It is truly HARD to believe that I am now 39 years old. Twenty seems like just last week!
What is really crazy?…I thought I had a lot on my plate when I was twenty! HA! HA!
Now on top of working, I have a hubby, two girls, meals to cook and a house to keep clean!
Speaking of a clean house, y’all know I did NOT do any major cleaning this weekend. I did a basic put stuff back where it goes last night and that was IT! Soooo, I am a few days behind on the challenge.
Breathe. Imperfect Progress.
So, since I did not challenge myself in the cleaning department over the weekend, we are on DAY 4 of the 31 Days to clean challenge. See more about the challenge and how to download the book here.
After each day’s reading, the author, Sara Mae gives two challenges:
- The Mary Challenge -Something you do that encourages/engages your heart
- The Martha Challenge – Specific cleaning tasks
The short lesson for day four is entitled “A Place to Put Your Feet Up”. In this lesson Sara said something that just made me smile: “‘Cleaning isn’t just about scrubbing floors (THANK GOD), making Beds, and clearing our clutter….it’s also about creating an environment that encourages people to feel welcomed and loved.”
She also gave some really cute dos and don’ts of creating a welcoming environment. My two favs were:
1. Don’t have plastic coverings on your furniture! The harvest gold couch in my parent’s living room was covered in plastic. It was like a plastic slip cover. A nice thigh sweat would begin if you sat on it too long with shorts on (ewww).
2. Don’t make everything perfect. Let others experience the “lived-in” feel!
Mary Challenge: Invite over a friend and allow them to put their feet up without worrying about everything being just right.
Martha challenge: Clean the oven and microwave
For the Martha challenge, I am lucky enough to have a fabulous mother-in-law who cleaned my oven for me last week! (Now I just need to keep it clean. I have asthma and cannot stand the oven cleaner fumes!)
We keep the microwave wiped out, so cleaning it was a breeze! (YAAAY!)
For the Mary challenge, my girls had our neighboor’s children over for a play date. It was raining cats and dogs on Saturday so they could not play outside. I let them PLAY, I mean really play, all over the house. They did waaaay more than put their feet up. Listening to their made up games was hilarious! They had a blast.
You know there has been some good playing going on when it takes 10 minutes to find a little one’s sock so she can put her shoes on to leave!
What a blessing for my children’s friends to be able to come over to our home and feel welcomed and loved. Although they yelled and stomped, it was quite peaceful.
2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NIV 1984)
Now may the Lord of peacehimself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.