Messy Families

Posted: September 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

Do you ever wake up and wonder “Why did I even wake up today?” 

I have these days often.  I wake up and it seems as though my robotic self starts the day off the exact same way at the exact same time.  I do the same walk path in the house every morning.

Turn off alarm, open back door for the dogs, turn on keurig maker, go to the bathroom, feed dogs, let dogs out again, calm dogs down, grab my cappuccino that I forgot and now its cold, do devotion with daughter send her to school and then BAM!! It hits you like a ton of bricks…. You think to yourself this repetitive crap is getting old.  What kind of changes could I make? 

So, you revamp your schedule, throw in some alone time, put your workout in first, go to the bathroom first, etc.  But, then you realize that you are back to your same old schedule. Why?  Because it worked, you put time and effort into making that schedule.  It has worked for so long that it has made your mornings go easier and you realize now that your morning chores are getting done faster than when you first started the schedule in the first place.   Because, let’s face it, the “new schedule” you just tried to pull off crashed on you.  Going to the bathroom first led  to the dogs barking intensely louder than ever before causing you to have a headache.  You then, let the dogs out only to forget to shut the alarm off and your head is in serious pounding mode at this point.  By the time you even get to do the devotion with your child you are not even in the mood.  You just want to go back to bed and start the day completely over and it has only been an hour since your feet hit the floor. 

(just for humor)

Does this remind you of anyone???    A MOTHER!!!

Mom’s why do we do this to ourselves?  We make a routine and stick with it and it works.  Why do we want to change it?  I will tell you what I think…  We see the other moms that seem with it.  We get jealous of there ordinance in their family.  The mom looking fabulous in her CLEAN clothes (no stains from morning kids mess), her husband is well dressed, and how does she get those kids with the perfect wrinkle free clothes on, no food on the kids faces, and their hair is not going every which way but the right way!!! I WANT TO BE THAT MOM!!! HOW AND WHERE DO I SIGN UP???  Is there a 101 class for that?

We desire to have it all together.  We love when plans go the way we think them out.  We start to look up other moms schedules and print them out.  We try to live our life like someone else’s thinking they have it all together.  Then the craziness starts in… WHY IS THIS STUPID SCHEDULE NOT WORKING??  I PRINTED THIS OFF IN HOPES TO TURN INTO THIS NO ERROR FAMILY!!! Next, thing you know you are ripping up the schedule and saying “I GIVE UP!”  You feel no hope for ordinance in your household. 

I am here to tell you that your family is perfect with all the flaws.  I myself love seeing kids with scratches on their legs, dirt on their cheeks, hair flowing outward from their head like they have some kind of electric force about to explode from their body, and clothes on that you wonder if they are colored blind or they went dumpster diving.  These “flaws” (as the world would say) tells me that these children are exploring, they are getting their hands dirty learning this creation God has made them.  The parents are teaching them to be INDEPENDENT!! This is a family of complete ordinance.

(how cute is this?)

Now, don’t get me wrong… I am not saying go dip your kid in a mud hole and send them on their way. (Even though that would be fun, and not saying that it has never crossed my mind would be a lie.) But, we all have someone that comes to our mind that is the “perfect” family. 

In reality we all have flaws!!!!

We are not perfect.  We are far from that.  Think about how boring that would be if we were perfect?!  We would be those robots we hate to be in the mornings.  You didn’t like it to begin with so you changed.  And look where it got you…IN A MESS!!! 

Next time you think about the other family and how they do things, think about how your family would feel about those changes.  Would it benefit, would it cause issues, would it even work out?  Their schedules are going to be different from yours.  You may be a stay at home mom/dad, or your work hours are different.  If you plan on making a schedule sit down and plan it out first.  I recently did this and there are some things I still need to move around.  And that’s ok because we are not trying to impress someone else, we are just simply trying to get everything done on a daily basis .  This way we don’t forget to have time with God and each other.  And of course time to clean our messy home.

Because our flaws are our messy families pride and joy.  God made us all different to help one another and be messy together.

Now where is that MUD HOLE??

Joshua 24:15:  “And if it is evil in our eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day who you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell.  But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

 

Psalm 139:14 “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”

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