And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11 (NIV)
Due to the teachers’ seminar which went until Noon on Saturday, my weekend was shorter than usual. But, my to do list was not. In fact, I think it was a little longer. This is what was on my to do list:
1. Slump another glass bowl with horses on it for the SMART raffle as I was not happy with the way the first one turned out. It looks like a chip and dip bowl with a bubble in the middle.
2. Assemble the horse wind chimes for the SMART raffle. Putting the glass onto the fishing line is a tedious task.
3. Make a glass bowl out of some gorgeous red iridescent glass I bought at a glass store in the city where the conference was held. It is breathtakingly beautiful and I am eager to use it, but a little afraid I will mess it up.
4. Prepare a starfish and a blue bowl out of the yard sale glass to fuse later in the week.
5. Felt a giraffe and a black horse with white mane and tail.
6. Clean house and do laundry.
7. Go for an evening horseback ride at Little Manatee with my friend.
8. Put up some temporary electric fence in a field behind our pasture that my parents own. By putting the horses out there, we hope that the grass seed in the pasture will have time to sprout.
9. Create two posts.
10. Go to dinner with my husband and spend some time with him.
As soon as I got home from the conference, I turned on the kiln to slump the bowl. I started a load of laundry and picked up the house. I posted about the conference and checked my e-mail. By then, it was almost time to get ready to go horseback riding. My plan was to go riding until 7:30, race home, shower and go out for a late dinner with my husband. But, something just didn’t feel right. I kept thinking about how I had been gone to the conference for two and a half days and didn’t get home until late each night. How it really was more important to reconnect with my husband than to do what I wanted to do, go horseback riding. It was hard because I haven’t been riding in almost a month and will not have the chance to go again for several weeks. But, I called my friend and cancelled our trip. She understood. When my husband came home from a motorcycle ride with his friends, he was surprised but glad I had not gone. When presented with lots of options for how to spend my time, I don’t always make the right choices, but this time, I did. Today, I got 2, 3, 4, and 8 done. The horse bowl turned out well. But, the giraffe is only started and the horse remains on the to do list. That’s okay. For once, I discerned what was best.