Clean Mangers

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I have the privilege of having my 2 year old granddaughter visit my home for weeks at a time.  It gets a little crazy because we are so busy having fun.  My grand daughters have their own room at my house – decorated in red, yellow and black with Mickey Mouse on the wall.  They have toys and books that are available to them whenever they want.  Needless to say, that room pretty much stays a mess while they are here (as do other rooms in the house).The amazing thing is that this OCD woman doesn’t even care.

This past week, my husband and son got to go to Arkansas for a 3 day guided duck hunt.  It was a great time for them to spend together and I had a few days at home – alone.  I had control of the clicker, and only had to worry about myself – and the dogs.  I ate what I wanted, when I wanted and the house stayed straightened.

At times I get to experience both extremes, but it’s not the extremes that seem to cause me problems.  It’s the everyday – the messes of life.  The multiple times a day the kitchen has to be cleaned, the clothes that need to be folded and ironed – ok, so my husband does the ironing – yes, I am blessed.  How often do I get frustrated about the continual mundane responsibilities of life?

Proverbs 14:4 explains it so well > Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.

The cool stuff comes when things get messy!

Allow yourself to relax and enjoy the mess of life – the craziness that is your family – kids running around spilling things and the endless responsibilities that come with them.  Open your home to friends and family – even if it’s not photo shoot ready.  It’s a home – you live there.  Enjoy it!


Remember, one day your manger will be clean, but your barn will be empty.

Enjoying the messes,


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One Comment

  1. Kelli
    Posted January 27, 2015 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    I’ll take a messy manger over a clean one any day when it means I am doing life with those so dear to my heart:)

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