Welcome to day 2 of the 31 day to clean challenge!!! To catch you up:
I downloaded the book 31 Days to Clean a couple of months ago with very good intentions to read it and follow the challenge. Yea, those intentions took me NO WHERE! So, I am singing the Barney clean up song and really buckling down!
31 Days to Clean is about the “why”, the vision and the heart for taking care of our homes. Each day, the author, Sara Mae, encourages you with some thoughts and ideas, and then she encourages you put those ideas to action.
After each day’s reading, Sara Mae gives two challenges:
- The Mary Challenge -Something you do that encourages/engages your heart
- The Martha Challenge – Specific cleaning tasks
Come on and take the challege with me!
The lesson for Day 2 is entitled, Created to Give Life. During this quick one pager, Sara Mae lists several ways that women give life! Women give life physically but also spiritually. Here are just a few ways that stuck out to me:
Women give life through:
Our words (Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) The tongue has the power of life and death.)
Our home (Proverbs 14:1 (NIV) The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.)
Socially (Proverbs 22:9 Happy are generous people, because they give some of their food to the poor.)
The Mary challenge for day two is to do something to bring life to your home, children, husband and/or sphere of influence.
My girls love for me to snuggle on the couch with them and watch one of their television programs. So, last night after dinner, instead of swirling around doing my nightly “busy” stuff, I got out the blanket and we all snuggled on the couch just before bedtime! They squealed with delight, a perfect sign of liveliness!
The Martha challenge for day two is to clean out and scrub down the fridge and freezer. Hmmmm, my schedule just did NOT allow for a hour long freezer fridge clean out. That will probably have to wait until the weekend. But, I did straighten the living room and vacuum the steps!
In the past, I would have seen my inability to get today’s task done as a failure. I am one of those people who think it only counts if you get everything done. Well, my dear divas, I am learning about a thing called Imperfect Progress.
I am reading the book Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst and one amazing term that she uses is, Imperfect Progress “slow steps of changes wrapped in grace. I kinda think keeping a clean house is all about Imperfect Progress.
Perfect people put everything away ALL the time and have energy to cook gourmet meals and interact with their children without ever yelling!
Real people get busy, have great intentions and then forget, clean up only to have little people come in and mess up, put clothes in the washer and remember two days later to put them in the dyer when they keep smelling mildew, and have schedules that don’t allow for everything but if they are careful they can make time for the best things.
How can you give life to your home, family, or work environment today?
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