Posts Tagged With: Discouragement

So Cluttered and Messy


Blog idea. Blog. Blog, blog, blog.
Maybe if I get more coffee an idea will come…and let the dog out…oh, and check Facebook again.
(stares at keyboard) (sips coffee) (checks hair in monitor reflection)
Blog. Okay.
(looks at ceiling waiting for an idea to fall from it)
Man. My kitchen is a mess. Not a little mess. It’s like—wow—it’s really really bad. Alright. I can blog about my messy kitchen.

Ever wonder how people come up with blog ideas? Well. Now you know my inspiration. You’re impressed, right?
Truth is, sometimes I really am inspired. Sometimes God gives me an idea and I hold it in my head for days developing what I’m going to write. But, there are days, like today, that there is zilch. Nada. Nothing there. So. Let’s see where God takes this—with me?

Looking around my kitchen, I’m amazed and ashamed at what I see. Let me describe the scene for you.
I’m at my table along with two Bibles, two journals, Crayola markers, a calculator, bills, business cards, and a hoodie. Nothing is neatly placed. It pretty much looks like I picked a pile of stuff up, held it over the table, and then let go.
I hesitantly allow my eyes to move a little farther out and see the trash can—full—overflowing. The dog’s bowls have been pushed out of place and his toys have joined them. Our barstools have become storage units.
The island. Let’s see…four sets of keys have found their way to the island, even though they have an antique key holder in the utility room. The business clipboard is napping there along with my husband’s wallet. Umm…a phone charger, two pair three pair of glasses and more bills—AND leftover cornbread, a bowl of apples and a phone are also taking up residence there.
Yesterday’s clean dishes did not get put away, so yesterday’s dirty dishes are in the sink. Two empty glasses are on the counter along with an empty cup AND a half empty cup that no one (me) bothered pouring out yesterday (morning).
I can see into the utility room, but I will spare you the gory details there.
Looking at it is overwhelming. I’m disappointed in myself for allowing it to get so cluttered and messy. What if someone stopped by? I wouldn’t even be able to hide it from them. But, you know what? I bet if I divide the room up and work on one spot at a time it can be cleaned up, picked up and look amazing. (My husband remodeled this kitchen a few years ago and I truly do love it).
Have you ever looked at your life and thought, “How in the world did I let my life get so messed up?” Sometimes it can seem that life is such a mess it will never get better. It’s overwhelming. It’s depressing. It’s hard to see past the current clutter and imagine things can be different.
But, the God who created you knows your original blue print. He knows what you looked like before all the “stuff” took place. And, all you have to do is say, “Jesus help me. I need you.” He will step in and start picking up the broken pieces. He’ll take out the trash and sweep up the hurt and pain. It may take a change here and change there. But, if you will allow Him to, He will make something amazing out of your life.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Isaiah 43:19 (ESV) Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

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That Warning Wasn’t for Me…

On my way to work every day I have to drive under an old, old, old train crossing. From the looks of it, it was likely built during the Depression era. It’s very narrow, so you have to slow down to go through it, and they have warnings posted that it isn’t very tall. In other words, you really need to think before entering. There is also a traffic light just after going under the bridge. I always hope that if that light turns red, I won’t get stuck sitting under that antique bridge while a very large, very heavy train is rolling over the top of me.

Two days ago, I was driving to work, headed toward the underpass. There were lights flashing everywhere. As I approached, it was very evident what had taken place. A diesel truck driver did not heed the warnings. He had driven under the bridge. While his cab made it, the trailer did not. It was about three feet into the underpass with its top peeled back, stuck. Really stuck.

This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this over the years. As I drove by, I thought to myself, “Wow.  It takes a really brilliant person to ignore all those warnings and still drive under that tiny old bridge. Besides that,” I thought, “I bet that has weakened that old bridge even more and now it’s less secure than before!”

Suddenly it struck me that I had been just like that truck driver. Growing up I had been raised with the Word of God as my guide. My parents instructed me in right and wrong. The Bible gave me direction on the way to live to avoid pain and destruction. I had been warned. And, yet, many of my decisions and choices ignored all of those warnings. I chose to do things my way, even though I had been told what the outcome of those choices would be.

Can you relate? Why do we do that? Do we think we’re the exception to the rule? Do we think  that somehow we know better than what has been proven over and over to be true?

Psalm 25:4-10 (NIV)

Show me your ways, Lord,

    teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
    for they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth
    and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
    for you, Lord, are good.

Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
He guides the humble in what is right
    and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
    toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.

It’s easier to heed the warnings from the beginning and avoid the heartache that results from disobedience. However, the good news is, we have a loving Heavenly Father who is always there, waiting with open arms, to forgive and forget. We just have to ask Him.


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