31 Days to Clean Day 12-Imperfection

Hello Divas! Thank God today is Friday!  This week has been a doozy for me!  Well, we are on day 12 of our 31 Days to clean challenge.  Want more info about the challenge, go HERE

“31 Days to Clean” is actually an ebook by Sarah Mae. 31 Days to Clean is about the “why”, the vision and the heart for taking care of our homes. Each day, readers are encouraged with light hearted lessons and then “challenged” to put those ideas to action.

The lesson for day 12 is very near and dear to my heart because it is about Imperfection.  If there is one thing that I know about, it is imperfection.  In reading the book Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst, I came in contact with a phrase that has really revolutionized my thinking: Imperfect progress. 

Lysa defines imperfect progress as slow steps of changed wrapped in grace.  I just love that.  I think the reason it resonates is because deep down we KNOW that we are not perfect and those around us are not perfect but we still strive for perfection and EXPECT it!

I EXPECT to be able to get everything done, get everywhere on time AND have little perfect children in tow.  ( I am sure NONE of you ever think like that, right?) 

In the rush to get it ALL done, I often lose my joy.  It is hard to be joyful rushing ALL the time and BUSY crossing things off the to do list. 

These words by Ann Voskamp stopped me in my tracks:

“If you don’t fight for joy, it’s your children who lose.”(or those you love the most)  

What do I want my children to remember — my joy in a clean home”, {my joy in accomplishing things;work, job, business)} — “or my joy of the Lord?  You will be most remembered — by what brought you most joy.”

What do you want to be remembered by?

After each day’s reading, Sara Mae gives two challenges:

The Mary Challenge:  Think about some areas in your life wher you have been striving to be perfect or comparing yourself to others.  Think about any unnecessary burdens you have placed on yourself based on what someone has said to you.  Take these areas to the throne of grace and ask God to fill you with truth.

The Martha Challenge:  Living room–clean and organize shelves and electronics.

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