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It Is Well With My Soul….Or Is It?

The shoes are lined in paired perfection.
The white glove keeps its pure crispness.
The pillows are layered in meticulous fashion.
All is well with my home but not with my soul.

I’ve always been somewhat of a perfectionist liking things organized, my house picked up and clean and all things in order.  But life isn’t that way.

My husband tells this story that after we were first married he placed his glass on the floor by his chair to walk into the bathroom.  He returned and I had the glass washed, dried and put away.  The problem was he wasn’t finished with it!  I think he may be exaggerating a little but truth be told, he wasn’t far off the mark.

Over the years I have certainly mellowed a lot.  A couple of daughters, full sports schedules, a job and other responsibilities break that mold of perfection pretty quickly.  I’ve realized that perfection on this earth is unattainable.

However, I catch myself still striving almost on a daily basis to reach that perfection: a list of to-do’s, a bed made before I walk out the door, house picked up, dishes done, daily chores on top of trying to eat healthy, exercise, be all that I can be for my husband and family, be a good employee, volunteer, Christian and the list goes on and on.

Now I’m exhausted just thinking about it all.  But the devil is happy.  That is exactly what he wants.  He wants me to keep striving for perfection and be too exhausted to do anything for God.

If you are running on this perfection spinning wheel with me, stop!  God’s not looking for a picture-perfect house, an organized closet or an excellent result from a white glove test.  He’s looking for us – me and you.  He doesn’t want anything else except us…our heart…living for Him.

Let’s let it all be right with our soul today.  Give up striving for extreme perfection a little at a time. And maybe you can have this little song stuck in your head all day, too.  “It is well…it is well with my soul!”  🙂

A Card, A Canvas and A Celebrity.

I had several things weighing heavy on my mind and I just said out loud to God, “please show me something that will take this burden off of me.  Please.”  I walked into my office and honestly, had very little hope that the Lord was going to be so bold.

But then the picture on my desk of Jennifer Hudson’s Weight Watcher ad (which I keep on my desk for motivation) caught my eye.  “BELIEVE. Because it works.”  Of course it was referring to the tagline for Weight Watchers but God whispered to me, “I mean it.  Believe. Because it works.”  And He wasn’t referring to Weight Watchers!

I smiled and then my eye drifted to this little sign on my desk that said “when in doubt, pray”.  I smiled again.  Then God used this canvas print that I look at everyday (but have basically become immune to) to smack me right in the face.  Not literally but figuratively.  It said “The Lord has promised good to me.”

Then I laughed out loud and said, “OK, Lord.  I get it.  Believe that you’ve got it all under control.  I need to let it go and let you handle everything.  You will bring YOUR good to me.”

So I did.  And I am.  And hopefully I won’t take it back again….. or you’ll get to read another post about how I let it go and took it back and let it go again and took it back again! hahahaha

Share with me when the Lord showed up in a bold way in your life.

 

The Butcher, The Baker, And The Candlestick Maker.

Sometimes it’s hard to be at work all day when you have other things you would rather be doing.  Sometimes it’s hard to be at work when it’s nice and warm outside.  Sometimes it’s hard to be at work when your friends are teachers and have the summers off; when you would rather be anywhere doing anything else.

But here’s the deal.  If you work outside of the home, you were hired to do a job.  If you are a stay-at-home worker, you have responsibilities as well.  It’s important to fulfill that responsibility no matter if you want to be there or not.  So we need to find some way to make the most of the work day and have some fun while doing it.

So let’s take “The Butcher, The Baker and The Candlestick Maker” approach.

Some days we can enter our day as The Butcher.  The Butcher is someone who can chop up and cut the negativity.  Sometimes we need to be The Butcher. We can be the positive one and try to counteract the negative attitudes of others with our positive attitude.

Some days we may wish to be The Baker – the one who brings a smile to a mundane workplace.   Think about how you feel going into a bakery.  Usually just the display cases of bright icing on sugar cookies and cupcakes alone can bring a smile to one’s face.  What if you were The Baker for your workplace bringing smiles to everyone’s face?  Bringing cupcakes in couldn’t hurt either!

Other days you may choose to be The Candlestick Maker; someone who brings light.  The Candlestick Maker lights up a room when they walk into a boring meeting.  You could be that person who smiles all day and is in such a good mood that your positive light and attitude become infectious.

We have a responsibility to get our work done but no one said it has to be boring.  Let’s put a little nursery rhyme into the boring work day.  Choose which one you’ll be today – The Butcher, The Baker or The Candlestick Maker!  People can’t help but smile when they eat sugar cookies by candlelight!

 

Have A Funshine Day!

How many of you remember the Care Bears from the 1980’s?

 

This cheery bear was known as Funshine Bear.  He was one of the ten original Care Bears who first appeared on greeting cards by American Greetings.  On the cartoon series, Funshine Bear was known for always looking on the bright side of life.  He was happy, always in a good mood and ready to help others every day.  He was known to use his sunshine tummy symbol to light up the darkness and radiate sunshine everywhere he went.

I want to be a Funshine Bear!  In all the darkness and hatred in this world, we need a whole nation of Funshine bears!!

I encourage you today to put on the Funshine Bear characteristics of happiness and passion to make a difference to someone and light up your world.  Go out and make a difference all day to others!  Just please refrain from showing your tummy!  🙂

Have a Funshiney Day!!