Thursday, June 23, 2011


 ...Looks like a mess!

But it’s not.

It’s where children live, and play; 

And imagine and create.

Now, on some days, believe me, I don’t see that, I’m ashamed to say.  I see the mess.  However, I have long been committed to letting my children live in all their childish glory, within reasonable limits and respect for the others who also live in this house.  I was so proud to get a few windows cleaned this morning.  I fleetingly thought of those days when I had just one child, and I would sit after cleaning the WHOLE house...the whole thing...all cleaned at once.  I would admire how perfect everything looked.  I was young and a little silly, and the LORD taught me over time about letting people “live” in my house. That my house and everything in it is here for us to use, a gift from Him.  And that everything in my house is to be used to serve and minister to others.  I’ve been in homes that were uncomfortable because they were “so perfect” you were afraid to drop a crumb.  And other homes might not be comfortable because of chaos and dirtiness.  
I’ve grown now to enjoy that my house is not always “perfectly” clean, and that’s O.K..  I’ve also learned what really does need to be done... keeping the house clean, tidy, and organized is healthier for everyone.  And I’ve also learned the things that really “push my buttons”.  I can’t stand dirty windows or a messy and dirty kitchen!  I feel like the whole house is dirty if my windows or kitchen is not clean.  Even then, I don’t get upset with my family and others who visit my home for getting them diry, because my priority is that our home serve us, not the other way around. (However, the children are a little “trigger shy” about touching the windows...hey, training is good too! LOL).
So I’m sitting here on my couch, looking at my perfect house; it is PERFECTLY LIVED IN.
For His Glory!


  1. You have a BEAUTIFUL home ... and we LOVE that you welcomed our large and crazy family to "mess it up" for a couple of days with you all.

    I, too, love a clean house ... but not too clean. While ours is clean (not dirty) ... it is also cluttered and lived-in.

    And, I LOVE your school room / play room. It is an AMAZING room for kiddos.

    Big Hugs ... to a GREAT Mama who's priority is loving her kids (and sweet husband)!

    Laurel :)

  2. Love this post! Perfect.

    So easy to make this an idol.

  3. I'm still working on that. Some days I do better than others. I'll never forget the time I called upstairs to my little man and asked him what he was doing. He was so afraid I'd be upset he was making a mess that he called back down, "Nothing, I'm just walking around." As long as I don't go upstairs very often, I'm ok : ). But our whole house definitely has that lived in feel : ).

    Excited you guys got your dossier logged into the system!


  4. heh, my front room looks just like that, usually for 4 or 5 days until I finally order the kids to put it away! We love legos at our house! Lately,my teens have been making stop action movies with them :)


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