YAY! It’s Monday!!…This is NOT a Joke:)
It’s Monday and I’m excited! So why am I showing you my dirty laundry and how my home looks after a fabulous weekend? Stay with me here…
At least we use detergent.lol
The mountains have not been moved to the laundry room yet…..This looks good!
This ball equipment bag held a weekend of courage and confidence. Find out how at NubAbility.org
Sunday Evenings are Family Meal Nights… I almost had her whooped, but Big Daddy likes my company to watch T.V. after dinner.
Laundry room door & breezeway…Or shall we re-dub the Collection of Life Room?
What on earth do my messes (Uhhhum…excuse me, Big Daddy, Sambo, Little Man and 4 dogs take ownership, oh and there’s the married kid and his beauty that like my cooking too…and their dogs…:) have to do with Monday? It’s not “why” or “what” you might think… I am not complaining. Don’t get me wrong, I love to live in cleanliness and order. I promise I do… but for us busy Mamas and families that aren’t wired to get up before the sun; aren’t self-disciplined enough to put things away as we use them; don’t wash things right away when we dirty them; get easily distracted by things more “fun” to do; and don’t get rid of things when we don’t need them… we CREATE MESSES and crap piles up. Now, these aren’t all my messes. And, I am only 1/4 of the crap piles in my house.
These messes are absolutely a “group” effort. And, it’s going to take a “group effort” to clean them up. But, before I do, I want to share with you some insights God has laid on my heart this morning as many are complaining about their Mondays:
1. Mondays are EXCITING!
2. Mondays are a beginning.
3. Mondays are a Do-over.
4. Mondays are starting line.
You see, much like the material messes I have in my home, and many of you in yours, the piles of untidiness are the result of: being constantly on the go, supporting and encouraging our kids, tending to their needs, obsessing about meals, running errands, keeping calendars straight, finding time to pray, finding time to study, exercising (working on that…)maintaining a job, maintaining friendships, checking on family, serving others and coming home too dang tired to give two-hoots about spending your last three-waking hours cleaning them up.
Of course, I could have trained my family better, nagged more, go on strike, give the cold shoulder, withheld treasures, etc. I’ve done all of that in the past. We had job charts, job jars, screaming crying fits. I didn’t give up. I didn’t give in. Stay with me here…
I’m pretty sure If I had just me to look after, my home would be much neater.
Get that? If I had just ME? The thought of just me, without all of the above co-conspirators and the journey we travel together, makes me sick. It causes me to reflect on what I’ve accomplished and not focus on what I haven’t:
I have 3 amazing sons that are growing to be great men.
I have a home that is a soft place to land for them when life sucks.
I have a phone that is constantly going off with messages and calls from friends and family that make me a better person.
I have wheels that carry me to the farmers market and to ball games hours away.
I have dogs that are more excited to see me than anyone on earth.
I have a husband whose greasy clothes are a result of a fabulous work ethic and provision for not only for us but his parents too.
I have a job (uncompensated at NubAbility Athletics) that I am so passionate about I am excited to go to work everyday.
I answer several emails and messages from parents and young athletes that are experiencing the pain of bullying.
I am being called into the ministry of encouragement in our Lord for families.
I have a hundred kids I mentor and love like my own.
I sit and talk with my kids. I sit and talk with my man.
I need my time with my God. I need my walk with my Savior. I delight in pausing and watching the Holy Ghost move.
I will take the MESSES with the BLESSINGS any day over a spotless home.
So, what’s this all have to do with MONDAY? Monday’s are a clean slate! We all are a work in progress. Monday’s are a day to re-evaluate what went well and what didn’t last week and attack this week with joy and anticipation of a LIVING HOPE. A confident expectation in the undying and permanent promises of God’s good blessings and favor.
This is a great verse to ponder on a Monday, or any day for that matter:
Lamentations 3:21 But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
His mercies are new every morning…THAT MEANS MONDAYS!
And, never forget daughters of the King, this world is not your home:) Pretty sure God has the whole housekeeping stuff all worked out beyond the pearly gates. Now then you GO GIRL! Chin up.
Smile on. Shoulder’s back. Attack this week with the grace and love of Jesus. It all starts today…MONDAY:)
Now, I’ve got my running shoes on, and I’m going to pick-up house, because daylight is burning, I’ve got a whole week of AWESOMENESS ahead of me to make time for.
(1 Peter 1: 3-7)
The “walk in the front door closet”.haha
Bless the mess and straighten your crown,
xoxo Jana Kaye Kuhnert