Sorting Through The Mess {You Can Do This!}


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Walking into my home, after spending almost a month in the hospital, felt absolutely wonderful. There’s nothing like walking into a place that is all so familiar and comforting. Especially when you have an amazing husband who cleaned the entire house and washed all the laundry {so thankful!}.  I breathed in the peace of my home. I was so ready to jump back into ‘my normal’. I was delighted to be back.


The Shocker

However, the next morning I experienced such a shocker. I woke up to overwhelming feelings of disorder and mental clutter. I was exhausted, fatigued, and my body had taken a nose-dive from my vending-machine-junkie phase.

All of a sudden, I was faced with the tough reality that I had to manage my home, while catching up on 3-4 weeks of backed up work, and handling all the numerous appointments for my son. For a moment, my stay at the hospital seemed much easier than being home and managing all the tasks before me.

Ever been there? Ever feel like the tasks before you are too much to handle?

Ever feel like going right back to bed before your day even starts?

Let me help you with that. Let’s sort through the mess together, shall we?


Take Out The Grace Card

When you’re behind, give yourself some grace. It didn’t take a day to get there, it won’t take you a day to get yourself in order. Take out the grace card!


Pray. Pray. Pray

I know it’s so hard to pray when you can’t even think straight. However, don’t forget: You are not alone. God is here with you. He will help you sort through all the mental clutter. He will give you the sound mind necessary to take care of all your responsibilities. Now is not the time to neglect your prayer life. Even if all you can muster up is a “Lord, have mercy. I soooo need You!”, do yourself a favor and take the time.

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6-7)


Take Care Of Yourself

Put the to-do list to the side. Make it a point to get rest and eat right. You need your body working ‘for you’ during this time, not against you. Take care of yourself. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done when your well rested and well nourished.


Clear The Mental Clutter

Sometimes all it takes is getting all the ‘stuff’ out of our heads and putting it onto paper. You’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to function without those to-do’s jumping all over the place in your head. To help you with this part of the process, get your free printable {here}. 


Calendar Time

Write all appointments in your calendar. Inputting them into your digital calendar is fine as well, but only if you actually look at it! You need to be able to ‘see’ what’s ahead. Be proactive.


Do The Next Thing

Okay, so now that you’ve given yourself some grace, taken the time to pray, taken care of yourself, cleared the mental clutter, and written down all your appointments, now what?

Do the next thing!

This four-word discipline is the hardest to follow through on. We want to sulk and mope, whine and cry- about how difficult things are. We want to stay in the bed, hiding beneath the covers. We’ve just had a very difficult time and, well, it’s our right to hide away? Right? Right?!

Well, let me ask you this… what do you think will happen if you spend one day, two days, three days, a week, a month, or a year ignoring the situation?

It’s not going to go away. Eventually, you will have to face it.

I’m not saying, ‘do not rest’. I’m not saying, ‘get with the program, lady!’.

What I am saying is that we all face challenging situations. This past month for me, it was a 23 day hospital stay with my son, in January it was a layoff, last year it was a sickness diagnosis, in 2010 it was a house fire… and right now for you, it may be something else.


You Can Do This

When these times come, we still have to show up and be mothers and wives. Some of us still have to show up and be students. Some still have to show up and produce results at their place of employment. Some still have to show up and stand on a pulpit bringing forth a word from God.

Here’s how I am learning to do it: Take out the grace card, Pray. Pray. Pray, take care of myself, clear the mental clutter, write it out on the calendar, and do the next thing.


Today’s Challenge:

  • Are you overwhelmed with all the challenges and demands you’re facing?
  • Give yourself some grace. If God does, so can you!
  • Have you prayed about it? “God what needs to change?”
  • Are you getting adequate rest and nourishing your body?
  • Have you cleared the mental clutter? (don’t forget your free printable)
  • Have you written down all your commitments on a calendar? Be proactive
  • Do the next thing!

We can’t live lives fully committed to God if we’re boggled down with all the challenges. Won’t you join me in sorting through the mess? You can do this!


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Posted on April 9, 2013, in 2013 {Live Life Fully Committed} Challenge, CLEANING, DAILY LIFE, HOME & ORGANIZATION, HOME MANAGEMENT, LIFE, LIFE LESSONS, Our Homes. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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