From where I sit at my desk, you’d never guess that I love order and beauty.
The pile of junk that sits to the left of my laptop did not accumulate overnight. Nor over one week.
I can’t even think how long this stack of papers (and books and movies and school pictures and printer supplies and a couple random plaques) have been here. So long that it feels normal.
I choose to ignore it.
After all, my bed is made, and the bedspread and pillows coordinate with the picture on the wall. If I want to see something lovely, I’ll just look over there and tell myself I’m a good-enough housekeeper and great decorator.
But far worse than the mess on my desk is the clutter that I ignore in my relationships with my husband and kids.
Do you do this? Tell yourself you’re a great friend? A serious artist? A wonderful employee or boss? All the while ignoring the growing pile of stuff in your family that so desperately needs sorting?
Again this weekend, I reevaluated my priorities.
I realized I’ve succeeded at maintaining the visible areas — my living room usually looks great — but I’ve neglected some hidden corners that my husband and kids experience on a daily basis.
Far too often I glance over the big picture of my house and declare things to be in order, when there is some deep cleaning that needs to be done. First in my heart, then in my treasured relationships.
How grateful I am for God’s grace and help — often in the form of others who challenge and hold me accountable.
Courtney Joseph has done just that in her recently released book, Women Living Well.
If you, like me, are ready to let God help you make a clean sweep in the most precious areas of your life, grab a copy of her book.
You will be cheered, inspired, convicted, and motivated. You will be challenged to love your Savior and your family afresh.
No matter what the level of your faith, your marriage, or your experience as a mom, this book will bring you practical encouragement.
I’d love to share a copy with you today!
To enter the drawing, just leave a comment below sharing one way you are (or will start) investing in your marriage and family.
And then let’s prayerfully tackle those piles of junk…
“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6