Okay…deep breath! Breathe in…breathe out. Well, that didn’t really help much, but I’m going to do this anyway. I can’t believe I am about to provide visual proof that my housekeeping skills are nowhere near where they need to be.
I have mentioned before that I am certainly not June Cleaver….nor am I Martha Stewart for that matter, but maybe we will leave that for another day. A girl can only handle so much confession on any given day.
My house is in CHAOS! What Flylady calls Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome. (And, yes, I know about Flylady.) That would be me! Take a look at this. First up are several pictures from our bonus room/study. And believe me, these don’t even tell the real story! You should have seen this room before my husband worked on it some last weekend!
Now for a look at the floor of my bedroom on my side of the bed. Please note the Proverbs 31 magazines. Yes, I do read them. The proof is right there! Just in case you’re unsure, that’s Marybeth Whalen’s family on the cover.
Last but not least, the dining room table. Fortunately, we have a table in our kitchen on which we eat our meals. Otherwise…well, we won’t even go there!
So, there you have it! My guilt and shame laid bare! Notice I stated earlier my husband had worked in our bonus room. I wasn’t home, actually. Probably out shopping so as to not have to face all of this. I’m kidding. I was getting a manicure! No, seriously, I was at church. I promise!
Anyway, the truth is, this makes me crazy! I don’t want to live this way. I’m tired of living this way. I don’t want to teach my daughter to live this way. I can’t seem to break the cycle. However, I think I gained some insight into this today over at The LPM Blog. I definitely recommend giving it a read. The post was written by Beth Moore’s son-in-law who recently joined Living Proof Ministries.
I have asked myself the question for what seems like my entire life, “Why can’t I seem to break these cycles I get into?” Not just in the organization, or lack thereof, of my home, but in my spiritual life as well. The answer is, I have been trying to do it in my own power. And I can’t. But God’s power in the person of His Holy Spirit can. And I am hopeful that calling on that power in me combined with some practical, real-life tips from Karen Ehman of Proverbs 31 will get me going on the path to peace!