Friday, October 21, 2011

"A cheerful heart will make the task of keeping house pleasant. When you understand that messes are part of living at home, and that cleaning them up is the reason you are there, you can approach them as though they were a matter of fact.  When you realize this is what you are home for, you can approach it as part of your responsibility, rather than as an inconvenience.”
quote from HERE

A very good reminder for me.  I love being blessed to stay home and preform this precious work that the LORD has given me to do.  And children just naturally create, explore, cut up paper, build things, and eat.  

And since I am really checking my thoughts, I saw I was looking at the messes with a critical, self-centered - “More to clean up” attitude.  So, I want to replace that with positive and thankful thoughts.  And I want to again see the “messes” for what they really represent...A home that is loved and lived in by many precious little children that are healthy, happy and living in peace.  When I was in Uganda, one of the beautiful young men that we worked with said to me “Momma, you are can raise your children in peace.  Here in Uganda, we can not do that.  But I pray that one day we can.”
I will always remember that and be thankful for those little messes.


  1. Wow, he's so right. We do get to raise our children in peace.
    Thanks for the reminder. I need to start looking at these messes differently too!

  2. What a wonderful thought! I will definitely keep that in mind as I go home to my blessed messes. :)

  3. Amen! Love this, it's so true, makes all the difference in your day when you approach things with a grateful heart. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. A beautiful reminder. We really are BLESSED to be able to stay home, so that our children are making messes with US, rather than at a daycare or school somewhere.

    :) :) :)

  5. oops..just lost my whole comment..oh well! I had just rambled on about how much I loved this post. Such a good good quote. My kids seem to cut up an abnormal amount of teeny tiny paper...but I am thankful for their creativity, lol! thanks for this great reminder. :) darci


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