Have you had one of those weeks before – one where you just knew you’d get all sorts of stuff on your to-do list accomplished?
Life happens. You get sick. Your kids get sick. Your week is spent between bed and the doctor’s office. Lovely way to spend Christmas break with your kids, right??
And NOTHING on that to-do list got finished. Not one thing.
Also, for the record – this is what your hair looks like when you wear your bangs pulled up into a bobby pin all day and then take them out at night to sleep. Brian is so lucky to wake up to this dream each morning. Lucky booger for sure. At least I make my family laugh first thing in the morning. And don’t zoom in on that photo because I’m letting my eyebrows grow out and they are hideous at the moment. Good thing I have bangs.
Mmmmk, back to the point of this post.
It’s tempting to get overwhelmed, give up and think you’ll never be able to get ahead and tackle the big dreams you have because HELLO you can’t even get your house clean and your bathroom is disgusting.
Anyone else have bathrooms that are disgusting?? I do.
I despise cleaning the bathroom. Our baseboards might have dust build up that has been collecting for more than 10 years. I said might.
Today I figured it was time to clean our bathroom because I had been super sick on Christmas Day with the stomach bug and everyone had been banned from using our bathroom until I confirmed all germs were gone.
Instead of my usual wipe down with the Clorox wipes, I decided to start a major deep cleaning. I started pulling everything out of our bathroom. EVERYTHING. Brian is still in shock.
As I cleaned and listened to my Christmas music (are you surprised, really??), I thought about my big dreams -dreams to build a farm and a barn and a retreat and have a place to bring families and couples – a place to refresh and restart.
I struggled at wrapping my mind around how in the world I could manage to do all of that, yet I can’t even keep up with the everyday things in our house. How did I let this bathroom get so dirty?? How have I let my entire house get cluttered and unmanageable when it comes to our stuff?
If I can’t figure this stuff out, how will ever figure out the barn and all the responsibility that will come along with that?
I don’t have the answer for you tonight. Oh, how I wish I did.
I simply have the conclusion of where God whispered to my heart in the midst of my own mess and how I’m starting over today.
I’m starting over with this verse in mind:
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. Luke 16:10
I’m starting over each morning realizing that today is a good day to start exactly where I am. I want to be found faithful in the small things – the bathrooms, the dirty dishes, the laundry.
No, I’m not striving to be perfect. I’m asking God to show me through these small things how He will make the bigger picture come together.
I do know this:
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19
Wherever you are tonight in your own wilderness – you own wasteland – know that it is not in vain. God will use your efforts in the small things to bring about the big dreams. I’m right there with you and trusting Him to do a new thing!
Today is a good day to start over.
A dirty, cluttered house? Start over.
A rocky friendship or relationship? Start over.
Old habits of eating bad foods? Start over.
A career that isn’t what you want? Start over.
Haven’t been praying and reading the Bible? Start over.
Want more quality time with your kids and family? Start over.
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