“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Sunday, November 28, 2010

I've been thinking about... The Truth, Again.

 With having friends over for Thanksgiving... 
and starting a Bible Study in my home tomorrow morning... 
I have been thinking a lot about this previous post...

I think it is time you knew the truth about me.

Disclaimer: This post is not for the faint of heart. If you intend to keep me on a pedestal, please read no further!

I don't make my bed everyday. Okay, I maybe make my bed once a week. Well, the truth is that it might not really officially be called "making" my bed... It is more like straightening the covers.

I don't do the dishes every day. I like to let them pile up and then put them into the dishwasher at one time because I have a whole logical schematic as to which items go where.

I have piles of clutter around my house at this very moment. When-am-I-going-to-read-these-books pile. Where-do-I-file-these-papers pile. Need-to-put-this-stuff-in-the-car pile.

But if I knew you were coming over... I would most likely do the dishes. I would definitely throw all my piles of clutter into a laundry basket and shove it in the laundry room. And I might... just might... on a good day... straighten my bed, but most likely... well, the plain truth is... I would just shut the bedroom door.

I had some darling ladies over my home a couple months back. After having visited my home, one of my precious ladies told me that she saw my piles! She actually went looking for them. It relieved her to know that I had piles. Because she has her own piles, and she wondered what other people did with their piles.

Now, mind you, I don't always have piles. I'm pretty organized by most standards. Most of the time I have piles because I want to make sure everything ends up where I can find it at a later date.

I don't hide my piles because I want to impress you. I hide them because I don't want to be distracted by them while you are here. I don't want you to be distracted by them either. It's not that I'm trying to be someone that I'm not... It's just that when you are in my home... I want it to be a haven to you.

I guess I do this in other areas of my life. I may not always greet you with my piles in tow... I may appear to have things together... but I do this because... I want to be a haven to you... whether in my home or in my heart.

I want you to feel free to come over and peek in the laundry room and see my piles. I encourage you to do so. You can even take a peek into the sink... if you must. But in all honesty, when you peek into my bedroom... you'll find the bed unmade... because... well, isn't that what matching bed sheets were made for?


gideonmommasita said...

Did you move all the piles when you took the picture of your memory verses at your computer? It didn't look cluttered nor was there any evidence of piles...I do believe that if in fact things are they way they are then they are Very organized piles and that it all still looks very tidy...still on a pedestal my dear.

UL Cards Fan said...

I think we are two peas in a pod!

vintage girl at heart said...

umm i can soo relate!! i have piles too and have been working hard to simplify but have that junkin'/hoarding gene..tee hee..i have been donating tons of clothes,books etc to our local charities and some people i know also and that feels like a great way to declutter..now if i can just get my head decluttered.
blessings for you today and this post..makes me feel like we are kindred souls.

Krystle said...

I love ya even more now! :)

a portland granny said...

I haven't made my bed since the last time you posted about this!! I pull it up, smooth it out, but only put the pillows and stuff on when I am having company.

Its been very liberating to one such as I....and speaking of piles...even tho I have a self designed office, with slots for every thing, I still have piles of stuff I'm not sure what to do with. That is frustrating for me.

Leaving the bed incomplete daily has freed me from the "rules" I've lived with all my life and made my children abide by, also.

Thanks for posting this again.

BreastCancerSisterhood.com said...

I, too, love Jesus with all my heart. This post reminds me of a friend who came to my house and said, "Where's your stuff? You never have any 'stuff' lying around." I guess we all have piles of stuff we keep hidden from the world. Everyone but Him.

Anonymous said...

I loved this! I decided to try to make a new habit. I've made my bed 3days in row - the first 3 days of this whole year... and Adam just keeps asking why???!! I finally decided after 2 years I wanted to see my 'new' bedspread - his suggestion...guest bed! - Jen