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Let’s Just Do Today, Shall We?

Let's Just Do Today, Shall We?  -christyfitzwater.com

Lots of emotions going in my neck of the woods. Everything from a wonderful stress over the surprise that I got a new, huge classroom at school (what to do with all those bulletin boards calling for my creativity) –to a small bout of depression over not being able to button my favorite skirt (I wonder what happened to shrink that skirt this summer?) –to an undisguised loathing of the calendar that is moving toward that day we’ll take Caleb to college (#notgonnacry).

Can you put hashtags in a blog post? I feel a little avant-garde trying that.

Anyway, I was maybe a combination of teary and hyperventilating last night. Matt had just gotten back from a run.

“I wish you smelled better,” I said.

“Umm, why?” he said.

“So you could hold me,” I said.

He showered. By the time he was out of the shower, I was almost asleep in bed. So forget the snuggle and just kiss the sleepy woman on the head. (And there is a glimpse into 24 years of marriage for you.)

So anyway, this morning I’m refreshed and awake.

My son is still leaving for college soon. Skirt still doesn’t fit, I assume. And I haven’t even bought fabric for those bulletin boards, let alone create what I want to hang on them.

But I have today, and what can I do with it?

Jesus says:

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34 NIV)

Between the lines:

Focus on Today.

Today I can go outside for a walk and do an upper body workout. I can put my computer on the bar upstairs and stand while I do some writing, instead of sitting for hours. And what to do about that cupcake I brought home yesterday for Matt that he said I could have? Cut it in half and spread out the sugar over two days. (One step closer to whole 30.)

Today I can enjoy that boy of mine and kiss his furry cheeks (because he hasn’t left for college yet.)

Today I can sketch a plan of what I want to put on one of the bulletin boards.

And you, my friend? What life-changing habits, projects, and looming calendar dates are overwhelming? Are you doing like I was and trying to worry about it all at once?

Here’s a good question for us to ask the Lord this morning:

How much of this do you want me to focus on today?


  1. Alisha Smith says:

    Thank you for this powerful simple encouragement. Right where I am. I, too, have a kiddo leaving for college in 11 days and my mind won’t shut the spin cycle down. Those pesky bouts of tears keep popping up unannounced too, but its a beautiful mess when I can remember just focus on today, not the next 11. Thanks for this gift today.

    1. Isn’t it painful? Definitely a grieving process that we can’t skirt around. I feel your pain! It does help to just determine to enjoy the day we’re in, though.

  2. So needed to hear this today. One thing at a time and just enough light for the step we’re on.

  3. I really needed to read that today. No kiddos leaving home here, however my oldest turned 16 last week and is about to start a dual High School program for his Jr and Sr years at a local college… Full time…. Taking a city bus…. To college…. Oh my. My other son is about to turn 13 and is heading to middle school. Crazy.

    We’ve had a hard year with a lot of other changes and heart breaking losses. So seeing my babies getting older feels so strange and sad.

    I’ve found myself feeling overwhelmed and sad thinking about “tomorrow”. But today is enough. I need to shift my focus to today. Enjoy today. Hug them today. Do what I can today.

    Your blog has been so inspirational to me. I truly look forward to your post and am thankful for them. Bless you for being so honest and letting others in your world.
    -Machele (from Washington State)

    1. Oh, I do know what it’s like to have heartbreak and big life changes all happen at once. I feel for you! And I think our kids getting older is a constant pain for us as moms. Thanks for writing to me. I pray God continues to encourage you through this season.

  4. Rebecca Cagle says:

    This was perfect for me today Christy! I too have many things “on my to-do list” but I have gently been reminded to ask our Father which of these I need to do, not freaking out about how much. Don’t forget to holler at us when you bring Caleb down!! I’ll keep Kleenex on hand! 😉

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