We have had some perfectly lovely days here in Wisconsin as of late. It is definitely a nice and welcome change. But with it I begin to see lots of dirt.
Muddy Footprints through the house. Sand everywhere….
Unfortunately all the need for extra cleaning sometimes makes me a crazy mom. A cranky mom. And these are not any of the fruits of the spirit.
As it gets nicer out and as I have to cajole my children more to get stuff done ( home educators you know what i mean right? ) I feel more pressure. A bit more anxiety and a bit more worry. A lot less patience.
I forget kids learn by play. I forget brothers and sisters fight and need to learn sometimes how to work things out themselves. I forget that sometimes we just have to stop and be still.
I’ve been struggling for a while now to figure out how to move forward next. Now that my littlest one is not so little and is very mobile and active I need to switch gears. I need a way for us to all be learning together.
So much to ponder. Our oldest has some sensory processing issues. Attention and focus challenges. It explains a lot as to why he always needs to have so much noise and why he is so drawn to screens and constant movement.
How do I go about making our home a place where he can get enough stimulation and also be able to quiet himself enough to learn without driving us all crazy too? Lol
And again I think of all the dirt. I think of how important it is for us to see the dirt. If I am totally honest I don’t always clean our floors until I can see something gross on them. Don’t get me wrong I try to keep a clean house but with four kids and 2 dogs and the fact that we are always around the home it certainly isn’t easy and so through the years I have resigned myself to the fact that our home is lived in and loved on.
But dirt… we don’t always see it. But sometimes we need to; how can we grow and renew our selves and our spirit … Sometimes we need all that dirt to show us what needs to get really clean. The same can be said of our spiritual life.
This time of year as I stress and as I fuss… my temper is somewhat shorter, I think of fire. I can actually smell our fire pit smoldering right now. Just as those things in our life that need to be removed completely, need to be burnt up… Are we are willing to go through the fire?
My grandmother used to say that cleanliness is next to Godliness. But I never really believed that. I never once saw them go to church and the one Bible they had was in a drawer, in a dresser, in a room no one ever used. No one ever saw.
Yet even so I think of how God tells us that we cannot enter into his kingdom if we do not first put on holiness. He is Holy so shouldn’t we be also? Let us eat early put on those garments of righteousness and mercy and truth!
May we be renewed and restored by those rivers of Living Water. We need them to wash over us. We need them to cover us completely so that when the waters go down we come out clean. Cleanse us, wash us thoroughly.