Wouldn’t it be lovely if life was perfect? Just think about it…
Mama always had energy.
Daddy always had a good job.
Little ones always stayed healthy.
Housework never fell behind.
Cooking, baking, laundry and errands were always caught up.
Marriages never strained.
Children never disobeyed or strayed.
The future was never unknown.
Dreams never disappointed.
Expectations never frustrated.
Relationships never failed.
Friends always came through.
God never seemed silent.
Wouldn’t it be lovely if life was always perfect?
If you’ve lived on God’s green earth for more than five or six years, you know just how imperfect life is. Sometimes life is unpredictable, difficult, unknown and even unfair.
As much as I thrive on routine, discipline, orderliness and predictability, I’m learning to slowly unclench my hands and embrace the imperfections of life with grace. Even joy.
And why can’t we have grace for joy and beauty even during the difficult days? I firmly believe it is God’s will for us to glorify Him through our words, actions, and reactions every day, in every season of life.
If you’re enduring one of those imperfect, difficult days (or seasons)– and I know from your blogs, emails, and personal friendships that many of you are– here are a few ideas for adding a little beauty to Today.
Take your eyes off the “bigger picture” and enjoy the little things. Even difficult days offer simple joys and pleasures, if we just train our eyes to look for them. Don’t allow the radiant sunsets, fragrant flowers, lush grass, singing birds, smiling little faces, or loving whispers to escape your notice today. Cherish the little joys in life, even if there aren’t many “big” things to be thankful for.
- Do one thing to beautify your home today.
Your home doesn’t have to be perfect for you to enjoy your family. If you feel overwhelmed by all the “to dos” that aren’t getting done, just do one thing.
Open a window and enjoy the fresh breeze toying with your curtains… make all the beds in your house… clean one bathroom… wash and put away the dirty dishes… vacuum the living room and plump the pillows on the couch… or just turn on beautiful music and light a candle.
Pick one thing, do it, then sit back and enjoy the beauty it creates.
- Keep your family your top priority… which may mean letting go of some other priorities.
While in the middle of five long months of pregnancy sickness that lasted 24 hours a day, my house turned into a nightmare of clutter, disorganization, and unfinished tasks. I felt like I was losing my mind in the chaos until I finally learned to let go of my expectations and just smile through the imperfection.
The truth is, my floors didn’t have to be mopped, my furniture didn’t have to be dusted, my bathrooms didn’t have to be scoured. But my family did have to eat, wear clean clothes, and my children did have to be schooled. They preferred to do all these things with a smiling mother around, not a scowling, frustrated, griping one.
Chances are this season of your life will not last forever. Let some things go for now and embrace the freedom of not expecting perfection.
- Cultivate God’s presence in your home.
Read a chapter in your Bible. Ask God for strength and seek His will for today (tell Him you need His help).
Find an encouraging Scripture to meditate on, write it on a piece of paper and keep it where you will see it frequently throughout the day.
Listen to peaceful, Christian music that will uplift your soul and usher in God’s presence. If you don’t have Cd’s or an iPod to listen to, try Word of Truth, an online radio station that plays instrumental music 24 hours a day. If you enjoy classical-style worship music, this station will bless you.
Nothing refreshes a weary mind, body and spirit like spending time in the presence of God.
- Tune out– or turn off– the distractions.
Sitting in front of the television watching game shows or chick flicks, or staring at the computer for hours playing games or “chatting” with “friends”, may seem like a good way to relax and let your mind rest… but what are you cultivating into your life through these means?
At best, your mind is being distraction away from the presence of God and is feeding on carnal things.
Ask the Lord to help you reevaluate the fodder of your soul and to choose only those things that will build you up spiritually. Purpose to remove all things that distract you from the best God has in store for your life, your family.
The rest, joy, and rejuvenation that result from choosing the best over the good or okay will far outweigh the sacrifices.
Be quiet, why this anxious heed
About thy tangled ways?
God knows them all, He giveth speed,
And He allows delays.