Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Slowing Down To Face The Mess

Most mornings I crawl out of bed to grab some coffee before the crew awakens from their slumber. Once their alarms go off the day is hustling and bustling and doesn't stop until their heads hit the pillow at bedtime. If I don't have to be back in my room during the day it is easy for me to forget about the mess that develops. 

At night when I return I'm too exhausted to even care.

Then there are times when I retreat to our room to think and write in the quiet. Maybe the kids are down for naps or daddy is holding down the fort. It is in those moments that I stop to rest and have to face the mess. It is hard for me to enjoy the quiet or think of much else when things around me are in chaos. I'll take a few minutes to put things back in their place and suddenly I feel like I can breath again. 

I don't want my life to be about cleaning things up and making spaces pretty so that I can pretend that everything is in order. I want my life to be about cleaning things up and making spaces pretty so that I can rest, reflect, grow, be transparent, enjoy life, & dig in to the things going on in my heart. Thank you all for being so kind when I shared this post. It was something that I needed to do and I can't even tell you how encouraged and touched I was by each and every comment.

This is one of those times where I am thankful that our lives aren't just about...the pretty spaces. 

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  1. That's funny. I had to stop and clean my office this morning for the same reasons!

  2. My bedroom often gets that way too. I usually get up before the baby, so I just sneak out quietly, but by the time she wakes up the other kids are awake and I'm already in the middle of something else. Recently, I've been trying to check my room and at least have my bed made before lunch. That way, if I get a chance to rest at nap time I get to crawl into a made bed which somehow feels so much nicer to me :)

    I also can't stand working in a messy kitchen, so I usually clean the kitchen just to cook in it and mess it up again :)

  3. I am not sure how I came about your blog. I bookmarked it and I check back often. I had to comment to tell you how refreshing it is to read your blog. Your last post and this one were so sweet. I just wanted to tell you that it is nice to come across a real blog.


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