The Later List

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My husband and I started a house project that was supposed to consist of dealing with one part of the house. It turned into a whole house renovation.

This obviously affected the budget and cost.

We had things that we wanted to do but as other things became exposed we had to make what we call a “Later List.”

Things like the fireplace went on that list.

I really love fireplaces. They represent happy childhood memories that I try to hold on to and I have always wanted on. Click To Tweet

I love wood burning but we settled on a gas fireplace. It will happen, just not right now.

I used to take piano lessons. I loved playing the piano but as my hearing got worse, I let it go.

When I got my cochlear implants, somewhere in the back of my mind I was hoping I could get back to it.

When my youngest graduated from High School and began moving forward in his life, I seriously began learning and playing the piano again.

Recently, I worked hard at trying to start it again, but as I have been praying about time management, and the things God has called me to do, He revealed that the piano lessons and practicing need to go on my life’s “Later List.”

It was heartbreaking for me to do. I have enjoyed getting into it, and some of it felt unfair, but I know it will happen later when the timing is right. Click To Tweet

Sometimes, God asks us to put things down and put them on a “Later List.” It is a hard process especially when you feel like you just got somewhere with it all.

I have kept the keyboard up for months in hopes of doing something to move forward with it, but today, He had me box it up and put it in the closet. Somewhere not out in the open and accessible, but yet available.

It makes my heart sad. I was really looking forward to the fireplace now and playing the piano.

I am intentionally trusting that God has a plan. The desires He puts in my heart have a purpose, and when the time is right, God will show me when I can cross them off the “Later List.”

Until then, I need to trust, obey, and wait. Click To Tweet

Are there things God is asking you to put away for now and put on a “Later List?”

Are you struggling with this and fighting the process?

Are you dreading having to wait on God for these things?

Let me pray for us, Heavenly Father, I thank You for the desires in our hearts that You are asking us to wait on. I pray You would help us to keep seeking, following, and worshipping as we wait on You. Guide each step, and each moment in our lives. May we be able to celebrate and truly enjoy what You gives us when it is time to take them off the “Later List.” In Jesus Name, Amen!

3 responses on “The Later List

  1. Peggy

    Right on target this morning, Des! So many things I want to do, and not enough hours in the days. I pray that God will give me wisdom to choose those things in His will for me right now.

  2. Susan

    This seems to be an issue with many of us – and especially as we get older. I have had things on my ‘later list” for a very long time now and as I get older and older – I am realizing that some of those things never rise to the top of my list. Not because I don’t desire them – but because, in the realities of my everyday life, they simply are not as important as what God has me doing now. As those “things” on my list grow older like me – they become larger and larger and finally too big to even think about doing. Oh, don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I’m sitting around doing nothing, it’s just that God has my real priorities in a more realistic order. Day to day necessities – unplanned issues that are of much importance – people to minister to – and a husband that I love to care for and nurture (as he does me.). So, I ask God what He has for me “today” – He always lets me know – and He knows best. So along with you Des, I thank God that He loved and saved me for all time. He’s perfect – I’m not – today I will let Him direct my list to bring Him glory. Love you, my friend, and appreciate that one of the “things” He has on your list that continually rises to the top – is that time you take to share with all of us. Thank for caring. Love..

  3. Lee Knight

    Des,
    Just read your message a moment ago. It moved me to put a desirable but not emergency expense on my Later List. Thanks!
    Just think of the patience of Abraham and Sarah in waiting on God’s promise.
    In the background of today’s world of instant gratification,
    I pray we take the Now Road by keeping it our eyes on Jesus.

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