The Word Weaver
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Deb Weaver
Psycho Wonder Weaver Sets Me Up!
by The Word Weaver, Deb on June 14th, 2012

After years of experiencing this phenomenon, my daughter, Ali, and I finally figured it out.  We realized that when I volunteer, my alter ego, "Psycho Wonder Weaver," swoops in.
She pronounces statements like these:

    "Oh, no problem.  That won't take long to do."

Did I mention that she's a pathological liar?  It always, ALWAYS takes d-a-y-s longer than she anticipates.

    "Sure, I'll do that.  What else can I help you with?"

Could someone get this overachiever to shut up?!?  Please.

    "I'll take care of the treetops.  But...you know, if we only paint them, they'll look flat.  I've got an idea to make them look more 3-dimensional.  I could hot glue individual leaves onto the board."

You've caught onto the fact that she's completely psycho, right?  Hot glue individual leaves? Certifiably crazy!

Psycho Wonder Weaver is optimistic, enthusiastic, and creative.  I hate her. And I've got the hot glue burns to prove it.  

She's also a master magician.  You see, she does this incredible disappearing act when it's time to do the actual work.  

Gone.  Missing-in-action.  Vanished.

Don't ask me where she goes.  She's probably taking a nap.  And yes, I'm jealous.

You see, left in her wake is me.  Little ol' me. Plain ol' me.  Getting-older-every-minute me.  The one with the deer-in-the-headlights-on-Highway-I-85 look.  The one who's overwhelmed, exhausted, and close to tears.  The one who posts on Facebook:  "You know that moment when the sinking feeling you've had all afternoon finally sinks in?  Yeah this is that moment.  Brought to you by 'Bit Off More Than I Can Chew' and 'It's Going to Be a Long Night.' "

A sweet friend, September, cautioned me.  She said, "People will understand and will still love you if you say you can't help sometimes."  It's wise advice to a people-pleaser like me.  I need the perspective of good friends to watch out for me and to help me set boundaries.

It's important to periodically evaluate life's offerings.  To make sure that my motives are pure.  That the timing is right for this period.  That I'm still called to a particular activity.

Some things are only for a season--to prolong them (just because I've always done them or because I want to make someone else happy) is ineffective and draining.  I've dropped certain activities over the years.  I no longer write a weekly newspaper column, teach AWANA, teach a Sunday School class, or sit in the nursery.  Though they're important tasks, there's only so much time and energy.  
My passions lie in studying God's Word and praying, in writing, in weekly leading a small group of gals (pictured above), and in volunteering in children's activities like Christian Youth Theater (CYT, pictured below) or Vacation Bible School (VBS).

Even when the projects are whittled down to those I'm most passionate about, I bite off waaaayy more than I can chew.  And in the middle of the project, often in the middle of the night, I curse that demented woman!   

But having spent the past couple of weeks with other undercover superheroes, I remember that I am not alone. I was surrounded by incredible men, women, and children who banded together for a common purpose.  They gave of themselves and did things that were far beyond their own abilities to accomplish.  Amazing things happened.  
Photo Credit:  CYT Upstate, June 2012.  Terrific, talented cast.  Passionate parent volunteers who designed and made costuming and sets.  Wonderful group of people who directed/managed the show and program.  All superheroes!

So I've started to thank God for that overachieving alter-ego of mine.  By immersing me in projects that completely swamp and consume me, she's really doing me a favor.  Though Psycho Wonder Weaver may get me into messes, Jesus has always~and will always~see me through them.

When what I'm doing is beyond me--far past my ability to accomplish--that's when I depend most upon the Lord.  And when I rely upon Him, I can't take the credit.  It's He who strengthens me.  It's He who empowers me.  When I live in Him, through Him, and for Him, the credit and the glory go to God.  
So Psycho Wonder Weaver is welcome back anytime.  I just hope she waits till I'm a little more rested.

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Copyright 2012 The Word Weaver, Deb Weaver


Posted in A Work in Progress, My Funny Bone    Tagged with Superpowers, Humor, God's Glory, Sweet Spots


6 Comments

Kimberly P - June 30th, 2012 at 4:58 PM
I love this; I can totally identify!! :) And yes, Jesus is there for all of it, to see us through...so glad that you mentioned that.
The Word Weaver, Deb - June 30th, 2012 at 5:19 PM
Thanks, Kimberly! We tend to think a bit alike, don't we? Someone is going to assume we're related! ;o)
Melissa D. - August 7th, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Personally, I love Psycho Wonder Weaver--she was the only parent I EVER had to volunteer in my classroom--and weekly at that!! Such a servant's heart:)


The Word Weaver, Deb - August 7th, 2012 at 12:27 PM
You were (and still are) a favorite of ours! :o)
teresa bowen - November 3rd, 2012 at 4:49 PM
Yes dear friend, I'm just now sitting down and reading over this. I can so relate......
The Word Weaver, Deb - November 6th, 2012 at 8:37 AM
This applied to you during Fall Fest, I'm sure!!
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