and review and a third would have been too much. I hope you can be gracious to yourself. Sometimes we extend grace to everyone except ourselves.