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My life is MESSY

Life: Unmasked

Today I was reading my friend Joy’s post about her new Life: UnMasked weekly link-up.  There are so many things I love about this new link-up, but Joy clearly explains it this way:

“Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1 that God chooses the foolish, weak, and silly to show God’s love, grace, mercy, and power to transform ugly into beautiful…

Social media makes it easy to create fake portrayals of ourselves.  While it’s possible to share too much, I grow weary of all the “I have it all together” super-people posts. Posts like this discourage me and make me question whether God can use a screw-up like me.

I need to know that you are foolish and weak too, and that God has chosen you and is working through you in spite of or because of your weakness.

Isn’t that the truth?  I’m pretty sure I’ve walked away from reading many post feeling bad about myself, my messy home, my naughty kids or my life as a whole.  The pretty photos of tidy kitchens,  fancy dinners and perfect craft projects that were “just whipped up” – they often make me feel crappy….

Let me just clarify that it is NOT the author’s fault that I feel this way.  It’s my own insecurity, it’s my own unrealistic expectations based on an edited, tidy and oh, so perfect photo or post.  I, too, like the photos on my blog to look nice.  I clean off the counter before taking a picture of a plate of food for a blog post.  I leave plenty of details out of my blog posts, like that at 5pm my kids are still in there PJ’s and dinner hasn’t even crossed my mind.  I am MESSY, inside and out.  I’m a work in progress, to say the least.

Right now my life is frazzled.  Work has gotten super busy, new clients, new projects and home full of crabby kids.  My hubby has been working so much this week and I feel like we haven’t seen each other in a week.

Today is a perfect example of my MESSY life.  I fell asleep on the couch last night while staying up late to work on a clients project.  I woke up at 8am – 2 1/2 hours past my alarm.  I decided that taking my kids to the park was a good idea (maybe it would tire them out so I could get some work done!)  We loaded up the car, went to the park, had fun and came home.  The second I opened up my Mac there it was— my reminder for a conference call I had at 11am this morning.  A conference call that I MISSED!  Apologies and excuses were shared over the phone with my client and all was well.

Currently there is a load of clean, wet clothes in the washer waiting to be dried.  The sink is full of food covered plates and I’m pretty sure I just saw an ant crawl across the floor to snack on the half-eaten animal cracker that has been left in the corner.

MESSY

My heart is just as messy as my house right now.  Life often throws more at me than I can handle.  Thankfully I don’t have to handle it all alone.

“O Lord God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O Lord, and your faithfulness surrounds you.  Your rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them.”

Psalm 89:8-9

 

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  • Dawn
    September 26, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Donna I’m right there with you. I often feel like I’m missing something (maybe I’m doing something WRONG) because I totally don’t have it all together and my kitchen is a pit, my laundry is never all the way done, and we never seem to get to those projects we always want to do. That’s life though. I try not to read too many blogs that only show the world the pulled together and perfect side of life. I would rather read about REAL people with REAL lives! 🙂 Might have to check out that linkup. When I get some time!