"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
Joshua 24:15

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Not a Natural

I am not a natural at this housekeeping thing.

I love to do things at home - cooking, crafting and the like.

But the cleaning and organizing does NOT come naturally to me.

To my husband - yes. To me - no.

It has definitely been my desire to improve in this area, but my actual progress in the area has had its ups and downs. More of the latter. You get the idea.

But I had never really committed to pray for this area of my life before. My solution - TRY HARDER. And that was working really well (note the sarcasm).

Hello?! Hadn't I heard this verse before?!

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.Psalm 37:4

Instead of trudging through the daily tasks of cleaning and maintaining my home, I should be committing EVEN THAT to Him and taking delight in what He provides for me to do.

And THEN He will give me the desires of my heart.

I would love to say this post is to tell you how much I adore my daily chores now.

But it's not.

In all reality, I just had these revelations this past week, so I am still in the process of turning it over and changing my attitude.

However, I had a small victory this week.

There are just certain things I usually don't notice or choose to do something about right away - probably things some of you "naturals" would cringe at.

The other night, as I was heading to bed, I noticed dust - lots of dust - on one of our wall vents. Normally, I would have walked on past and not missed a beat. But that night, I WANTED to clean it. So I did. It felt good.

So, change, it is a-comin'.

Slowly, but surely, He is giving me the desires of my heart.

One or two little messes at a time.


  1. Oh my goodness Erin! I really believe that God is placing us bloggers in our life for a reason... cause I feel your pain! Thanks for being real! He's working on me in the same area! Wow, He is amazing isn't he?!

  2. Erin, we should connect more I'm @alyssaavant on Twitter. You and I are alot alike it seems at least in this area. I am NOT sally homemaker by nature. I do like to cook , I like to organize (certain things) but I am NOT a cleaner. I'm generally messy and I too have just started making strides to be a better homemaker. This weekend my husband commented that the fridge was cleaner than it has been since the day we got it (3 years ago). I cleaned it last week thanks to this new chore chart i'm using Motivated Moms. Anyhow what I mean is I'm right there w/ you. Let's hold each other accountable and encourage each other. Blessings!

  3. Oh yes my dear friend, this is me as well! I have just been hit with the realization that when I get discouraged about my housework and feel hopeless (like a failure) it is straight from the enemy - the LIAR! The Lord gives hope, not shame, so I now need to discern the truth from the lies and GO ON...ah yes, change is a'comin! :)

  4. Erin, I love it! Isn't it funny that we forget to ask God for such a small little thing that could totally change our attitude? I HATE cleaning. I would much rather be playing...crafting, scrapbooking, gardening, playing with dogs...anything but clean! I will be praying this as well.

  5. I just wanted to let you know that I just gave you an award over at my blog: http://www.closingtimeblog.com/?p=1520. :)

  6. I am with you! I love to organize and craft, but the whole deep cleaning thing, not for me :) I am really good at picking up and hiding the mess. Great perspective on this verse!


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